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NATIONAL REGISTRATION PROGRAM

Driving the National Standards for Australian Carpenters

Carpentry Australia’s National Registration Program is designed to standardise work principles and practices across Australia, Carpentry Australia’s National Registration Program provides specific and thorough training for Carpenters who have completed Certificate 3 training and are seeking to advance to the next level in their career. Competencies identified as core functions in the operation of a successful and sustainable business form the framework for this course. Each student must successfully complete all training modules, tests, application, interview, and be assessed as suitably competent to the satisfaction of Carpentry Australia’s stringent guidelines.

Like CA, our Registration Program has been created by chippies, for chippies. We’re here with support right the way through, to help make you a better Carpenter with the skills and knowledge to take your business to the next level.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

  1. Register your interest below,
  2. We’ll be in touch to confirm your information and talk you through the Registration Program and process,
  3. Sign up to the Program – you’ll pay a one-off fee and from there, we’ll get you booked into our next available class
  4. We’re with you the whole way through to make sure the process is quick, easy and you’re ready to get registered!

Spaces are limited: register your interest now!

I AM A CARPENTER

What is Carpentry Australia’s National Registration Program?

Designed to standardise work principles and practices across Australia, Carpentry Australia’s National Registration Program provides specific and thorough training for Carpenters who have completed Certificate 3 training and are seeking to advance to the next level in their career. Competencies identified as core functions in the operation of a successful and sustainable business form the framework for this course. Each student must successfully complete all training modules, tests, application, interview, and be assessed as suitably competent to the satisfaction of Carpentry Australia’s stringent guidelines.

Why does Carpentry Australia’s National Registration Program exist?

Carpentry Australia exists to improve the Carpentry Industry in Australia by raising the bar, monitoring, and maintaining the highest industry standards. The National Registration Program is designed to bring together core elements from the legislative requirements of every individual State and Territory. Forming a single, standardised, and National approach for all Carpenters and Carpentry Businesses, Carpentry Australia is paving the way for better industry standards across the entire Building and Construction network.

No Fluff – It exists to make better Carpenters, enabling them to remain in the industry for longer, and ultimately to drive better outcomes for the Carpenter, the Builder, and the Consumer. 

What are the Core Competencies covered in this program?

Carpentry Australia sought advice, support and direction from leading industry experts to identify core competencies required by Carpenters at a national level. These competencies extend beyond standard trade skills and requirements set out in Certificate 3 training (the minimum requirement to achieve Qualification in Carpentry in Australia), and are deemed by Carpentry Australia as essential skills required for successful operation as a Sole Trader or small business. These core competencies underpin the minimum requirements as set out by Carpentry Australia, through our National Registration Program.

All individuals who complete Carpentry Australia’s National Registration Program will be trained, tested and assessed for the following core competencies:

Ethics

Principals and practices
Carpentry Australia Code of Conduct

Legislation

Demonstrate understanding of relevant State’s Building Act and associated regulations that sit under the Act.
Understand hierarchy of Acts, Regulations, NCC and Australian Standards.
Identify State’s Relevant Building Authority and associated departments including dispute resolution, licensing and registration.
Understand State’s Building Permit/Building Approval system including required documentation and process.
Understand the role of the Relevant Building Surveyor/Certifier and associated personnel for the respective State.
Understand the State’s Building Insurance requirements.
Understand the State’s building contract requirements, regulations and types of contracts.
Understanding your statutory warranties and obligations for building work undertaken.

Technical Knowledge

Subfloor Design
Understand the objective and purpose of AS1684, its use, limitations and scope.
Understanding parameters which affect wind class and cyclonic vs non-clyclonic areas in Australia.
Identify the difference between Span and Spacing of timber members.
Determine how to calculate footings types and sizes for a basic subfloor.
Determine how to calculate bearer and joist sizes using AS1684 span tables.
Demonstrate knowledge of subfloor design and layout.
Understand minimum subfloor clearances for ventilation and termite management.

Roof Trusses, Lintels and Jambs
Identify various types of truss roof members.
Demonstrate knowledge in installation of roof trusses.
Identify concentrated loads and effects on building design.
Understand purpose of lintel and load paths.
Be able to calculate lintel and jamb stud sizes for various roof types and load applications using AS1684.

