Certificate II in Construction Pathways

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 and this Certificate II allows for inclusion of skills suited for entry to off-site occupations, such as joinery and shopfitting as well as carpentry, bricklaying and other occupations in general construction.

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.

The qualification has core unit of competency requirements that are required in most Certificate III qualifications. The elective options are structured to allow choice from areas of trade skills as an introduction to a range of occupations.

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.


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

12 units of competency:

6 core units

6 elective units.

The elective units are to be chosen as follows:

no less than 4 units and up to 6 units from Groups A to G, with no less than 2 units from any individual group

up to 2 units from Group H

1 unit may be chosen from Certificate I or II qualifications in add topic CPC08 or another current Training Package or accredited course, provided the integrity of the AQF alignment is ensured, and they contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.

The wide range of electives is drawn from Certificate III units of competency in add topic CPC08 Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package. Units of competency from Plumbing and Services qualifications are not available, as there are different plumbing and services pathways to Certificate III outcomes.

Some units in this qualification may have prerequisite requirements, which must be met when packaging the qualification. Users are referred to the list of add topic CPC08 units with prerequisite unit requirements available in this Training Package for this purpose.

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 CPCCOHS2001A

Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

Elective units

Group A: Brick and blocklaying

add topic CPCCBL2001A

Handle and prepare bricklaying and blocklaying materials

add topic CPCCBL2002A

Use bricklaying and blocklaying tools and equipment

Group B: Carpentry

add topic CPCCCA2002B

Use carpentry tools and equipment

add topic CPCCCA2003A

Erect and dismantle formwork for footings and slabs on ground

add topic CPCCCA2011A

Handle carpentry materials

Group C: Solid plastering

add topic CPCCSP2001A

Handle solid plastering materials

add topic CPCCSP2002A

Use solid plastering tools and equipment

add topic CPCCSP2003A

Prepare surfaces for plastering

Group D: Wall and floor tiling

add topic CPCCWF2001A

Handle wall and floor tiling materials

add topic CPCCWF2002A

Use wall and floor tiling tools and equipment

add topic CPCCWF3001A

Prepare surfaces for tiling application

Group E: Waterproofing

add topic CPCCWP2001A

Handle waterproofing materials

add topic CPCCWP2002A

Use waterproofing tools and equipment

add topic CPCCWP2003A

Prepare for construction waterproofing process

add topic CPCCWP2004A

Prepare surfaces for waterproofing application

Group F: Joinery and shopfitting

add topic CPCCJN2001A

Assemble components

add topic CPCCJN2002B

Prepare for off-site manufacturing process

add topic CPCCSH2001A

Prepare surfaces

Group G: Stonemasonry

add topic CPCCST2001A

Prepare for stonemasonry construction process

add topic CPCCST2003A

Finish stone

add topic CPCCST2006A

Identify and use stone products

Group H: General elective units

add topic CPCCCM2004A

Handle construction materials

add topic CPCCCM2006B

Apply basic levelling procedures

add topic CPCCCM2009A

Carry out basic demolition

add topic CPCCCM2010B

Work safely at heights

add topic CPCCCO2013A

Carry out concreting to simple forms

add topic CPCCJN3001A

Use static machines

add topic RIICCM210D

Install trench support

add topic RIIWHS205D

Control traffic with stop-slow bat

add topic RIIWMG203D

Drain and dewater civil construction site

Subject lists

Certificate II in Construction Pathways 95b87


    Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

Not Applicable

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

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 work health and safety (WHS) requirements, including safety data sheets (SDS)

Plans, drawings and specifications


Industry-specific resources, such as Moh's scale

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

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 uses 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

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

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