Course Details

CPC10120 - Certificate I in Construction

Qualification Description

This qualification provides an introduction to the construction industry, its culture, occupations, job roles and workplace expectations. The units of competency cover essential work health and safety requirements, the industrial and work organisation structure, communication skills, work planning, and basic use of tools and materials. The qualification is built around a basic construction project unit that integrates the skills and embeds the facets of employability skills in context.

The qualification is suited to vocational education and training (VET) in Schools programs or learners with no previous connection to the construction industry or relevant employment history.

There are no specific job outcomes to this qualification, but the skills achieved will assist in successfully undertaking a Certificate II pre-vocational program or job outcome qualification or will facilitate entry into an Australian Apprenticeship.

The unit CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry is designed to meet WHS regulatory authority requirements for WHS induction and must be achieved before access to any building and construction work site.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Packaging Rules

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in 11 units of competency:

  • 8 core units
  • 3 elective units.

The elective units are to be chosen as follows:

  • up to 3 units from the elective units below
  • one unit from Certificate I or II qualifications in the CPC Training Package or another current Training Package or accredited course, provided the integrity of the AQF alignment is ensured, and it contributes to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.

Prerequisite units of competency  

An asterisk (*) against a unit code below indicates that there is a prerequisite requirement that must be met. Prerequisite unit(s) must be assessed before assessment of any unit of competency with an asterisk. Check the unit of competency for information on specific prerequisite requirements. All prerequisite requirements are packaged in the qualification.

Core units 


Undertake basic estimation and costing


Handle construction materials


Use construction tools and equipment


Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry


Plan and organise work


Undertake a basic construction project


Prepare to work safely in the construction industry


Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry



Elective units 


Participate in sustainable work practices


Apply basic levelling procedures


Conduct workplace communication


Carry out measurements and calculations


Prepare simple construction sketches


Read and interpret plans and specifications


Undertake a basic computer design project




Qualification Mapping Information

Supersedes and is equivalent to CPC10111 Certificate I in Construction.

Upcoming Dates

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