Training Services Overview

The Centre for Appropriate Technology Limited (CfAT Ltd) is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), number 0857 offering nationally recognised certificate courses in automotive, construction, civil construction, essential services, rural operations, water operations and engineering. Our training programs aim to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people gain skills and qualifications for employment and career progression in regional and remote areas. CfAT Ltd has fully equipped metal, woodwork and automotive workshops located at the Desert Peoples Centre premises within the Desert Knowledge Precinct, South Stuart Highway, Alice Springs.

Government subsidies for training programs vary by State and Territory jurisdictions. Government subsidised training places are generally available to those without a qualification up to a certificate III level, especially for those referred through an employment service provider. There may be subsidies available to employers to support the cost of training their employees, however employers are usually expected to contribute to the cost of training.

Certificate I in Resources and Infrastructure Operations RII10115                                                     

The certificate I in resources and infrastructure operations is an introductory qualification and is designed to raise awareness of the resources and infrastructure industries.

There are no specific job outcomes, however it will prepare an individual in successfully undertaking and certificate II and III in resources and infrastructure industry training package.

This certificate allows individuals to develop basic functional skills and knowledge to prepare for work in the resources and infrastructure industries.

The range of technical skills and knowledge is limited.


Certificate I in Construction                                   CPC10111

This qualification provides an introduction to the construction industry, its culture, occupations, job roles and workplace expectations. The units of competency cover essential work health and safety requirements including: the industrial and work organisation structure; communication skills; work planning; and basic use of tools and materials. The qualification is built around a basic construction project unit that integrates the skills and embeds the facets of employability skills in context.

The qualification is suited to VET in Schools programs or learners with no previous connection to the construction industry or relevant employment history.

There are no specific job outcomes to this qualification, but the skills achieved will assist in successfully undertaking a certificate II pre-vocational program or job outcome qualification, or will facilitate entry into an Australian Apprenticeship.

The unit CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry is designed to meet OHS regulatory authority requirements for OHS induction and must be achieved before access to any building and construction work site.

The construction industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units of competency to be delivered in this context. A substantial period of work placement is recommended to ensure the unit outcomes are met.


Certificate II in Construction Pathways                    CPC20211

This qualification provides a pathway to the primary trades in the construction industry with the exception of plumbing. Trade outcomes are predominantly achieved through an Australian Apprenticeship and this Certificate II allows for inclusion of skills suited for entry to off-site occupations, such as joinery and shop fitting as well as carpentry, bricklaying and other occupations in general construction.

This certificate II is designed to introduce learners to the recognised trade callings in the construction industry and provide meaningful credit in a construction industry Australian Apprenticeship.

The qualification has core units of competency requirements required in most Certificate III qualifications. The elective options are structured to allow choice from areas of trade skills as an introduction to a range of occupations.

The construction industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units of competency to be delivered in this context.

Completion of the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007) is required before entering a construction work site. Achievement of unit CPCCOHS1001A covers this requirement.

Certificate II in Civil Construction                            RII20715

The certificate II in civil construction qualification will give you learners the skills to work in a construction industry.The role reflects the role of individuals working in an operational role in civil construction, who undertake a prescribed range of tasks using limited practical skills and fundamental knowledge, in a defined contest working under supervision.

Occupational opportunities in the civil construction industry include:

  • Civil construction general hand
  • Civil construction hand
  • Construction labourer – civil
  • General hand

Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations      RII30815

The Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations reflects the role of a skilled operator working with civil construction plant, who applies a broad range of skills in a varied work context, using some discretion and judgement and relevant theoretical knowledge. The individual may provide theoretical advice and support a team.

Certificate II in Engineering                               MEM20105

The Certificate II in engineering provides an occupational outcome for industries and agencies   in rural and regional Australia.

Completing a Certificate II in Engineering can lead to work in a variety of areas including:

  • Engineering trainee
  • General Engineering worker
  • Production sheet metal worker
  • Production welder

Depending on the units selected individuals can be employed not only in rural industries but also other rural and regional sectors, such as mechanical engineering, production engineering, boating services, fabrication engineering and air conditioning and refrigeration.