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Course Type:
Pre-Apprenticeship; Accredited Course; Free TAFE
Study Mode:
On Campus
6 months
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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 studying a Certificate II in Building and Construction (Bricklaying).

This introductory course will help you move into an apprenticeship in the bricklaying industry. You’ll gain vital, industry-specific skills to take on a wide variety of roles. You’ll also feel prepared to take the next step in your learning journey, while meeting industry professionals who will help you on your path!

Taught on-campus, one day a week over a 10-month period, this course is a flexible option that can easily fit into your everyday life. You’ll be guided by our expert teachers who will make sure you feel supported and confident to take those next steps, because we know they’re not always easy.

When you do this course, you’ll master using bricks and masonry blocks to complete practical tasks. You’ll also learn skills in communication, teamwork, planning, organising and self-management that will set you up as a confident and independent worker.

You’ll also get a head start on finding work thanks to course units in occupational health and safety, handling bricklaying plant equipment, and applying bricklaying techniques in basic construction – sounds pretty good to us!

There’s also a huge number of career opportunities that come from doing this course, especially as you’ll be transitioning into an apprenticeship in the building and construction industry. One of those options could even be becoming self-employed in the future!

When you’re finished your studies, we will help you with everything you need to complete a Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying, which will only increase your chances for employment and help you gain real-world experience in the industry.

Get started today in this exciting and varied industry by studying with us, and set yourself up for a long and successful career.

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, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 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 (Bricklaying) (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/blocklaying 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 bricklaying industry.

Opportunities for Further Study

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Mandatory entry requirements:
  • Min Age Restrictions
  • 15 years old.
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:
  • Must complete LLN assessment


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



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Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

Not Applicable

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
VU22017Identify and handle bricklaying tools and equipment
VU22018Apply basic bricklaying techniques
VU22019Apply brick veneer construction techniques
VU22020Apply cavity brick construction techniques
VU22021Apply masonry blockwork techniques


Assessment is competency based and includes practical demonstrations, problem solving, assignments, short answer tests (written and oral).