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Looking to enter a trades apprenticeship or get a taste of the construction industry? The Certificate II in Construction Pathways at VU Polytechnic is the ideal starting point.

This course is designed to introduce you to the range of recognised trades in the construction industry and provides credit into a construction industry Australian Apprenticeship. While undertaking this course you will gain strong foundation skills to help you increase your employment opportunities in the sector.

You'll learn about:

  • occupational health and safety standards and procedures
  • communication
  • problem solving
  • working in a team
  • basic hand and technical skills.

During this course you will be able to undertake elective options that provide an introduction to a trade occupation of your choice such as carpentry, joinery, shopfitting, bricklaying, concreting and plastering.

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Eligible students won’t pay tuition fees for this course in 2020.

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

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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.

Career opportunities in construction

Possible career opportunities emerging from the completion of CPC20211 Certificate II in Construction Pathways, includes:
  • Builder's Labourer;
  • Construction Assistant;
  • Trades Assistant;
  • Trades Assistant (Brick and Blocklaying);
  • Trades Assistant (Plastering);
  • Trades Assistant (Carpentry);
  • Trades Assistant (Joinery and Shopfitting);
  • Trades Assistant (Joinery and Shopfitting);
  • Trades Assistant (Carpentry), and;
  • Trades Assistant (Waterproofing).

Course structure

To be awarded the CPC20211 Certificate II in Construction Pathways, a student must successfully complete a total of twelve (12) units of competency, comprising of:

  • six (6) core units, and;
  • six (6) elective units, of which:
  • no less than four (4) units and up to six (6) units from Groups A to G, with no less than two (2) units from any individual group;
  • up to two (2) units from Group H, and;
  • one (1) unit may be chosen from Certificate I or II qualifications in CPC08 Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package or another current training package or accredited course. 

The elective units must ensure the integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome as well as be approved by Victoria University Polytechnic.



Group A

Group B

Group C

Electives from this group, are not currently offered by the Polytechnic.

Group D

Electives from this group, are not currently offered by the Polytechnic.

Group E

Group F

Group G

Electives from this group, are not currently offered by the Polytechnic.

Group H


Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers

Previous completion of units at the Polytechnic or any other Registered Training Organisation and/or previous attainment of skills and knowledge may be credited towards this course. Units must satisfy the completion rules of the qualification and be assessed as appropriate by the Polytechnic.

This qualification provides a pathway to the primary trades in the construction industry with the exception of plumbing. Trade outcomes are predominantly achieved through an Australian Apprenticeship and this Certificate II allows for inclusion of skills suited for entry to off-site occupations, such as joinery and shopfitting as well as carpentry, bricklaying and other occupations in general construction.

This Certificate II is designed to introduce learners to the recognised trade callings in the construction industry and provide meaningful credit in a construction industry Australian Apprenticeship. The qualification has core unit of competency requirements that are required in most Certificate III qualifications. The elective options are structured to allow choice from areas of trade skills as an introduction to a range of occupations.

The construction industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units of competency to be delivered in this context.
Completion of the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007) is required before entering a construction work site. Achievement of unit CPCCOHS1001A covers this requirement.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

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 a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
  • 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. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

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.

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.

Construction and engineering are some of the largest employment industries in Australia. This pre-apprenticeship program is designed to give you industry skills so you can start a career in construction. Employers prefer apprentice applicants that have undertaken a pre-apprenticeship.

Possible career opportunities include:

  • builder's labourer
  • construction assistant
  • trades assistant
  • trades assistant (brick and blocklaying)
  • trades assistant (plastering)
  • trades assistant (carpentry)
  • trades assistant (joinery and shopfitting)
  • trades assistant (carpentry)
  • trades assistant (waterproofing).

Find out more about our study pathways to VU

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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