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CPC10111 - Certificate I in Construction


At a glance

This qualification provides an introduction to the construction industry, its culture, occupations, job roles and workplace expectations. The units of competency cover essential work health and safety requirements, the industrial and work organisation structure, communication skills, work planning, and basic use of tools and materials. The qualification is built around a basic construction project unit that integrates the skills and embeds the facets of employability skills in context.

The qualification is suited to VET in Schools programs or learners with no previous connection to the construction industry or relevant employment history.

Application Mode On-campus
Availability EmeraldGladstone CityMackay OoraleaRockhampton City
Intake Dates

Please refer to the 2017 VET Certificate Level and 2017 VET Diploma and Student Loans Price Lists for a breakdown of the Non Concessional, Concessional and Student Fees.

Hours of Study

Approximately 340 hours of study time will be involved however, the training duration will depend on the electives and study mode selected. Students will be required to undertake self- directed study and assignments outside Campus attendance time.

Career Opportunities

Apprenticeship within construction industry, including: Bricklayer or Blocklayer, Ceiling or wall plasterer, Carpenter, Joiner, Painter decorator, Roof tiler, Shopfitter, Solid plasterer, Stonemason

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course, however it is highly recommended that students have attained a Sound Achievement (SA) result in year 10 numeracy and literacy subjects or equivalent prior to enrolling in this program.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Is what I already know taken into account?

Yes. Your history of study, skills and experience does matter. Consideration is given to your prior life and work experiences as well as formal and informal training. This may be applied using the national standard for Mutual Recognition or through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Documentary evidence will be requested.

Structure and assessment


Standard Course Structure

Core Units
  • Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry (CPCCCM1012A)
  • Plan and organise work (CPCCCM1013A)
  • Conduct workplace communication (CPCCCM1014A)
  • Read and interpret plans and specifications (CPCCCM2001A)
  • Use construction tools and equipment (CPCCCM2005A)
  • Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry (CPCCOHS2001A)
  • Undertake a basic construction project (CPCCVE1011A)
  • Prepare to work safely in the construction industry (CPCCWHS1001)
Elective Units
  • Carry out measurements and calculations (CPCCCM1015A)
  • Handle construction materials (CPCCCM2004A)
  • Apply basic levelling procedures (CPCCCM2006A)

Study Sequence

To view more information about these units, as well as the suggested study plan, please visit the handbook.


Fees and scholarships


Please refer to the 2017 VET Certificate Level and 2017 VET Diploma and Student Loans Price Lists for a breakdown of the Non Concessional, Concessional and Student Fees.

The Queensland Government determines the schedule set by CQUniversity. Additional fees may be charged for printed materials, protective clothing and tools etc. A full copy of all regulations associated with VET fees can be accessed from the Queensland Government Legislation website.

All fees must be paid to finalise enrolment or a payment arrangement entered into. You will be liable for all payments, even if you discontinue enrolment, subject to the Refund Policy. Debt recovery action will be taken to recover outstanding fees. Please select from the following:

  • VET Student Loans
    VET Student Loans will commence from 1 January 2017 and is an interest free Australian Government income contingency loan that assists eligible full fee paying students to pay their Tuition Fees.
  • VET Government funded programs
    The cost of these programs is based on a student contribution fee. A concession may be available in some situations. Additional resource/material costs will vary from program to program.
  • VET fee-for-service programs (full fee paying)
    These are competitively priced full-fee paying programs which do not attract concessions.

Price lists


Please refer to the scholarship pages for more information.

How to Apply


Certificate, diploma and advanced diploma-level courses

To enquire about intake dates or to submit an application:

  • call 13 27 86, or
  • visit us at reception at one of our locations.

For further information

If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 13 27 86.

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