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Kick start your future with a pre-apprenticeship

For a limited time, this course is subsidised by Construction Skills Queensland. Conditions Apply. Call us for more details - 1800 654 447.

Build your career in the building and construction industry from the ground up! Giving you introductory skills, you will learn how to read and interpret plans and specifications, use construction tools and equipment and undertake a basic construction project. A General Safety Induction (White Card) also forms part of this course and once successfully completed, you will be issued with a White Card – a mandatory industry requirement to enter and work on a construction site.

Gain basic skills and increase your prospects for a career in a huge range of construction occupations with this entry-level course.

Get started in your construction career with this entry-level course. This qualification will show employers you are ready for the next step. It will set you up with the foundation skills and knowledge to gain an apprenticeship in any construction trade.

Employers will be seeking an increased number of qualified workers and apprentices as construction enters a growth period over the next few years. Skills shortages are expected in specialised areas of construction, such as bricklaying and painting, where job prospects are high.

This course covers essential work health and safety requirements, and teaches you basic skills in the use of construction tools and materials, reading and interpreting plans, making measurements and calculations and communicating in the workplace. This hands-on qualification is built around a basic construction project that integrates these skills just like in the workplace. Our trade-qualified teachers are industry professionals who will show you what it's like to work in the construction industry and help you apply your skills.

Successful completion of this course gives you the skills you need to confidently seek an apprenticeship in a wide range of construction occupations such as bricklaying, carpentry painting and decorating, and wall and floor tiling. You may also look for employment as a trades assistant. Course details

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Acacia Ridge, Alexandra Hills, Bracken Ridge

Key dates and info


Part time: 20 weeks / up to 2 days per week
Full time: 10 weeks

Course details


  • Full Fee $3,760
  • Subsidised $930
  • Concession $620

Cost details

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How to enrol

Key dates

Acacia Ridge 23 Apr 2018 Full time Classroom
Alexandra Hills 23 Apr 2018 Full time Classroom
16 Jul 2018 Part time / up to 2 days per week Classroom
Bracken Ridge Any time Full time Classroom

Entry requirements

A sound achievement in Year 10 English and Maths or equivalent is recommended.


Acacia Ridge
247 Bradman St
Acacia Ridge QLD 4110

Alexandra Hills
Windemere Road
Alexandra Hills QLD 4161

Bracken Ridge
157 Norris Road
Bracken Ridge QLD 4017

Resources required

All students must have the following items on their first day of class attendance:

Safety equipment:

All students must have the following items on their first day of class attendance. As TAFE Queensland Skillstech has a desire to ensure all student have a safe working environment therefore we enforce that all students attending fulfil these requirements before access to class be granted.

  • Protective Eyeware –Clear safety glasses, (tinted or sunglasses not acceptable). These must conform to the Australian Standard AS 1336 or 1337.
  • Protective footwear – Safety Toe, Leather Upper, Non slip safety footwear must be worn. They must comply with  AS2210 and be in good condition.
  • Protective clothing – Sleeved, cotton work wear or employer supplied uniform must be worn at all times.
  • Please Note: Additional specialist protective clothing/Personal Protective Equipment may be required for certain activities. This will be identified by Safety signage and instruction from teacher.

Materials list:

  • Folding metre rule (carpenters)
  • 5m tape measurer
  • Pens and pencil (HB)
  • Eraser
  • Calculator (non-scientific is fine)
  • Notebook
  • Casual clothing can be worn for theory and drawing classes (T-shirts must not have offensive logos or print).


Acacia Ridge:

Week 1: Full time - Monday to Friday 7.30 am - 3.00 pm
Week 2: Full time  Monday to Friday 7.30 am - 3.00 pm
Weeks 3 to 10: Part time Monday to Wednesday 7.30 am - 3.00 pm - Work experience Thursday and Friday.

