Construction Pathways (C)

A course in Construction allows students to be a: Builder, Carpenter, Concreter, Wall and Floor Tiler, Plaster, Project Manager, Estimator, Trades Assistant, Bricklayer, Painter and Decorator, Construction Assistant, Electrician, Plumber, Floor Polisher

This course is designed for students who intend to pursue a career in the construction industry and associated trades or would like to build an interest in this area. This course aims to provide students with the foundation knowledge and the elementary skills required to work in the building and associated trades.

Training occurs in the purpose built SFX Trade Training Centre. The construction industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units of competency to be delivered in this context.

The qualification is suited to VET in Schools programs or learners with no previous connection to the construction industry or relevant employment history.

The unit CPCCWHS1001  Prepare to work safely in the construction industry, is designed to meet WHS regulatory authority requirements for WHS induction and must be achieved before access to any building and construction work site. White card and Asbestos training component of Work safely in the construction industry, is delivered by CIT. Students are required to make a part payment and the college covers the remaining amount. The payment breakup is decided each year.  More information is available on request.

These are nationally recognised vocational courses with competency standards from the Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package. It is intended that students studying this course can achieve a Certificate I in Construction and a Certificate II in Construction Pathways or a Statement of Attainment for competencies attained.

These qualifications are recognised as an entry-level qualification for employment in the construction industry and provides opportunities to:

  • Gain knowledge of the building sector and appreciate sustainable work practices
  • Use a range of standard carpentry and construction materials and tools
  • Develop practical skills in brick and block laying, formwork and framing
  • Prepare sites for construction and following standard clean up procedures
  • Read and interpret plans, following building specifications and accurately applying measurements and calculations
  • Apply basic levelling procedures
  • Participate and engage in practical activities both on and off site
  • Work safely in the construction industry
  • Undertake a Structured Workplace Learning

Structured Workplace Assessment

Students are encouraged to complete an Industry Placement

Structured Workplace Learning is the workplace component of a nationally recognised industry specific VET in Schools program. It provides supervised learning activities contributing to an assessment of competence, and achievement of outcomes. It is highly recommended for students to complete at least one placement in an industry setting. These work placements can be organised to suit the needs of individual students during term time, holidays or on an on-going basis as an Australian School Based Apprenticeship (ASBA).

Structured Workplace Learning provides the context for:

  • enhanced skill development
  • practical application of industry knowledge
  • assessment of units of competency
  • enhanced employment opportunities.


Vocational pathway

This course provides the student with appropriate skills, knowledge and attitudes to:

  • gain credit transfer to higher qualifications in the Building and Construction Industry make an informed decision on seeking a career in the Building and Construction Industry
  • gain employment skills to move directly into a career in the Building and Construction Industry
  • undertake further courses at CIT
  • facilitate entry into an Australian Apprenticeship
  • work part time while still studying or travelling



Qualification: CPC20211 Certificate II in Construction Pathways

Training Package: CPC08 – Construction, Plumbing and Services

Duration: Two-year course studied across year 11 and 12

 This qualification provides a pathway to the primary trades in the construction industry with the exception of plumbing. Trade outcomes are predominantly achieved through an Australian Apprenticeship and this Certificate II allows for inclusion of skills suited for entry to off-site occupations, such as joinery and shop fitting as well as carpentry, bricklaying and other occupations in general construction.

This Certificate II is designed to introduce learners to the recognised trade callings in the construction industry and provide meaningful credit in a construction industry Australian Apprenticeship.

The qualification has core unit of competency requirements that are required in most Certificate III qualifications. The elective options are structured to allow choice from areas of trade skills as an introduction to a range of occupations.

To achieve this qualification, 12 units of competency must be completed:

  • 6 core units
  • 6 elective units
    (0.5) Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) Unit highly recommended


  • CPCCCM1012              Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry (Core)
  • CPCCCM1013               Plan and organise work (Core)
  • CPCCCM1014               Conduct workplace communication (Core)
  • CPCCCM2001               Read and interpret plans and specifications (Core)
  • CPCCCM1015               Carry out measurements and calculations (Core)
  • CPCCWHS2001             Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction
  • industry (Core)
  • CPCCCM2004A             Handle construction materials (Elective)
  • CPCCCM2006               Apply basic levelling procedures (Elective)
  • CPCCBL2001A              Handle and prepare bricklaying and block laying materials (Elective)
  • CPCCBL2002A              Use bricklaying and block laying tools and equipment (Elective)
  • CPCCCA2011A             Handle carpentry materials (Elective)
  • CPCCCM2010B             Work safely at heights (Elective, CIT Delivery))
  • CPCCCA2002B             Use carpentry tools and equipment (Elective, CIT Delivery) *

(*This competency is an additional competency, delivery is determined yearly by the teacher. The competency must be delivered by CIT.)


Assessment Requirements

  • Assessment strategies might include:
  • Assessment strategies may include:
  • Observation
  • Student Demonstration
  • Questioning
  • Written tasks
  • Tests


As this is Vocational Course students will need to provide to the College their USI (Unique Student Identifier) before being enrolled in the course and to be awarded competencies and receive the certificate for the course.  To obtain their USI students need to use the USI link

Further USI information can be found at

St Francis Xavier College, Registered Training Organisation, National Code 88024

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