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Certificate II in Construction Pathways

National Course Code: CPC20211


The nationally recognised Certificate II in Construction Pathways gives you a taste of different trades in the building industry. You will develop a broad range of skills across joinery, shopfitting, carpentry and bricklaying and blocklaying, and learn foundational skills that will help you gain your trade apprenticeship.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Read and interpret specifications and plans
  • Carry out measurements and calculations
  • Correctly use hand and power tools
  • Identify materials you will work with in construction
  • Follow instruction from trade supervisors


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Effective communication skills
  • Problem-solving abilities
  • The ability to work in a team


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally accredited qualification at Certificate II level
    A strong pathway to continue your study and gain eligibility to become a qualified tradesperson

Career opportunities:

  • Construction labourer in your trade field of choice


Take your career further with the:

  • Certificate III in Carpentry,
  • Certificate III in Wall and Floor Tiling
  • Certificate III in Shopfitting

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

Course details

People who are successful in this industry have:

  • Effective communication
  • Problem solving abilities
  • The ability to work independently and under direction
  • A reasonable level of fitness

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned and to identify the knowledge or skills that may need further development. In this course you will undertake:

  • Written assessments such as knowledge assessments
  • Practical assessments such as skills assessments

The Certificate II in Construction Pathways, is an entry level pre-apprentice qualification that provides limited exposure to simulated or real world experiences. It covers your foundational skills and sets you up for success for trade level Certificate III qualifications. This may be an option before enrolling into shopfitting.

Certificate III courses (including the Certificate III in Carpentry, the Certificate III in Wall and Floor Tiling and the Certificate III in Shopfitting) are where youll gain all your underpinning experience in trade skills. These courses provide you with real world exposure and youll apply what youre learning in simulated environments. Youll practice your skills at an intermediate level, and work as an apprentice in your chosen trade speciality.

Our suite of Certificate IV courses focus on management and supervisory skills to oversee trade teams. Generally, you need to complete your Certificate III before enrolling into a Certificate IV, as the Certificate IV is for licensed tradespeople.

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Working with hand and power tools
  • Using trade specific equipment depending on your interest
  • Understanding plans and specifications

You will work on real world projects, such as:

  • Using hand tools to create structures
  • Communicating with supervisors and peers
  • Applying safe work practices in a simulated environment

TAFE NSW offers you a range of online and on-campus study environments - industry specific computer rooms, simulated workplaces, study areas, presentation areas and general student facilities - to enhance your learning and employability.

The construction industry is projected to grow by an average of 1.1% per year, over the next five years. The skills you learn in the Certificate II in Construction Pathways will always be highly sought after, and we specifically address the growth the industry is currently experiencing.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed

This course is superseded

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