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March 2, 2021

What qualifications do I need to become a Concreter?

Ever considered becoming a concreter? This career has minimal entry requirements and offers great job security.

But as with any other career, you’ll have to compete with other workers to get the job. And to do this, you need concreter qualifications.

Read on to learn more about the CPC30318 Certificate III in Concreting and whether you can study concreting online. 

What does a concreter do?

As a concretert you would work in the construction industry on residential or commercial buildings.

With the help of tools and machines, you’ll pour, spread and level off concrete.

Aside from buildings, you can help make infrastructure like roads, paths and bridges.

Tasks and duties

Here’s what your day-to-day would be like as a concreter. You will:

  • Work on site a building site
  • Mix concrete and pour it using a pump
  • Set up wire mesh to support concrete
  • Drive a concrete truck
  • Level off, compact and finish concrete
  • Use machines to float, trowel and finish the concrete face
  • Create different textures, colours and shapes the concrete surface
  • Cut seams or joints into set concrete.

What’s it like working as a concreter?

As a concreter, you’ll work outside on a daily basis. Most concreter jobs are full time, at 40 hours per week.

You should enjoy working with your hands and be able to do the job in hot or cold climates. You’ll need good physical fitness and the ability to work in a team.

You’ll also need to memorise the health and safety rules and follow your supervisor’s instructions. Injury and illness can be a risk in this job, which is why safety is so important.

Career outcomes

Because concreting is so essential to the building industry, the number of job openings will match the growth of the construction industry.

And because the construction industry is growing at a good rate, there is a strong future growth for concreters. Your concreter qualifications will not go to waste!

How to learn concreting – the Certificate III in Concreting

Not all concreter jobs require concreter qualifications. But when you apply for jobs, you’ll be competing against people who have qualifications and years of experience!

This is why it’s a good idea to get your Certificate III in Concreting. With this qualification, you’ll be among the top picks for employers.  

The cert 3 is a good place to start on your concreting career because it teaches you concreting skills and gives you the confidence to apply for jobs and do them well.

The Certificate III in Concreting combines an apprenticeship with some self-paced learning where you study concreting online. 

Entry reqs

Good news—there are no educational requirements for the Certificate III in Concreting! You don’t need a high school certificate or a certain grade average.

However, there are a few other boxes you have to tick. You must be at least 16 years old. You have to be able to speak, read and write English and you’ll sit a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) test before you begin the certificate.

You also have to complete WHS Induction Training and get your White Card before you begin.

What’s it like to study concreting?

The Certificate III in Concreting takes just two years to complete full time. You’ll study face-to-face with your employer and a CWBTS trainer. For this career, learning on the job is the best way to learn.

You’ll also do some tests and assessments at various points in time that you, your trainer and employer agree upon.

With so much work and study online these days, you’re probably wondering if you can study concreting online.

The apprenticeship must be done with an employer at a work site. But the other part of your certificate, where you do some self-paced study, lets you study concreting online.

These studies take about 2-3 hours per week and can be done whenever and wherever it suits you.

Where to learn concreting 

Whenever you do a Certificate III in Concreting, you should choose a trusted registered training organisation like CWBTS.

Unlike some of the other trainers out there, CWBTS specialise in building and construction. That means you get taught by builders with years of industry experience and industry connections to help you get jobs.

Because we’ve trained hundreds of concreters in NSW, ACT and Queensland, we have a proven history of delivering excellent training.Find out if you’re eligible for government funding or subsidies for the Certificate III in Concreting. Contact our team at 1300 4 CWBTS or request a call back today.

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