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Para-Professional Options

Interested in the business side of things? Costs? Contracts? Organising? Management?

Can you read and interpret the plans that make up the blueprint of a single storey house? Can you then work out the quantities required for each different material required to build it according to building code specifications?

An Estimator can.

An Estimator is one of many para-professional occupations that are crucial to the construction industry, and yet one of the roles that is almost invisible to young people looking for an exciting start to a promising career.

Entry from school into a para-professional occupation in the construction industry will generally require technical training, at or above Certificate IV level.

This level of qualification is available through State Training Providers (TAFE Colleges) or other Registered Training Providers and can be a solid foundation for career development in the industry.

Even though many para-professional occupations in construction require previous industry experience in addition to training, the new Certificate II in Building and Construction Business Pathway will enable students to become familiar with a range of key occupations in the construction industry and lead directly into relevant Certificate IV courses at the end of Year 12, including Estimating, Scheduling and Residential Drafting.

Some of these Certificate IV qualifications can be completed as a traineeship, which means you're employed as part of your training and being paid to learn!

Other para-professional occupations in the construction industry include 

  • Registered Builder
  • Building Inspector
  • Surveyor
  • Construction Manager
  • Architectural Drafter
  • Project Manager
  • Occupational Safety & Health
  • Building Designer 
  • Civil Engineer Associate
  • Civil Construction Supervisor
  • Site Supervisor/Manager
  • Interior Designer