At Swinburne, you’re able to gain confidence by familiarising yourself with equipment, materials, practices and expectations, preparing you for the workforce or allowing you to improve on existing skills.
Government funding support is available for this course. Your completed pre-apprenticeship will also provide credit towards your formal studies if you go on to an apprenticeship.
The October course intake will not be offered in 2021. The information on this page is for current students. The next available intake is January 2022. To discuss your study options, contact us.
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12 weeks full-time (VET Feb Intake: 25/01/2021 (CAPPED), VET Apr Intake: 19/04/2021, VET Jul Intake: 12/07/2021 and VET Oct Intake: 04/10/2021).
Croydon (February, April, July, October) - View application and start dates
This is a nationally approved vocational course that is recognised throughout Australia.
Swinburne hosts WorldSkills Australia Regionals 2019
Held at Swinburne’s Croydon campus on 28 August, the WorldSkills Melbourne East Regionals featured five competing teams showcasing their skills across five trades.
I chose to study at Swinburne because it has a good reputation and I liked the learning environment. I thought it would be 50-50 in terms of theory versus practical work, but it’s a lot more practical work which is good because I like hands-on learning. To other girls interested in doing trades I would encourage you to do it. Don’t be afraid to work in a male dominated industry.
Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship - Carpentry
Cutting Through: Why Two Students Chose Carpentry
Find out why current students Saara and Robin chose to carve out a career in the trade. Robin also discusses his favourite part of the Swinburne course and Saara shares some advice for women considering the traditionally male-dominated industry.
Study this course for low-fee or free in 2022
You could have some or all your tuition fees covered in 2022 thanks to government initiatives JobTrainer and Free TAFE for Priority Courses.
JobTrainer is available if you are 17-24 years or a job seeker of any age, impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Free TAFE for Priority Courses is available if you are under 20 years old, or enrolling in a course at a higher level than you have completed before.
If you don't tick either of these boxes, you could still have a chance! There are other factors, too. The best way to find out if you’re eligible is to apply.