VET College offers a wide range of courses in building and construction from pre-employment programs through to professional skill development.

Our building and construction programs are designed to meet the requirements of the industry and will provide flow-on benefits for economic development within the western region of Melbourne.

Our blended approach to learning combines theory and practice so that you can see the techniques being implemented and understand the relevance. Our industry respected teaching team provides a dynamic and responsive approach to skill development.

Our students regularly take out awards in the construction industry:

  • A Certificate II Plumbing student was awarded the 2014 George Stone Pre-apprenticeship Award at the Master Plumbers’ and Mechanical Services Association’s 107th Gold Medal Training Awards.
  • A Certificate III Furniture student was one of the runners up for the National Furniture Industry Training Award 2014.
  • One of our apprentices won Apprentice Carpenter of the Year at the Master Builders Victoria Awards, and another won Apprentice Off-Site Construction (Joiner) of the Year.

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We offer a great range of training opportunities in bricklaying.

Our program produces skilled bricklayers to help alleviate a skills shortage in the industry.

We have strong partnerships with employers and the community. The industry has embraced our programs, with employers from across the region offering the students meaningful employment opportunities.

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Building & construction

We offer several courses in building & construction. The Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) is the pre-requisite to becoming a registered builder.

Carpentry & joinery

Our carpentry and joinery programs offer hands-on training. Students will work on building an industry-standard one-bedroom transportable home which includes a cathedral ceiling, timber floor, bathroom, kitchen and lounge room.

VU students learn to be skilled craftspeople working with timber to construct, install and maintain buildings, furniture and other objects.

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Furniture & cabinet-making

Image of Benjamin Griffiths with link to his success story.

Benjamin Griffiths started out in Transition Education at VU and has discovered his passion in furniture/cabinet-making.

Our furniture & cabinet-making programs introduce our students to the woodworking skills to create cabinets, shelving and furniture using specific tools and techniques.

Our training programs are responsive to student expectations and employers needs.

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Image of Mark Thistlewhite with link to his success story

Mature-age apprentice Mark Thistlewhite decided to leave cooking for plumbing and hasn't looked back.

Plumbers are an essential component to the well-being of our community. Without them, there would be no sewerage, fresh water, gas or roofs over people's heads.

Our teaching team have extensive industry experience. We are harnessing this industry currency to develop the next generation of plumbers.

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Sign industries

LED sign industries students Daniel Burton, Steve Websdale, Adrian Pentony (teacher) & Rob Varga

Traditional paints and brushes have been replaced by complex software, materials and techniques that generate many of the designs we see every day on shops and cars.

Our students gain training and experience in all aspects of sign manufacture required for internal and external advertising.

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EcoLiving centre

The EcoLiving centre/Albion community house.

Pre-apprentice carpentry and plumbing students transformed a 70-year-old Albion bungalow into the EcoLiving centre. This community showcase of green building design was established in the western suburbs of Melbourne to educate, inform and demonstrate the benefits of sustainable living.

The EcoLiving centre, an existing Californian bungalow in Selwyn Park, Albion, also serves as the Albion Community House. The bungalow has been retrofitted with a range of products to promote sustainable building practices. Officially launched on 14 June 2013, the Centre is a meeting place, learning space and practical workshop for the community to promote and learn about environmentally sustainable living.

The project was completed in partnership with Brimbank City Council and with support from various community partners and the Victorian Government Sustainability fund.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Are you currently working in the building/construction industry and not qualified? Have your existing work and knowledge recognised. Victoria University can help you earn an industry qualification through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Our Construction industries trade testing program is designed to help you get a Certificate III qualification.

Contact our team for more information:
+61 3 9919 7000

Skills assessment program & gap training

If you have an overseas trade qualification and need to have it recognised as part of your visa application, our Skills Assessment Services team can perform a skills assessment.

If you need some additional training in order to pass a skills assessment, you can enrol in a VET College course and complete skills gap training. 

Short courses

We run short courses in all our program areas. They are a great opportunity to learn new skills and keep your training up to date.

  • Upgrade your business, communication and computer skills.
  • Gain credits for your next qualification.
  • Have fun learning something new.

Find a construction short course.

Tour our trades facilities

Trades building, Sunshine Campus

You are invited to visit us for a first hand look at our trades facilities on different campuses.

This is a great opportunity to ask questions about the trades courses you are considering, find out what to expect at VU and meet some of your future teachers.

Sunshine Campus trades toursMore info and bookings for Sunshine campus trades tours
When: Every Wednesday (except during school holidays)

Werribee Campus trades tours
When: by appointment

Please contact us to make an appointment:

Phone: +61 3 9919 7000