Are you looking to learn a trade? Learn the best techniques from our practical course taught from our industry-experienced teachers. Read more about our dual qualification below.
Get ahead with our dual qualification
Our Certificate II in Joinery, Shopfitting and Stairbuilding – Pre-apprenticeship is combined with our Certificate II in Building and Construction – Carpentry as a dual qualification. Build a future in carpentry, joinery, stairbuilding and shopfitting to become the apprentice every site manager wants to employ on a diverse range of building projects.
When you successfully complete the dual qualification, you are eligible for articulation and credit transfer towards the Certificate III in Carpentry, Certificate III in Joinery, or Certificate III in Shopfitting.
Our dual qualification pre-apprenticeship courses are recognised by the HIA – Housing Industry Association, and the MBA – Master Builders Association. Note: There is no work placement requirement within this course.
Build a great future
The aim of the combined course is to provide you with the skills and knowledge to gain employment with a leading construction company. It also leads onto an apprenticeship in carpentry or in the joinery, shopfitting and stairbuilding industries (or combination of these competencies).
Hands on learning
Our course is highly practical and you will work on a range of projects that require you to both construct and observe. These projects include:
- Saw stool
- Floor frame
- Wall frames
- Pitched roofs
- Panelled door
- Window frame
- Other practical work
Industry connections and resources
You will have a unique learning opportunity to work on full-sized projects at our Heidelberg campus. Our teaching staff are industry experienced in this highly hands-on course. This will make you a clear standout and asset to any employer in your construction career.
- full-size, real-to-life working projects – ask us about ‘the barn’ and one of the southern hemisphere’s largest sand-pits
- computer labs for theory application and classes
- tools and equipment
Career paths from this dual pre-apprenticeship qualification include working as a carpenter, joiner, shopfitter, stairbuilder, registered builder or a labourer.
Assessment consists of satisfactorily completing theory-based tasks and practical projects.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.
For further information on this dual qualification, please contact an Education and Careers Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400, or send an email.
Class Schedule: *
Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM
*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Career Advisor
The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250
Assessment MethodsAssessment for this course is competency based. Students have the opportunity to demonstrate competence by satisfactorily completing the specified theory based tasks and practical projects.
MaterialsLearning resources and text books are supplied as part of your enrolment and material fees.
Students are required to supply:
- overalls, workpants or workshorts (with designated pocket for 1m folding rule etc.)
- sleeved shirt or t-shirt (strictly NO SINGLETS)
- leather safety footwear- (steel capped boots not essential)
- clear safety glasses- compliant with relevant Australian Standards
- hearing protection- compliant with relevant Australian Standards (ear muffs or buds)
- 2 Pocket Nail Bag
- claw hammer- typically 24oz Estwing or similar
- 8mt measuring tape- typically Stanley or Lufkin
- sliding bevel
- combination square- 30cm
- 10- 12pt panel saw
- carpenters pencil
- chisel holder
- 32mm bevel chisel- typically Stanley, Bahco or Irwin Marples
- No 2 nail punch
- 1mt folding ruler
- carpenters tool bag - to carry/transport items above
Entrance RequirementsApplicants must be over 15 years of age to apply. Preference is given to students who have at least completed Year 10. Sponsorship may be obtained before training takes place. A sponsor is the prospective employer who assures the pre-apprentice employment after the first 16 weeks of Melbourne Polytechnic training. Sponsorship is not compulsory for entry into this course. This course is available as part of a combined qualification with the Certificate II in Furniture Making or Certificate II in Building and Construction (Carpentry).
Pathways to further studySuccessful completion of the dual qualification provides a pathway to the Certificate III in Joinery (CPC31912), Certificate III in Shopfitting (CPC31812) and Certificate III in Carpentry (CPC30211) as an apprentice.
- Possible apprenticeship in Carpentry, Joinery, Shopfitting or Stairbuilding
- Building and Construction labourer
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.
|CPCCCA2001A||HANDLE CARPENTRY MATERIALS||16|
|CPCCCA2002A||USE CARPENTRY TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT||96|
|CPCCCM1002A||WORK EFFECTIVELY AND SUSTAINABLY IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY||20|
|CPCCCM1004A||CONDUCT WORKPLACE COMMUNICATION||20|
|CPCCCM1005A||CARRY OUT MEASUREMENTS AND CALCULATIONS||20|
|CPCCCM2001A||READ AND INTERPRET PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS||36|
|CPCCCM2006A||APPLY BASIC LEVELLING PROCEDURES||8|
|CPCCOHS1001A||Work safely in the construction industry||6|
|CPCCOHS2001A||APPLY OHS REQUIREMENTS, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY||20|
|CPCCSH2002A||USE ALUMINIUM SECTIONS FOR FABRICATION||40|
|CUVCRS04B||PRODUCE TECHNICAL DRAWINGS||50|
|HLTFA201A||PROVIDE BASIC EMERGENCY LIFE SUPPORT||8|
|HLTFA211A||PROVIDE BASIC EMERGENCY LIFE SUPPORT||8|
|VU20558||PREPARE FOR WORK IN THE JOINERY/SHIPFITTING/STAIRBUILDING INDUSTRY||24|
|VU20559||SET UP AND OPERATE STATIC MACHINES||40|
|VU20560||Carry out basic construction processes for the joinery/shopfitting/stairbuilding industries||120|
|VU20561||CONSTRUCT BASIC DOORS AND WINDOWS||48|
|VU20562||CONSTRUCT BASIC SHOPFITTING DISPLAY UNIT||48|
|VU20563||CONSTRUCT A BASIC STAIR||48|
|VU20955||WORKPLACE SAFETY AND SITE INDUCTION||34|
|VU20957||CALCULATIONS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY||20|
|VU20958||PREPARE FOR WORK IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY||16|
|VU20959||COMMUNICATION SKILLS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY||20|
|VU20960||INTRODUCTION TO SCAFFOLDING AND WORKING PLATFORMS||24|
|VU20962||QUALITY PRINCIPLES FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY||8|
|VU20963||SAFE HANDLING AND USE OF PLANT AND SELECTED PORTABLE POWER TOOLS||16|
|VU20964||WORKPLACE DOCUMENTS AND PLANS||20|
|VU20971||CARPENTRY HAND TOOLS||80|
|VU20972||CARPENTRY POWER TOOLS||64|
|VU20973||BASIC SETTING OUT||24|
|VU20978||INSTALLATION OF WINDOW AND DOOR FRAMES||24|
|VU20980||INTRODUCTION TO DEMOLITION||16|
|VU20981||FORMWORK FOR CONCRETING||40|
|VU20982||BASIC ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY IN CARPENTRY||16|
Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.