Building and Construction

Gain the skills required for an exciting career within the building and construction industry.

Career opportunities in Building and Construction

Here are some career examples for the building and construction industry:

Architectural Drafting

Imagine a career where you can bring the ideas of architecture to life. As an architectural draftsperson, you’ll convert the architect’s vision into technical plans that can be followed by a construction crew. Learn the skills of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Computer Aided Design (CAD) to become an architectural draftsperson, CAD Technician, or a building information modeller by completing a course in Architectural drafting.


A career in bricklaying can be incredibly rewarding – and qualified bricklayers are currently in high demand. Our courses are taught by industry experienced educators who are considered global experts in the trade. You’ll learn how to lay bricks and blocks, construct ornamental panels, feature walls, arches and columns for domestic, commercial, industry and public buildings. Our courses will satisfy the educational requirements of the Office of Fair Trading for the issue of a bricklaying trade contractor licence so you can gain employment as a bricklayer tradesperson/contractor on successful completion.


Now is the time to take advantage of the forecast employment boom in the building sector. A qualification in building will help you develop the skills and knowledge to manage the construction of buildings including selecting contractors, contract management, overseeing work quality and liaising with clients. Our courses, after successful completion along with Certificate III in Carpentry or Bricklaying, will satisfy the educational requirements of the Office of Fair Trading for the issue of a builder’s licence. You’ll be ready to gain employment as construction site supervisor or licensed builder.


If you like working with your hands and enjoy the satisfaction of creating something from scratch, a career in carpentry is a perfect fit. With our course, you’ll learn how to use hand and power tools, work from plans and specifications, select the correct material to use, and fabricate, install or construct. Completion of a qualification in this field will satisfy the educational requirements of the Office of Fair Trading for the issue of a carpentry trade contractor licence. You’ll be in the best position to gain employment as a carpenter tradesperson/contractor.

Civil Engineering

If you’re able to identify, analyse and solve problems, and have a practical yet creative approach to your work, you could enjoy a rewarding career in civil engineering. With our courses in this field, you’ll develop skills in civil engineering drafting and design, construction supervision and materials testing. You’ll then be able to go on to gain employment in the civil construction industry as an onsite supervisor, or in an office environment as a civil drafter or civil design paraprofessional.

General Construction High Risk Licensing

Working in the construction industry, high-risk licences are vital to be able to do your job. We offer a range of courses that will develop the skills and knowledge needed to work in a variety of construction high-risk areas. You can complete a course in Asbestos Removal, WHS Induction, Dogging, Rigging, Scaffolding, Formwork, Forklift Operations, Confined Space Entry, Working at Heights or Elevated Work Platform.

Painting and Decorating

Interested in expressing yourself in a creative industry? You can achieve a qualification coupled with the practical skills required to work in the painting and decorating industry and satisfy the educational requirements of the Office of Fair Trading for the issue of a painting and decorating trade contractor licence. You’ll be able to gain employment as a painter and decorator.


As a plumber, your skills are in demand and your employment prospects are excellent – whether you work for yourself, as a contractor or for a business or company. With a plumbing qualification, you can develop a broad range of skills and knowledge associated with gas and water services, drainage, sanitary services and metal roofing. You’ll be able to gain employment in the plumbing industry as a journeyman plumber or pursue further education and become a licenced plumber.

Scaffolding and Rigging

Develop the skills you need for a job in scaffolding and rigging. With our qualifications in this field, you’ll learn the knowledge and practical skills you need to know how to erect structural steel frameworks and scaffolds, work at heights, safety measures, guide crane operators and operate hoists, winches and mast climbers.


If you want a varied job, working as part of a team, and one that makes good use of your practical skills, this career path could be for you. As a shopfitter, you’ll use hand tools and power equipment, work from plans and specifications, select the correct material to use, and fabricate and install everything from office spaces and restaurants to shopfronts and kitchens.


Signwriters design, make and fit all types of signs for commercial and non-commercial use. They work with everything from signs above shops, to logos and lettering on vehicles and road traffic signs. If you’ve got good practical skills, a flair for design and would like a job that has a lot of variety, then this might be the career for you. With a course in this field, you’ll learn about the processes, computer programs, materials, and tools used in the signwriting industry to gain employment as a signwriter or sign manufacturer.

Surface Preparation and Coating Application

Already working in the protective coatings and abrasive blasting industry? Build upon your skills by learning how to prepare and apply protective coatings to a wide range of industrial materials.

Surveying and Mapping

Would you enjoy developing skills in surveying equipment, survey law, computer mapping and calculations? Surveying and mapping technicians work in the spatial information services industry. You can become an employee of a surveying company, engineering or natural resource management firm, and mining company or Government departments. Self-employment as a consultant is an option, with a range of clients including land brokers, solicitors, surveyors, engineers and construction or mining companies.

How to find a course

So you’ve worked out what career areas or careers interest you and it’s time to see what courses are available?

To find courses in your area of interest, enter your keywords into the course search function on the right hand side of the page. For more detailed searches, use the ‘Advanced search option’.

Not sure which course to choose?

If you need help deciding which course or course level to choose, you can speak with one of our Customer Service Centre staff on 1300 766 123 or take advantage of our free career counselling service. Our experienced staff can help you decide which courses will help you reach your goals.


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