Trade Start

#Trade Start

10-12 weeks


Face to face & online



Units / subjects


Locations available


Trade Start is a competitive and challenging program designed to develop graduates who are highly motived, independent learners. When you complete a Trade Start course, you will be savvy about how to pursue a career in construction and gain highly sought technical, social and leadership skills.

Students have direct exposure to a variety of construction trades and professions through structured workplace learning (SWL). You will gain experience with as many different career options as possible by observing workers in their environment.

The Trade Start program runs for 10-12 weeks. There are 11 required units to complete, which are grouped together as practical tasks that you would typically perform on a construction site. The course includes 160 hours of personal development and 160 hours of SWL.

Applications are now open for students at Hutchies Training's schools in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Toowoomba.

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#Course Partner

The Trade Start program is delivered in partnership with funding provided by Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ).

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#Why Hutchies Training

Australia's largest privately-owned builder

State-of-the-art online learning management system

Hands-on training on live job sites

Supportive, family environment

Flexible delivery options

Industry leading, award winning training

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#The Nitty Gritty

#Who it suits

If you’re driven to pursue a career in construction, Trade Start could be the course for you. Entry is highly competitive, and only those who are passionate and committed to a career in construction are accepted.

To be eligible, you must have finished school, be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, and live in Queensland. You can NOT have previously completed a CPC10111 Certificate I in Construction. Ideally applicants will have a driver’s licence as you will be travelling to campus and to construction sites in your region.


This course gives you a hands-on learning experience on a live construction site.

Together with structured workplace learning, Hutchies Training provides career education in face-to-face and online formats. Our easy to use online learning management system delivers the information you need to take your construction career further.


You will be assessed on seven essential tasks and a structured workplace learning component.

The tasks are:

  1. Safety on a Construction Site
  2. Stuff I need to know
  3. Setting out a site
  4. Saw stool
  5. Construction project
  6. Environment
  7. Structured workplace learning

Assessment is performed by trainers with the right skills and experience to the tasks being undertaken. Our assessment process meats the National Assessment Principles and we provide relevant equipment, facilities, and training materials to create a learning environment that gives our students the ability to succeed.

#Course Materials

We provide all Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required to work on a construction site. All course materials and related information is provided through the learning management system.


To enrol for a Hutchies Training Pre-employment Course, you should meet the following requirements:

  • Aged 14 Years or older
  • No longer at school
  • A Queensland resident
  • An Australian citizen, permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder, or New Zealand citizen


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#Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

​Our website is just the first step of your training journey. You’ve probably got some questions — lots of people do.

Check out the list of things that other people ask us, with helpful answers. If you still have questions, get in touch — we’d love to hear from you.

General FAQs

What is Trade Start?

Trade Start is a pre-employment course that exposes students to a variety of trades and professions. There are 11 units of competency which are grouped together as practical tasks that are performed on a construction site.

How long is the course?

Five days a week for 10-12 weeks. There is 160 hours of structured workplace learning and 38 hours of personal development.

How much does it cost?

The course is funded by Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) for eligible participants.

How do I enrol?

Click on the Start Now button at the top and bottom of the page, select the course and location and follow the instructions.

Am I guaranteed a job or apprenticeship?

You are not guaranteed a job or apprenticeship, however you are trained in resume writing, job applications and interview techniques that may assist you in a career path in construction.

What if I have already completed a Certificate I in Construction?

If you have completed a Cert I in Construction the last 2 years our Trade Ready course may be suitable.

How do I get more information before applying?

If you've already explored this website and still have questions, please feel free to get in contact with us — we’d love to hear from you.

What is Structured Workplace Learning (SWL)?

SWL is incorporated in our courses to maximise opportunities for participants to experience as many different construction jobs as possible.

What should I bring on day one?

Bring a great attitude! Be passionate and committed about entering the construction industry. Bring your lunch or money to buy food and drink.


Graduates of this course often^ find jobs as:







The average^ salary of graduates in their first full time job after finishing this course is $51,200

Data based on averages provided by the Federal Department of Education and Training


The Trade Start program is made up of 11 key competencies which are broken into eight core units and three electives.

