Certificate II in Construction Pathways

National Code: CPC20220
TAFE SA Code: TP01277


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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10 weeks 

Full Time


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Entry Recommendations
Recommended for those with an interest and aptitude towards working in the building and construction industry.

Attendance Requirements (subject to change)

  • Classes are held 4 days a week.

Industry Conditions and Skills
You will need:

  • practical hands-on aptitude
  • good communication and interpersonal skills
  • basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs
You will need to purchase and wear your own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as safety boots, safety glasses and appropriate workwear (eg long pants, long sleeve hi-vis shirt) (approx.

  • $200) Incidental items
    • $100.00 for text book

  • Total Fees for the 10 week course
    You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
    Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).

    This course is part of the Fee Free TAFE initiative. Fee Free TAFE and vocational education is a joint initiative of the Australian and South Australian Governments providing tuition-free training places to students wanting to train, retrain or upskill. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place before the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. The number of Fee Free TAFE places that are funded is limited by the terms of the skills agreement signed by the Australian and South Australian Governments. Should all available Fee Free TAFE places be taken, subsequent applicants will be offered a subsidised place.

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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 (CPC20220)
      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 5 core units and 5 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 are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
      of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

      * 2023 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
    • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective 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 elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


      Name Nominal Hours
      Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry 20
      Carry out measurements and calculations 20
      Plan and organise work 20
      Undertake a basic construction project 40
      Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry 20


      Name Nominal Hours
      Apply Basic Levelling Procedures 8
      Assemble components 32
      Handle and prepare bricklaying and blocklaying materials 16
      Handle carpentry materials 16
      Handle construction materials 16
      Read and interpret plans and specifications 36
      Undertake basic estimation and costing 16
      Undertake basic installation of wall tiles 120
      Use bricklaying and blocklaying tools and equipment 30
      Use carpentry tools and equipment 96
      Use construction tools and equipment 96
      Use solid plastering tools and equipment 80
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