National code: CPC10120

Certificate I in Construction

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Overview About this course

Make your mark with the practical knowledge you need to start your career in the building industry. This course gives you valuable skills to build your confidence and the opportunity to upskill for future learning.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Read simple plans to set out work

  • Carry out measurements and calculations

  • Prepare and use appropriate materials and industry tools

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Experience in constructing small woodwork items such as bench hooks and small foot stools

  • The ability to undertake a basic construction project such as a dog kennel or cubby house

  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career

  • Gain the skills and knowledge to enter the construction and building industry

  • Know-how to work on a construction site safely and productively

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.

Completion requirements

During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

  • A general construction induction card (commonly known as a white card). You will need this before you can enter a construction site.

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • A positive approach to learning and acquiring new skills

  • A good attitude to early onsite meetings

  • Satisfaction in the challenges of physical work

  • Confidence working under supervision and enthusiasm to work in a team

  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 10 high school level

  • TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test.

  • This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: Labourer and Construction industry apprenticeship

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 0 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

The Certificate I in Construction does not have any pre-requisite courses.

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Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

The Certificate I in Construction does not have any related courses.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate I in Construction qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 11 Units of competency, including 8 core and 3 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Undertake basic estimation and costing CPCCCM1011

  • Handle construction materials CPCCCM2004

  • Use construction tools and equipment CPCCCM2005

  • Undertake a basic construction project CPCCVE1011

TAFE NSW Services Facilities and Support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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