Course Description

Building-StudentOur Construction program has been developed to provide a comprehensive skills base across all aspects of general construction.

Students will undertake training in wood trades (carpentry – including steel framing) and wet trades (bricklaying, tiling, plastering, painting and decorating).

The program also provides an introduction to allied trades such as civil construction and cabinetmaking.

Your training will be undertaken at a number of sites including the purpose-built workshops at St Patrick’s Technical College and on “LIVE” build sites utilising the College’s mobile workshop.

This program is part of the St Pat’s Tech School of Building & Construction. To see the other pathways available in this sub-school, visit the Programs page.

Course Structure

All theory subjects at St Pat’s Tech are tailored specifically for your program.

Pre-vocational training is TAFE accredited, industry relevant and highly practical.

> Trade theory subjects
> Numeracy for Work & Community
> English Pathways
> Scientific Studies

> Pre-vocational training
> Certificate II in Construction Pathways (CPC20211)


St Patrick’s Technical College – Construction workshop

Curriculum Information

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Certificate II in Construction Pathways (CPC20211)

tafe-logo-with-rto-codeCourse content includes: Whitecard WHS, use carpentry tools and equipment, prepare surfaces, assemble components, read and interpret plans, handle construction materials, use bricklaying and block materials, handle wall and floor tiling materials, use construction equipment and tools, use plastering tools and equipment, work safely at heights.

See below for full list of competencies associated with this AQF qualification delivered in partnership with TAFE SA.

Design Technology (Construction)

Design Technology (Construction) is an internally assessed course embracing a series of industry unit standard qualifications, as well as related assignments and skills. The project themes are designed to encourage students to make plans and decisions, analyse solutions and critique their work. The course suits those students intending to pursue a career in the building and construction trades. This subject is part of the Year 12 pre-apprenticeship program.

Integrated Learning

Students apply their knowledge and skills to a real-world task, event, learning opportunity, or context, which leads to a specific purpose, product, or outcome. The subject draws links between aspects of students’ lives and their learning. Students develop and demonstrate their collaboration, teamwork, and self-awareness, and evaluate their learning. This subject is part of the Year 12 pre-apprenticeship program.

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Essential English

Our literacy program prepares students to communicate effectively within the workplace. This subject provides students with skills required to enhance their oral and written skills. Students learn techniques to improve their employment opportunities, their ability to work in a team and their effectiveness to communicate with customers and clients. Areas such as the planning and writing of job applications, procedures when writing curriculum vitae and the appropriate use of email and other electronic communications are also studied in this course.

Essential Mathematics

Our numeracy program enables students to develop the mathematical skills necessary to ensure their success and is both practical and theoretical in nature. Students study units of measurement, measuring devices, length, perimeter, area and volume. These units also include components in costing, quoting and scale drawing. These units are fundamental to the success of all students completing a trade and give students a clear understanding of the relevance between mathematics and their chosen career pathway.

Research Project

In the Research Project, students have the opportunity to study an area of interest in depth. They use their creativity and initiative, while developing the research and presentation skills they will need in further study or work.

Scientific Studies (Construction)

This subject prepares students in gaining a scientific understanding of why selected materials are used within the building industry. Students gain knowledge of the insulative properties of selected materials, understand the techniques used to strengthen building materials and investigate the properties of both natural and processed building materials. Students are introduced to the tools used in industry and the science behind their operation. This is a practical course where many aspects of the students learning are obtained through hands on experience.

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Skills for Life

The Skills for Life program provides students with meaningful and positive experiences as part of the College’s Catholic community. It aims to develop students knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the dignity of the human person, living in relationship and the nature of freedom and responsibility. It helps students to recognise how they can impact and make a difference in their community and to develop skills and values in relation to what is meaningful and significant to their lives.

Workplace Practices

In Workplace Practices students develop knowledge, skills, and understanding of the nature, type and structure of the workplace. They learn about the value of unpaid work to society, future trends in the world of work, workers' rights and responsibilities and career planning. Our extensive Work Experience program is a key component of this subject allowing students to develop and reflect on their capabilities, interests, and aspirations.

Pre-Vocational Competencies

CPC20211 Certificate II in Construction Pathways
Code Unit Title
CPCCCA2002B Use carpentry tools and equipment
CPCCCA2011A Handle carpentry materials
CPCCCM2004A Handle construction materials
CPCCCO2013A Carry out concreting to simple forms
CPCCJN2002B Prepare for off-site manufacturing process
CPCCJN2001A Assemble components
CPCCCM1012A Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
CPCCCM1013A Plan and organise work
CPCCCM1014A Conduct workplace communication
CPCCCM1015A Carry out measurements and calculations
CPCCCM2001A Read and interpret plans and specifications
CPCCOHS2001A Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
CPCCCM2009A Basic demolition
CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry
CPCCBL2002A Use bricklaying and block laying tools and equipment
CPCCBL2001A Handle bricklaying and block laying materials
CPCCSP2003A Prepare surfaces for plastering
CPCCSP2002A Use solid plastering tools and equipment
CPCCWF2001A Use wall and floor tiling tools and equipment
CPCCWF2002A Handle wall and floor tiling materials
CPCCCM1012A Prepare for off-site manufacturing process

Work Experience

St Pat’s Tech supports you as you move into the workplace.

You’ll take on Workplace Practices, which gives you the skills to work effectively in a team and allows you to gain a detailed understanding of your chosen trade.

You’ll study career planning, research, employability, interview and resume skills, self-evaluation and goal setting in a program that includes:

> Skills for Life
> Work Experience – to develop your skills in the workplace and experience your trade first-hand. Campus-based students undertake a minimum of six weeks’ Work Experience per year.


As part of your program at St Patrick’s Technical College, we’ll support you to move into a School-based Apprenticeship as soon as you’re ready.

Building-&-Construction-Course-CaricatureSt Patrick’s Technical College is the School-based Apprenticeship specialist.

A School-based Apprenticeship (SbA) is a mix of academic, vocational education, training and employment.

Through your SbA at St Pat’s Tech, employment skills and real-world experience are an integral part of your school program.

As the SbA specialist, your program will be unlike that in any other school in South Australia. We provide you and your employer with unique FLEXIBILITY.

You can spend up to 40 weeks of your final school year full-time with an employer in paid work. This means you can finish the first year of your apprenticeship at the same time as completing your SACE.

You will be mentored by a member of the St Pat’s Tech team and when you graduate, you will automatically be upgraded to a full-time position.

Career Pathways

The building and construction industry is responsible for the homes we live in, the schools and hospitals we rely upon, and the commercial and industrial buildings in which we work.

Career opportunities in the industry include:

  • Bricklayer
  • Cabinetmaker
  • Carpenter
  • Civil construction worker
  • Concreter
  • Floor finisher and coverer
  • Joiner
  • Plasterer
  • Painter and decorator
  • Roofer
  • Stonemason
  • Tiler

For more information about this industry in South Australia, visit Skills for All.

For more information specific to Civil Construction in South Australia, click here.