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

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.

Get prepared for your apprenticeship by diving into this hands-on and exciting Certificate II in Building and Construction. You’ll learn something new every day as you master basic skills in construction that will serve as the building blocks for more advanced work in the future!

Each unit will prepare you for your career, including health and safety requirements and learning to properly use hand and power tools. You’ll complete practical tasks such as building a sawhorse and a step ladder. The tasks grow in complexity as you put your new skills to work!

You’ll gain crucial 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.


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday - 8am - 4pm

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

  • Nil - 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

Course Modules

Course units
VU22031 Construct basic formwork for concreting
CPCCCM2006 Apply basic levelling procedures
VU22030 Carry out basic demolition for timber structures
VU22023 Perform basic setting out
VU22015 Interpret and apply basic plans and drawings
VU22029 Install interior fixings
VU22028 Install basic window and door frames
VU22027 Install basic external cladding
VU22026 Construct a basic roof frame
VU22025 Construct basic wall frames
VU22024 Construct basic sub-floor
VU22022 Identify and handle carpentry tools and equipment
VU22016 Erect and safely use working platforms
VU22014 Prepare for work in the building and construction industry
HLTAID002 Provide basic emergency life support
CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
CPCCOHS2001A Apply OHS Requirements, Policies And Procedures In The Construction Industry
CPCCCM1015A Carry Out Measurements And Calculations
CPCCCM1014A Conduct Workplace Communication
CPCCCM1012A Work Effectively And Sustainably In The Construction Industry


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