Qualification details

CPC20111 - Certificate II in Construction (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes CPC20108 - Certificate II in Construction 20/May/2011
Is superseded by CPC20112 - Certificate II in ConstructionRevised qualification deemed not equivalent to CPC20111 Qualification packaging amended: • same total number of units, but core units required increased by one and elective units reduced with the move of CPCCCM2010B from elective to core • change in options regarding choice of elective units • elective unit grouping changed resulting in deletion of some elective units Core and elective units revised resulting in a number of unit identifier changes 06/Feb/2013

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 19/May/2011

Training packages that include this qualification

Units of competency

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RIIOHS202A - Enter and work in confined spacesEnter and work in confined spacesSupersededN/A
CPCCCM2009A - Carry out basic demolitionCarry out basic demolitionSupersededN/A
CPCCCM1013A - Plan and organise workPlan and organise workSupersededN/A
CPCCPD2013A - Remove and replace doors and door and window componentsRemove and replace doors and door and window componentsSupersededN/A
CPCCCO2013A - Carry out concreting to simple formsCarry out concreting to simple formsSupersededN/A
RIIOHS205A - Control traffic with stop-slow batControl traffic with stop-slow batSupersededN/A
CPCCRI3001A - Operate personnel and materials hoistsOperate personnel and materials hoistsSupersededN/A
RIICBS202A - Hand spread asphaltHand spread asphaltSupersededN/A
CPCCCM2007A - Use explosive power toolsUse explosive power toolsSupersededN/A
CPCCCM2001A - Read and interpret plans and specificationsRead and interpret plans and specificationsSupersededN/A
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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 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Construction Services,Horticulture,Building Trades,Building and Construction 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Trades Assistant,Builder's Labourer 

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

Not Applicable


This qualification provides an occupational outcome and a range of support tasks applicable to a majority of construction work sites.

Occupational titles may include:

  • Trades assistant
  • Builder's labourer
  • Construction assistant.

The qualification has core units of competency that are required in many Certificate III qualifications. The elective options are structured to allow choice from a range of units aligned at Certificate III level and in total could provide meaningful credit in a construction industry Australian Apprenticeship.

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 OHS requirements, including material safety data sheets (MSDS)
  • Plans, drawings and specifications
  • Design concepts
  • 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, including log and hoist books
  • 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 utilises 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
  • Conducts daily safety check for hoist, including test run
  • 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
  • Identifies and manages risks
  • Carries out site inspection to identify requirements
  • 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

Packaging rules 

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in:

  • 15 units of competency:
  • 9 core units
  • 6 elective units.

The elective units are to be chosen as follows:

  • at least 1 unit each from Group A, B and C
  • the remaining units from the groups below to ensure a suitable mix of usable skills.

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


Use construction tools and equipment


Apply basic levelling procedures


Carry out concreting to simple forms


Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

Elective units 

Group A : Site preparation 


Carry out excavation


Carry out basic demolition


Perform routine gas metal arc welding


Install trench support


Enter and work in confined spaces


Drain and dewater civil construction site

Group B : Site support 


Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding


Work safely at heights


Operate elevated work platforms


Operate personnel and materials hoists


Control traffic with stop-slow bat


Licence to operate a forklift truck

Group C : Trade preparation 


Erect and dismantle formwork for footings and slabs on ground


Use explosive power tools


Cut and core concrete


Remove and replace doors and door and window components


Place and fix reinforcement materials


Prepare surfaces for plastering


Complete penetrations and flashings


Prepare for construction waterproofing process


Prepare surfaces for waterproofing application

Group D : General elective units 


Work safely around power sources, services and assets


Remove graffiti and apply protective coatings


Apply protective paint coating systems


Apply and install sealant and sealant devices


Repair wall and floor tiles


Complete a basic glass and glazing project


Fabricate and install shower screens and wardrobe doors


Conduct tack coat spraying operations


Hand spread asphalt


Safely handle bituminous materials


Spread and compact materials manually


Operate small plant and equipment