How to Enter the Building and Construction Industry


If you’re fascinated by buildings, want to make a contribution to society, and looking for a career that’s as varied as it is promising – you’re in the right place.

As far as different sectors go, not many can top the construction industry. It’s one the most important sectors in Australia, with a huge range of career choices.

Armed with the right information and qualifications, entering the industry is simple enough. But to make your life a little easier, let’s look at how to get started, how far you can go, and how we can make it all happen.

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Why enter the building and construction industry?

Excellent job prospects? Solid salaries? Meaningful work? If you’re hoping for a challenging and varied career, working in the building and construction industry ticks all the right boxes.

In Australia – and across the world – the industry is in a boom. In fact, over 42,000 new homes are built in Victoria alone each year. As long as new residential and commercial developments are being built, there will always be a need for people with the right qualifications and ambitions.

There are so many different paths you can go down, too. You might kickstart your career in the building and construction industry as a carpenter and work your way towards becoming a construction manager. Or, you might start your own small business, working on your terms and with your own team – it’s up to you.

Whatever area you choose, you’ll find the industry to be constantly evolving. And with the right direction and qualifications under your belt, you’d be surprised at how many options you have to carve out an exciting career in the building and construction industry.

Getting started

Whether you’re ready to switch up jobs, or fresh out of school and looking for direction, your journey has to begin somewhere – a building and construction course online is a great place to begin.

For many, this means picking a trade and starting an apprenticeship. For example, our CPC30220 Certificate III in Carpentry (Carpenters) is a solid place to start. Combining on-the-job experience with theoretical learning, this apprenticeship gives you a solid base from which to build your career.

After completing an apprenticeship, you’ll become a qualified tradesperson. In many ways, this is just the beginning, and from here, your options really start to open up.

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Stepping it up

Now that you’re well and truly in the building and construction industry, it’s a great time to start thinking bigger about your career.

Armed with an apprenticeship, you can apply for the CPC40120 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building), which will give the skills and knowledge needed to get your building licence. You can complete many of our building and construction courses online, which is perfect if you’re busy working onsite full-time.

From here, you might want to start your own business, specialise in certain areas, or pursue higher-level roles within the industry, such as site supervisor, construction manager, or construction planner.

After completing the CPC40120 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building), you can then enrol in our CPC50220 Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) and really take your career to the next level.

Ultimately, the more qualifications and experience you have, the further you can go. You’ll find that at the higher end, working in the building and construction industry is one of the most lucrative career choices you can make.

Studying with BAA

If you decide to enter this industry, it’s worth learning from the best. And at BAA, we don’t disappoint.

In our courses, you’ll learn from some of the most experienced people in the construction industry. Through innovative and collaborative teaching methods, you’ll discover what it takes to not only enter a rapidly changing workforce, but make an impact while you’re at it.

We also offer many of our building and construction courses online. This gives you the freedom to learn from anywhere, take part in our virtual classrooms, and effectively get ahead in your career – without falling behind in your life.

By starting your journey with us, you can also take advantage of our extensive employer networks and professional resources. Put simply, you’ll be entering the construction industry with all the tools you need to succeed.

Need more info?

Working in the building and construction industry is truly rewarding. For more information about our courses, how to get started, or if you have any questions about the industry in general – just get in touch with us today.

Find out how much more you could be earning as a registered builder through BAA.