Certificate II in Construction

This qualification provides an occupational outcome and a range of support tasks applicable to a majority of construction work sites.

Occupational titles may include:

Trades assistant

Builder's labourer

Construction assistant.

The qualification has core units of competency that are required in many Certificate III qualifications. The elective options are structured to allow choice from a range of units aligned at Certificate III level and in total could provide meaningful credit in a construction industry Australian Apprenticeship.

The construction industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units of competency to be delivered in this context.

Completion of the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007) is required before entering a construction work site. Achievement of unit CPCCOHS1001A covers this requirement.


Packaging rules

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in:

15 units of competency:

9 core units

6 elective units.

The elective units are to be chosen as follows:

at least 1 unit each from Group A, B and C

the remaining units from the groups below to ensure a suitable mix of usable skills.

Core units

add topic CPCCCM1012A

Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry

add topic CPCCCM1013A

Plan and organise work

add topic CPCCCM1014A

Conduct workplace communication

add topic CPCCCM1015A

Carry out measurements and calculations

add topic CPCCCM2001A

Read and interpret plans and specifications

add topic CPCCCM2005A

Use construction tools and equipment

add topic CPCCCM2006A

Apply basic levelling procedures

add topic CPCCCO2013A

Carry out concreting to simple forms

add topic CPCCOHS2001A

Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

Elective units

Group A: Site preparation

add topic CPCCCM2002A

Carry out excavation

add topic CPCCCM2009A

Carry out basic demolition

add topic MEM05050B

Perform routine gas metal arc welding

add topic RIICCM210A

Install trench support

add topic RIIOHS202A

Enter and work in confined spaces

add topic RIIWMG203A

Drain and dewater civil construction site

Group B: Site support

add topic CPCCCM2008A

Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding

add topic CPCCCM2010A

Work safely at heights

add topic CPCCCM3001B

Operate elevated work platforms

add topic CPCCRI3001A

Operate personnel and materials hoists

add topic RIIOHS205A

Control traffic with stop-slow bat

add topic TLILIC108A

Licence to operate a forklift truck

Group C: Trade preparation

add topic CPCCCA2003A

Erect and dismantle formwork for footings and slabs on ground

add topic CPCCCM2007A

Use explosive power tools

add topic CPCCCO3027A

Cut and core concrete

add topic CPCCPD2013A

Remove and replace doors and door and window components

add topic CPCCSF2004A

Place and fix reinforcement materials

add topic CPCCSP2003A

Prepare surfaces for plastering

add topic CPCCWC2001A

Complete penetrations and flashings

add topic CPCCWP2003A

Prepare for construction waterproofing process

add topic CPCCWP2004A

Prepare surfaces for waterproofing application

Group D: General elective units

add topic CPCCCM3003A

Work safely around power sources, services and assets

add topic CPCCPD3029A

Remove graffiti and apply protective coatings

add topic CPCCPD3030A

Apply protective paint coating systems

add topic CPCCSH2003A

Apply and install sealant and sealant devices

add topic CPCCWF3004A

Repair wall and floor tiles

add topic LMFGG1001B

Complete a basic glass and glazing project

add topic LMFGG3015B

Fabricate and install shower screens and wardrobe doors

add topic RIICBS201A

Conduct tack coat spraying operations

add topic RIICBS202A

Hand spread asphalt

add topic RIICBS203A

Safely handle bituminous materials

add topic RIICCM207A

Spread and compact materials manually

add topic RIISAM204A

Operate small plant and equipment


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Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

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Employability Skills


Employability skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Communicates with clients, colleagues and others using effective and appropriate communication techniques, including:

Clear and direct communication

Active listening

Verbal and non-verbal language

Questioning to identify and confirm requirements

Language and concepts appropriate to cultural differences

Follows instructions from supervisor and other relevant persons

Understands, interprets and applies information as required from:

Environmental and OHS requirements, including material safety data sheets (MSDS)

Plans, drawings and specifications

Design concepts

Load tables

Safety signs and symbols

Organisational policies and procedures

Understands relevant definitions, terminology, symbols, abbreviations and language

Records relevant information using standard workplace documentation, including log and hoist books

Applies measurements and calculations using appropriate equipment, formulas and records as required

Reports and records hazards and risks


Works as part of a team

Provides assistance and encouragement to other team members

Initiates and encourages improvements in team performance

Identifies and utilises the strengths of other team members

Relates to people from diverse social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with varying physical and mental abilities

Participates in on-site meetings

Problem solving

Examines tools and equipment prior to use for damage, missing components or other defects

Identifies typical faults and problems and takes remedial action and/or reports to supervisor

Rectifies simple faults with tools and equipment

Conducts daily safety check for hoist, including test run

Identifies methods of prevention and control for water penetration

Initiative and enterprise

Identifies opportunities to improve resource efficiency and makes suggestions as appropriate

Responds to change and workplace challenges

Puts ideas into action

Maximises use of resources by recycling, re-using or using appropriate disposal methods

Planning and organising

Identifies hazards and implements appropriate hazard control measures

Identifies and manages risks

Carries out site inspection to identify requirements

Selects and uses appropriate materials, tools and equipment

Determines material quantity requirements and checks for conformity to requirements

Prioritises and sequences tasks

Applies time management skills to ensure work is completed to time requirements

Self management

Evaluates own actions and makes judgements about performance and necessary improvements

Contributes to workplace responsibilities, such as current work site environmental/sustainability frameworks or management systems

Manages own performance to meet workplace standards

Seeks support to improve work performance

Cleans up work area, including tools and equipment


Identifies own learning needs and seeks skill development as required

Is open to learning new ideas and techniques


Uses calculators

Uses and operates a range of tools and equipment correctly and safely

Properly starts up, operates and shuts down equipment

Carries out pre- and post-operational checks on equipment and machines

Performs tool and equipment maintenance as required