FCTA – Building Careers offers formal qualifications as well as short courses across a range of trades.
Certificate II in Construction Pathways (CPC20220)
This is a 10 week course offered to people looking at gaining an apprenticeship, or looking for introductory skills across multiple trades. This qualification is sometimes referred to as Pre-Apprenticeship or Pre-Voc courses.
Certificate III in Brick and Block Laying (CPC33020)
This is a course available to people who have already gained an apprenticeship in bricklaying. Apprenticeships vary from 3 to 4 years. Some of the units of competence can be delivered onsite, but it is not possible to deliver this qualification fully onsite. More complex units require attendance at trade school, the timing of this can be flexible.
Certificate III in Solid Plastering (CPC31020)
This course is available to people who have already gained an apprenticeship, or are full fee paying. The most common examples of solid plastering are the popular trends of rendering the front of existing brick homes, rendering over hebel and the restoration of old buildings that contain ornate plastering.
Certificate III in Wall & Floor Tiling (CPC31320)
This course is only available for people who have already gained an apprenticeship or are full fee paying students. Tilers work in various areas of the construction industry. Current trends have exterior tiles and stones emerging on both commercial and domestic buildings. Unlike a lot of trades Tilers usually work indoors most of the time. Almost every type of building will require some tiling to be done, so this is a trade that offers insulation from declines in new home builds or commercial work. It is also becoming increasingly common for people to renovate their bathrooms more often.
Certificate III in Stonemasonry (CPC32320)
This course is only available for people who have already gained an apprenticeship. Stonemasons work with sandstone, limestone, marble and other types of stone and stone products to produce stone monuments, buildings and building components, such as walls, floors, arches, chimneys, stairs, windows, decorative mouldings and fireplaces.
Certificate III in Heritage Trade Skills (10858NAT)
The purpose of the course is to provide learners with a range of skills to work on built heritage structures. It aims to provide skilled labour to address the critical shortage of heritage trade specialist. It covers a range of traditional trades and is based on the majority of training happening at heritage sites.
Short courses are available throughout the year. Please note that completing a short course does not qualify you as a tradesperson. Licensed tradespeople either complete an apprenticeship or apply to the licensing board with evidence of 3 plus years of experience. Without an apprenticeship, a technical interview may be required.
Short courses are on hold until further notice.
Introduction & Basics – 1 week
Advance bricklaying techniques – 1 week