Melbourne Polytechnic’s Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Carpentry Course is a dual qualification giving you a Certificate II in Building and Construction (Carpentry) and a VCAL Certificate at Senior level.
This course is an Austudy/Abstudy and Centrelink/Department of Human Services approved course for job seekers.
Get your start in carpentry
The VCAL program is an accredited senior school completion certificate. The VCAL Carpentry program focuses on developing the skills and knowledge required to work as a carpenter in the building and construction industry.
Guidance for your career
You will have access to a Student Pathways Advisor (SPA) who works with you one-on-one to help reach your education goals and to provide advice on future pathways. You will also have the opportunity to participate in a work experience program during the year. Careers counselling will be an integral part of the program.
Study with Melbourne Polytechnic’s dedicated Youth Unit
Melbourne Polytechnic’s VCAL Carpentry will give you supported training in literacy, numeracy and communication skills to get you ready for employment.
You will be part of Melbourne Polytechnic’s unique Youth Unit, with our expert teachers who specialise in working with young people. You will benefit from Melbourne Polytechnic’s strong connections with community agencies.
Melbourne Polytechnic students’ have access to libraries and independent learning services, in addition to passionate, experienced teachers who are there to help you learn.
A VCAL program must contain curriculum that can be justified against the purpose statement of each of the VCAL strands. To be awarded a Senior VCAL, students must successfully complete a learning program, which contains a minimum of 10 credits. One credit is awarded on successful completion of 90-100 nominal hours of accredited curriculum. A certificate must contain two VCAL units at the award level (Personal Development Skills and Literacy) and other curriculum components from:
- VCAL units
- VCE units
- VET accredited curriculum or training packages
- Further Education accredited curriculum
Program to include:
- minimum of two VCAL credits, one of which one is a Senior personal development VCAL unit
- one literacy credit (at Certificate III level)
- one numeracy credit
- one industry specific credit
- one work related skills credit
Curriculum components to the value of six credits at Certificate III level (or above).
DepartmentBridging and Prep
FeesFind out more on fees and charges
Entrance RequirementsStudents must be at least 16 years old, and have not completed Year 12.
Assessment MethodsAssessment is on going and can occur at any time during the program. Assessment methods may include a portfolio of accumulated evidence, teacher observation and/or checklists, evidence gained through projects or program participation, awards from recognised programs; self assessment inventories, and oral and written work.
MaterialsStudents will be required to purchase tools, work clothing and pre-app books. Tuition fees also apply.
Pathways to further studyOn completion, students may go onto further vocational training or pre-apprenticeships.
Career PathwaysStudents who successfully complete the course will be eligible to apply for a range of vocational training courses, pre-apprenticeships, traineeships or employment.
Units Of Study
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.
|NUM031||NUMERACY SKILLS SENIOR||100|
|PDS031||PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT SKILLS SENIOR UNIT 1||100|
|VU21375||EVALUATE PATHWAY OPTIONS, DESIGN A LEARNING PLAN AND COMPILE A PORTFOLIO||30|
|VU21377||ENGAGE WITH A RANGE OF HIGHLY COMPLEX TEXTS FOR LEARNING PURPOSES||30|
|VU21378||ENGAGE WITH A RANGE OF HIGHLY COMPLEX TEXTS FOR EMPLOYMENT PURPOSES||30|
|VU21380||CREATE A RANGE OF HIGHLY COMPLEX TEXTS FOR PERSONAL PURPOSES||30|
|VU21381||CREATE A RANGE OF HIGHLY COMPLEX TEXTS FOR LEARNING PURPOSES||30|
|WRS031||WORK RELATED SKILLS SENIOR UNIT 1||100|
|WRS032||WORK RELATED SKILLS SENIOR UNIT 2||100|
Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.