After you’re all done with your apprenticeship, you might be very content working in your field for some time, learning all the tricks of the trade and familiarising yourself with the work itself. After you’ve gotten it all down, you might be hungry to learn more, and you’re definitely not the only one in that regard. Pursuing training after an apprenticeship is an excellent way to both network and develop skills in a more niche area, which can dramatically increase our chance of finding high paying work and work that aligns more with your interests. How should you go about doing this, though? In this article, we take a look at why you might want to study a Diploma or Cert IV to give you some better background on the subject.
Continuing to upskill after your apprenticeship
Whether you’re considering something like a diploma in project management or a Cert IV in Building and Construction, studying after you’ve finished your apprenticeship can open a lot of exciting doors. Much of the time, pursuing a Cert IV in a field that you’re already well-versed in has the advantage of allowing you to take your skills to the next level, and learn what any of the higher ups already know. In the case of something like the Diploma in Building and Construction, the student will be actively learning how to supervise and manage construction work, which will fast-track them on their career trajectory. Although you might think that you don’t have the time to go back and study, these courses are actually offered part-time to ensure that even the busiest tradies can have the time on hand to advance their learning. In this case, there are also options for both in-person and online courses, as each kind of course will likely suit different people in different ways. If someone chooses to study in-person, they will usually need to attend night classes a few times a week, saving time for home assignments, and if someone was studying online, they are able to access the information they need whenever they want (although this learning style is difficult for some).
What you can expect after obtaining a Diploma or Cert IV
As you might have assumed, career opportunities are much improved with more qualifications. After taking these courses, many people opt to start their own business and become their own boss with the know-how they develop. After all, if you’re studying to supervise other people, you’ll very easily learn the fundamentals of managing yourself! If you’re not yet interested in running your own business, you might instead consider working for a company in a management role. What kinds of roles are on offer, you might ask? Think things like construction manager, site supervisor, project manager and foreperson, among others. With career paths out of the way, lets look a little bit into the differences between a Diploma and a Cert IV. Firstly, it should be known that these respective qualifications allow you to do similar supervisory and managerial roles, but it is the type of building projects that you can apply them to that is different.
Deciding which certification is for you
Deciding whether to pursue a Diploma or Cert IV is often up to your experience and the kinds of buildings you want to work on. If you’re interested in applying your skills in a certain area, getting in touch with