Bracing, Fixings and Tie Downs
Understanding effects of wind and subsequent racking force on building’s frame.
Understand different types of structural and nominal bracing.
Understand procedure for calculating required amount of wall bracing.
Understand correct placement and distribution of structural wall bracing.
Understand difference between gravity loads, uplift and lateral forces.
Understand difference between Nominal and Specific Fixings.
Understand procedure to find fixings for various connections on various house types.

National Construction Code

Understand purpose and how to interpret the National Construction Code
Identify Building Classifications.
Understand difference between Performance Solutions and Deemed to Satisfy Solutions from NCC Vol 2.
Understand how to use the NCC Vol 2 for residential construction.
Identify State and Territory compliance and variations.
Understand key areas of Section 3: Acceptable Construction of NCC Vol 2. Including:
Drainage & Angle of Repose
Termite Management
Footings & Slabs
Masonry
Framing
Roofing & Cladding
Glazing
Fire Safety
Health, Amenity and Waterproofing
Safe Movement & Access
Ancillary Provisions
Energy Efficiency
Understanding State and Territory variations.
Understanding Definitions, symbols and abbreviations.

Basic Business Management

Understand different types of trading structures and associated pro’s and con’s of each structure.
Understand GST, when it is required and how to process.
Understand various financial reporting documents including balance sheet, profit and loss statement and cashflow statement.
Understand difference between Asset and Liability.
Understand difference between Gross profit and Net profit.
Understand types of bookkeeping programs in the market and their uses.
Understand the difference between and contractor and employee.
Understand employee obligations including income tax, payroll tax, superannuation, building award, leave and sick entitlements etc.
Understand Workcover requirements and OHS/WHS obligations.
Understand various types of Insurances, who they protect and where you get them.
Business Structure

OHS/WHS

State by state obligations
References

Hierarchy of controls

Policy Makers
Policy
Regulators/Law Enforcement
National Governemnt
State Government
Regulatory Bodies
Association and Industry Organisations
Building Surveyors
Design Professionals (Enginner/Architect)
Registered Builders
Registered Construction contractors
Non-Registered contractors
General Public

Health and Wellbeing

Physical Health
Mental Health
Helping your team
How to get more help

Isn’t Carpentry the same in all states? Why do we need a Standardised Approach?

Carpentry Australia has identified that while training across Australia for the attainment of Certificate 3 is suitably comparable, each state and territory has varying terminologies, principles, and practices, leading at times to confusion and inconsistent outcomes. In short, each state and territory have both strengths and weaknesses within their current system. Carpentry Australia’s National Program is designed specifically to take the biggest strengths of each system, delivering to Carpenters a standardised National approach for the next level of their training and career development.

A National approach is important to enable Carpenters to move freely across states and territories for work, having confidence that they are suitably equipped to deliver the best possible industry outcomes.

No Fluff – A Standardised Approach delivers consistency, and the best possible outcomes for Carpenters, Builders and Consumers. 

Carpentry Australia’s National Registration Program provides the benchmark of minimum standards required to successfully operate as a sole trader or small business Carpenter

Our Mission Statement outlines our intent to standardise work practices, principals, and ethics for all Australian Carpenters. It is this mission that will ultimately lead to higher retention rates of participants (Carpenters), increasing the average age, leading to superior experience for individuals and better outcomes.

No Fluff – Better training = Better Carpenters with greater experience = Better outcomes for EVERYONE

Is Carpentry Australia’s National Program for me?

To be eligible to complete this program you must answer yes, to the below questions:

  1. Am I permanent resident of Australia?
  2. Do I hold a certificate 3 (or equivalent) in Carpentry?
  3. Am I seeking to make a career out of Carpentry?
  4. Do I want to develop the skills to the highest possible level?
  5. Do I want to be part of the drive for higher industry standards?

If you have answered YES to the above questions, this program is for you

Click here to register or call 1300 652 779 to speak to one of the team

I AM A BUILDER

Why do I want Carpentry Australia Members working on my jobs?

All Carpentry Australia Members have had their Certificate 3 qualification for Carpentry (or equivalent) checked and verified. This means you don’t have to ask to see their qualification as we’ve already done that for you!

