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Course Description

Construction is a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course which is run at the College. The Construction course is designed to enable students to acquire a range of technical, practical, personal and organisational skills valued in and beyond the workplace. Students will also acquire knowledge and skills related to work, employment and further training in the construction industry. Students who undertake Construction Pathways can use the subject to gain an ATAR as well as a Certificate II in Construction Pathways which is a nationally recognised qualification. Additionally, students receive a Statement of Attainment (SOA) towards CPC20120 Certificate II in Construction.

Course Qualification

CPC20220 – Cert II Construction Pathways plus SOA towards CPC20120 Cert II Construction


2 | Preliminary and HSC

Course Type

VET Board Developed, ATAR Eligible

Topics studied in Year 11

  • Prepare to work safely in the construction industry (White Card)
  • Apply WHS requirements, policies and processes in the construction industry
  • Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
  • Plan and organise work
  • Carry out measurements and calculations
  • Undertake a basic construction project

Topics studied in Year 12

  • Read and interpret plans and specifications
  • Conduct workplace communication
  • Use carpentry tools and equipment
  • Undertake basic installation of wall tiles
  • Carry out concreting to simple forms
  • Use construction tools and equipment
  • Handle and prepare bricklaying and blocklaying materials
  • Use bricklaying and blocklaying tools and equipment
  • Undertake a basic construction project

Work Placement

For the NESA 240 hour course, 70 hours of work placement must be undertaken. Your school or Work Placement Service Providers may source placements. Completion of the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC2007) is required before entering a construction work site. All students are required to complete this training before participating in work placement. Achievement of unit CPCCWHS1001 covers this requirement.

Special Features & Conditions

  • Students receive a Statement of Attainment (SOA) towards CPC20120 Certificate II in Construction
  • Competency based assessment of skills and knowledge
  • Leads to a nationally recognised AQF qualification
  • Includes an optional HSC examination for inclusion in ATAR calculations. Students specify whether or not they will sit this examination

Who is this course designed for?

This course provides a pathway to the primary trades in the construction industry with the exception of plumbing. 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.

What do you do in this course?

Learn how to work safely in the workplace, use construction tools and equipment, read and interpret plans, conduct workplace communication, carry out measurements and calculations. Build a range of carpentry projects as well as concreting, wall sheeting and tiling, bricklaying and a group construction project. You will also complete a week of work placement in both Year 11 and 12.

How can this course help you in the future?

The course will help prepare students for occupations across the construction industry, such as builders, carpenters, joiners, wall and floor tilers, plasterers, bricklayers, painters and decorators and floor finishers.

Studying VET at Belmont Christian College

Work Placement

Each VET course includes a mandatory component of work placement during which a student visits a workplace that is linked to the course being studied. This on-the-job training is an essential part of each course. If students do not complete this requirement, the course will remain incomplete.

Assessment Information

All VET courses are competency-based. Students are assessed against prescribed performance criteria as either ‘competent’ or ‘not yet competent’ under each framework.

HSC & ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank)

VET subjects can contribute to the Higher School Certificate. Industry Framework Courses are able to contribute to an ATAR. However, Board Endorsed Courses (BEC) do not contribute to the calculation of an ATAR.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Students may have their current knowledge, skills and experience relevant to the units of competency within the course recognised, provided they can produce current, quality evidence of their achieved competency.

School-Based Apprenticeships & Traineeships

School-Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBA/Ts) are a great way for students to set themselves up for the career they want while completing their HSC. Students are paid for real work experience, while gaining a nationally-recognised VET qualification and contributing towards their HSC studies.

Students can commence an apprenticeship (Stage 1) or complete a traineeship while at school.

Contact details

Careers Adviser and VET Coordinator

Mrs Susan Carter |

Head of Secondary School

Mr Alex Cameron |

Director of Teaching and Learning

Mr Andrew Kable |

Complaints & Appeals

If students have concerns about aspects of the course, such as resources, facilities, another person, an assessment task or result, they have the right to raise their concerns with the College. Please contact the VET Coordinator.