Course Type:
Pre-Apprenticeship; Accredited Course; Free TAFE
Study Mode:
On Campus
1 year (2 days per week)
Starting Date:
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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.

Did you know: The Victorian Government has now made Free TAFE courses even more accessible for new students enrolling for study in 2023. All Free TAFE courses at TAFE Gippsland are now available to people with higher-level qualifications and those who have completed a previous Free TAFE course and are looking to continue in their selected training pathway. Conditions and eligibility rules apply. Check out our Free TAFE information page for further details.


Monday, Tuesday 9:00am - 3:00pm

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

Recent evidence has shown that pre-apprenticeship programs continue to play an important role in improving labour market outcomes in the vocational education and training sector. It has been found that pre-apprenticeships programs are a valuable mechanism to increase apprentice completion rates as it addresses one of the main reasons of non-completion, that is, the disparity between the expectations of a new apprentice and the reality of life in the trade. It appears that there is a better chance of completing an apprenticeship among those who have undertaken a pre-apprenticeship as it allows graduates to gain an insight into the experience of a trades career.

It is for this reason that there is also a strong employment demand for graduates of pre-apprenticeship programs within the Victorian building and construction industry. Many employers actively recruit graduates as they believe them to be more aware of workplace safety, better prepared for the realities of the industry, more confident and have better hand skills. Many employers generally recruit apprentices through registered training organisations and work experience.

Opportunities for Further Study

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Mandatory entry requirements:
  • Must be 15 years of age or older for a VDSS student.
  • If students are no longer at secondary school and are under 17 years of age they must have a "school leaving certificate" from the Department of Education before they can enrol in this qualification.
  • There are no other entry requirements for the 22338VIC Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship however the following is noted;
  • Learners enrolling in the 22338VIC Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship are best equipped to successfully undertake the qualification if they have minimum language, literacy and numeracy skills that align to Level 2 of the ACSF.
    Indicators of ACSF Level 2 could include:
    • ability to write brief systems related texts using an established format, for example, an order form or an OHS incident report on a standard workplace form/pro-forma
    • listening to short, explicit instructions for new work procedures and asks questions to clarify
    • familiar and simple length, volume/capacity measures
    • measure and estimate length, capacity/volume, and time, using simple instruments graduated in familiar units, for examples, centimetres, meters, millilitres, or hours/minutes/seconds
    • reading an email from the teacher/trainer about a change of class time.

Learners with language, literacy and numeracy skills at lower levels than those suggested will require additional support to successfully undertake the qualification.

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

  • For each Learner enrolling in a vocational qualification, regardless of eligible or ineligible status under the Victorian Training Guarantee, TAFE Gippsland will conduct a Pre-Training Review of current competencies (including literacy and numeracy skills) prior to commencement in training.

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

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
HLTAID010 Provide basic emergency life support


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