Course Description

The St Patrick’s Technical College Construction program provides theory and practical skills required by the building and construction industry. Students develop skills in both carpentry (including steel framing) and wet trades (bricklaying, plastering and tiling).

The Construction program provides theory and practical skills required by the building and construction industry. Students develop skills in both carpentry (including steel framing) and wet trades (bricklaying, plastering and tiling).

The program also provides an introduction to allied industry trades including:

  • bricklaying;
  • concreting;
  • plastering;
  • cabinetmaking; and
  • civil construction.

Course Structure

StPatsTech-Machine-ConstructionAll students at St Patrick’s Technical College study a nationally-accredited technical / vocational qualification while completing the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).

Industry Focused SACE
> Essential English
> Essential Mathematics
> Scientific Studies
> Research Project

Work Ready Skills
> First Aid Training
> Industry Connections
> Integrated Learning
> Work Experience
> Workplace Practices

Vocational Training
> Certificate II in Construction Pathways (CPC20220)

Our fully integrated courses mean you don’t sacrifice your high school education while undertaking vocational training, either through one of our certificate courses or through our School-based Apprenticeship program.

All subjects at St Patrick’s Technical College are specifically written with reference to your technical training while the vocational qualification is industry relevant and provides pathways into apprenticeships and traineeships.

Curriculum Information

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Certificate II in Construction Pathways (CPC20220)

Course content includes: Whitecard WHS, use carpentry tools and equipment, prepare surfaces, assemble components, read and interpret plans, handle construction materials, use bricklaying and block materials, handle wall and floor tiling materials, use construction equipment and tools, use plastering tools and equipment, work safely at heights.

Adelaide Training & Employment Centre (RTO Code 0022) is responsible for the quality of accredited training and assessment provided and for the issuing of all qualifications and statements of attainment for this course.

See below for full list of competencies associated with this AQF qualification.

Integrated Learning

Students apply their knowledge and skills to a real-world task, event, learning opportunity, or context, which leads to a specific purpose, product, or outcome. The subject draws links between aspects of students’ lives and their learning. Students develop and demonstrate their collaboration, teamwork, and self-awareness, and evaluate their learning.

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Essential English

Our literacy program prepares students to communicate effectively within the workplace. This subject provides students with skills required to enhance their oral and written skills. Students learn techniques to improve their employment opportunities, their ability to work in a team and their effectiveness to communicate with customers and clients. Areas such as the planning and writing of job applications, procedures when writing curriculum vitae and the appropriate use of email and other electronic communications are also studied in this course.

Essential Mathematics

Our numeracy program enables students to develop the mathematical skills necessary to ensure their success and is both practical and theoretical in nature. Students study units of measurement, measuring devices, length, perimeter, area and volume. These units also include components in costing, quoting and scale drawing. These units are fundamental to the success of all students completing a trade and give students a clear understanding of the relevance between mathematics and their chosen career pathway.

Research Project

In the Research Project, students have the opportunity to study an area of interest in depth. They use their creativity and initiative, while developing the research and presentation skills they will need in further study or work.

Scientific Studies (Construction)

This subject prepares students in gaining a scientific understanding of why selected materials are used within the building industry. Students gain knowledge of the insulative properties of selected materials, understand the techniques used to strengthen building materials and investigate the properties of both natural and processed building materials. Students are introduced to the tools used in industry and the science behind their operation. This is a practical course where many aspects of the students learning are obtained through hands on experience.

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Industry Connections

Industry Connections develops students’ skills, knowledge and understandings of interested trade areas while developing their capabilities and employability skills through an industry-related project.

Industry Connections is flexibly designed to enable opportunities for students to collate a work skills portfolio that may support future career and transitions opportunities.

Work Experience

Work Experience (WEX) is a compulsory part of the St Patrick’s Technical College Work Ready Skills program. It provides the opportunity for students to explore and experience an area of interest or their trade choice. Students learn, grow and develop skills for the workplace, gain valuable feedback from an employer about their general employability skills such as attitude, work ethic, initiative, WHS, punctuality, problem solving abilities, communication and teamwork skills.

Workplace Practices

Students develop knowledge, skills, and understanding of the nature, type and structure of the workplace. They learn about the value of unpaid work to society, future trends in the world of work, workers’ rights and responsibilities and career planning.

Pre-Vocational Competencies

CPC202220 Certificate II in Construction Pathways
Code Unit Title
CPCCOM1012 Work effectively and sustainably in the Construction Industry
CPCCOM1013 Plan and organise work
CPCCOM1015 Carry out measurements and calculations
CPCCVE1011 Undertake a basic construction project
CPCCWHS2001 Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the Construction Industry
  Electives (subject to change)
CPCCCA2002 Use carpentry tools and equipment
CPCCCM2004 Handle construction materials
CPCCCM2006 Apply basic levelling procedures
CPCCCM2009 Carry out basic demolition
CPCCCO2013 Carry out concreting to simple forms

Work Experience

StPatsTech is focused on helping you move into the workforce. Our Work Ready Skills program gives you the edge when it comes to applying for a job.

Embedded in all the subjects that make up the Work Ready Skills program you’ll discover the key skills that employers are looking for and how you can develop them:

  • People skills
  • Reliability
  • Literacy and numeracy
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Positive attitude and work ethic
  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity
  • Digital literacy
  • Problem solving

To help you develop these skills and introduce you to potential employers, the College conducts an extensive Work Experience program. Year 10 & Year 11 students have seven compulsory WEX blocks scheduled during term time, and Year 12 students have six compulsory WEX blocks scheduled during term time.


As part of your program at St Patrick’s Technical College, we’ll support you to move into an apprenticeship as soon as you’re ready.

Building-&-Construction-Course-CaricatureSt Patrick’s Technical College is the School-based Apprenticeship and Traineeship (SBAT) specialist.

A SBAT is a mix of academic, vocational education, training and employment.

Through your SBAT at St Patrick’s Technical College, employment skills and real-world experience are an integral part of your school program.

Our apprenticeship program is the only one of its kind in South Australia. We allow you and your employer maximum flexibility so you both get the most out of your SBAT.

Career Pathways

The building and construction industry is responsible for the homes we live in, the schools and hospitals we rely upon, and the commercial and industrial buildings in which we work.

Career opportunities in the industry include:

  • Bricklayer
  • Cabinetmaker
  • Carpenter
  • Civil construction worker
  • Concreter
  • Floor finisher and coverer
  • Joiner
  • Plasterer
  • Painter and decorator
  • Roofer
  • Stonemason
  • Tiler.