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Building and Construction courses

Whether you are interested in specialising your career or just improving your handyperson skills, we have many courses to help get you started. We are focused on the delivery of apprenticeship, pre-apprenticeship, skills recognition and other programs tailored to industry needs. Gain skills to take you further you can study our huge range of short courses, TAFE certificates and diplomas, bachelor and postgraduate degrees.

Careers

Many of our graduates gain employment in the following industries:

  • bricklaying
  • building and construction
  • electrician
  • engineering
  • plumbing
  • signage
  • surveying
  • welding.

Colleges

Our building and construction courses are provided by Victoria Polytechnic and the College of Engineering and Science.

Short courses 15 courses

Duration: 1 week
Gain the practical skills and knowledge to safely erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding at a basic industry-approved level.
Ensure workplace safety with this course in Class 1 Fault Finding Licence for Appliances.

Gain the on-site safety knowledge required to apply for a Construction Induction (White Card) in Victoria.

Duration: 1 week
This skill set is designed for people wishing to disconnect and reconnect low voltage fixed wired appliances which are incidental or a primary and regular function of work.
Duration: 1 week
Learn to disconnect and reconnect low voltage fixed wired control devices.
Duration: 1 week
Learn to disconnect and reconnect low voltage fixed wired control devices.
Duration: 1 week
Learn to disconnect and reconnect low voltage fixed wired control devices.
Duration: 1 week
Learn to disconnect and reconnect low voltage fixed wired motors.
Learn how to test, tag and report on portable/handheld low voltage electrical equipment using a portable appliance tester (PAT)
Duration: 1000 hours
EAP is a university and TAFE preparation course. It is designed for students with upper intermediate to advanced levels of English who want to gain admission to an Australian TAFE, undergraduate or postgraduate course.
Duration: 100 hours
The Registered Electrical Contractor course provides Grade A electricians with specialist business knowledge and skills to assist in gaining a REC Licence with Energy Safe Victoria.
Duration: 32 hours
Maintain your safety accreditation with our professional development course designed specifically for technology teachers.
Duration: 40 hours
Learn how to fabricate and achieve a basic understanding of sculptural welding.
Duration: 40 hours
Study the Electrotechnology national training package to become an electrician trained to meet Clean Energy Council Accreditation standards.
Duration: 28 hours
Learn basic welding techniques for your DIY home projects, an introduction to further studies or new employment opportunities.

TAFE certificates & diplomas 22 courses

Duration: 3 years
Build your future with a trade qualification. This course provides training in the housing and industrial areas of the bricklaying trade.
Duration: 1 year
Take control of your building career and become a registered builder. Take the next step and learn the skills to run your own building business.
Duration: 2 years
Get the skills you need to work effectively as a builder. Learn essential skills from industry professionals including how to apply building codes and standards, select and prepare construction contracts plus more.
Duration: 1 year
Gain the specialist skills and knowledge to launch your career as a building estimator or building scheduler. Learn the skills of quantity surveying, tendering, planning and scheduling construction technology.
Duration: 3 months

Learn key skills for the building industry and increase your chances of getting an apprenticeship.

Duration: 2 years
Become proficient in the design, presentation and documentation process for residential, industrial and commercial buildings.
Duration: 2 years
This course provides training in building theory and surveying related to residential, industrial and commercial buildings.
Duration: 0.5 years

Develop the foundational skills necessary to gain access to an apprenticeship in civil construction with this pre-apprenticeship course.

Duration: 3 years

Develop practical skills in road construction and maintenance with a Certificate III in Civil Construction apprenticeship.

Duration: 1 year

Gain the technical skills and knowledge to operate as a specialist in the civil construction industry.

Duration: 1 year

Expand your civil construction skills and management experience to provide effective leadership in the workplace.

Duration: 4 years
In this course you will learn to complete all phases of electrical systems and equipment from installation, testing, repair and maintenance.
Duration: 0.5 years
Learn basic electrotechnology skills such assembling a power supply unit and fluoro lights, as well as the basics of electrical theory needed to prepare you for entry into an apprenticeship.
Duration: 1.5 years
Gain the skills and knowledge to demonstrate broad theoretical concepts, application of skills and knowledge, problem solving, information interpretation and output responsibility.
Duration: 2 years
Learn the technical skills to design, validate and evaluate electrical equipment and systems for a career in electrical engineering.
Duration: 0.5 years
This course is designed for students who want to acquire the skills and knowledge to work in the furniture finishing sector of the furnishing industry.
Duration: 0.5 years
Learn to build high quality furniture and prepare for an apprenticeship in furniture making or cabinet making.
Duration: 3 years
As an apprentice joiner you will learn techniques such as manufacturing and assembling stairs, cutting and installing glass and applying finishes.
Duration: 2 years
Reach your goal of operating as a self-employed or contractor plumber.
Duration: 4 years
The Certificate III in Plumbing provides you with the training and support to gain your trade qualification.
Duration: 3 years

Become a fully qualified sign-writer and gain practical skills for the design, manufacturing and installation of signage.

Bachelor degrees (undergraduate) 5 courses

Duration: 3 years

Develop an independent and creative approach to building design and learn about the cultural, social, technical and sustainable issues that are associated with the built environment.

Duration: 3 years
Become a specialist in building and construction laws, codes and regulations, industry standards in professional practice, building safety and design with this three-year degree in building surveying.
Duration: 4 years

Take a leading role in exciting, large-scale building construction with VU's Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours).You’ll learn all the skills needed to manage residential, commercial and industrial projects.

Duration: 4 years
The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Architectural Engineering) covers the processes behind making safe buildings, with an emphasis on sustainable design concepts.
Duration: 4 years
Be part of a growing demand for Civil Engineers as communities and governments continue to expect well-engineered, effective and sustainable facilities.

Postgraduate 2 courses

Duration: 2 years
Enhance your professional and advanced technical skills in a specialist discipline of fire science and technology.
Duration: 0.5 years
Take the next step in your career and improve your knowledge of building surveying and performance-based building and fire codes. Gain an in-depth understanding of key concepts and alternative frameworks for performance-based building and fire codes.

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