Construction Worker

Also known as: Trade Assistant, Builders Labourer.

Construction workers assist tradespeople on building and construction sites by doing a range of manual labouring jobs. Employment as a Construction Worker may be casual or full-time.

White Card Asbestos Cert. Drivers Licence High Risk Work 18 years +
Construction Worker yes yes no no no

To be a construction worker you need to enjoy outdoor, practical work and be physically fit. You also need to be able to work as part of a team and be able to follow precise directions. Construction workers are able to work at a constant pace.

Typical Duties

  • unload, carry and stack building materials and place tools and equipment in position,
  • dig trenches using hand tools or jackhammers to break up rock and concrete so that footings and services can be placed,
  • mix, pour and spread concrete,
  • help to erect and dismantle scaffolding (subject to certification in some states and territories), ramps, catwalks, barricades and warning lights,
  • use wheelbarrows to remove rubble and rubbish from building sites,
  • dismantle small structures and strip materials in preparation for new constructions, and
  • clean surfaces for painters.
No RTOs in the ACT offer training to become a Construction Worker or Builders Labourer. All construction workers need a White Card and Asbestos Awareness Training to work on a construction site in the ACT.


RTO Hours + Costs White Card Asbestos
No additional training / on the job training 6 hours + < $500 4 hours + < $500

The cost of training may be reduced subject to ACT Training Fund Authority subsidy, please check with your RTO.