0.5 years full time
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Lay the foundations for a career in the building industry with a Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship (bricklaying or carpentry) at Victoria University Polytechnic.

Increase your chances of getting an apprenticeship with this course. The Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship will ensure you are prepared to work in labouring roles in the construction industry with skills in:

  • erecting and safely using working platforms
  • applying basic bricklaying techniques
  • constructing basic sub-floor
  • constructing basic wall frames
  • installing basic external cladding
  • interior fixings.

Bricklaying stream

In the bricklaying stream you'll learn:

  • foundational bricklaying skills
  • brick veneer processes
  • masonry.

Carpentry stream

In the carpentry stream you'll learn about:

  • wall and roof framing
  • demolition
  • concreting
  • cladding.

When you graduate from this course, you’ll be on your way towards a bricklaying or carpentry apprenticeship.

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You’ll learn at our $44 million state-of-the-art trades hub at our Sunshine Campus. Our ‘Construction Futures’ hub is a sustainable training facility with a six-Star Green rating. It provides modern high-tech labs and dynamic workshops including:

  • concrete laboratory
  • survey laboratory
  • engine laboratory
  • soldering/construction laboratories
  • power systems laboratory
  • computer workstations with simulation and modelling software.

VU's Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

Our campus libraries have photocopying, computing and printing facilities as well as electronic and print resources.

You'll also have access to a rich collection of online resources at any time of the day or night, including:

  • databases
  • e-learning content for courses
  • student email
  • student software packages
  • social networking tools.

On campus, we make sure that all of our students have access to digital resources. We offer:

As part of Victoria University, Victoria University Polytechnic believes in inclusivity, diversity and opportunity. Studying with us means you’ll be learning in an environment that values community empowerment.

Victoria University received the highest rating of five stars for cultural diversity by the Good Universities Guide. Our students feel fortunate to learn in a setting that has such a rich representation of cultures.

VU also works to address refugee issues, tackle diversity and social inclusion issues and improve the health and social wellbeing of the region. We are proud of our cultural diversity initiatives and projects with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and Indigenous communities.

Careers in building & construction

Building and construction workers have careers that span the building industry from development, design, cost planning, construction and building and management.  This pre-apprenticeship program is designed to give you industry skills so you can start a career in the building industry.

Employers prefer apprentice applicants that have undertaken a pre-apprenticeship.

Job titles include:

Graduates can typically find employment across several industries including manufacturing, construction and mining.


As an apprentice, your education or training will influence how much you can earn. The following is the average earnings for qualified trades in:

Employment rates

Employment for Bricklayers, Stonemasons, Carpenter and Joiners are set to grow strongly in the next five years. (Job Outlook).

Dynamic learning

Our state-of-the-art technology allows students to participate in simulation learning in the classroom so they can practice their skills in a safe environment.

Course structure

To be awarded the 22338VIC Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship, a student must successfully complete the following:

  • ten (10) core units, and;
  • all the elective units from one trade stream.

VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).



Stream: Bricklaying

Stream: Carpentry

This qualification has been developed to enable participants to achieve the underpinning skills, knowledge and ability to meet AQF Level 2 requirements and to provide them with a solid foundation from which to undertake future apprenticeship training at the Certificate III level. The course outcomes of the 22338VIC Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship are consistent with the distinguishing features of the learning outcomes specified in the Australian Qualifications Framework. 

This qualification forms part of the credit suite specified by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) and may contribute towards the satisfactory completion of the Victoria Certificate of Education (VCE) or the Victoria Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).

Fees & scholarships

Fee type definitions

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full fee-paying place.

Students who enrol in a:

  • government subsidised place pay subsidised tuition fees (the government contributes the rest), and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee along with any material fees
  • full fee-paying place pay the full fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs.

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Entry requirements

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs. VETDSS: The literacy and numeracy levels of applicants will be assessed through consultation with the relevant secondary school.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

How to apply

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

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