All Members have agreed to adhere to the Carpentry Australia Code of Conduct. They receive regular Industry Updates and have ongoing support from Carpentry Australia. A Carpentry Australia Member is better equipped to deliver superior and consistent outcomes on your project.

Carpentry Australia supports Members, but also exists to support you – the Builder. If you believe you have been let down by a Carpentry Australia Member, however big or small the matter, you can reach out to us on 1300 652 779 for assistance in resolving any issues. If you want peace of mind and the support of Carpentry Australia, ensure you always choose Carpentry Australia Members.

Check if Carpenters are members through our member search – https://www.carpentryaustralia.com.au/find-a-carpenter/member-search/

No Fluff – you’ll get a better standard of Carpenter, better and more consistent job outcomes, and have the security of support from the National Industry Organisation – Carpentry Australia

What’s the benefit of choosing Carpentry Australia’s Registered Members?

A Carpentry Australia Registered Member comes with all the benefits of a standard Carpentry Australia Member, and in addition, have successfully completed further education, training, and assessment from Carpentry Australia. This delivers more experienced, knowledgeable, and driven Carpenters to provide standardised, consistent, and thorough outcomes on your building sites.

All individuals who complete the Carpentry Australia National Registration Program will be trained, tested, and assessed for the following core competencies:

Ethics

Principals and practices
Carpentry Australia Code of Conduct

Legislation

Demonstrate understanding of relevant State’s Building Act and associated regulations that sit under the Act.
Understand hierarchy of Acts, Regulations, NCC and Australian Standards.
Identify State’s Relevant Building Authority and associated departments including dispute resolution, licensing and registration.
Understand State’s Building Permit/Building Approval system including required documentation and process.
Understand the role of the Relevant Building Surveyor/Certifier and associated personnel for the respective State.
Understand the State’s Building Insurance requirements.
Understand the State’s building contract requirements, regulations and types of contracts.
Understanding your statutory warranties and obligations for building work undertaken.

Technical Knowledge

Subfloor Design
Understand the objective and purpose of AS1684, its use, limitations and scope.
Understanding parameters which affect wind class and cyclonic vs non-clyclonic areas in Australia.
Identify the difference between Span and Spacing of timber members.
Determine how to calculate footings types and sizes for a basic subfloor.
Determine how to calculate bearer and joist sizes using AS1684 span tables.
Demonstrate knowledge of subfloor design and layout.
Understand minimum subfloor clearances for ventilation and termite management.

Roof Trusses, Lintels and Jambs
Identify various types of truss roof members.
Demonstrate knowledge in installation of roof trusses.
Identify concentrated loads and effects on building design.
Understand purpose of lintel and load paths.
Be able to calculate lintel and jamb stud sizes for various roof types and load applications using AS1684.

Bracing, Fixings and Tie Downs
Understanding effects of wind and subsequent racking force on building’s frame.
Understand different types of structural and nominal bracing.
Understand procedure for calculating required amount of wall bracing.
Understand correct placement and distribution of structural wall bracing.
Understand difference between gravity loads, uplift and lateral forces.
Understand difference between Nominal and Specific Fixings.
Understand procedure to find fixings for various connections on various house types.

National Construction Code

Understand purpose and how to interpret the National Construction Code
Identify Building Classifications.
Understand difference between Performance Solutions and Deemed to Satisfy Solutions from NCC Vol 2.
Understand how to use the NCC Vol 2 for residential construction.
Identify State and Territory compliance and variations.
Understand key areas of Section 3: Acceptable Construction of NCC Vol 2. Including:
Drainage & Angle of Repose
Termite Management
Footings & Slabs
Masonry
Framing
Roofing & Cladding
Glazing
Fire Safety
Health, Amenity and Waterproofing
Safe Movement & Access
Ancillary Provisions
Energy Efficiency
Understanding State and Territory variations.
Understanding Definitions, symbols and abbreviations.

