Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship


Course Length

Full time:

Pre-app 6-12mths

Part time:


Contact Hours

Full time:

Pre-App 4 days a week

Part time:

VETDSS 1 day a week


Subsidised Standard:


Subsidised Standard (Concession):


Full Fee:


Course Materials:


Student Services Fees (per year):



Delivery Mode



Course Overview

The Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship will set students up for a career in the building and construction industry.

They will gain the basic skills and hands-on experience, and be introduced to the materials, tools and equipment required to undertake further training.

This pre-apprenticeship course consists of a core of common cross-sector units of competency that provide skills and knowledge in:

  • Applying basic leveling procedures
  • Carrying out basic measurements and calculations
  • Communicating in the workplace
  • Erecting and safely using working platforms
  • Interpreting basic plans and drawings
  • Preparing and applying for work in the construction industry
  • Working effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
  • Workplace safety practices on site.

The course also includes a range of units that introduce students to the application of specific materials, tools and equipment, and techniques used in specific trade sectors, that underpin the Certificate III qualifications in the following trade sectors:

  • Bricklaying
  • Carpentry
  • Painting and decorating
  • Wall and ceiling lining
  • Wall and floor tiling
  • Solid plastering
  • Stonemasonry
  • Joinery/shopfitting/stair building.

Pre-apprentice students generally complete this course over a 6-month period, with classes 4 days a week (8-hours per class), full-time undertaking the Carpentry stream. However, they are provided with a 12 month period in which to undertake this course if needed.

This course is also offered as as part of the VETDSS (VET Delivered to Secondary Schools) program. Students interested in undertaking this course through VETDSS need to enrol through their school.

This course is delivered on-campus and is available as part of the Free TAFE scheme as well as the JobTrainer initiative, for eligible students.

Please note: the information on this page is relevant for 2022 enrolments.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

During COVID‐19 lockdown periods, this course will have the majority of the training delivered using online methods of teaching and communication while students engage from home with their trainers. Any required practical components of the course will be moved to a more appropriate time later in the year.

Career Pathways

This course is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the construction industry as a future apprenticeship.

The combined skills and knowledge of the pre-apprenticeship course does not provide for a job outcome as a qualified tradesperson as this course is intended to prepare individuals for further training into the pathway courses.

Pathways for this course are CPC30211 Certificate III in Carpentry, CPC31912 Certificate III in Joinery or MSF31113 Certificate III in Cabinet Making, all of these courses listed are apprenticeships.

Working in this industry may involve working out doors or on on-site construction. Hours of work may vary depending on where individuals work.

Further Study

After graduating, students might like to undertake further study in the:

  • CPC30611 Certificate III in Painting and Decorating
  • CPC30111 Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying
  • CPC31912 Certificate III In Joinery
  • CPC30211 Certificate III in Carpentry
  • CPC31311 Certificate III in Wall and Floor Tiling
  • CPC31211 Certificate III in Wall and Ceiling Lining
  • CPC31011 Certificate III in Solid Plastering
  • CPC32311 Certificate III in Stonemasonry (Monumental/ Installation)

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard: $1,766.00

2. Subsidised Standard (Concession): $683.00

3. Full Fee: $4,256.00

Course Materials: $695.00

Student Services Fees (per year): $85.00

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.

Please note that the fees on this webpage, for this particular course:

  • are correct at the time of publishing for those enrolling in 2022 and may change without notice.
  • will be discussed with applications as part of the application process to ensure it is understood what is being paid for and which fee rates they may be eligible for.

Course Fees consist of 3 different components:

  1. Student Tuition Fee - cover the costs of training and assessment. These fees vary across courses and are calculated based on a rate per nominal hour enrolled in. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Circumstances may include:
    1. an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    2. an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    3. ineligible individuals who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs.
  2. Material Fee - where applicable, cover the costs of classroom consumables, handouts and booklets, e-Learning resources and associated license access fees and excursions.
  3. Student Services Fee (SSF) - contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF is a non-refundable annual fee that does not apply to short course participants.

Additionally, some courses require students to purchase or supply textbooks, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

GOTAFE offers a range of payment options to help you pay your fees.
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Entry Requirements

Training package entry requirements

There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) online test to ensure the required literacy & numeracy levels for the course are met.
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review by interview to ensure the course suits their needs and aspirations, and that they are likely to complete the course successfully.
  • Complete the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007) before entering a construction work site. Achievement of unit CPCCOHS1001A covers this requirement.

During this course, students will complete the Construction Induction card which is a minimum for any workers performing tasks on a building site.

Course Study Units

Core Units
CPCCCM1012A - Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
CPCCCM1014A - Conduct workplace communication
CPCCCM1015A - Carry out measurements and calculations
CPCCCM2006 - Apply basic levelling procedures
CPCCOHS2001A - Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
CPCCWHS1001 - Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
HLTAID002 - Provide basic emergency life support
VU22014 - Prepare for work in the building and construction industry
VU22015 - Interpret and apply basic plans and drawings
VU22016 - Erect and safely use working platforms
Elective Units
VU22022 - Identify and handle carpentry tools and equipment
VU22023 - Perform basic setting out
VU22024 - Construct basic sub-floor
VU22025 - Construct basic wall frames
VU22026 - Construct a basic roof frame
VU22027 - Install basic external cladding
VU22028 - Install basic window and door frames
VU22029 - Install interior fixings
VU22030 - Carry out basic demolition for timber structures
VU22031 - Construct basic formwork for concreting

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Knowledge tests
  • Projects
  • Work observation evidence
  • Demonstration online assessments

Course Co-ordinator

Brad Ornsby
Campus: Shepparton

Peter Rippingale
Campus: Wangaratta

Attendance & Commitment

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including any study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions. Students are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions and participate in all practical activities.

Theory can be done online but all practical tasks are conducted face to face on campus.

Required Workwear - On most building sites works have hi-visibility shirts and standard work pants or shorts.

Required PPE - For health reasons PPE cannot be shared. It is preferred that all students bring their own PPE.

Required Tools - GOTAFE supplies all the tools and equipment for the course.

For TEC students this training is delivered over a 2 year period with 32 days of attendance for each year. These students will not complete the full qualification but will be awarded a Statement of Attainment for the units they successfully complete.

All workplace experience, if any, is organised by the secondary school.

Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

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Learner's Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.


Please note: Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review. This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification. There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking. You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.