The course qualification is nationally recognised entry-level qualification for employment in the Construction industry. This course would suit students who are interested in a career in the building and construction industry, building certification or project management in that industry. The knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired by students in this course will also be of value in future study and daily life.


CPC20211 – Certificate II in Construction Pathways
From 2022 Year11 will be enrolled in the updated qualification CPC20220

Course Duration/Hours

This is a 240 hour course that runs over 2 years. It may be possible to undertake a 120 hour course in Construction.

An additional 120 hour Specialisation course may be available at Sydney Catholic Schools Trade Training/Skills Centres.

HSC Information

This is a Board Developed Course, Category B. Students who complete the 240 hour course may sit for the optional HSC exam. Mandatory units of competency from the list below are examined.

One Category B course (2 units) may be counted towards the calculation of the ATAR for university entrance. Students not wishing to achieve an ATAR need not sit the HSC examination.

Work Placement

NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) requires students to complete a minimum of 70 hours of work placement. Work placement is a mandatory component of the course and must be completed prior to the student’s last HSC exam.

Days worked as part of a School Based Traineeship satisfies this NESA requirement.

COVID-19 Vaccination is required to work in the Construction Industry. Students need to meet NSW Health Orders vaccination requirements to undertake work placement or an SBAT.


This course is competency based and the student’s performance is recognised against a prescribed industry standard. Assessment strategies may include:

  • Observation
  • Student demonstration
  • Questioning
  • Written tasks
  • Tests

Students are given a number of opportunities to demonstrate competence across the range of competency standards covered by this course.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You may be entitled to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning. If you have completed any training, either through your part-time work, TAFE or other school VET courses you have completed recently, or through experience gained in other ways you can apply for RPL. You should talk to your School VET Coordinator, Careers Adviser or course teacher for further information.


A course fee is generally charged by schools to cover consumable materials. Your school will provide further advice.

Units of Competency

To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete: 12 units, 6 core, 6 electives. [The units listed below are for the current qualification. This list will be updated on the SCS site once NESA publishes the updated course information.]

The NESA course requires students also undertake General Induction Training (White Card) which is a pre-requisite for many other units, and Use construction tools and equipment as Mandatory units in this course. (Your school will confirm which electives will be delivered):


  • CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry (NESA Mandatory)
  • CPCCOHS2001A Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry (Core)
  • CPCCCA2011A Handle carpentry materials
  • CPCCCA2002B Use carpentry tools and equipment
  • CPCCCM1013A Plan and organise work (Core)
  • CPCCCM1014A Conduct workplace communication (Core)
  • CPCCCM2006B Apply basic levelling procedures
  • CPCCCM2004A Handle construction materials
  • CPCCCM2005B Use construction tools and equipment (NESA Mandatory)


  • CPCCCO2013A Carry out concreting to simple forms
  • CPCCCM1015A Carry out measurements and calculations (Core)
  • CPCCCM2001A Read and interpret plans and specifications (Core)
  • CPCCCM1012A Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry (Core)

And one of these groups of electives

  • Group A: Brick & Blocklaying
    • CPCCBL2001A Handle and prepare bricklaying and blocklaying materials
    • CPCCBL2002A Use bricklaying and blocklaying tools and equipment
  • Group F: Joinery
    • CPCCJN2001A Assemble components
    • CPCCJN2002B Prepare for off-site manufacturing process
  • Group D: Wall & Floor Tiling
    • CPCCWF2001A Handle wall and floor tiling materials
    • CPCCWF2002A Use wall and floor tiling tools and equipment
Further Study

Apprenticeship, for example in:

  • Carpentry
  • Bricklaying
  • Wall and Floor Tiling
  • Shopfitting
  • Builder
Career Information

Job Roles

Trades; assistants work with carpentry tradespeople by handling construction materials, using tools and equipment, erecting and dismantle formwork for footings and slabs on ground.

Duties and Tasks

Carpenters may perform the following tasks:

  • Construct formwork into which concrete is poured
  • Set out an outline of the building on the ground of the site, using string and pegs to allow for excavations
  • Build floors, wall frameworks (timber or metal) and roofs, and lay timber floors
  • Read plans and specifications to determine the dimensions, materials required and installation processes to be followed
  • Install metal and timber windows, sashes and doors
  • Construct and erect prefabricated units, such as cottages and houses
  • Cut materials with hand and power tools, and assemble, nail, cut or shape parts
  • Install door handles, locks, hardware, flooring underlay, insulating material and other fixtures
  • Maintain and sharpen tools

Personal Attributes

  • Enjoy practical work
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Able to work with your hands
  • Good sense of balance and ability to work at heights
  • Good at mathematics
  • Good health and eyesight
  • Able to work as part of a team.

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