Qualification details

CPC20211 - Certificate II in Construction Pathways (Release 3)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
3 (this release)Current 17/Jan/2014
(View details for release 2) Replaced07/Feb/2013
(View details for release 1) Replaced19/May/2011

Usage recommendation:
Supersedes CPC20208 - Certificate II in Construction Pathways 20/May/2011

Training packages that include this qualification

Units of competency

CodeSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Code columnTitleSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Title columnEssential
CPCCBL2001A - Handle and prepare bricklaying and blocklaying materialsHandle and prepare bricklaying and blocklaying materials N/A
CPCCBL2002A - Use bricklaying and blocklaying tools and equipmentUse bricklaying and blocklaying tools and equipment N/A
CPCCCA2002B - Use carpentry tools and equipmentUse carpentry tools and equipment N/A
CPCCCA2003A - Erect and dismantle formwork for footings and slabs on groundErect and dismantle formwork for footings and slabs on ground N/A
CPCCCA2011A - Handle carpentry materialsHandle carpentry materials N/A
CPCCCM1012A - Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industryWork effectively and sustainably in the construction industry Core
CPCCCM1013A - Plan and organise workPlan and organise work Core
CPCCCM1014A - Conduct workplace communicationConduct workplace communication Core
CPCCCM1015A - Carry out measurements and calculationsCarry out measurements and calculations Core
CPCCCM2001A - Read and interpret plans and specificationsRead and interpret plans and specifications Core
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 821111 Builder's Labourer 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 9916-11 Construction Assistant 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0403 Building 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 521 Certificate II 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 821111 Builder's Labourer 09/Feb/2012 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 9916-11 Construction Assistant 09/Feb/2012 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0403 Building 09/Feb/2012 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 521 Certificate II 19/May/2011 
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Modification History

Revised qualification deemed equivalent to CPC20211

  • minor editorial changes to clarify elective packaging rules, without changing intent
  • elective units updated:
  • CPCCJN2002A to current equivalent version (CPCCJN2002B Prepare for off-site manufacturing process)
  • CPCCST2002A to current non-equivalent version (CPCCST2006A Identify and use stone products)


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.

Pathways Information

Not Applicable

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not Applicable

Employability Skills Summary

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
  • Schedules
  • 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

Packaging Rules

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 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 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 CPC08 units with prerequisite unit requirements available in this Training Package for this purpose.

Core units 


Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry


Plan and organise work


Conduct workplace communication


Carry out measurements and calculations


Read and interpret plans and specifications


Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

Elective units  

Group A: Brick and blocklaying 


Handle and prepare bricklaying and blocklaying materials


Use bricklaying and blocklaying tools and equipment

Group B: Carpentry 


Use carpentry tools and equipment


Erect and dismantle formwork for footings and slabs on ground


Handle carpentry materials

Group C: Solid plastering 


Handle solid plastering materials


Use solid plastering tools and equipment


Prepare surfaces for plastering

Group D: Wall and floor tiling 


Handle wall and floor tiling materials


Use wall and floor tiling tools and equipment


Prepare surfaces for tiling application

Group E: Waterproofing 


Handle waterproofing materials


Use waterproofing tools and equipment


Prepare for construction waterproofing process


Prepare surfaces for waterproofing application

Group F: Joinery and shopfitting 


Assemble components


Prepare for off-site manufacturing process


Prepare surfaces

Group G: Stonemasonry 


Prepare for stonemasonry construction process


Finish stone


Identify and use stone products

Group H: General elective units 


Handle construction materials


Apply basic levelling procedures


Carry out basic demolition


Work safely at heights


Carry out concreting to simple forms


Use static machines


Install trench support


Control traffic with stop-slow bat


Drain and dewater civil construction site

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