Basic Business Management

Understand different types of trading structures and associated pro’s and con’s of each structure.
Understand GST, when it is required and how to process.
Understand various financial reporting documents including balance sheet, profit and loss statement and cashflow statement.
Understand difference between Asset and Liability.
Understand difference between Gross profit and Net profit.
Understand types of bookkeeping programs in the market and their uses.
Understand the difference between and contractor and employee.
Understand employee obligations including income tax, payroll tax, superannuation, building award, leave and sick entitlements etc.
Understand Workcover requirements and OHS/WHS obligations.
Understand various types of Insurances, who they protect and where you get them.
Business Structure

OHS/WHS

State by state obligations
References

Hierarchy of controls

Policy Makers
Policy
Regulators/Law Enforcement
National Governemnt
State Government
Regulatory Bodies
Association and Industry Organisations
Building Surveyors
Design Professionals (Enginner/Architect)
Registered Builders
Registered Construction contractors
Non-Registered contractors
General Public

Health and Wellbeing

Physical Health
Mental Health
Helping your team
How to get more help

Builders, when they engage with Carpentry Australia Registered Members, know they are using the best Carpenters, who are committed to being Industry leaders and delivering superior outcomes.

Can’t I just employ any Carpenter?

You can, but…
BUYER BEWARE!!!!!

By choosing to use a Carpenter who does not have a Carpentry Australia Membership or Registration you take on greater risk, uncertainty, stress, and do not have the full support of our Industry Organisation should something go wrong.

How do I know if a Carpenter is a Carpentry Australia Member or a Carpentry Australia Registered Member?

There are three ways to verify if your Carpenter is Carpentry Australia member or Registered Member:

  1. Ask to see the Carpentry Australia membership card (See example below). These cards are issued to all members and updated every year. A Carpenter should hold a valid membership card as evidence of their Carpentry Australia membership.
  2. Check online if Carpenters are members through our member search – https://www.carpentryaustralia.com.au/find-a-carpenter/member-search/
  3. Call us on 1300 652 779

Can you put me in touch with a Carpentry Australia Member or Registered Member for my job?

Sure! You can use our Lodge a Job service, and our Members will contact you directly. It’s fast, free and secure!

Lodge a job at any time on our website and your job will be sent to thousands of active Carpentry Australia Members. Registered and Local Members will be prioritised to help find the very best fit for your job.

Lodge a job anytime through – https://www.carpentryaustralia.com.au/find-a-carpenter/lodge-a-job/

I AM A HOME OWNER / CONSUMER

Why do I want Carpentry Australia Members working on my house?

All Carpentry Australia Members have had their Certificate 3 qualification for Carpentry (or equivalent) checked and verified. This means you, or your Builder, don’t have to ask to see their qualification as we’ve already done that for you!

All Members have agreed to adhere to the Carpentry Australia Code of Conduct. They receive regular Industry Updates and have ongoing support from Carpentry Australia. A Carpentry Australia Member is better equipped to deliver superior and consistent outcomes on your project.

Carpentry Australia supports Members, but also exists to support you – the Home Owner. If you believe you have been let down by a Carpentry Australia Member, however big or small the matter, you can reach out to us on 1300 652 779 for assistance in resolving any issues. If you want peace of mind and the support of Carpentry Australia, ensure you always choose Carpentry Australia Members.

Check if Carpenters are members through our member search – https://www.carpentryaustralia.com.au/find-a-carpenter/member-search/

What’s the benefit of my Builder choosing Carpentry Australia’s Registered Members for my house?

A Carpentry Australia Registered Member comes with all the benefits of a standard Carpentry Australia Member, and in addition, have successfully completed further training and assessment from Carpentry Australia to deliver even greater benefits to you, the Home Owner.

All individuals who complete the Carpentry Australia National Registration Program will be trained, tested and assessed for the following core competencies:

Ethics

Principals and practices
Carpentry Australia Code of Conduct

Legislation

Demonstrate understanding of relevant State’s Building Act and associated regulations that sit under the Act.
Understand hierarchy of Acts, Regulations, NCC and Australian Standards.
Identify State’s Relevant Building Authority and associated departments including dispute resolution, licensing and registration.
Understand State’s Building Permit/Building Approval system including required documentation and process.
Understand the role of the Relevant Building Surveyor/Certifier and associated personnel for the respective State.
Understand the State’s Building Insurance requirements.
Understand the State’s building contract requirements, regulations and types of contracts.
Understanding your statutory warranties and obligations for building work undertaken.

