CPC31511 Certificate III in Formwork / Falsework


Launch your career as a Formwork / Falsework Apprentice with CWBTS and take your career to the next level!

By successfully completing this course you will develop the knowledge, skills, techniques and aptitude to carry out formwork and falsework tasks and processes. The course will enable you to learn practical skills and knowledge to undertake bulkheads, partitions and timber external stairs as well as jump and slip formwork and curtain walling.

This qualification is delivered by RTO 91138.

On-the-job Training

This program will be delivered and assessed in the workplace. This will involve face-to-face training and assessment, as part of the on the job workplace-based learning.

Our industry qualified trainers will negotiate with the employer and apprentice as to when training is to occur in the workplace and to when face-to-face training and assessment for each unit of competency will occur.

The frequency of visits will depend on many factors: the capability of the apprentice, how the apprentice is progressing through theory tasks using the hard copy resources/workbooks provided, the nature of work conducted on the work site, and the availability of the apprentice and the employer/ workplace supervisor.

Our trainers will also play a crucial role in providing progress timelines for the apprentice to ensure that the activities are in line with the apprentices’ training plan. The trainer will consult with the on-site supervisor (or business owner in small to medium sized enterprises) to obtain feedback on the apprentice’s progress during each visit. It is expected that each workplace visits will involve some assessment as well as the face-to-face training.



Career Pathways

After successfully completing this course and the relevant on-site work experience you can be employed as a formworker.

Entry Requirements

There are no educational entry requirements for this qualification, however:

  • Before enrolling in this course you must successfully complete the WHS Induction Training (White Card) which will allow you entry into a construction worksite.
  • Students must be an apprentice and have a Unique Student Identifier (USI).
  • Apprentices must be registered with an Apprenticeship Centre and have a training agreement with a registered employer from a relevant industry.
  • Participants must be 16 years old or over
  • Be competent in written and spoken English.
  • All prospective students will undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) evaluation prior to commencing the training.


This course is delivered over 3-4 years full-time.


On-the-job training with your employer is combined with face-to-face training and assessments with a CWBTS trainer, as part of this work-based learning model. The design of the program will provide extensive opportunities for you to build your understanding of work expectations and the development of skills and knowledge specific to your trade. You will be expected to complete an average of 2-3 hours of self-paced study each week.


The tuition fees you pay will depend on whether you are eligible for government funding subsidies within your state.  Find out more here or contact us for more information.

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.

Assessment Methods

Assessments are completed to measure your skills and knowledge against the training qualification requirements and those of the industry. The assessment process will include written and practical activities, observation in the workplace and individual research (including self-directed study) supported by workplace mentoring by your workplace supervisor and trainer.


Before starting your apprenticeship with CWBTS you or your employer will need to provide access to the following:

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Suitable steel cap work boots (must be ankle high and meet or exceed Australian Standard AS/NZS2210.3 for Type 1 safety footwear)
  • Hi-Vis long sleeve shirt (must meet AS/NZS 4602.1:2011 High-Visibility Safety Garments for Day use only and rated UPF 50+. AS/NZS 4399: 1999 Sun Protective Clothing – Evaluation and Classification)
  • Suitable work pants (denim and tracksuit pants are not permitted)
  • Safety glasses (must comply with Australian standard AS/NZS 1337.1:2010 for medium impact protection)
  • Work gloves (must comply with standard EN 388:3131 and meet Risk Category II: Gloves of Intermediate Design For Intermediate Risk, cleaning gloves are not permitted)
  • Hearing protection (must not have a radio included, and must comply with Australia New Zealand standard AS/NZS 1270:2002)


Basic Tool Kit

  • Calculator
  • Bevelled edge chisels – 12mm, 19mm and 25mm
  • Combination square
  • Claw hammer (either 20 ounce fixing hammer or a 24 ounce framing hammer)
  • Pencils – carpenters type
  • Utility knives with spare blades
  • Two pocket nail bag
  • 8m tape (metric only)
  • Sliding bevel
  • Chisel holder
  • Nail punches – 2ml, 3ml and 4ml
  • 1m folding ruler (metric only)
  • Handsaw (500ml 8PT)


**This qualification is Superseded, you will be required to have completed your full qualification by the 31st December 2024. Where this does not occur, CWBTS will transition you into the replacement qualification that may include new areas of study required.