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Course Type:
Accredited course
Mode of Delivery:
On Campus

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Course Duration:
34 weeks
Commencing in:
  • 2024

No upcoming intakes for this course this year.
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About this course

Are you passionate about transforming spaces with colour and design? Ready to turn this passion into a profession?
Our Certificate II in Building and Construction – Painting and Decorating (Pre-apprenticeship) course isn’t just about sprucing up flat surfaces. Not only will you perfect your painting skills, but you’ll also learn how to be a consultant, adviser, project manager and a craftsperson.
Your career in the building trades starts here.

If you are seeking a career in the building trades but you are not sure where to start, then this is the perfect first step.
This pre-apprenticeship course aims to provide you with basic industry specific skills and knowledge to enable transition into an apprenticeship within the building and construction industries at the Certificate III level, with three specialist streams to choose from:
1. Carpentry
2. Painting and Decorating
3. Bricklaying
Covering health and safety and the safe use of hand and power tools, this course involves practical tasks including the construction of a sawhorse and step ladder and builds up to more skilled tasks including the construction of a cubby house. Take part in communication, teamwork, planning and organisational tasks and self-management in preparation for your future employment.

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.

Career Opportunities

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

CPC30620 - Certificate III in Painting and Decorating
CPC33020 - Certificate III in Bricklaying and Blocklaying
CPC30220 - Certificate III in Carpentry

Skills or Knowledge gained

The course outcomes of the 22614VIC Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship (Carpentry, Painting and Decorating & Bricklaying) are consistent with the distinguishing features of the learning outcomes specified in the Australian Qualifications Framework.
Graduates of the Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship (Carpentry, Painting and Decorating & Bricklaying) will have:
• Knowledge and skills for work in a defined context and/or further learning.
• Basic factual, technical and procedural knowledge of a defined area of work and learning within the building and construction industry. For example:
• Safety requirements on a work site
• Sustainability principles on a work site
• Awareness of building codes and standards.
• Basic cognitive, technical and communication skills to apply appropriate methods, tools, materials and readily available information to undertake a defined range of skills.
For example:
• Safe handling of selected hand and power tools
• Interpreting workplace documents and plans
• Performing building related calculations
• Communicating effectively in the workplace
• Provide solutions to a limited range of predictable problems that may arise in a building and construction environment. For example:
• Reporting incidences and faults
• Recognising and responding to life threatening emergencies using basic life support measures
• Apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy and limited judgement in structured and stable contexts and within narrow parameters. For example,
• Identifying and obtaining the appropriate materials, tools and equipment for the task
• Planning and completing tasks in appropriate sequence.

Entry Requirements

Are there specified requirements for entry into the course/qualification?: No

Mandatory entry requirements:

Must be 15 years of age or older for a VDSS student.

Recommended entry Requirements:

Learners enrolling in the 22614VIC 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.
Students should be physically fit and capable of working in door and outdoors and a construction environment.
An interest in the construction industry would be an advantage.

Limitations to course 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.

Minimum Industry Requirement

Not applicable.

Licensing/Regulatory Requirements

Will this course/qualification or a constituent unit provide a pathway to an industry licence or regulated outcome: No

Qualifications and Recognition - 2024

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

Work Placement - 2024

Does this course require placement?: No

Further Information - 2024


Fees and charges Government subsidised concession Government subsidised Full-fee paying student
Maximum full course tuition fee* (GST exempt) $429.10 $2,145.50 $10,114.50
Materials fee* (GST exempt) $314.50 $314.50 $314.50
Total $743.60 $2,460.00 $10,429.00
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Not Applicable for this course

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Sample course units

CPCCCM2006 Apply basic levelling procedures
CPCCOM1014 Conduct workplace communication
CPCCOM1015 Carry Out Measurements And Calculations
CPCCWHS2001 Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
CPCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
HLTAID010 Provide basic emergency life support
VU23312 Prepare for work in the building and construction industry
VU23313 Interpret and apply basic plans and drawings
VU23314 Erect and safely use working platforms
VU23330 Identify and handle painting and decorating tools and equipment
VU23331 Apply basic surface preparation skills for painting and decorating
VU23332 Mix basic paint colours
VU23333 Develop basic paint application techniques
VU23334 Develop basic timber staining and clear finishing skills
VU23335 Develop basic protective metal coating skills
VU23336 Apply basic spray painting application skills
VU23337 Apply basic wallpaper

The assessment for each course varies. It may include knowledge questions, practical skills tasks, projects, research work, on the job assessment, etc. Your assessor or educator will provide specific information on the requirements for your course.

You can expect that:

  • assessment methods are clear
  • assessment tasks are relevant and meet the requirements of your course
  • assessor or educator demonstrate fairness and lack of bias when assessing your work
  • educators will provide open and honest feedback about assessment tasks.