Considering an apprenticeship? Lay a strong foundation with a Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship – Carpentry.

This course covers both theory and practical training equipping you with skill set to work safely in the building and construction industry.

  • Croydon campus
  • Two years part-time
  • Year 1: Wednesday 8.00am – 4.00pm OR Wednesday 1.00pm – 6.00pm (plus a one-week block in Term 2 or 3 break) OR Friday 8.00am – 4.00pm (subject to demand)
  • Year 2: Wednesday 8.00am – 4.00pm OR Wednesday 1.00pm – 6.00pm (plus a one-week block in Term 2 or 3 break)
  • Classroom/workshop based/online delivery
  • Materials fee: Year 1=$465, Year 2=$435
  • Required clothing and equipment: work boots, work pants or shorts, shirt or t-shirt (NO singlets), 1m folding ruler, tape measure, pencil case with pens, pencils and erasers, and an exercise book.

Units of competency

Unit code Unit name Nominal hours Compulsory/Elective
HLTAID002 Provide basic emergency life support 12 Compulsory
VU22015 Interpret and apply basic plans and drawings 25 Compulsory
VU22022 Identify and handle carpentry tools and equipment 100 Elective
CPCCCM1014A Conduct workplace communication 20 Compulsory
VU22023 Perform basic setting out 24 Elective
CPCCOHS2001A Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry 20 Compulsory
VU22029 Install interior fixings 40 Elective
VU22030 Carry out basic demolition for timber structures 20 Elective
CPCCCM1015A Carry out measurements and calculations 20 Compulsory
CPCCCM2006 Apply basic levelling procedures 8 Compulsory
CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry 6 Compulsory
  Total nominal hours 295  
Unit code Unit name Nominal hours Compulsory/Elective
CPCCCM1012A Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry 20 Compulsory
VU22014 Prepare for work in the building and construction industry 16 Compulsory
VU22016 Erect and safely use working platforms 24 Compulsory
VU22024 Construct basic sub-floor 48 Elective
VU22025 Construct basic wall frames 48 Elective
VU22026 Construct a basic roof frame 40 Elective
VU22027 Install basic external cladding 24 Elective
VU22028 Install basic window and door frames 24 Elective
VU22031 Construct basic formwork for concreting 40 Elective
  Total nominal hours 284  


On successful completion of this program, students will:

  • VCE: be eligible for up to seven units of credit towards their VCE: five units at Units 1 and 2 level, and a Units 3 and 4 sequence. This program does not offer scored assessment.

    Students who receive a Units 3 and 4 sequence may be eligible for an increment towards their ATAR (10% of the lowest study score of the primary four).

  • Qualification: be eligible for the award of 22338VIC Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship.

Complementary studies include Product Design and Technology.

Career opportunities include builder, cabinetmaker and carpenter.

Pathways and further study

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Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship – Carpentry

How to apply for VET Delivered to Secondary Students

Essentially, we’re in partnership with you and your school. You speak to your school and they coordinate your application with Swinburne. Seek out your school’s VET or careers coordinator for course recommendations and discuss your options. Then, when you’ve decided on a VETDSS course that fits, your school will forward your application directly to us.

To be eligible for consideration for a VETDSS program you must be currently enrolled in Year 10, 11 or 12.

You’ll receive notification from your school about the outcome of your application. Successful? More information about enrolment will follow.

If there is greater demand than course places available, you’ll be placed on a waiting list. So, take note of our key application dates to allow time for your school-endorsed application to get to us.

Please refer to Swinburne's policies and regulations for student rights and responsibilities while on campus.

Course costs

The costs associated with Swinburne VETDSS programs is invoiced directly to schools. For more information on course costs, it’s best to contact your school’s VET or careers coordinator.

2023 key dates

First round applications open Monday 15 August 2022
First round applications close Sunday 9 October 2022
Schools notified Monday 17 October 2022
Late applications open Wednesday 19 October 2022
Late applications close Tuesday 31 January 2023

These dates are indicative only.

Enrolment and Orientation

Orientation for courses at Wantirna campus and Croydon campus is scheduled for Wednesday 30 November 2022.

When you’ve completed your enrolment and we’ve seen you on campus for orientation, you’ll attend Swinburne one day per week for training while continuing at your secondary school.

Courses commence the week of Monday 30 January 2023.

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Contact the VET Delivered to Secondary Students team

Have questions? If you would like more information about Swinburne's Vocational Education and Training Delivered to Secondary Students, please call us on 1300 275 794 or email