National Certificate: Community House Building Course

The purpose of the qualification is to provide Learners` as well as providers of education and training with national standards that represent the competencies required to meet the challenges of participating effectively in the building construction industry as a multi-skilled practitioner.

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R29,900.00 incl. VAT

Course duration

12 Months

Course language


On- or off-site training

On- & Off-Site Available

NQF level




Entry level

Grade 12



Completing this course will enable you to

For those who have been in the workplace for a considerable period of time, this qualification can be used in the recognition of prior learning process to assess and recognize workplace skills acquired without the benefit of formal education and training.

For the new entrant, this qualification describes the learning outcomes required to effectively participate in a structured workplace as a multi-skilled practitioner. For education and training providers, this qualification provides guidance for the development of appropriate learning programmes and assessment documentation that meet and allow for Learners` to achieve the desired outcomes.

For employers, this qualification enables skills gaps to be identified and addressed ensuring that productivity levels are increased and business objectives achieved within the legislative frameworks in which the construction industry is required to operate.

This qualification has been developed to assist with standardization across the building industry. The qualification will allow the qualified multi-skilled practitioner to register as a community house builder and provides a solid foundation for future career advancement across similar qualifications in the construction industry, including supervisory and management qualifications within the sector.

The primary skills that are recognized in this qualification relate to a range of limited technical skills that are required to build a house of basic design. The learner will also have a basic understanding of the construction industry and how he or she is expected to operate within the legislative, safety and quality systems that govern the workplace.

Course Outcomes

On completion of this qualification Learners` will be able to demonstrate competent performance in the following outcomes within the defined context of this qualification:

  • Demonstrate competent performance against the criteria contained in the Fundamental unit standards selected for the Numeracy and Literacy competencies that are required of multi-skilled practitioners in the construction industry.
  • Apply energy efficient environmental principles that result in the construction of buildings that are environmentally sound and which promote the sustainability of the surrounding environment.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the construction industry, stakeholders, relevant regulations, legislation and skills development initiatives.
  • Prepare basic sketches and drawings as well as read and interpret basic construction drawings and specifications.
  • Apply health and safety legislation when carrying out the range of activities associated with the building of community houses.
  • Render basic first aid when minor injuries are sustained to self or personnel engaged in building activities on the site.
  • Erect, use and dismantle basic access equipment.
  • Set out, excavate and cast concrete strip foundations and build foundation walling onto which a concrete slab is cast.
  • Set out and prepare carpentry work areas for the limited range of carpentry practices carried out during the construction of houses of a basic design.
  • Use brick size and block size units to build walls, including the building of bricks into pre-erected light steel framed walls.
  • Set out, brace and erect site made roof trusses and including prefabricated roof trusses where these have been specified.
  • Apply screeds to concrete floors.
  • Measure, cut and fit glass into wood and steel frames in accordance with specified dimensions.
  • Prepare, prime and paint internal and external surfaces.


Competence in the area of specialisation opted for by the learner in any of the following:

  • Erect, connect and clad light steel frames that have been treated to prevent corrosion and install appropriate insulation where required, including the building of brick/block work into light steel frames where this is specified.
  • Build, connect, clad and erect timber frame walls and install appropriate insulation where required.
  • Erect ceilings and install appropriate insulation where required.
  • Construct on-site sanitation facilities on sites where houses of basic design are being built for the community.
  • Measure and order building materials and identify, select and maintain required tools and equipment.
  • Manage labour, plant, equipment and material resources on a construction project.

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Course Curriculum

  • Apply health and safety to a work area.
  • Apply screeds to a concrete floor.
  • Apply tiles to plastered surfaces.
  • Build masonry superstructures using solid and hollow units.
  • Clad roof structures.
  • Erect roof trusses.
  • Install glazing.
  • Paint internal and external surfaces.
  • Render basic first aid.
  • Set out and prepare construction carpentry work areas.
  • Set out, excavate, cast concrete strip foundations, build foundation walling and cast concrete slabs.
  • Erect, use and dismantle access equipment.
  • Read and interpret construction drawings and specifications.
  • Erect ceilings and install insulation.
  • Procure materials, tools and equipment.
  • Manage construction resources.
  • Build timber frame walls.

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  • Low-pressure lesson environment.
  • Accredited and experienced instructors
  • On- and off-site training available.

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