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Qualifications Available

There's more than one way to begin and develop a career in Western Australia's construction industry.

With more than 8,000 construction trainees and apprentices in training at the beginning of 2016, it's not hard to see that apprenticeships and traineeships are an attractive way to begin a career.

You can read all about apprenticeship training here, and download a list of construction apprenticeships and traineeships here.


There are occupations in construction that require different grades of licences and/or certification which indicate that a person is qualified to perform certain high-risk tasks or operate specific types of plant or machinery.

These qualifications are issued once a person has successfully completed dedicated training courses delivered by a Registered Training Provider (RTP) and include such things as 

  • Crane  Operations
  •  Dogging
  •  Rigging
  •  Scaffolding
  • Working at heights
  •  Working in confined spaces
  • Worksite Traffic management
  •  Forklift operations

Many workers in the construction industry hold a combination of licences, enabling them to work across a range of sites. Together with experience and further training, multi-skilled workers can take their careers in a range of directions, including Workplace Health and Safety , Supervision, Management and Training.

Further education qualifications

Most traineeships are Certificate II or III level, with all apprenticeships at Certificate III. In addition, there are a range of Certificate IV and Diploma qualifications which are relevant to the construction industry.These include

  •  Cert IV Residential Drafting
  •  Cert IV Supervisor          
  •  Cert IV Estimating
  •  Diploma Engineering
  •  Diploma WHS

Further education qualifications are available through State and Private Training Providers. Enrolment details can be obtained from the Career Centre.

Many Cert IV and Diploma qualifications can provide pathways for entry into higher education degree qualifications and be considered for study credit.

Higher Education

Degrees......Graduate Diplomas......Masters......PhDs......

The people who design the built environment generally have tertiary qualifications and the most widely recognised of those include Architecture and Engineering.

Have you thought about Town Planning? Environmental Management? Construction Economics and Management? These degrees, amongst others, are hugely important to the construction industry.