VCAL Ticket to a Trade



Are you a young person interested in the trades but not sure which one? Our Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Ticket to a Trade is six month program that will give you the opportunity to find out what trade you might like to undertake in the future.


Determine your future in the trades

The VCAL is an accredited senior school completion certificate, and completion of this course will earn you the VCAL at Intermediate level.

The VCAL Ticket to a Trade program is for young learners who have not completed Year 12 and wish to develop their literacy, numeracy, personal and work related skills while experiencing different trades. Students participate in taster sessions in the building and construction departments. This will help you make informed choices about your future study path.

VCAL Ticket to a Trade can also be undertaken at Foundation or Senior levels.

Guidance for your career

VCAL will provide you with an opportunity to reengage with education. You will have access to a Student Pathways Advisor (SPA) and take part in trade workshops to help you decide which trade you would like to undertake in the future. Careers counselling will be an integral part of the program. Work with our expert teachers who specialise in working with young people. You will also benefit from our strong connections with community agencies.

Packaging rules

To be awarded an Intermediate VCAL, you must 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 Intermediate personal development VCAL unit
  • one literacy credit (at Certificate II level)
  • one numeracy credit
  • one industry specific credit
  • one work related skills credit

Curriculum components to the value of six credits at Certificate II level (or above).

Employment outcomes

This is a pre-vocational course of study that will enable you to make more informed choices about your pathway for either further study or employment.


For further information on the VCAL Ticket to a Trade program, at the Intermediate study level, please contact an Education and Careers Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400, or send an email.

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Full-time: 1 year
Course duration consists of one (1) semester VCAL, and one (1) semester pre-apprenticeship

Modes of Delivery




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

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Assessment Methods

Assessment is ongoing and can occur at any time during the program. 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


You will need to supply basic stationery requirements and some equipment may need to be purchased for industry specific modules. You will need to buy work boots and work pants

Entrance Requirements

You must be at least 15 years old and have not completed Year 12. Selection is by interview

Pathways to further study

Successful completion of this course will enable you to go into VCAL Senior, pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeship, or into a vocational education and training (VET) certificate

Career Pathways

Once you have completed this pre-vocational course of study, you should be able to make more informed choices about your pathway for either further study or employment

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • July

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Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.