Planning Your Construction Career Path


So what’s your dream job? There’s something oddly grating about this simple question and it’s one we’ve been getting asked since we were in school. What do you want to be when you grow up? What do you want to do after school? Where do you see yourself in five years? No matter what age you’re asked this question, you’re always left feeling like your answer was wrong.

For those of you who aren’t extremely adept psychics or proficient in the use of tarot cards, predicting your career path is typically more of a trial and error type approach. If you’ve narrowed down your interests and skillsets to the construction industry, well this is a positive start, but there are still many disciplines to consider moving forward.

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Certificate I & II

This is an entry level qualification and can be completed by those at a year 10 high school level or higher. This is a pre apprenticeship level and involves teaching aspiring builders the fundamentals, including minor maintenance, serving as a general hand and more.

 Certificate III

As a trade level, or equivalent, Australian apprenticeship, this certificate offers a much broader array of building applications and progression opportunities.  This qualification is also available to those at a year 10 level, but it allows the apprentice to take on considerably more responsibility than the previous two certificates. Opportunities under this qualification include: bricklaying, demolition, plumbing, carpentry and joinery, painting and decorating, roof tiling, landscaping, and many more.


Certificate IV

Usually based on experience, this qualification is for those looking to upskill into specialist trades, civil construction, site management, contract administration, estimating, or sales, to name just a few. This certificate is especially useful for those looking to assume more managerial authority on the construction site and coordinate some of the behind the scenes activity.


You wouldn’t consider going for a diploma unless you were looking to pursue a more progressive career path involving building and construction. This qualification is aimed at those looking to become architectural drafters. Project managers, site administrator, building trainers and the like.

Advanced Diploma

Much like the previous qualification, an advanced diploma is only offered to those with the relevant experience and knowledgebase. This course is suited to those interested in management positions within the building and construction industry.

Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees

This qualification requires a minimum of year 12 education but will also depend on your experience. This career path is suitable for those hoping to become architects, civil engineers, surveyors, or a university lecturer.

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