22614VIC Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship

VU course code: 22614VIC | Level of study: TAFE
0.5 years full time
Face to Face


No tuition fees for eligible students

Industry, Sunshine, Werribee
15 July 2024
13 July 2024


Lay the foundation for a career in the building industry with a Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship 22614VIC at Victoria University.

Increase your chances of getting an apprenticeship by developing basic skills and knowledge in bricklaying and carpentry. This course will ensure you are prepared to work in labouring roles in the construction industry with studies in how to:

  • erect and safely use working platforms
  • interpret basic construction plans and drawings
  • apply basic bricklaying techniques
  • prepare surfaces for plastering
  • safely operate tools and equipment
  • apply basic stonemasonry techniques
  • construct basic sub-floor
  • construct basic wall frames
  • install basic external cladding
  • install interior fixings.

Our state-of-the-art technology lets you practise your skills in a safe environment before moving onto worksites. You will also gain valuable knowledge about construction industry policies and procedures. 

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

NRT logoThis course is nationally recognised training.

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your education, work experience, current skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a different course. We call this a ‘pathway’.

You may also be eligible for ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’, which lets you finish your course more quickly when you have gained some of the skills required from past study or work experience.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Course Structure

To be awarded the 22614VIC Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship, the following units of competency must be successfully completed:

  • nine (9) core units, and;

  • all units from one (1) of the selected trade streams:
  • Bricklaying (5 units)
  • Carpentry (10 units)

Students who do not complete the full qualification, will be issued a Statement of Attainment for passed units of competency.

Course duration

Please note: This course has the following specific durations for the bricklaying and carpentry:

  • bricklaying pre-apprenticeship: 4 months
  • carpentry pre-apprenticeship:  5 months

If you are taking this course as part of Vocational Education and Training Delivered in Secondary Schools (VETDSS), it will take two years.

Fees & Scholarships

TAFE fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer.


Eligible students won’t be required to pay tuition fees for this course.

Free TAFE courses align with skills and jobs that are in high demand in from Victorian employers.




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:

  • bricklayer
  • stonemason
  • carpenter
  • joiner.

Study pathway apprenticeship.

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


As an apprentice, your education or training will influence how much you can earn. Visit the Jobs and Skills Australia website to check for the average earnings for qualified trades in:

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