Certificate II In Building And Construction Pre-Apprenticeship

Course Code: 22338VIC
Study Area:

All students required to attend on-site learning must be fully vaccinated in line with Bendigo TAFE’s Vaccination Policy

Become an apprentice carpenter and enter the building and construction industry. The Certificate II in Building and Construction (Carpentry) Pre-Apprenticeship course will introduce you to the building and construction industry and equip you with the knowledge and practical skills needed to work safely.

This carpentry course will enable you to enter an apprenticeship and work towards your career in carpentry, with job opportunities in building inspecting and project management.

Our course delivery features a combination of on-campus and remote (online) learning. This flexibility allows our students to continue to study in a safe, guided and supported manner.

Start Date: May 2022

Days and Time: Mon, Wed, Thurs, 8am-4pm and Fri 8am-2pm

Free TAFE and JobTrainer

You may be entitled to free tuition fees for this course if you meet the eligibility criteria for the State Government's FREE TAFE for Priority Courses initiative. If you're aged 17-24 or looking for work, you may be eligible for 80% discount on the course tuition fee through JobTrainer. It's important to know you may incur fees that you will need to cover yourself, such as student service fees or materials fees. Skills First (eligible) students are usually entitled to one Free TAFE fee waiver, however under JobTrainer you may be eligible for a second Free TAFE course. You may also be able to get an exemption if you don't meet the upskilling requirement. To find out more, call 13 TAFE (13 8233).

  • Echuca Campus
  • Bendigo Charleston Road Campus
Course Structure

16 weeks Full Time


This qualification is nationally recognised

Possible careers

Employment as an apprentice Carpenter.

  • You will need to have satisfactory language, literacy and numeracy skills and you will be required to undertake a language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) assessment.

Under 18?

  • the minimum age is 15 to attend this course
  • Parental or guardian consent must be given for enrolment in a course. A parental /guardian signature is required on the enrolment form.
  • If you are a student who is under 17 and has completed year 10, you must provide a Transition form School from your principal to support your application for your chosen course.
  • If you are a student who is under 17 and has not completed year 10, you must provide correspondence from a Department Regional Director to support your application for your chosen course.

Course overview

The Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship is designed to give you a practical introduction to the construction trades. You will undertake a number of units that will give you skills for all trade areas as well as, specialised training in the construction trade to prepare you for an apprenticeship.

How to apply

Online application direct to Bendigo TAFE

Selection process

You will need to attend an interview and undertake a literacy and numeracy assessment.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience.  Further information refer to RPL

Assessment Methods
  • Practical Assessment
  • Observation
  • Knowledge Test

Learning options


Key study areas

To achieve the Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship, the following units of competency must be completed: • 10 core units • all elective units from one trade stream. There are 10 key study units for Construction Trade.

These units 10 Key study areas are:

  • 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 of timber structures
  • VU2222031 Construct basic formwork for concreting

Further study opportunities
  • Certificate III in Construction
  • Higher Level Building Courses


Your fees are made up of four parts.
  1. Course enrolment type
  2. Materials
  3. Consumables
Once you have determined the fees applicable to your situation you will be able to calculate a indicative total fee for your qualification.

Some or all of this training is provided with State or Federal Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

Are you eligible for Government subsidised fees? Check for your eligibility here
Are you eligible for concession? Check for your eligibility here
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Free TAFE and JobTrainer courses only: Students eligible for Free TAFE receive the tuition rate free. Students eligible for JobTrainer pay 20% of the tuition. Materials, consumables and student services fees are payable by all students and do not receive a JobTrainer discount, however concession rates for student services fees are available for concession card holders, apprentices, trainees and 100% off campus delivery courses. Please note that these tuition rates only apply to courses offered under the Free TAFE or JobTrainer schemes.
Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

A.   Course enrolment type:Standard
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$2,221.12
Concession - average total course fee*$441.70
Full fee - average total course fee*$4,650.47
B.   Materials average fee**$0.00
C.   Consumables average fee**$580.52
Indicative pricing for:

*The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment and details of any other fees including but not limited to student services, amenities, goods or materials and consumables.
**Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student. Read more on fees and charges

This page was last updated on 22/03/2022 1:23 PM