There are plenty of things that are attractive about becoming and working as a carpenter in Australia, like working outdoors, using your hands to craft and build things that will help your clients in their everyday lives. Not only is it a skill that is in high demand in Australia but there are different branches of carpentry that you can explore and work within, giving you plenty of different career opportunities.
What does it take to be a carpenter?
Having an interest in the trade is one of the first things that probably sparked your interest in a career in carpentry. With the role comes a few traits and qualities which help when working in the industry:
- You enjoy manual labour, working with your hands
- You like to pay attention to detail
- Good at basic maths skills
- Like to work with others
- Clear and friendly communication skills
- Reasonable level of fitness
Education and training
Getting the right qualifications and training to become a carpenter are essential in this industry. Within Australia there are different types of educational courses and apprenticeships available. Each state and territory have their own educational systems in place so it is best to check with them to see what options are available.
Most apprenticeship courses will be a combination of online study and on-the-job hands-on practical skills. Typically a carpenter qualification can take around 3-4 years to complete and may require the completion of your year School Certificate to enrol.
The courses are designed to give you exposure to a range of different skills and techniques that you will need when working out on a job as well as dealing with things like blueprints and client requests.
Different types of carpenters
Within the carpentry industry there are different fields and areas of carpentry that you may want to specialise in. Take some time to become familiar with what these are, what is involved and which ones you may want to specialise in the future.
Some examples of these specialised areas include:
- Framework carpentry
- Formwork carpentry
- Green carpentry
There are always courses that you can undertake if you decide to change the type of area of carpentry you specialise in. In addition to the state education systems there are plenty of building and construction courses which are usually provided by private education sectors.
Build your framework of connections
Networking within the carpentry industry is an important skill to have when it comes to building a name for yourself within the industry. Talking to like-minded tradies and making connections can help with things like finding the right suppliers, having a heads-up about upcoming jobs, sharing best practices and recommendations for other tradies when required.
Get your tools sorted
Other than using your noggin, your tools are an essential to getting the job done. In those early stages of starting out you may not have the cash to purchase everything you need brand new. Luckily there are some other options which can help.
- Look at purchasing your tools second hand
- Borrow/ hire tools
- Don’t buy everything under the sun, keep it simple to the basics you need
Insurance for carpenters- what you need to know
Once you’ve finished your training, got your tools and start working on-site there’s one more thing that you need to consider having in place- business insurance. There are a few different types of policies that you may need to consider when working as a carpenter.
Public Liability insurance*
One of the fundamental types of business insurances, you may often be required to have this type of insurance in place well before you pick up your tools. Public Liability insurance is designed to provide protection for you and your business in the event a customer, supplier or a member of the public brings a claim against you due to their being injured or sustaining property damage as a result of your negligent business activities.
Portable Equipment cover*
Once you start building up your tool collection and working on sites, you may want to look at having an extra safeguard in place like Portable Equipment cover to keep them safe. Portable equipment (or general property) insurance can cover specified items such as tools, business equipment or electronic items, or unspecified items of lower value.
Personal Accidental and Illness insurance*
This is a form of insurance that is designed to protect your most valuable asset- you. Accidents can happen regardless of how careful you are at work or after hours. Should the unexpected happen, this product can cover your income and provide benefits for permanent disability and even death if you’re unable to work due to illness or injury.
To find out more about getting your carpenter insurance sorted, get in touch with BizCover today. We understand tradies and your unique business insurance needs, and don’t believe in mountains of paperwork and fancy insurance lingo. Experience business insurance made easy today.
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