Certificate I in Construction


Fast Facts

Your career in construction starts now. Are you ready?

  • Looking to start your career in a Trade?
  • Finished school and know you want to be in Construction?
  • Sick of being turned down when applying for construction Apprenticeships?

Gain the fundamental job-ready skills and better your chances at landing an Apprenticeship in the construction industry. This Nationally Recognised Qualification covers the basics of working in construction and will show employers you’re serious about your career.

This course covers essential work health and safety requirements, and teaches you the necessary skills and understanding of construction tools and equipment, reading and interpreting plans, making measurements and calculations and communicating in the workplace.

Why Bother?

  • Nationally Recognised Qualification
  • Trade-qualified trainers who know their stuff
  • Hands-on experience in a practical environment
  • Covers the fundamental skills of working in construction
  • Entry-level course that employers view favourably

Job Prospects

Pathway to a Trade Apprenticeship

Study Mode

Workshop delivery

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Discover what it’s like to study construction.


I enrolled in the course to gain some practical experience in the construction industry. I enjoyed everything about it!”

Testimonial: Jesse Krueger
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Course Flyer

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Course Structure

What you’ll learn

This course covers the essential, basic knowledge and skills to confidently seek an apprenticeship in a range of construction trades.

Ways to study


Learn alongside industry experts, on campus. With a mix of practical tasks and theory you’ll gain the skills, experience and knowledge for a competitive edge in the industry.

Pre-employment program

Open the door for full-time Apprenticeship opportunities with FTA’s pre-employment programs. These courses are specifically designed to build your capability and knowledge with job ready skills for your chosen trade.


Sometimes we like to do it old-school! If you’re better on the tools than on a computer – we’ve got your back! At FTA, we’re determined to ensure you learn how you learn best.

To achieve this qualification, you must demonstrate competency in X core units and X elective units from the options below.

Core Units

  • CPCCCM1012A  Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
  • CPCCCM1013A  Plan and organise work
  • CPCCCM1014A  Conduct workplace communication
  • CPCCCM2001A  Read and interpret plans and specifications
  • CPCCCM2005B  User construction tools and equipment
  • CPCCWHS1001  Prepare to work safety in the construction industry
  • CPCCOHS2001A Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
  • CPCCVE1011A    Undertake a basic construction project

Suggested Electives

  • CPCCCM1011A  Undertake basic estimation and costing
  • CPCCCM1015A  Carry out measurements and calculations
  • CPCCCM2004A  Handle construction materials
  • CPCCCM2006B  Apply basic levelling procedures

Graduates are able to confidently seek out an Apprenticeship in any specialised construction Trade. From Carpentry to Landscaping and Tiling, this course gives you the edge when applying for full-time Apprenticeships with Employers.

The course duration will vary depending on your experience, skills and chosen study mode. As a guide:

  • Fee for service1-3 months subject to the amount of RPL awarded and subsequent Gap Training required
  • Workshop: 1-3 months

Your skills will be assessed through a mix of practical and theory tasks. Which is essentially showing us what you’ve learnt and how you do it.

Theory may be assessed Online or via Workbook. Practical Assessment will be conducted at your place of work or work site with fit for purpose facilities and equipment which are to be made available to your FTA trainer & Assessor for training and assessment purposes.

Let’s talk about the money

Ready to take the leap towards your nationally recognised qualification? View the range of funding options available to assist both students and employers in gaining valuable training.

Fee For Service

Fee For Service

Our flexible Fee For Service model accommodates individuals ready to start their qualification today while making ongoing, manageable payments.

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Start your career with confidence

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Learner Support

Our trainers have years of hands on experience in construction, providing you with unparalleled access to first-hand industry knowledge throughout your course.

Limitless Learning

We believe that everyone should be able to learn in inspiring ways. That’s why we deliver training how you learn best plus, you get your own Learning Engagement Officer to support your progress through the course.

Recognised Qualifications

This construction course is nationally recognised, so you can work anywhere in Australia with confidence.