Technical Knowledge

Subfloor Design
Understand the objective and purpose of AS1684, its use, limitations and scope.
Understanding parameters which affect wind class and cyclonic vs non-clyclonic areas in Australia.
Identify the difference between Span and Spacing of timber members.
Determine how to calculate footings types and sizes for a basic subfloor.
Determine how to calculate bearer and joist sizes using AS1684 span tables.
Demonstrate knowledge of subfloor design and layout.
Understand minimum subfloor clearances for ventilation and termite management.

Roof Trusses, Lintels and Jambs
Identify various types of truss roof members.
Demonstrate knowledge in installation of roof trusses.
Identify concentrated loads and effects on building design.
Understand purpose of lintel and load paths.
Be able to calculate lintel and jamb stud sizes for various roof types and load applications using AS1684.

Bracing, Fixings and Tie Downs
Understanding effects of wind and subsequent racking force on building’s frame.
Understand different types of structural and nominal bracing.
Understand procedure for calculating required amount of wall bracing.
Understand correct placement and distribution of structural wall bracing.
Understand difference between gravity loads, uplift and lateral forces.
Understand difference between Nominal and Specific Fixings.
Understand procedure to find fixings for various connections on various house types.

National Construction Code

Understand purpose and how to interpret the National Construction Code
Identify Building Classifications.
Understand difference between Performance Solutions and Deemed to Satisfy Solutions from NCC Vol 2.
Understand how to use the NCC Vol 2 for residential construction.
Identify State and Territory compliance and variations.
Understand key areas of Section 3: Acceptable Construction of NCC Vol 2. Including:
Drainage & Angle of Repose
Termite Management
Footings & Slabs
Masonry
Framing
Roofing & Cladding
Glazing
Fire Safety
Health, Amenity and Waterproofing
Safe Movement & Access
Ancillary Provisions
Energy Efficiency
Understanding State and Territory variations.
Understanding Definitions, symbols and abbreviations.

Basic Business Management

Understand different types of trading structures and associated pro’s and con’s of each structure.
Understand GST, when it is required and how to process.
Understand various financial reporting documents including balance sheet, profit and loss statement and cashflow statement.
Understand difference between Asset and Liability.
Understand difference between Gross profit and Net profit.
Understand types of bookkeeping programs in the market and their uses.
Understand the difference between and contractor and employee.
Understand employee obligations including income tax, payroll tax, superannuation, building award, leave and sick entitlements etc.
Understand Workcover requirements and OHS/WHS obligations.
Understand various types of Insurances, who they protect and where you get them.
Business Structure

OHS/WHS

State by state obligations
References

Hierarchy of controls

Policy Makers
Policy
Regulators/Law Enforcement
National Governemnt
State Government
Regulatory Bodies
Association and Industry Organisations
Building Surveyors
Design Professionals (Enginner/Architect)
Registered Builders
Registered Construction contractors
Non-Registered contractors
General Public

Health and Wellbeing

Physical Health
Mental Health
Helping your team
How to get more help

Home Owners know when their Builder engages with Carpentry Australia Registered members that they are using the best Carpenters, who are committed to being Industry leaders and delivering superior outcomes.

 How do I know if my Builder is using Carpentry Australia members or a Carpentry Australia Registered Member to build my house?

There are three ways to verify if Carpenter working on your house is a Carpentry Australia Member or Registered Member:

  1. Ask to see the Carpentry Australia membership card (See example below). These cards are issued to all members and updated every year. A Carpenter should hold a valid membership card as evidence of their Carpentry Australia membership.
  2. Check online if Carpenters are members through our member search – https://www.carpentryaustralia.com.au/find-a-carpenter/member-search/
  3. Call us on 1300 652 779

What can I do to ensure Carpentry Australia Members are working on my project?

Request that your Builder only uses Carpentry Australia Members on the job. Ask for evidence of Membership to put your mind at ease.

 Can you put me in touch with a Carpentry Australia Member or Registered Member for my job?

Sure! You can use our Lodge a Job service, and our Members will contact you directly. It’s fast, free and secure!

Lodge a job at any time on our website and your job will be sent to thousands of active Carpentry Australia Members. Registered and Local Members will be prioritised to help find the very best fit for your job.

Lodge a job anytime through – https://www.carpentryaustralia.com.au/find-a-carpenter/lodge-a-job/

Ready to take your business to the next level?