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Carpentry Licence New South Wales

Carpenters at any stage in their careers can obtain a carpentry licence in NSW. This licence is suitable for you whether you’re a local carpenter with years of experience or a carpentry student who has just finished their qualification. A carpentry licence can help you enhance your career prospects because it gives you a formal recognition of your skills, identifies your previous experience and technical knowledge, and allows you to change jobs and/or fill a gap in the industry.

NSW Government Fair Trading regulates the registration and licensing of builders and other tradespeople, including carpenters. NSW requires a licence for any building or general trade work exceeding $5,000 (including materials and labour).


Each state has a licensing body that regulates the process. The NSW Fair Trading has a range of licensing classes that you can apply to. Tradespeople wishing to qualify for a NSW carpentry licence need at least one of the following qualifications:

  • CPC30220 Certificate III in Carpentry (current), or
  • CPC30220 Certificate III in Carpentry (current), or
  • CPC30208 Certificate III in Carpentry or CPC32008 Certificate III in Carpentry and Joinery
  • CPC30211 Certificate III in Carpentry or CPC32011 Certificate III in Carpentry and Joinery
  • BCG30203 Certificate III in Carpentry
  • Qualification 10888 Certificate III in General Construction (Carpentry) – Housing Trade TAFE Course #2192
  • BCG30798 Certificate III in General Construction (Carpentry – Framework/Formwork/Finishing) TAFE course #7078
  • Certificate III in Carpentry and Joinery Trade TAFE Course #5158
  • Certificate III in Carpentry and Joinery Trade TAFE Course #2149

How to Apply

You can find the application forms for your carpentry licence on the under Builder and Tradespeople forms on the NSW Fair Trading website. The application process starts with submitting the completed application form and a Checklist for Individual Applicants – Other Building and Trade Work Categories. You will need a proof of identity that shows a current photo, date of birth and signature, as well as your current address. You have to pay the licensing fees and then submit your application.

Next Steps for your NSW Carpentry Licence

Work with the Skills Certified team to advance your career. We take into account your existing experience and talents and assist you in obtaining an official qualification. You can re-enter the workforce or change your career path. For carpenters, this means being able to take on bigger and more challenging projects, and working in different areas of the building and construction industry.

We understand how tough it can be to obtain a state licence. Navigating the procedure and fulfilling all criteria can be difficult. We make it simple by connecting you with knowledgeable individuals who can offer advice tailored to your specific needs and unique career position.

Please contact our team to discuss your needs and see how we can assist you. One of our staff will contact you if you call us at 1300 535 922 or email us at info@itecounsel.com

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