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Duration: 
3 years full time or longer for part time
Location: 
Industry
Other
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face
Workplace

Applications for next intake due 31 December 2018

Overview

Lay the foundation for your career in building and construction with a Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying at Victoria University Polytechnic.

This trade certificate is a practical course which will equip you to work as a bricklayer or blocklayer in both housing and commercial construction. It's suited to those who enjoy working outdoors, have good hand-eye coordination and can work neatly and accurately.

You'll gain essential skills and knowledge in:

  • levelling
  • laying bricks and blocks
  • general demolition
  • veneer construction
  • structural masonry
  • arch design and construction
  • fireplace construction.

You'll learn how to safely use and maintain of a wide range of tools and equipment used for bricklaying and construction, including:

  • power tools
  • automatic and laser levels
  • cement mixers
  • generators
  • scaffolding
  • conveyor belts.

This is an apprenticeship course but it's also available to non-apprentices.

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.

Everything you learn at Victoria Polytechnic has direct links to the real world. You’ll learn practical skills on special purpose machinery at our Construction Hub, giving you the chance to test out your theoretical knowledge.

You’ll become skilled at using tools and equipment such as cement mixers, generators and power tools.  Learning a trade with us means you’ll get the hands-on learning to be job-ready when you graduate.

You’ll learn from teachers who have valuable industry contacts and the latest industry-standard skills.  You’ll also develop links with industry and professional experience through:

  • site visits
  • industry projects
  • live work
  • industry endorsed workshops
  • industry simulation. 

 

Victoria Polytechnic is a supportive place to study. We have a range of academic support programs that can help you if you are struggling with your studies.

We can help you with your assignments and assessment tasks, maths, writing skills and English language support, as well as showing you effective ways to study and manage your time and preparation. Our study support programs include:

  • workshops and study groups
  • student mentors and peer learning
  • maths and writing resources.

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

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Expand your skills and knowledge and become a qualified bricklayer or blocklayer at Victoria University Polytechnic.

Careers in bricklaying

The building and construction industry is one of the largest industries for employment within Australia. The Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying from Victoria University Polytechnic can help get your foot in the door.

This trade qualification will enable you to find employment on a range of domestic and commercial building sites as a:

  • bricklayer  
  • blocklayer.

Bricklaying work is usually outdoors. It's often straightforward, but requires skill and judgement. Your work will stand the test of time and your skills will be in demand all over Australia and around the world.

Course structure

To be awarded CPC30111 Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying, a student must successfully complete twenty-seven (27) units of competency, consisting of:

  • twenty-one (21) core units, and;
  • six (6) elective units, consisting of:
  • at least four (4) units must be selected from Groups A and B, and;
  • up to two (2) units from Certificate III or IV qualifications in the CPC08 Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package or another current training package, provided the integrity of the AQF alignment is ensured, and they contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.

Some units in this qualification may have prerequisite requirements, which must be met when packaging the qualification.

CORE UNITS

ELECTIVE UNITS

Group A

Group B

Imported

This course provides training and assessment for apprentices in the bricklaying and blocklaying industry.

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: VET

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

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place, you’ll pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution.
  • full-fee paying place, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

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.

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.

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.

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

Apply direct to VU

Apply direct to VU using our admission centre submit applications for one or more courses, track and save your progress and upload additional information.

Direct applications are due on 31 December 2018

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After you apply

  • It’s important to check for emails from us (remember to check your Spam folder).
  • Complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered

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