Industry Career Paths
are dozens of different jobs in the building industry from which
you can choose. For many of them there are also several different
training paths you can take to achieve the same job qualification.
find out the training you must do to achieve your chosen job qualification
you should ask these questions.
1. Do I want to be a labourer, a plant operator or a rigger?
- You do not need any formal qualifications to become a labourer.
To operate plant (such as earthmoving and excavating equipment,
cranes and forklifts etc.) you may need to be assessed by a Workplace
Standards Tasmania registered assessor to gain a certificate of
competency. To be assessed you need to obtain the list of registered
assessors from Workplace Standards Tasmania and organize for an
assessor to examine you. There are a number of registered training
organizations which conduct courses on scaffolding, rigging and
plant operation. Alternatively you may learn these skills on the
2. Do I want to be qualified in a trade and become a plumber,
carpenter, electrician, painter etc?
- Then you must do an apprenticeship. You may do a pre-employment
training course with a registered training organisation such as
TAFE which will count towards your apprenticeship, but normally
you cannot be a qualified tradesperson unless you do an apprenticeship.
3. Do I want to be able to manage or supervise a building or
- You need to enrol in a Certificate or Diploma course which will
train you for jobs in this area. In some cases you do not need your
TCE nor do you need to be a qualified tradesperson to train in this
area. To go beyond the Diploma level to the next level qualification
which is an Advanced Diploma, however, you must either have completed
Year 12 or have done an Apprenticeship or any of the Certificate
courses. An Advanced Diploma can lead you not only to managerial
and supervisory level jobs in the building and construction industry,
but also into professional building jobs such as quantity surveyor,
project manager etc.
4. Do I want to have a professional qualification in the building
and construction industry?
- You can achieve a professional building qualification by doing
a Diploma as described above or you can do a degree course in Building
from a university. To enrol in a degree course you must have passed
your TCE unless you are a mature aged student. When selecting your
TCE subjects you should talk to your school's careers adviser about
which subjects are most suitable for your chosen career path.
5. How can I improve my communication as well as my technical
in the industry today need a range of different skills to take advantage
of new forms of work organization, new technologies, enhanced workplace
safety requirements and improved career opportunities. Some of these
skills are technical or physical but many involve social and communication
skills. The industry promotes training opportunities for current
and future industry employees that develop all the skills you will
need. For example, if you are not confident about your writing or
negotiation skills, you can find a training program that can help
you develop these sort of skills at the same time as you learn the
technical skills you need.
information on the options that are available, check out the Tasmanian
Building and Construction Industry Training Board website or call
the Board on 6223 7804.
6. Can I get recognition for what I already know?
building and construction industry training courses will give you
credit for any skills which you may already possess from previous
training sessions or from on-the-job experience.
example, if you have worked as a painter's assistant and decide
that you want to become a painter, the relevant experience you have
had as an assistant will count toward your apprenticeship, reducing
the number of hours you need to achieve your trade certificate.
you already have some of the skills which are taught in a training
course, your trainers can give you recognition of that prior learning
which means that you skip that part of the course.