The 22614VIC Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship describes the entry-level skills and knowledge needed in the carpentry industry. Preparing to work safely in the construction industry is imperative and this course is contextualised to the Carpentry stream.

This accredited course is a pathway into a Certificate III apprenticeship and will not lead to employment in the Construction sector on its own.

Your training will focus on: 

  • applying basic levelling 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
  • onsite workplace safety practices

AST auspices this accredited course to secondary schools so their teachers can deliver it to secondary school students as part of their VET studies.

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

Assessment may consist of

  • written answers to questions
  • role plays
  • holistic assessment

Evidence may be 

  • written 
  • audio recordings
  • video recordings
  • observation
  • Zoom recording
  • interview
  • documents

All students will engage in a language, literacy, numeracy and digital literacy (LLND) activity to evaluate potential support requirements.

The 22614VIC Certificate II in Building and Construction consists of 20 units:

  • 9 core units
  • 10 elective units within the relevant trade stream (Carpentry)

Elective units will vary depending on consultation with industry.

Core units include:

CPCCOM1014 Conduct workplace communication
CPCCOM1015 Carry out measurements and calculations
CPCCCM2006 Apply levelling procedures
CPCCWHS2001 Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
CPCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
HLTAID010 Provide basic emergency life support
VU23312 Prepare for work in the building and construction industry
VU23313 Interpret and apply basic plans and drawings
VU23314 Erect and safely use working platforms


This qualification is offered to secondary schools on a fee-for-service basis, where a fee is charged for each individual student’s enrolment.

Please contact us for the current year’s auspicing fees.

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