Certificate I in Construction

Construction workers assist tradespeople on building and construction sites by doing a range of manual labouring jobs. This is the base entry point for this sector of the General Construction Industry and provides people with a range of core and underpinning skills and knowledge relevant to work as a construction assistant.

This qualification requires 8 core units of competency and 3 electives to be completed. For more information on this training course and employability skills, please visit training.gov.au

Qualification Code: CPC10111


Unit Code Unit Title Hours
CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry 6
CPCCOHS2001A Follow OH&S policies and procedures 20
CPCCCM1012A Work effectively in the Construction Industry 20
CPCCCM1013A Plan and organise work 20
CPCCCM1014A Conduct workplace communication 20
CPCCCM2001A Read and interpret plans and specifications 36
CPCCVE1002A Undertake a basic construction project 40
CPCCCM2005A Use construction tools and equipment 96


Unit Code Unit Title Hours
CPCCCM1015A Carry out measurements and calculations 20
CPCCCM2006A Apply basic leveling procedures 8
CPCCCM2004A Handle construction materials 16

Total qualification: 302 hours




· 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 & 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