Students who enrol in the Trade Start program will also complete the unit BSBSUS201 participate in environmentally sustainable work practices. Our training delivery focusses on grouping units together into practical tasks that you would perform on a live construction site. Our trainers select the most appropriate electives for the specific operating environment.

CPCCCM1012A / Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry

(C) – Core Unit (compulsory)

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to prepare for and sustain effective work within the construction industry. It covers the identification and clarification of the construction industry work context, scope and employment conditions, responsibility required to be accepted by the individual, working in a team, individual career path improvement activities and sustainable work practices and techniques.

CPCCCM1013A / Plan and organise work

(C) – Core Unit (compulsory)

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to plan and organise individual and group work activities on a construction site. The unit includes identifying task requirements, planning steps and organising work.

CPCCCM1014A / Conduct workplace communication

(C) – Core Unit (compulsory)

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to communicate effectively with other workers in a construction workplace environment. It includes gathering, conveying and receiving information through verbal and written forms of communication.

CPCCCM2001A / Read and interpret plans and specifications

(C) – Core Unit (compulsory)

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to read and interpret plans and specifications relevant to construction operations. It includes the identification of types of plans and drawings and their functions, the recognition of commonly used symbols and abbreviations, the identification of key features and specifications on a site plan, the comprehension of written job specifications and the recognition of document status and amendment detail.

CPCCCM2005B / Use construction tools and equipment

(C) – Core Unit (compulsory)

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to safely select and use construction tools and equipment. It includes hand tools, power tools, pneumatic tools, and plant and equipment.

CPCWHS1001 / Prepare to work safely in the construction industry

(C) – Core Unit (compulsory)

This unit of competency specifies the mandatory work health and safety training required prior to undertaking construction work. The unit requires the person to demonstrate personal awareness and knowledge of health and safety legislative requirements in order to work safely and prevent injury or harm to self and others. It covers identifying and orally reporting common construction hazards, understanding basic risk control measures, and identifying procedures for responding to potential incidents and emergencies. It also covers correctly selecting and fitting common personal protective equipment (PPE) used for construction work.

CPCCVE1011A / Undertake a basic construction project

(C) – Core Unit (compulsory)

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to undertake a basic construction project to provide elementary skills applicable to the construction industry. It includes completion of a project using basic tools, equipment and materials.

CPCCOHS2001A / Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

(C) – Core Unit (compulsory)

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to carry out OHS requirements through safe work practices at any on or off-site construction workplace. It requires the performance of work in a safe manner through awareness of risks and work requirements, and the planning and performance of safe work practices with concern for personal safety and the safety of others.

CPCCCM2004A / Handle construction materials

(E) – Elective

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to safely manually handle, store and apply environmental management principles associated with construction materials and components. It includes preparing material for mechanical handling.

CPCCCM1015A / Carry out measurements and calculations

(E) – Elective

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to carry out measurements and perform simple calculations to determine task and material requirements for a job in a construction work environment.

CPCCCM2006B / Apply basic levelling procedures

(E) – Elective

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to carry out levelling in a single plane for the purpose of establishing correct and accurate set-out of building components. It includes the set-up, testing and use of levelling devices, and establishing and transferring heights using a range of levelling equipment.

BSBSUS201 / Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Additional Unit

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to effectively measure current resource use and carry out improvements, including reducing the negative environmental impact of work practices. It applies to individuals, working under supervision or guidance, who are required to follow workplace procedures and instructions, and work in an environmentally sustainable manner within scope of competency, authority and own level of responsibility.

#Fees & Payments

This course is fully funded by Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ).


This course can be completed at the following Hutchies Training locations.

#Need some help or have some questions?

Please get in touch with one of Hutchies Training's course contacts below.

Peter Forsingdal, National Training Manager

Mobile 0438 886 766

Michelle Buckland, Training Coordinator

Mobile 0447 758 566

#Ready to apply?

Make sure you're ready before you apply — only serious applications will be considered.