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Course Type:
Pre-Apprenticeship; Accredited Course; Free TAFE
Study Mode:
On Campus
6 months (4 days per week)
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Course Overview

If you’re looking to do an apprenticeship but want to learn a few basic skills before you get started, then get prepared by diving into this hands-on and exciting Certificate II in Building and Construction.

You’ll gain real experience while learning something new every day, as you master basic skills in construction. These skills will act as the building blocks for more advanced work in the future.

You’ll work closely with our building and construction teachers, feeling supported and gaining confidence to take your skills further. You’ll complete practical tasks such as building a sawhorse and a step ladder, and the more you learn, the more skilful the tasks become.

Each unit will prepare you for a career in the building industry by learning health and safety requirements and how to properly use hand and power tools. You’ll also learn important skills for working in any environment, including communication, teamwork, planning, organisation and self-management.

Once you’ve completed your pre-apprenticeship, you’ll have a head start on finding employment or an apprenticeship in carpentry. If employment is what you’re looking for, there are many opportunities, like bricklaying, carpentry, painting and decorating and joinery trades within the construction industry.

But if you are looking to take your career further, this qualification will allow you to study a Certificate III in Carpentry (Apprenticeship) where you will gain even more skills and be able to increase your chances of employment – and we will be here to help with all of those decisions when the time comes.

There has never been a better time to study and we’re here to work with you to gain the skills and knowledge you need for a very successful future.

ATTENTION: As much as we’d love to offer more, we can only offer one Free TAFE course per person. If you’ve already enrolled and commenced, or enrolled but didn’t complete a Free TAFE course at any Victorian TAFE in the past you will NOT be eligible for another and will need to pay tuition and materials fees when you enrol. Reach out to us if you think this is you.


Monday and Tuesday 8:00am - 4:00pm

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate II in Building and Construction (Carpentry) (Pre-apprenticeship).

Career Opportunities

Typical learners who undertake the Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship include:

  • school leavers aiming to enter the bricklaying, carpentry, painting and decorating and joinery trades within the construction industry
  • secondary student completing a Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Victorian Education and Training (VET) VCE VET program which contributes to the VCE or Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) commonly undertaken in years 10, 11 or 12
  • early school leavers working in labouring roles looking for an apprenticeship or opportunity to up skill
  • career changers wanting to experience a trade within the building and construction industry.

Opportunities for Further Study

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Recommended entry requirements

  • Students should be physically fit and capable of working in door and out doors and a construction environment.
    An interest in the construction industry would be an advantage.

Limitations to entry

  • Learners MUST provide their own steel capped workboats, work pants or shorts and shirts appropriate to the construction industry.


Not Applicable

Online requirement

Not Applicable


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

Help with Fees

Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information

Completing this course may assist you in getting an Apprenticeship


Not Applicable

Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

  • Safety boots
  • Industry appropriate clothing
  • Pens and pencils

Student Services

Support is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Many TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Course Structure

Sample course units

Unit CodeUnit Description
CPCCCM1012AWork Effectively And Sustainably In The Construction Industry
CPCCCM1014AConduct Workplace Communication
CPCCCM1015ACarry Out Measurements And Calculations
CPCCCM2006Apply basic levelling procedures
CPCCOHS2001AApply OHS Requirements, Policies And Procedures In The Construction Industry
CPCCWHS1001Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
HLTAID002Provide basic emergency life support
VU22014Prepare for work in the building and construction industry
VU22015Interpret and apply basic plans and drawings
VU22016Erect and safely use working platforms
VU22022Identify and handle carpentry tools and equipment
VU22023Perform basic setting out
VU22024Construct basic sub-floor
VU22025Construct basic wall frames
VU22026Construct a basic roof frame
VU22027Install basic external cladding
VU22028Install basic window and door frames
VU22029Install interior fixings
VU22030Carry out basic demolition for timber structures
VU22031Construct basic formwork for concreting


Assessment is competency based and includes practical demonstrations, problem solving, online quizzes, and completion of workbooks.