Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship

Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-Apprenticeship

Course Code
Construction & Industrial
Study Area(s)
Free TAFE, Building and Construction, Carpentry
Course Length
Full-time(15 weeks)

Start Date(s): August wait list only
End Date(s): December 2020
Days and Time: TBC

Course Overview

Become an apprentice carpenter and enter the building and construction industry. The Certificate II in Building and Construction (Carpentry) Pre-Apprenticeship course will introduce you to the building and construction industry and equip you with the knowledge and practical skills needed to work safely.

This carpentry course will enable you to enter an apprenticeship and work towards your career in carpentry, with opportunities such as building inspector and project manager.


You may be entitled to free tuition fees for this course if you meet the eligibility criteria for the State Government’s FREE TAFE for Priority Courses initiative.  It's important to know that you may incur other fees, such as student services fees or materials fees, and you'll need to cover these costs yourself.  To find out more, call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or contact us via our online enquiry form.

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Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
CPCCCM1012AWork effectively and sustainably in the construction industry20
CPCCCM1014AConduct Workplace Communication20
CPCCCM1015ACarry Out Measurements And Calculations20
CPCCOHS2001AApply Ohs Requirements, Policies And Procedures In The Construction Industry20
CPCCWHS1001Prepare to work safely in the construction industry6
HLTAID002Provide Basic Emergency Life Support12
VU22014Prepare for work in the building and construction industry16
VU22015Interpret and apply basic plans and drawings25
VU22016Erect and safely use working platforms24
VU22022Identify and handle carpentry tools and equipment100
VU22023Perform basic setting out24
VU22024Construct basic sub-floor48
VU22025Construct basic wall frames48
VU22026Construct a basic roof frame40
VU22027Install basic external cladding24
VU22028Install basic window and door frames24
VU22029Install interior fixings40
VU22030Carry out basic demolition for timber structures20
VU22031Construct basic formwork for concreting40

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed to show that you have achieved the skills and knowledge required by the course. Assessment may include written, oral or practical assessment methods and may take place in your workplace. You will know in advance about the type of assessment and the how it will operate. There is the opportunity for reassessment and appeal and you will be given this information.

Additional comments

This course has a mid-year entry. We have intakes in April, July and September. Applications are accepted all year round. Information sessions are held on the third Monday of every month.

What will I study?

You will study: calculations; communications; quality principles; basic first aid; building and construction industry induction; workplace documents and plans; career studies; workplace safety and environmental procedures; building structures; levelling; safe handling of plant and power tools; introduction to scaffolding; carpentry hand tools; carpentry power tools; setting out; floor and wall framing; roof framing; installation of windows and door frames; interior fixing; basic setting out, formwork for concreting; external cladding; introduction to explosive power tools; and introduction to Occupational Health and Safety aspects of demolition.

For course information, please call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or fill our enquiry form.

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This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

You may be eligible for concession. Find out now!

The fees listed below relate to 2020 courses and are indicative pricing only as total costs vary depending on the units you elect to study.

Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

Payment plans are available. Click here to find out more.
Course availability is subject to enrolment numbers.

Your total course fee will typically include your tuition fee (table 1), any applicable consumables and/or material fees (table 2) and non-tuition fees such as student support fees (table 3).

Table 1

Enrolment type
Government Subsidised
Indicative total tuition fee#
Indicative total tuition fee#
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Full Fee
Indicative total tuition fee#

Table 2

Average course
material fees*


Average course
consumable fees*

# The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.
* Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student.

Click here to view maximum tuition fees. We strongly urge you to contact us for a more exact calculation of your fees. Additional fees may apply such as the Student Support Fee. 

2020 Student Services Fee (Table 3)

 Type of cohort:

Eligible full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Non eligible/FFS  full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Special cohort classes:
  • Concession card holders
  • Apprentices
  • Trainees
  • Work based students (100% off campus delivery)
  • Full online delivery (100% off campus delivery)
Any students studying less than 125 hours in the full year
Domestic student services fees for 2020: $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $60 fixed fee None


The following fee categories are exempt from the SSF -
ASH: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Concession
ASZ: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Non-concession
X: Community-based Orders/Judy Lazarus Transition Centre
OZ: International Student
M: Prisoner
YTC: Young People Transitioning From Care – Concession
YTN: Young People Transitioning From Care - No Concession
Short courses

student contact hours

Total hours^ Indicative hours* Government Subsidised $/SCH Indigenous Concession $/SCH Full fee $/SCH
579 579 $3.10 $0.62 $7.19

^This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the total duration of the course. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student.

*This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the calendar year of 2020. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student. If you have to undertake training as part of Skills Recognition, your tuition fees are charged according to the applicable rate per Student Contact Hour depending on your eligibility for government subsidised, concession or full fees.

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What costs and other fees should I expect?

For a fee schedule, call us on 13 TAFE (13 8233). Alternatively email enquiries@kangan.edu.au. There will be extra costs for books and materials. Students are requested to supply their own basic tools and equipment, which cost approximately $190. Students need overalls, safety footwear, eye and ear protection, general stationery, reference books and drafting equipment.

Can I apply?

There are no set prerequisites for this course. However you will be required to attend an Information Session and sit a numeracy and literacy skills assessment - LLN Test to ensure you will be able to complete the course with ease.

Where and how can I study?

You will study face to face at the Broadmeadows campus.

What employment opportunities will I have?

This course may lead on to an apprenticeship in carpentry and when qualified, further employment opportunities as a registered building practitioner, building inspector, leading hand, sub-foreman, foreman and project manager.

What skills will I have when I complete this course?

You will gain skills in the carpentry field of building and construction such as the safe use of hand and portable power tools, setting out, levelling, sub floor framing, wall and roof framing, scaffolding, hanging doors, claddings, linings and fixing. You will also develop knowledge of industry communication skills, material calculations, reading plans and Occupational Health and Safety issues.

What qualifications will I receive?

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship (22338VIC). This program is nationally recognised as part of the Australian Qualifications Framework.

What opportunities for further studies will I have?

On successful completion of the course you will be eligible to enter into a training agreement with an employer for an apprenticeship - Certificate III in Carpentry. You can then complete the balance of your trade schooling in 14 one-week blocks (approximately 560 hours).

How do I apply?

To apply for this course you must submit an online application which can be obtained by visiting the website. For enquiries, phone the Contact Centre on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or email enquiries@kangan.edu.au. This course may also have a mid-year intake.

How will I be selected for this course?

You will need to attend an information session and complete a literacy and numeracy LLN test and demonstrate a keen motivation to complete the course.