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Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-Apprenticeship

Free TAFE Code: 22614VIC

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18 weeks full time

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Get started in a career in joinery or furniture making

Start your career in the timber trades with our unique dual qualification Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship 22614VIC (Joinery/Shopfitting/Stairbuilding) and Certificate II in Furniture Making Pathways MSF20522. This dual qualification course will prepare you start an apprenticeship in Furniture and Cabinet Making or Joinery and Shopfitting.

Why do your pre-apprenticeship at Melbourne Polytechnic

You'll learn from our industry-experienced teachers in our specialist facilities at Epping or Heidelberg campus. You’ll learn technical skills, problem-solving, detail-orientation, craftsmanship and organisational skills.

This course is delivered as a dual qualification, and both courses must be taken together. The skills you learn will be valuable when you begin completing an apprenticeship in Furniture and Cabinet Making, or Joinery and Shopfitting.

Career Pathways

Where will the Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-Apprenticeship 22614VIC (Joinery) / Certificate II in Furniture Making Pathways MSF20522 22614VIC take me?

Melbourne Polytechnic’s dual Certificate II in Furniture Making Pathways MSF20522 and Certificate II in Building and Construction (Joinery/Shopfitting/Stairbuilding) 22614VIC dual qualification will provide you with the tools that you’ll need moving forward into an apprenticeship in joinery, cabinet making, or a number of other related fields.

  • Timber Machinist
  • Shopfitter
  • Cabinet Maker
  • Furniture Upholsterer
  • Stairbuilder
  • Joiner
  • Furniture Maker
  • Furniture Restorer
  • Manufacturing Tradesperson

Study Pathways

On successful completion of this course you are eligible for credit transfers toward the Certificate III in Cabinet Making and Timber Technology MSF30322, Certificate III in Joinery CPC31920, Certificate III in Carpentry CPC30220 or Certificate III in Shopfitting CPC30120.

It feels really good, especially being a female in the industry as well as for all the people who are neurodivergent and in the trades.
Jessica Currie
Certificate III in Cabinet Making and Joinery and Outstanding Apprentice/Trainee of the Year 2023
Image of a smiling female, wearing a black vest and jumper covered in dust. She is standing in a timber warehouse.

Course Details

How you will study

Each course has a dedicated learning method that is designed to let you thrive in your studies.


Interactive learning in a face-to-face environment. Classes will be held at a Melbourne Polytechnic campus or partner institute. Visit the How You'll Study page for more information.

Assessment Methods

Assessment for this course is competency based. You have the opportunity to demonstrate competence by satisfactorily completing the specified theory based tasks and practical assessment tasks.

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subject Elective Hours
CPCCCM2006 Apply basic levelling procedures Core 8
CPCCOM1014 Conduct workplace communication Core 20
CPCCOM1015 Carry out measurements and calculations Core 20
CPCCWHS2001 Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry Core 20
CPCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry Core 6
CUAACD313 Produce technical drawings Elective 50
HLTAID010 Provide basic emergency life support Core 12
MSFFM2013 Use furniture making hand and power tools Elective 40
MSFFM2014 Select and apply hardware Elective 16
MSFFM2019 Assemble furnishing products Elective 20
MSFFP2012 Join furnishing materials Elective 40
MSFFP2017 Develop a career plan for the furnishing industry Core 30
MSFFP2018 Source and review information about furnishing product materials Elective 40
MSFFP2020 Undertake a basic furniture making project Core 100
MSFGN2001 Make measurements and calculations Core 30
MSFGN2004 Produce simple scale drawings by hand Elective 40
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices Core 30
MSMPCI103 Demonstrate care and apply safe practices at work Core 30
MSMSUP106 Work in a team Elective 30
VU23312 Prepare for work in the building and construction industry Core 18
VU23313 Interpret and apply basic plans and drawings Core 25
VU23314 Erect and safely use working platforms Core 24
VU23320 Identify and handle carpentry tools and equipment Elective 100
VU23357 Use aluminium sections for fabrication Elective 40
VU23358 Operate basic static machines Elective 60
VU23359 Carry out basic construction processes Elective 90
VU23360 Construct basic doors and windows Elective 40
VU23361 Construct a basic shopfitting display unit Elective 40
VU23362 Construct a basic stair Elective 40

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Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Free TAFE Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $0 $510 $2550 $7300
Materials fee $110 $110 $110 $110
Maximum annual amenities $250 $175 $250 $250
Total payable $360 $795 $2910 $7660
Per year $0
Per semester $0

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1st of November. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Fees explained

The State Government’s Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition (excluding Amenities Fees and Materials Fees) for students who are eligible for government subsidised training and enrol into one of the Priority listed course.

Free TAFE is available to eligible students for one course enrolment in a lifetime.

Free TAFE places are limited. Please call 1300 635 276 and we can advise you whether Free TAFE places are still available.

Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition fees for students who are eligible. Materials and amenities may still apply.

The Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative will pay your tuition fees for only one course. Once you have commenced in a tuition-free priority course, you are not eligible for further tuition-free places again, even if you do not finish your first tuition-free priority course.

Check your eligibility

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

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The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Check your eligibility here.

Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking

Additional expenses

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

Learning resources and text books are supplied as part of your enrolment and material fees.
Students are required to supply:
  • overalls, workpants or workshorts
  • 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)
  • Stationery and Tools:
    • 2H pencils
    • Eraser
    • Nail bag
    • Hand saw
    • Combination Square
    • Utility knife
    • Claw hammer
    • Basic calculator
    • Exercise book - any size
    • Biros
    • 1M Folding Rule - Metric
    • Chisel (32mm)
    • 8M retractable metric tape measure
    • Tool box


  • preference will be given if you have completed Year 10

Next Steps

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form from the Apply Now page.

After you complete that form we will send you an email with a link to an application form webpage. If you don’t receive the email, check your spam and junk folders.

Complete the application form on the application form webpage.

You will be required to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment.

Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend an enrolment appointment over the phone or on campus.

For certificate-level courses, you can pay by weekly or fortnightly direct debit using our Tuition Payment Plan. Read more about Tuition Payment Plans here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 1300 635 276 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

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