Alexandra Hills: 

Full Time
Week 1 : Full time Monday and Friday 8.00 am - 4.00 pm.
Weeks 2 - 9 : Tuesday to Thursday 8.00 am - 4.00 pm - Work experience Monday, Thursday and Friday.
Weeks 10 - 11 : Optional work experience Monday to Friday.
Week 12 : Full time Monday and Friday 8.00 am - 4.00 pm.

Part Time
Week 1 : Full time Monday and Friday  8.00 am - 4.00 pm. 
Weeks 2 - 9 : Tuesday and Wednesday  8.00 am - 4.00 pm - Work experience Monday, Thursday and Friday.
Weeks 10 - 11 : Optional work experience Monday to Friday.
Week 12 : Tuesday and Wednesday  8.00 am - 4.00 pm - Work experience Monday, Thursday and Friday.
Week 13 : Tuesday  8.00 am - 4.00 pm, Public Holiday Wednesday - Work experience Monday, Thursday and Friday.
Week 14 - 20 Tuesday and Wednesday  8.00 am - 4.00 pm - Work experience Monday, Thursday and Friday.

Full Time
Week 1 : Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8.00 am - 4.00 pm. Optional Work Experience Wednesday.
Weeks 2 - 9 : Tuesday to Thursday. Optional Work Experience Monday and Friday.
Week 10 : Monday to Friday 8.00 am - 4.00 pm.

Bracken Ridge:

Weeks 1 and 2: Full time - Monday to Friday 7.30 am - 3.30 pm
Weeks 3 to 10: Part time - Wednesday to Friday 7.30 am to 3.30 pm. Optional work experience Monday and Tuesday.


Non-compulsory “Work Experience” is offered to participants who wish to find their own placement between week two and ten.

Acacia Ridge: Thursday and Friday.

Alexandra Hills: Wednesday to Friday.

Bracken Ridge: Monday and Tuesday.


The successful achievement of this course requires you to complete all units from the list below. These units form part of CPC10111 - Certificate I in Construction.

Electives may differ between TAFE Queensland locations and regions.

CPCCCM1012A Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry Mandatory
CPCCCM1013A Plan and organise work Mandatory
CPCCCM1014A Conduct workplace communication Mandatory
CPCCCM1015A Carry out measurements and calculations Elective
CPCCOHS2001A Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry Mandatory
CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry Mandatory
CPCCCM2006B Apply basic levelling procedures Elective
CPCCCM2001A Read and interpret plans and specifications Mandatory
CPCCCM2005B Use construction tools and equipment Mandatory
CPCCCM2004A Handle construction materials Elective
CPCCVE1011A Undertake a basic construction project Mandatory


Please note prerequisites / corequisites exist for this unit. For more information contact the Client Service Centre on 1800 654 447. For a full description of this course visit the Training Website.

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Full fee

This is the total cost of the course for students who do not qualify for a subsidy, or the course does not receive any subsidy.

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Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.


The Queensland Government will offset the cost of study for eligible students. You will still need to pay for a portion of your study costs. The amount above is what you will need to pay.


You are eligible for the concession price of a course if you meet the eligibility requirements under the subsided costing and:

  • hold or are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card
  • are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • have a disability.

You will need to provide evidence at the time of enrolment.

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Additional Costs

There are no additional costs to study this course.


On successful completion of this course you receive a CPC10111 - Certificate I in Construction qualification.

Job prospects

  • Apprenticeship - Carpentry

Enrol now

Enrol now, if you:

  • meet the entry requirements (under the course details tab)
  • checked the important dates (under the course details tab)
  • checked the course costs and know which payment option is right for you
    (under the costs tab)
  • Read the Student Rules and Withdrawals and Refund Policy
  • Created your Unique Student Identifier and can provide this code to TAFE Queensland

To assist students with their career and educational goals, TAFE Queensland SkillsTech offers a range of support services, including Literacy, Numeracy, Tutorials & in-class support. If you would like further information or to make an appointment please phone 1800 782 000.

All done? Call 1800 654 447 to enrol today!


Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 9 February 2018

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