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Construction – VET


(240 indicative hours)

4 Preliminary and/or HSC units in total

Board Developed Course


What will I be doing in this course?


This course is for students who wish to work in the construction industry.


The purpose of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to gain a range of skills and knowledge suitable for employment in the general construction industry.


This course comprises 10 compulsory units of competency and an elective pool containing 30 units of competency.  Students may undertake electives from sub-sectors that reflect the traditional and emerging groupings within the industry.


Main Topics Covered:

The compulsory units of competency represent the basic skills, knowledge and attitudes required by all workers within the construction industry. The compulsory units of competency specifically address basic first aid, occupational health and safety procedures, industry awareness, communicating with others, measuring and calculating, handling construction tools and materials, reading and interpreting plans and basic levelling procedures.


The electives available in the course complement these competencies by providing a range of practical and technical skills. Elective units of competency are available in the following sub-sectors:

  • Bricklaying/Blocklaying
  • Carpentry
  • Concreting
  • Painting and Decorating
  • Steel-fixing
  • Solid Plastering
  • Vocational Education
  • Wall and Floor Tiling


Competency-based Assessment

This is a competency-based course. This means that students work to develop the competencies, skills and knowledge described in each unit of competency. To be assessed as competent a student must demonstrate to a qualified assessor that they can effectively carry out the various tasks and combinations of tasks listed to the standard required in a construction environment. There is no mark awarded in competency-based assessment. Students are assessed as either ‘competent' or ‘not yet competent'.


Students will be progressively assessed as ‘competent or ‘not yet competent' in individual units of competency. When a student achieves a unit of competency it is signed off and recorded by the assessor.


Competency-based assessment determines the vocational qualification that a student will receive.


External Assessment (optional HSC examination)

The Higher School Certificate examination for Construction (240 indicative hours) will involve a written examination consisting of multiple-choice items, short answers and extended response items.


The examination is independent of the competency-based assessment and has no impact on the eligibility of a student to receive a vocational qualification.



Students who are assessed as competent in one or more units of competency in Construction (240 indicative hours) will be eligible for a Statement of Attainment showing partial completion of Certificate II in General Construction or Statement of Attainment showing partial completion of Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying; or Carpentry; or Concreting; or Painting and Decorating; or Wall and Floor Tiling. Depending on competencies achieved, a student may achieve Certificate I in General Construction.