About the course

About the course

During this prefabricated timber systems course, you'll complete five units including the exciting unit, FWPTMM3209 Install prefabricated timber building systems on site. This provides hands-on learning in the installation of prefabricated timber systems. You'll construct and deconstruct three timber mini-buildings using a crane within the specialist learning hub at Elgar Campus - Box Hill over three days, including: 

  • mass timber - cross laminated timber
  • glulam - post and beam
  • LVL frame with cassette floor

Check out this video of past students building a CLT shed installation.  

The construction industry is currently untrained in the assembly of prefabricated building systems, and this course provides apprentices, builders and trades related people with the right training to be first movers in this growth area. It’s also a great opportunity for people with no work history to have an experience of working in construction. A taster before commencing a Pre-App course or apprenticeship in construction.

Victoria is the national leader in construction technologies and a destination for those wanting to develop skills and excellence in this field. The strategy aims to stimulate local construction opportunities and grow market share in the use of innovative building products.

The changes to the National Construction Code in 2016 and the local manufacturing of cross laminated timber and other prefabricated timber elements has provided Victoria with an opportunity to increase its uptake of prefabricated timber construction methods and building systems. As such, demand for prefabricated timber construction skills and knowledge is expected to grow over the next ten years. This will generate alternatives to traditional building construction methods and create a skills shortage in the use of prefabricated timber building systems.

The construction industry is currently untrained in the assembly of prefabricated building systems, and this course provides builders and tradespeople with the right training to be first movers in this growth area.


Course Details


Fees & Schedule

 Government Subsidised StandardFull FeeGovernment Subsidised Concession or Job Trainer
Tuition Fee$1,144$3,619$229
Material Fee$0$0$0
Total Course Estimate$1,144$3,619$229

Service & Amenity Fee may very depending on course commencement and enrolment duration. Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2023 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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Mark Newhook: experienced carpenter and builder in the prefabricated timber sector and Senior Teacher at Box Hill Institute.

Course Content

To be awarded the Course in Onsite Installation of Prefabricated Building Systems (Timber) you must successfully complete all core units and one elective unit.

You can exit the qualification at any time, and will be provided with a Statement of Attainment listing those units that were successfully completed.

The full course is completed part time, over a nine week period. It is government funded for Victorians. People from outside Victoria will need to pay full fee.


You will be best equipped for this course if you have language, literacy and numeracy skills that are equivalent to level 3 of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF).

No prior qualifications are required to commence this course.

People interested in this course will typically (but not necessarily) have a building trade such as:

  • CPC30211 Certificate III in Carpentry
  • CPC32011 Certificate III in Carpentry and Joinery
  • an equivalent qualification
  • or an equivalent level of practical work experience in the building and construction industry

Materials Required for class

Workboots, hearing protection and safety glasses for onsite work

Computer/laptop with internet connection for online classes

Target Audience

This course is suited to people working as building or installation specialists in building construction, manufacturing and related industries working with prefabricated timber constructions. 

It’s also a great opportunity for people with no work history to gain experience of working in construction.  A great course to consider as a taster before commencing a preapprenticeship or apprenticeship in construction.

Learning Pathways

On completion of all five units participants will have the skills and knowledge to:

  • install prefabricated timber building systems
  • interpret and follow assembly specifications for prefabricated timber building systems
  • comply with relevant building standards, codes and guidelines
  • work safely at heights
  • and use appropriate technology for the installation of prefabricated building systems

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