The course qualification is nationally recognised entry-level qualification for employment in the Construction industry. This course would suit students who are interested in a career in the building and construction industry, building certification or project management in that industry. The knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired by students in this course will also be of value in future study and daily life.

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Course Duration/Hours

This is a 240 hour course that runs over 2 years. It may be possible to undertake a 120 hour course in Construction.

*St Mary’s Catholic College, Casino courses are delivered using a compressed curriculum, 240 hours delivered as 4 units in one year.


This is a Board Developed Course, Category B. Students who complete the 240 hour course may sit for the optional HSC exam. Mandatory units of competency detailed in the NESA Syllabus are examined.

One Category B course (2 units) may be counted towards the calculation of the ATAR for university entrance. Students not wishing to achieve an ATAR need not sit the HSC examination.

Work Placement

NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) requires students to complete a minimum of 70 hours of work placement. Work placement is a mandatory component of the course and must be completed prior to the HSC exam.

Days worked as part of a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship satisfies this NESA requirement.


A course fee is generally charged by schools to cover consumable materials. Your school will provide further advice.


This course is competency based and the student’s performance is recognised against a prescribed industry standard. Assessment strategies may include:

  • Observation
  • Student demonstration
  • Questioning
  • Written tasks
  • Tests

Students are given a number of opportunities to demonstrate competence across the range of competency standards covered by this course.

Recognition of Prior Learning

You may be entitled to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning. If you have completed any training, either through your part-time work, TAFE or other school VET courses you have completed recently, or through experience gained in other ways you can apply for RPL. You should talk to your School VET Coordinator, Careers Adviser or course teacher for further information.


To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete: 12 units, 6 core, 6 electives.

The BOSTES course requires students also undertake General Induction Training (White Card) which is a pre-requisite for many other units, and Use construction tools and equipment as Mandatory units in this course.


  • CPCCOHS2001A
    Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures 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 measurements and calculations
  • CPCCCM2001A
    Read and interpret plans and specifications


Electives may include:
(Your school will confirm which electives will be delivered.)

  • CPCCCA2011A
    Handle carpentry materials
  • CPCCCA2002B
    Use carpentry tools and equipment
  • CPCCCO2013A
    Carry out concreting to simple forms
  • CPCCCM2006B
    Apply basic levelling procedures
  • CPCCCM2004A
    Handle construction materials
  • CPCCBL2001A
    Handle and prepare bricklaying and blocklaying materials
  • CPCCBL2002A
    Use bricklaying and blocklaying tools and equipment
  • CPCCJN2001A
    Assemble components
  • CPCCJN2002B
    Prepare for off-site manufacturing process
  • CPCCWF2001
    A Handle wall and floor tiling materials
  • CPCCWF2002A
    Use wall and floor tiling tools and equipment

Mandatory for NESA

  • CPCCOHS1001A
    Work safely in the construction industry
  • CPCCCM2005B
    Use construction tools and equipment

Career Information

Job Roles

Trades; assistants work with carpentry tradespeople by handling construction materials, using tools and equipment, erecting and dismantle formwork for footings and slabs on ground.

Duties and Tasks

Carpenters may perform the following tasks:

  • Construct formwork into which concrete is poured
  • Set out an outline of the building on the ground of the site, using string and pegs to allow for excavations
  • Build floors, wall frameworks (timber or metal) and roofs, and lay timber floors
  • Read plans and specifications to determine the dimensions, materials required and installation processes to be followed
  • Install metal and timber windows, sashes and doors
  • Construct and erect prefabricated units, such as cottages and houses
  • Cut materials with hand and power tools, and assemble, nail, cut or shape parts
  • Install door handles, locks, hardware, flooring underlay, insulating material and other fixtures
  • Maintain and sharpen tools

Personal Attributes

  • Enjoy practical work
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Able to work with your hands
  • Good sense of balance and ability to work at heights
  • Good at mathematics
  • Good health and eyesight
  • Able to work as part of a team


Apprenticeship, for example in

  • Carpentry
  • Bricklaying
  • Wall and Floor Tiling
  • Shopfitting
  • Builder

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