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Carpenter at Work

Why Carpentry?

In Australia, a carpenter plays a crucial role in the construction industry, involved in the fabrication, installation, renovation, and repair of structures and fixtures made of timber, plywood, wallboard, and other materials. As the majority of Australian residential buildings are framed with wood, the demand for carpenters is significant. Consequently, carpenters in Australia can expect not only a high income but also a relatively high regard for their profession, in contrast to many other Asian countries. They are often favored over white-collar professions and tend to earn relatively higher salaries. Therefore, gaining experience as a carpenter in Australia can be highly advantageous for obtaining permanent residency.

Pathway to PR

Carpenter on the MLTSSL:

  1. Occupation Code:

    • The occupation of "Carpenter" on the MLTSSL is typically identified by the corresponding Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) code, which is 331212.

  2. Skill Level:

    • Carpenters are generally classified under ANZSCO skill level 3, which indicates that they require a qualification equivalent to the completion of secondary education and at least three years of relevant experience.

  3. In-Demand Occupation:

    • The inclusion of "Carpenter" on the MLTSSL suggests that there is a sustained demand for skilled carpenters in Australia. This demand is often linked to the ongoing construction and development activities across the country.

  4. Skilled Migration Pathway:

    • Individuals with the skills and qualifications required for carpentry, and who meet other criteria such as English language proficiency and health standards, may be eligible to apply for skilled migration visas that are associated with the MLTSSL.

  5. Permanent Residency Opportunities:

    • Occupations on the MLTSSL are often associated with pathways to permanent residency. Carpenters who qualify for skilled migration visas, such as the Subclass 189 (Independent Visa) or Subclass 190 (State Nominated Visa), may have the opportunity to obtain permanent residency in Australia.

Entry Key Point

  • Certainly, here is the summary of the key points:

  • The Certificate III in Carpentry course typically spans 2 years.

  • To apply for the program, a minimum educational requirement of at least Year 10 or equivalent in the Australian education system is needed.

  • Additionally, a certified English proficiency score of at least IELTS Academic Module overall 5.5 (each band 5.0) must be submitted.

  • In the case of partnerships with language schools or pathway programs, an integrated language education program may be pursued instead of submitting an official English score.

  • TAFE QLD offers the Certificate III in Carpentry twice a year, in February and July, with study opportunities available in regions designated by the Australian migration authorities such as the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.

  • Due to high demand, this course fills up quickly, so interested students are advised to inquire promptly.

Pathway to PR

Filling Out a Form

Student Visa (Sub Class 500)

Study Certificate 3 for 2years or

Certificate 3 + Certificate 4 for 2years 

Graduate Visa (Sub Class 485)


1.5 to 2years


Skilled Independent Visa (Sub Class 189)

Employment Snapshot

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