This qualification provides an introduction to the construction industry, its culture, occupations, job roles and employer expectations in the workplace. The units of competency cover essential workplace health and safety requirements, information about working in the industry, communication skills, planning and preparing for projects, working individually and in teams and basic use of tools and materials. The qualification is built around basic construction projects that integrate skills and embeds the facets of employability skills in context.

Who should attend?

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

What will I study?

  • CPCCWHS1001 – Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
  • CPCCCM1012A – Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
  • CPCCCM1013A – Plan and organise work
  • CPCCCM1014A – Conduct workplace communication
  • CPCCCM1015A – Carry out measurement and calculations
  • CPCCCM2001A – Read and interpret plans and specifications
  • CPCCCM2004A – Handle construction materials
  • CPCCCM2005B – Use construction tools and equipment
  • CPCCCM2006B – Apply basic leveling procedures
  • CPCCOHS2001A – Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

Additional competencies studied depending whether the student is VET in School or post-school.

  • CPCCVE1011A – Undertake a basic construction project
  • BSBSUS201 – Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Course locations

Depending on the program you are enrolled in, we currently have campuses in the following locations:

GCSC Yatala – Modular Construction Yard

GCSC Surfers Paradise – Ruby (high rise project)

GCSC Brisbane – West Village Development, West End

GCSC Toowoomba (Harristown) – Modular Construction Yard

GCSC Yarrabilba – Lendlease Residential Housing Estate

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for the qualification, just a passion to work in the construction industry.

Pre requisites           

The unit CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry is designed to meet OHS regulatory authority requirements for OHS induction and must be achieved before access to any building and construction work site. CPCCWHS1001 is a prerequisite for all compulsory OHS units in Certificate II and III construction qualifications. The completion of this competency facilitates the issuing of a ‘White Card.’

Can I apply for credit transfer or RPL?

Credit transfer may give you advanced standing (exemption) for parts of the course that you have successfully completed through other training. A Statement of Attainment must be presented as evidence of previously completed training.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is available where an applicant may have attained the skills and knowledge equivalent to specific competencies through previous training, work experience or life experiences. If you believe you are eligible for RPL please inform us during your enrolment process or during your training.

Privacy Conditions

Participants should be aware that certain information from participants pertaining to this course may be accessed by a third party, such as the Department of Education, Training and Employment for the purpose of audit.

Delivery mode

Training is delivered face-to-face in a workshop and classroom environment and supported with a Learning Management System (LMS).


The range of assessment methods will include:

  • Practical observation
  • LMS responses
  • Photographic evidence

Assessment activities will take place in simulated activities at the RTO premises and onsite Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) experience while not part of the formal qualification is always undertaken as part of a GCSC program.

Course materials

Participants attending the course will be provided with access to online learning resources, a Learning Management System (LMS), plans and text books including access to copies of the relevant Acts, Regulations, Codes of Practice and Building Codes.

Outcome and qualification

There are no specific job outcomes requiring this qualification, but the skills achieved will assist in successfully undertaking a Certificate III apprenticeship or traineeship. This qualification provides exposure to a range of entry level skills relevant to all trades in the construction industry.


There are different programs available, to read more information please download our brochures:

Fees or Funding

For the Tradestart students: Depending on your eligibility your course fee could be fully or part funded by Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ).

Ready 4 Construction students: Fully funded to students via VETiS (funded by the Department of Education, Training and Employment)

Our Indigenous programs are funded by a combination of state, federal and industry contributions.

Further information

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We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.