Certificate II in Construction Pathways

National Code: CPC20211
TAFE SA Code: TP00230


This course 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 learn foundational skills that will help you gain your trade apprenticeship.

Through theoretical and practical course work, you will 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 and how to follow instruction from trade supervisors.

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Up to 6 months 

Full Time

Carpenter Carpenter

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements, however, students wishing to access subsidised training will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Total Fees for the 6 month course

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place during the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

Subsidised Training Eligibility
Full Fee
$3,650 - $11,242

Student Services Fee (SSF) applies. Full-time student $20. Part-time student $10.

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    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.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate II in Construction Pathways (CPC20211)
    You will learn about the processes, materials, tools and equipment used and develop specialised skills and knowledge associated with the industry. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 6 core units and 6 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2019 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry 20
    Carry out measurements and calculations 20
    Conduct workplace communication 20
    Plan and organise work 20
    Read and interpret plans and specifications 36
    Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry 20


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply basic levelling procedures 8
    Apply first aid in the workplace 8
    Apply protective paint coating systems 30
    Assemble components 32
    Becoming job ready 30
    Carry out basic demolition 32
    Carry out concreting to simple forms 20
    Carry out levelling 6
    Carry out OHS requirements 40
    Carry out simple concreting and rendering 16
    Collect and store roof water 10
    Control traffic with a stop-slow bat 20
    Cut and join sheet metal 8
    Cut using oxy-LPG-acetylene equipment 8
    Drain and dewater civil construction site 20
    Erect and dismantle formwork for footings and slabs on ground 24
    Fabricate and install non-ferrous pressure piping 12
    Fabricate and install roof drainage components 48
    Handle and prepare bricklaying and blocklaying materials 16
    Handle and store plumbing materials 6
    Handle carpentry materials 16
    Handle construction materials 16
    Handle solid plastering materials 8
    Handle wall and floor tiling materials 32
    Handle waterproofing materials 24
    Install and maintain domestic water treatment equipment 10
    Install trench support 16
    Mark out materials 20
    Operate elevated work platforms 32
    Operate small plant and equipment 20
    Participate in practical placement 40
    Participate in work teams and groups 20
    Planning a future career 30
    Prepare for off-site manufacturing process 32
    Prepare surfaces 32
    Prepare surfaces for plastering 40
    Prepare surfaces for tiling application 40
    Read plans and calculate plumbing quantities 8
    Receive roofing materials 4
    Remove and replace doors and door and window components 4
    Select and install roof sheeting and wall cladding 16
    Signwrite to simple forms 76
    Undertake a basic construction project 40
    Undertake a simple investigation of health and well being 20
    Use bricklaying and blocklaying tools and equipment 30
    Use carpentry tools and equipment 96
    Use construction tools and equipment 96
    Use painting and decorating tools and equipment 80
    Use plumbing hand and power tools 40
    Use solid plastering tools and equipment 80
    Use static machines 56
    Use wall and floor tiling tools and equipment 96
    Use waterproofing tools and equipment 60
    Using mathematical operations for trade purposes 30
    Weld using arc welding equipment 16
    Weld using oxy-acetylene equipment 16
    Work effectively in the plumbing and services sector 12
    Work safely at heights 8
    Work safely in the construction industry 6
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