National code: CPC20120

Certificate II in Construction

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Overview About this course

Begin building your career in the construction industry as you learn to use power tools, work with building materials and read and interpret plans. You’ll get hands-on training as a labourer before entering your apprenticeship qualification.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Read and interpret plans

  • Carry out measurements and calculations

  • Use construction tools and equipment

  • Carry out concreting in simple forms

  • Work in accordance with Work Health and Safety requirements

Course Outcomes

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

  • The ability to construct small woodwork items such as stepping stools or a carry all toolbox

  • Experience in placing and finishing concrete

  • The confidence to use power tools

  • A strong pathway to an apprenticeship

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

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:

  • The ability to attend all classes

  • 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: Builder’s labourer and Construction industry apprenticeship

Study pathways

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The Certificate II 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 II in Construction qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 15 Units of competency, including 10 core and 5 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.

  • Prepare to work safely in the construction industry CPCWHS1001

  • Use construction tools and equipment CPCCCM2005

  • Apply basic levelling procedures CPCCCM2006

  • Carry out measurements and calculations CPCCOM1015

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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