About the course

About the course

This VCE VET program will prepare you for a career in the building and construction industry.

The course will include an introduction to the industry and workplace safety. In addition to the industry required White Card, you will learn from industry professionals, a range of topic including using hand and power carpentry tools, sub floor construction, wall and roof framing, installing window frames and doorframes, formwork for concreting, workplace documents and plans.

Course Details


Qualification Issued on Completion

Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship (Specialising in Carpentry)

Course Length and Classes

Part time: 2 years

VETDSS courses follow the same term structure as Secondary Schools

Wednesday morning 9.00am to 12.30pm or afternoon 1.30pm to 5.00pm

Year 2 students will be required to attend 3 days during the Term 1 and Term 2 school holidays.

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Entry Requirements

This course can only be completed as part of your secondary school studies in years 10, 11 and 12. You must have the approval of your school to enrol in the course.


Successful completion will enable you to progress to an apprenticeship CPC30211 – Certificate III in Carpentry or CPC40110 – Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building).

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Career Outcomes

The Certificate provides an understanding of the building and construction industry, and provides the necessary skills and knowledge to seek employment as an apprentice carpenter, or work within similar roles in the building and construction industry.

Contribution to VCE, VCAL & ATAR

On successful completion of the VCE VET Building and Construction program drawn from the state-accredited pre‑apprenticeship, students are eligible for:

  • the award of 22338VIC – Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship.
  • recognition of up to five units of credit at Units 1 and 2 level and a Units 3 and 4 sequence
  • VCE VET Units accrue in the following order; Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2 and 1. These may be accumulated over more than one year.

Structured Workplace Learning

The VCAA strongly recommends 80 hours of structured workplace learning (SWL) placement over the duration of the program.


Please contact your secondary school regarding fees for this program

Uniform Requirements

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) required. Details will be supplied upon enrolment.

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