CPCWHS1001 - Prepare to work safely in the construction industryEWP Scissor Lift (SL) + Boom lift (BL)
RIIHAN301E - Operate elevating work platformCertificate II in Construction Pathways
CPC20220 - Certificate II in Construction PathwaysIntroduction to Construction Skill Set
Introduction to Construction Skill SetLight Gauge Steel Frame Installation
Are you looking to embark on a rewarding career in the construction industry? Fantastic choice!
The construction industry offers the possibility of interesting and varied duties, a tangible skill set and multiple employment opportunities.
The construction industry is responsible for creating our homes, the schools we learn in, the hospitals we heal in, and the infrastructure that connects us all. And because of that, imagine the sheer variety of roles available within construction. From architecture and engineering to project management, carpentry, electrical work, plumbing, and more, there's a role to match your interests and strengths.
Whether you're passionate about design, fascinated by complex structures, or enjoy working with your hands, the construction industry offers diverse career paths to explore.
To get started in South Australia, you'll need a white card. This course is mandatory for all persons working on construction sites in Australia, and the benefit of SA-issued white cards is they are nationally recognised and never expire.
We offer a one-day course CPCWHS1001 – Prepare to work safely in the construction industry, and to take part, you only need to be 16 years of age, be an Australian/NZ citizen and have the ability to read, write, understand, and communicate with basic English independently.
Another course that will add skills to your CV is commonly known as the yellow card. This one isn't compulsory on construction sites, but often it's a handy licence to have. RIIHAN301E –Operate elevating work platform will give you the skills to operate Scissor Lifts (SL) and Boom Lifts (BL) with a height under 11 metres (not the high-risk licence). You'll learn how to plan and prepare to operate an elevating work platform, conduct work activities from an elevated work platform, and carry out operator maintenance. Offered as a one-day course, you'll be ready to go in no time.
ATEC offers two short full-time courses that cover the skills and knowledge required to commence your career in the construction industry, providing you with an occupational outcome.
- Introduction to Construction Skill Set is a 2-week full-time course that will teach you WHS safety requirements, how to use common construction tools and working safely at heights.
- Alternatively, we offer a 10-week full-time course, CPC20220 – Certificate II in Construction Pathways, which builds on the previous course's skills and focuses on carpentry tools and equipment, including demolition.
ATEC also have a professional development opportunity for carpenters to upskill in building with light gauge steel. This practical course (Building with Light Gauge Steel) involves building a noncyclonic, light gauge steel structure with wall frames and roof trusses. It is delivered via both an online theory component and an eight-hour practical session.
We encourage all applicants, especially First Nations individuals, young people aged between 17-24, women and unemployed individuals or those at risk of unemployment. Subsidised training and Fee Free options are available to eligible students.
Possible employment outcomes from these courses include:
- Trades Assistant
- Builders Labourer; or
- Construction Assistant
Certificate III in Carpentry Course
Finally, if you want to pursue a career as a Carpentry Tradesperson for commercial and residential projects, you can take our course Certificate III in Carpentry as a 4-year Australian Apprenticeship. This is a 48-month commitment, and skills are trained and assessed through a blend of off-the-job (trade school), self-paced study and on-the-job training.
Careers in Construction
One of the best aspects of working in construction is the opportunity for rapid growth and development. Many construction companies value and invest in young talent, providing apprenticeship programs, on-the-job training, and mentorship opportunities. By starting early in your career, you can gain hands-on experience, learn from seasoned professionals, and quickly climb the ladder of success. Working alongside experienced colleagues, you'll develop essential skills such as communication, problem-solving, adaptability, and leadership, all of which are highly transferable and valuable throughout your career.
In terms of job security, the construction industry is an excellent choice. The demand for construction projects is ever-present, ensuring ongoing job opportunities. As cities grow, infrastructure expands, and the need for sustainable development increases, skilled workers in construction will always be in high demand. This industry provides a stable and rewarding career path, allowing you to build a solid foundation for your future.