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Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship

Course Code 22614VIC


  • Full Time
  • 4 months
  • On Campus
  • Chadstone

This course is not available for International Students

Free TAFE Course

You may be eligible to study this course for FREE.


The Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship, carpentry stream, is for both school leavers and mature-age students who wish to build their practical experience and knowledge to ensure their employment opportunities as an apprentice carpenter.

Career Opportunities

  • apprentice carpenter
  • trades assistant in the building industry
  • labourer

Pathway to further studies

  • CPC30220 Certificate III in Carpentry
  • CPC31920 Certificate III in Joinery
  • CPC30120 Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying
  • CPC30620 Certificate III in Painting and Decorating
  • CPC30820 Certificate III in Roof Tiling
  • CPC31220 Certificate III in Wall and Ceiling Lining
  • CPC31320 Certificate III in Wall and Floor Tiling
  • CPC32320 Certificate III in Stonemasonry
  • CPC32420 Certificate III in Plumbing

Studying the Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship at Holmesglen

This comprehensive course covers all aspects of domestic carpentry and is the perfect starting point for a career in the building and construction industry. Our pre-apprenticeship course, specialising in carpentry, covers all skills and knowledge required for domestic building, at the entry level, including all the tools and equipment used by carpenters.<p>Carpenters are the key players in domestic house construction - they're the first on site, and the last to leave.<p>While carpenters have their specific skills and tasks to perform in the building process, carpenters must have knowledge of all other trades, as a carpenter's work often accommodates the other trades who follow them.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible, students must be at least 16 years of age.
Prior to enrolment or commencement of training you will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment and a pre-training interview.<p>These will assist with determining your suitability to the course, verify your training plan, and identify any learning support needs.

Recognition of prior learning

You may be able to reduce the number of units to be studied in your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.

Course Structure


<strong>Timetable:<br>4 days per week, for a duration of 3 months, excluding holidays and term breaks.
Unit code Unit name
CPCCWHS2001 Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
CPCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
CPCCCM2006 Apply basic levelling procedures
HLTAID010 Provide basic emergency life support
CPCCOM1014 Conduct workplace communication
VU23313 Interpret and apply basic plans and drawings
CPCCOM1015 Carry out measurements and calculations
VU23312 Prepare for work in the building and construction industry
VU23314 Erect and safely use working platforms
Unit code Unit name
VU23320 Identify and handle carpentry tools and equipment
VU23321 Perform basic setting out
VU23329 Construct basic formwork for concreting
VU23322 Construct basic sub-floor
VU23323 Construct basic wall frames
VU23326 Install basic window and door frames
VU23328 Dismantle basic timber structures
VU23327 Install interior fixings
VU23325 Install basic external cladding
VU23324 Construct a basic roof frame


Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards.

How to apply


Click the ‘apply’ button below to get your application started with us. Our friendly Holmesglen team will be in touch to discuss your study opportunities and pre-training requirements.

Visit How to Apply for more information on the application process.


Holmesglen may engage third parties to recruit students on behalf of the institute. Third party recruiters receive a commission and this will not impact on your fees.

Find out more about your rights and obligations as a student and the services we provide at Holmesglen.


Qualification and Recognition

On successful completion you will receive a 22614VIC Certificate II in Building and Construction.

Industry Connections


Tuition fees GST exempt Cost
Full Fee $10,211
Government subsidised $2,441
Concession $489
Free TAFE eligible student FREE

Additional Course Cost

Students will be required to wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when undertaking practical activities and attending site visits. The personal protective equipment and course materials students will be required to supply are: <br>Safety boots (steel capped, ankle height) Safety pants <br>Work shirt (no singlets) Safety glasses <br>Safety gloves (when handling building materials) Claw hammer 24oz or 20oz 1m folding ruler <br>Retractable Steel Tape (Metric 8m) Nail bag (dual pouch) <br>Chisel high impact Thru Tang - set of 3 (2mm, 19mm, 25mm) or set of 5 (6mm, 12mm, 19mm, 25mm, 32mm) 8m tape (mm) Combination square Bevel <br>Carpenter pencil x 3 <br>Hand saw (Irwin Jack 770 or Bahco Prize Cut) Set of three nail punches Hat and sunscreen for sun protection <br>Notebook, HB Pencil, blue or black pen, eraser <br>The total cost of these items is between $350 - $450 <br>If additional safety equipment is required, it will be supplied by the Institute.

All fees are indicative only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth funding. <a href="/study-with-us/tafe-study/tafe-fees-and-scholarships/government-subsidised-training">Find out now if you are eligible for Government-subsidised fees or Concession. </a>


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