5 Ways to Learn about Construction in 2023


How to learn construction work

Interested in learning about construction work but not sure where to start? 

Read this guide to construction courses to discover the best way to enter the business of building. 

1. Discover the basics

If you’re interested in learning about construction but not sure where to start then a basic certificate is a great first step.

 When you do a pre apprenticeship, also known as a Certificate II in Construction Pathways (CPC20220), you learn the basic skills and knowledge to work in a primary trade within the construction industry. 

Primary trades within the construction industry are the most common trades that have the most jobs and include:

  • Carpentry
  • Bricklaying
  • Plastering 
  • And more

When you do a Certificate II in Construction Pathways, you’ll learn some of the general beginner skills for doing these trades.

This lets you try out and experience different trades before you decide what type of construction work you want to learn.

In a Certificate II in Construction Pathways, you get introduced to some of these core construction skills: 

  • How to use basic tools
  • Basic levelling 
  • Stonemasonry 
  • Civil construction waterproofing 
  • Plastering
  • Bricklaying 
  • Floor tiling
  • Blocklaying 
  • Carpentry 

2. Learn a trade

Another way to learn about construction is by skipping the pre-apprenticeship and diving into a trade. 

When you learn a trade you need to do a certificate 3 and an apprenticeship, usually for about three or four years.

Choose from trades including carpentry, plumbing, bricklaying, electrical and more.

If you want to learn about construction in general then the best trade to learn is carpentry.

A lot of builders start out as carpenters because this trade covers the basics of construction work.

To learn the trade of carpentry, you need to do a CPC30220 Certificate III in Carpentry. 

And when you choose a well-known construction school like ours, we can help hook you up with an apprenticeship for a real employer in your area. 

3. Tuition free building courses

With so much housing and public infrastructure needing to be built in Victoria, construction work is in high demand.

But there is a skills shortage meaning there are not enough workers to do all the jobs available.

This is why the government is offering government subsidised training for people who want to learn about construction and work in the industry.

The following construction courses are eligible for government subsidies : 

Do this certificate IV to get qualified to manage low rise single storey residential construction projects.

Do this diploma to get qualified in managing mid rise residential construction projects up to 3 storeys tall.

4. Get a builders licence

One of the most popular ways of learning about construction is by becoming a qualified builder.

To become a qualified builder you need a builder’s licence—also known as a builders registration—with the Victorian Building Authority.

This registration process is not easy and hundreds of people fail to get their licence every year.

But at Builders Academy, our students have a very high success rate when they apply for their builders registration.

Maximise your chances of success by doing our CPC40120 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building).

In this Cert 4 in Building and Construction, you’ll learn all the skills and knowledge to become a qualified builder so that you feel confident when you go for your licence.

Our Cert IV in Building and Construction also comes with a free mentorship from an expert builder who can help you register successfully.

5. Advance your career

As a registered training provider specialising in teaching construction courses we know how rewarding it can be to learn about construction.

Many of our students who do a Diploma in Building and Construction love learning about construction so much that they want to take things further.

If you’ve been working in construction for a while or have just finished a certificate or diploma, you might want to get a bachelor’s degree in construction.

When you do your diploma with us, you get guaranteed entry into one of these courses at Victoria University:

  • ​​Bachelor of Building Surveying
  • Bachelor of Building Design
  • Bachelor of Building (Construction Management)

With a bachelor’s degree in construction, you can advance your career to earn a higher salary and do even more rewarding work in the business of building.

Thinking of learning about construction with a CPC40120 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)?

Find out more by speaking to a course advisor on 1300 534 363 (LEGEND) or request a callback today.