National Certificate: Building & Civil Construction



  • Accredited – Duration 12 Months

Entry Requirements

  • Communication NQF Level 2 and Mathematical at NQF level 2

Composition of the Skills Programme

Core Module

The core module of 1 credit must be achieved

All Core modules must be completed.

Module : Safe Practices

  • Verify compliance to safety, health and environmental requirements in the workplace
  • Provide primary emergency care/first aid as an advanced first responder
  • Erect, use and dismantle access equipment for construction work
Module : Building Construction Management

  • Describe the composition, role-players and the role of the construction industry in the South African economy
  • Develop construction work plans
  • Procure building and civil construction materials, tools and equipment
  • Identify, use and maintain tools, machines, equipment and materials for building and civil construction activities
  • Read and interpret construction drawings and specifications

Elective Modules

Painting Specialisation

  • Prepare surfaces for painting (compulsory for the painting trade)
  • Prime and apply paint to surfaces (compulsory for the painting trade)
  • Apply industrial protective coatings /li>
  • Apply special surface coatings
  • Apply paint by spray
  • Apply wallpaper

Tiling Specialisation

  • Prepare surfaces and apply tiles (compulsory for the tiling trade
  • Apply specialist tiling to surfaces

Plastering Specialisation

  • Prepare for plastering (compulsory for the plastering trade)
  • Plaster surfaces (compulsory for the plastering trade)
  • Apply screeds to a concrete floor (compulsory for the plastering trade)
  • Apply screeds to a concrete floor
  • Plaster walls and screed a floor and steps
  • Apply specialist plastering and screeding to surface

Masonry Specialisation

  • Build masonry superstructures using concrete hollow units (compulsory for the masonry trade)
  • Build masonry superstructures using solid units (compulsory for the masonry trade)
  • Set out, excavate, cast concrete strip foundations and build foundation walling (compulsory for the masonry trade)
  • Pave surfaces using flexible segmental paving
  • Pave surfaces using rigid segmental clay paving
  • Prepare and install imprint concrete pavement
  • Prepare and lay precast block paving
  • Build decorative masonry elements

Carpentry Specialisation

  • Clad roof structures (compulsory for the carpentry trade)
  • Erect roof trusses (compulsory for the carpentry trade)
  • Install finishing components (compulsory for the carpentry trade)
  • Manufacture timber roof trusses (compulsory for the roofer trade + all of above)
  • Manufacture and install partitioning and wall paneling from wood
  • Manufacture wooden components
  • Prepare a site for ceiling and partition installation
  • Manufacture and fit door and window frames

Concrete Formwork Specialisation

  • Fabricate, erect and strip formwork for straight walls, columns and bases (compulsory for the concrete formwork trade)
  • Fabricate, erect and strip steel and timber formwork for T-walls, decks and beams and single flight staircases (compulsory for the concrete formwork trade)
  • Fabricate, erect and strip steel and timber formwork for curved, sloped and E-walls and curved bases with kicker, incorporating waterbar

Business Skills

  • Tender for business or work in a selected new venture
  • Conduct follow-up with customers to evaluate satisfaction levels
  • Administer payments and expenses
  • Apply basic business concepts
  • Describe features, advantages and benefits of a range of products or services
  • Identify and use marketing resources to meet objectives
  • Identify potential and existing customers of the business
  • Implement activity plans to meet agreed deadlines
  • Liaise with a range of customers of a business
  • Priorities time and work for self and team
  • Take orders from customers to fulfil a
    need for goods and/or service
  • Interpret current affairs related to a specific business sector

Electives: Select from these specialization areas/trades to total a minimum of 140 credits

Fundamental Modules

Module : Building Construction Management

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the use of different number bases and measurement units and an awareness of error in the context of relevant calculations
  • Describe, apply, analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts
  • Investigate life and work related problems using data and probabilities
  • Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business and national issues
Module: Verbal Communication Skills

  • Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication
  • Use language and communication in occupational learning programs
Module: Written Communication Skills

  • Interpret and use information from texts
  • Write/present/sign texts for a range of communicative contexts