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 program also provides an introduction to allied industry trades including:

  • flooring;
  • cabinetmaking; and
  • civil construction.

Your training will be undertaken at a number of sites including the purpose-built workshops at StPatsTech and on “live” projects utilising the College’s mobile workshop.

This program is part of the StPatsTech School of Building & Construction. To see the other pathways available in this sub-school, visit the Programs page.

Course Structure

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

Industry Focused SACE
> Essential Mathematics
> Scientific Studies
> Design Technology (Material Products)

Work Ready Skills
> Essential English
> Skills for Life
> Workplace practices
> Cross-disciplinary Studies

Vocational Training
> Certificate II in Construction Pathways (CPC20211)

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 StPatsTech are specifically written with reference to your technical training while the vocational qualification is an industry relevant and highly practical TAFE SA course.


St Patrick’s Technical College – Construction workshop

Curriculum Information

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Certificate II in Construction Pathways (CPC20211)

tafe-logo-with-rto-codeCourse 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.

See below for full list of competencies associated with this AQF qualification delivered in partnership with TAFE SA.

Design Technology (Construction)

Design Technology (Construction) is an internally assessed course embracing a series of industry unit standard qualifications, as well as related assignments and skills. The project themes are designed to encourage students to make plans and decisions, analyse solutions and critique their work. The course suits those students intending to pursue a career in the building and construction trades. This subject is part of the Year 12 pre-apprenticeship program.

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. This subject is part of the Year 12 pre-apprenticeship program.

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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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Skills for Life

The Skills for Life program provides students with meaningful and positive experiences as part of the College’s Catholic community. It aims to develop students knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the dignity of the human person, living in relationship and the nature of freedom and responsibility. It helps students to recognise how they can impact and make a difference in their community and to develop skills and values in relation to what is meaningful and significant to their lives.

Workplace Practices

In 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. Our extensive Work Experience program is a key component of this subject allowing students to develop and reflect on their capabilities, interests, and aspirations.

Pre-Vocational Competencies

CPC20211 Certificate II in Construction Pathways
Code Unit Title
CPCCCA2002B Use carpentry tools and equipment
CPCCCA2011A Handle carpentry materials
CPCCCM2004A Handle construction materials
CPCCCO2013A Carry out concreting to simple forms
CPCCJN2002B Prepare for off-site process
CPCCJN2001A Assemble components
CPCCCM1012A Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
CPCCCM1013A Plan and organise work
CPCCCM1014A Conduct workplace communication
CPCCCM1015A Carry out measurements, specifications
CPCCCM2001A Read and interpret plans, specifications
CPCCOHS2001A Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

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. All students are expected to undertake a minimum of six weeks of placement in the world of work per year.


As part of your program at StPatsTech, 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 StPatsTech, 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.

In Year 12 you can spend more than 40 weeks full-time with your employer in paid work. This means completing up to the first year of your apprenticeship at the same time as finishing your
SACE with support from the College.

StPatsTech School-based Apprentices automatically upgrade to full-time apprenticeships after graduation.

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.