Certificate II in Building and Construction (Pre-Apprenticeship)

Free TAFE course
Course Code 22338VIC
Locations Sherwood Park (Warrnambool)
Study Mode Full-time, On Campus
Length 16 weeks
Commencement July 2019
Timetable 3.5 days a week
Course Overview

If you’re seeking a career in carpentry and want to learn your skills from industry experts, SWTAFE’s Building and Construction course provides an ideal starting place. 

The course will develop your ‘hand skills’ to an acceptable industry standard. Students will acquire these skills by participating in a number of building projects. Students will construct a full size domestic house or similar structure from ground to completion. Graduates may pursue apprenticeships and traineeships in the building industry.

What will I Learn?

This course will provide you with the basic knowledge and skills to prepare you for work or further study within the building and construction industry. Our course is based around building a 'real life' house from start to finish which will give you a sound knowledge to kick off your career in the building industry.

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

  • Carpentry Apprenticeship
  • Bricklaying Apprenticeship
  • Cabinet Maker Apprenticeship


This course is a pathway to an apprenticeship within the building industry.

Information Session

Why don’t you come along to our next course info session to find out everything you need to start your learning journey? You can chat with our teachers, tour our facilities, learn more about the course, find out about the application process and get your questions answered by our course experts. 

Find the next info session near you

Course Requirements
Course requirements

To be eligible to be awarded this qualification you must successfully complete 20 units; 10 core and 10 elective units.

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
CPCCOHS1001A Work Safely In The Construction Industry 6 $70.00
HLTFA211A Provide Basic Emergency Life Support 8 $40.00
VU20955 Workplace safety and site induction 34 $0.00
VU20956 Building structures 8 $0.00
VU20957 Calculations for the construction industry 20 $0.00
VU20958 Prepare for work in the construction industry 16 $0.00
VU20959 Communication skills for the construction industry 20 $0.00
VU20960 Introduction to scaffolding and working platforms 24 $0.00
VU20961 Levelling 8 $0.00
VU20962 Quality principles for the construction industry 8 $0.00
VU20963 Safe handling and use of plant and selected portable power tools 16 $0.00
VU20964 Workplace documents and plans 20 $0.00
VU20971 Carpentry hand tools 80 $0.00
VU20972 Carpentry power tools 64 $0.00
VU20973 Basic setting out 24 $0.00
VU20974 Sub-floor framing 36 $0.00
VU20975 Wall framing 48 $0.00
VU20976 Roof framing 40 $0.00
VU20977 External cladding 24 $0.00
VU20978 Installation of window and door frames 24 $0.00
VU20979 Interior fixings 40 $0.00
VU20980 Introduction to demolition 16 $0.00
VU20981 Formwork for concreting 40 $0.00
VU20982 Basic environmental sustainability in carpentry 16 $0.00
Pre-training review

The pre-training review assists SWTAFE staff to determine whether this course is the most suitable for you at this time, and also identify any support needs you may require once you commence your studies. It takes about an hour to complete. Once you apply for your chosen course a link to the pre-training review will be emailed to you.

Skills Recognition

Your current skills, knowledge and experience can contribute to help you get a qualification. Learn more about skills recognition and how it may benefit you here.  

Unique Student Identifier

If you are studying nationally recognised training in Australia, you are required to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Your USI links to an online account that contains your training records and results for training completed from 1 January 2015 onwards. One of the main benefits of the USI is the ability to provide you with easy access to your training records and results throughout your life and this will assist you when applying for a job or enrolling in further study. You are required to have a USI at the time of enrolment – especially if you want to use VET Student Loans to defer your fees. To apply online or get more information go to www.usi.gov.au.


This course involves accredited units.  You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes.  A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment. 

Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the Institute's simulated workshops/classrooms.  Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance.  You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.

This is a Free TAFE course

From 1 January 2019, students who are eligible for Victorian government-subsidised training will not pay course tuition fees for the duration of their enrolment in this course.
Find out more or chat with our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911, or visit a SWTAFE Campus.


Your course may require you to purchase additional materials or books. You can choose where to purchase these items from. You can download the booklist for this course here: HERE

Course Fees

Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. Your fees each year are made up of 2 different elements:

  • Tuition fee
  • Consumables/material fee

There are 3 different rates of Tuition fees. Only one will apply to you depending on your eligibility and circumstances. The 3 categories include:

  • Government subsidised
  • Government subsidised (concession)
  • Full fee

The fees listed below are indicative only and may be subject to change without notice and given individual circumstances. Your actual fees will be calculated based on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Funding made available to eligible individuals by State and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect future opportunities to access additional funding in the future. 

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Student type Indicative Course Fee
Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $1,450.00
Concession rate $290.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy) $7,095.00
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Fee type Indicative Course Fee
Maximum Consumable/Materials Fee $310.00
Maximum Consumables/Materials Fees

Maximum Consumables/Materials Fees are made up of course consumables, core unit consumables and the maximum elective units you will pay. Final costs will be determined at enrolment.  

Which fee applies to me?

Skills First Exemptions
Government eligibility exemptions for TAFE via Skills First funding gives you greater access to study with TAFE at an affordable price.

The good news is, that there are now a reduced number of criteria for you to meet in order to be eligible for a Government subsidy. If you don’t meet those criteria you will be a full fee paying student.

Government Subsidised Fee
You meet all Skills First eligibility criteria but DO NOT hold a current healthcare or pension card, OR you are eligible for a Skills First exemption.

Concession Fee
You meet all eligibility criteria AND hold a current healthcare or pension card, that you can provide at enrolment. It’s important to

note that the concession rate is only applicable for Certificate l to Certificate lV courses and students who have declared their ATSI origin.

Full fee
Full fees only apply to the few students who do not meet the Skills First eligibility criteria, do not qualify for an exemption or are enrolling in course that is not government subsidised.

Check your fees eligibility here.

How do I pay my fees?

Unless an alternative fee payment method is approved, your course fees are required to be paid upfront and in full at the time of enrolment.  If your personal circumstances mean that payment in full is not possible, then you may be able to pay your fees by

  • Payment Plan
  • Centre Pay
  • VET Student Loan (Diploma & Advanced Diploma only)

SWTAFE offers a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with enrolment fees.

Next Steps
Student Support

As a SWTAFE student, you can access a variety of support services that will enhance your study experience and help you complete your studies successfully. For more information about any of these services, visit our student page.

Careers and Course Advice

Not sure which course is right for you? South West TAFE will help you find your way.

Our Pathfinders Skills and Jobs Centre is here to support you. Whether you’re exploring career options, transitioning from school to the workforce or looking to study after school we’re here to help you. Call, email or drop in.

Call 5564 8515 or email skillsandjobscentre@swtafe.edu.au

Apply Now

Apply now for a place in our next course intake. Places for courses are limited, so it’s best to get in soon so you don’t miss out. You’ll need to complete an application form  which you can do online here or by speaking with our Customer Service team.  We invite you to come and see us at one of our campuses in Warrnambool, Colac, Portland or Hamilton and a team member will ensure you are taken care of.

If you have any questions regarding the application process please chat to our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911.