Certificate I in Construction


Become A Builder

Your career in building and 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 a Trade Apprenticeship in the building and construction industry. This construction course is a Nationally Recognised Qualification and covers the basics of working as a labourer in construction and will show employers you’re serious about your career as well as give you the required skills to land the job.

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

Become job-ready and nationally qualified with Foundation Training Australia.

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

Online and Flexible Delivery

Next Intake

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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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CPC10120 Certificate I in Construction 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

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 8 core units and 3 elective units from the options below.

*Prerequisite Unit Required

Core Units (8)

  • CPCCWHS2001* Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
  • CPCCCM1011    Undertake basic estimation and costing
  • CPCCCM2004*   Handle construction materials
  • CPCCCM2005*   Use construction tools and equipment
  • CPCCOM1012    Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
  • CPCCOM1013    Plan and organise work
  • CPCCVE1011      Undertake a basic construction project
  • CPCCWHS1001  Prepare to work safely in the construction industry

Suggested Elective Units (3)

  • BSBSUS211      Participate in sustainable work practices
  • CPCCCM2006 Apply basic levelling procedures
  • CPCCOM1014  Conduct workplace communication
  • CPCCOM1015  Carry out measurements and calculations
  • CPCCOM1017  Prepare simple construction sketches
  • CPCCOM2001* Read and interpret plans and specifications

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.

Certificate 3 Guarantee

Certificate 3 Guarantee

The Certificate 3 Guarantee provides eligible individuals with access to a subsidised training place in a certificate III level qualification.

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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.