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Problem-solving, enjoyment of physical work, a creative mind and the ability to prioritise are all needed for an in-demand career in bricklaying.

Love creating, planning and controlling projects? TAFE NSW courses in building and construction are all linked to industry needs so you can help create, shape and improve the environments we all live and work in. Explore introductory courses, apprenticeships and advanced trade courses that concentrate on specialised skills.

Learn how to use hand and power tools, work from plans and specifications to fabricate, install and construct, and learn how to select the correct materials. Completion of a qualification in this field may satisfy the educational requirements of the Office of Fair Trading for the issue of a carpentry trade contractor licence.

A project isn't finished until it's finished! Painting and decorating careers are in demand and on show.

Underground or overhead, plumbers master pipes, drains, gutters, metal roofing and mechanical services. Careers focus on everything from water supply, gas, drainage, sewerage to heating, cooling and ventilation systems.

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Brad, Construction student

Medical duo building new qualifications

"As older students I think we have a bit more insight into life and where we want to be and how we are going to get there… We’re here to learn, but we have fun too."

Brad, Construction student

It's not often you hear of a medical professional taking on an apprenticeship as a builder – even rarer to find two in the same class.

But that's what you find at TAFE NSW, with Brad Carey, a radiographer of 18 years, and Matt Ring, an emergency nurse of 14 years, both enroled in a six-month pre-apprenticeship course in construction while juggling their hospital rosters.

"I'm at a point in my life where I want to do something different and building my own house is one of those things," says Matt.

Brad agrees, adding that while two jobs and study was a hefty workload, he had wanted to be a builder for more than 10 years. "I do afternoon shifts at the hospital to make this work. As older students I think we have a bit more insight into life and where we want to be and how we are going to get there."


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If you’re passionate about working on construction projects, getting your hands dirty working outdoors, and love progress you can actually see at the end of every day – then a career in building and construction could be for you.

Take one of our courses to pursue your passion and construct a career you’re proud of as your skills come to life around you.

We offer building and construction courses to suit careers in the management of building and construction projects.

Being in control of a construction project will set you up for life, equipping you with the skills industry needs and the skills you need to start your own sole trader business.

You can choose to build your career with a solid foundation like the Certificate III in Carpentry or Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying. Continue your studies with either the Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) and / or the Diploma in Building and Construction (Building) and become a licensed builder.

Prefer to work in a specialist trade on site? Consider a Certificate III in Demolition, Certificate III in Rigging, Certificate III in Formwork/Falsework to become a qualified construction worker.

Our building and construction courses equip you with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge you need to know to be a qualified builder in the building and construction field you choose.

You’ll also use your communication skills and attention to detail to learn how to successfully run your own business, prepare construction contracts, manage projects and create safe work environments in the building industry.

Whether you want to restore heritage homes or lay the foundation for commercial sites there are many exciting opportunities for you to build your career, your way:

  • Builder
  • Construction Supervisor
  • Leading Hand
  • Site Supervisor

Create building that will hold a lifetime of memories, by building beautifully crafted and meticulously planned residential or commercial projects with the Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) and move on to the Diploma of Building and Construction (Building).

Once you graduate, apply for your builder’s license through NSW Fair Trading and join the bustling building industry which is always seeking dynamic construction workers.

Home is where the heart is. A house is not just a building with four walls, it is a familiar smell, a place of laughter, and a cosy space to curl up after a long day. It is where memories are made, and milestones are reached. People are searching for the perfect builder to build the perfect home.

It is one of the reasons that the building industry continues to be in high demand, with an expected 15,040 job opening to 2025 and many opportunities to grow your career and business. The construction industry is the third largest employer in Australia, which means you have strong job prospects, with opportunity to create generous earnings. There has never been a better time to get into the building industry!

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What job opportunities could trade courses lead to?

A building trades course can lead to a number of job opportunities in the building industry, from working as a self-employed builder to overseeing projects and construction sites.

Qualifications in building trades can lead to a job as:

  • a plumber
  • sign writer
  • site foreman
  • builder
  • bricklayer

The average weekly salary for a plumber is $1,200. Whether you're just starting out in your building trades career, want to gain more qualifications, add to your previous experience, or simply broaden your horizons, TAFE NSW offers a wide variety of courses at a number of levels to suit you.

TAFE courses in the area include:

  • Plumbing
  • Carpentry
  • Construction
  • Bricklaying
  • Building Surveying
  • Roof Tiling
  • Building Design
  • Drainage
  • Building and Construction