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Where does the Certificate II in Building and Construction (Carpentry) take you?

The Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship (22338VIC) is a pre-apprenticeship that provides candidates with hands-on experience, involving both theory and practical skills involved in building and construction, with emphasis on carpentry to equip students with the skills and knowledge to succeed in the industry.

When hiring, employers are looking for apprentices who are work-ready, adaptable and well organised. A career in carpentry consists of the constructing, erecting, installing, finishing and repairing wooden and metal frameworks and structures and fixtures on residential and commercial buildings. Carpenters may also carry out work on large concrete, steel and timber structures such as bridges, dams, power stations and civil engineering project.

This certificate in carpentry is fast becoming the primary point of entry into the building and construction industry and can open the door to a future carpentry apprenticeship. This certificate is primarily about giving candidates exposure to work, equipment and expectations they will face in this particular industry. Become an apprentice carpenter and enter the building and construction industry with this nationally recognised entry level course and learn the key skills involved in becoming a carpenter.

The Certificate II in Building and Construction (Carpentry) allows students to progress in various different pathways. Some career paths available after completing this certificate are:

Builder’s Labourer

A builder’s labourer is to assist various tradespeople by completing manual labouring tasks on building and construction sites. The work they do will depend on the type of construction site and the person they are assisting, but could include unloading and carrying materials, or tools and equipment, digging trenches, helping to erect scaffolding, mixing, pouring and spreading concrete, or removing rubble and rubbish. A builder’s labourer needs to be: physically fit, enjoy outdoors and practical work, be able to work as part of a team, be able to follow instructions and be able to work at a constant pace.

Construction Assistant

A construction assistant or also known as a trades assistant, is to assist on building and construction sites by doing a range of manual labouring jobs. Construction workers may specialise by working with particular tradespeople as a trade assistant, such as plastering, bricklaying or carpentry. A construction assistant is required to unload and carry materials, place tools and equipment into position for other workers. Workers are also required to dig trenches and help erect and dismantle scaffolding, ramps and catwalks. They must understand how to mix, pour and spread concrete under supervision and correctly use a wheelbarrow to remove rubble and rubbish. Workers may also need to dismantle small structures in preparation for new construction and if workers have the correct licensing they will be required to operate construction machinery.

If students choose to progress their studies with the Certificate III in Carpentry (apprenticeship) this will open up many more career opportunities including builder, building inspector, leading hand, sub-foreman, foreman and project manager.

As an apprentice or trainee, candidates will enter into a formal training contract with an employer. They will spend most of their time working and learning practical skills of the job and spend time undertaking structured training at Kangan Institute. Candidates will be assessed on their skills and when competent in all modules of the course you will be accredited with a nationally recognised qualification.

This carpentry course aims to provide extensive training for carpentry apprentices employed in the housing and industrial construction area. Apprentices will be provided with the practical and theoretical knowledge of the carpentry trade wherever possible, training will be done using full-size or simulated projects. Students undertaking the Certificate III in Carpentry will then be able to progress career pathways to become any of the following:


Carpenters are one of the most versatile construction occupations, with workers usually required to perform various different tasks. A career in carpentry consists of the construction and repair of building structures and frameworks such as door frames, stairways, doorframes, partitions and rafters made from wood and other materials. This can also include the installation of kitchen cabinets, siding and drywall. The typical duties may include the following:

  • Follow blueprints and building plans to meet the needs of clients.
  • Install structures and fixtures, such as windows and molding.
  • Measure, cut or shape wood, plastic, fiberglass, drywall and other materials.
  • Construct building frameworks, including walls, floors and doorframes.
  • Help erect, level and install building framework with the aid of rigging hardware and cranes.
  • Inspect and replace damaged framework or other structures and fixtures.
  • Instruct and direct laborers and other construction trade helpers.

Carpenter and Joiner (Installation and Stairs)

A carpenter and joiner constructs, erects, installs, finishes and repairs wooden structures and fixtures on residential and commercial buildings. These can include floorboards, kitchen and bathroom units, window frames and doors, roof trusses and wall partitions. Another career path is a stair builder, who specialise in the manufacture, assembly and installation of a variety of stair designs, hand railing and stair components for both commercial and residential applications.

Once candidates have completed their certification, students will then be eligible for a full time position in any of these career paths and be able to work within the construction industry with career emphasis on carpentry and work within companies both commercial and residential in need of your carpentry skills.

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