The Certificate II in Building and Construction (Carpentry) aims to provide students with training similar to that of a first-year carpenter’s apprentice. You’ll be studying in a supportive small group environment, in our $10m green trades training centre, using the latest industry-standard equipment and with skilful and experienced practitioners as your teachers.
A builder’s or carpenter’s apprentice could work in domestic, commercial and industrial settings. Employers look for apprentices and trainees who are work-ready, adaptable and efficient (as well as dependable and customer-friendly). Training elements and the advice you get throughout the course will emphasise the importance of understanding what clients want, how to work with an employer and contribute to a safe and efficient workplace.
This pre-apprenticeship qualification is mostly about giving you exposure to the work, equipment and expectations you’ll face. This includes: building structures; scaffolding; plant and power tools; carpentry hand and power tools; wall and roof framing; cladding; window and door frames; interior fixing; demolition and concreting; workplace safety; documenting and calculations; communication skills and more. You’ll also gain valuable knowledge about the industry and career opportunities.
Being a trained pre-apprentice will give you an advantage over non-trained applicants when applying for either apprentice or trainee positions.
The course contains 24 units of competence and aligns to the Victorian curriculum packages. Delivery of the program is primarily face-to-face, with theoretical and practical training. Students will develop a range of skills and produce live work from the program.
Units of study
Work safely in the construction industry (CPCCOHS1001A)
Workplace safety and site induction (VU20955)
Provide basic emergency life support (HLTFA211A)
Building structures (VU20956)
Calculations for the construction industry (VU20957)
Prepare for work in the construction industry (VU20958)
Communication skills for the construction industry (VU20959)
Introduction to scaffolding and working platforms (VU20960)
Quality principles for the construction industry (VU20962)
Safe handling and use of plant and selected portable power tools (VU20963)
Workplace documents and plans (VU20964)
Carpentry hand tools (VU20971)
Carpentry power tools (VU20972)
Basic setting out (VU20973)
Sub-floor framing (VU20974)
Wall framing (VU20975)
Roof framing (VU20976)
External cladding (VU20977)
Installation of window and door frames (VU20978)
Interior fixings (VU20979)
Introduction to demolition (VU20980)
Formwork for concreting (VU20981)
Basic environmental sustainability in carpentry (VU20982)