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.


CPC20220 – Certificate II in Construction Pathways

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 may be 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 CPC20220 you must successfully complete: 10 units, 5 core, 5 electives.

The General Induction Training (White Card) is a pre-requisite for many other units and is mandatory in the NESA course. Two additional units identified below are also designated as Mandatory units in this course. Your school will confirm which elective will be delivered:

  • CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry (NESA Mandatory)
  • CPCCWHS2001 Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry (Core)
  • CPCCCA2011 Handle carpentry materials
  • CPCCCA2002 Use carpentry tools and equipment
  • CPCCCM2006 Apply basic levelling procedures
  • CPCCCM1013 Plan and organise work (Core)
  • CPCCCM1014 Conduct workplace communication
  • And one of these electives

    • CPCCBL2002 Use bricklaying and blocklaying tools and equipment
    • CPCCJN2001 Assemble components
    • CPCCCO2013 Carry out concreting to simple forms
    • CPCCWF2002 Use wall and floor tiling tools and equipment


    • CPCCCM2004 Handle construction materials
    • CPCCCM2005 Use construction tools and equipment (NESA Mandatory)
    • CPCCVE1011 Undertake a basic construction project (Core)
    • CPCCCM1015 Carry out measurements and calculations (Core)
    • CPCCCM2001 Read and interpret plans and specifications (NESA Mandatory)
    • CPCCCM1012A Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry (Core)
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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