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Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-Apprenticeship

Free TAFE Jobtrainer Bricklaying Code: 22338VIC

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Overview

Campus

Heidelberg

Duration

14 weeks full time

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake

February, July

A solid foundation for your career

If you like working with your hands and value the satisfaction of seeing something build and form in front of your eyes; a career in bricklaying is for you. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate II in Building and Construction 22338VIC (Bricklaying) will prepare you for a rewarding career in a growing industry. ‘Brickies’ are always in demand, and there are plenty of opportunities for hard workers with an eye for detail and quality work in a $350 billion industry. Bricklaying is a job that gives you the satisfaction of seeing the rewards of your work every day.

Prepare for your apprenticeship

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate II in Building and Construction 22338VIC (Bricklaying) will teach you all of the essential skills required to move into a bricklaying apprenticeship. You’ll learn the correct methods for laying bricks in both domestic and commercial settings in Victoria’s most technologically advanced building and construction training facilities. Your teachers are highly qualified and industry-experienced, and our self-paced learning resources ensure that the learning experience can meet your individual needs. This course includes an optional one-week work placement component to give you real-world site experience, as well as networking opportunities with bricklaying contractors and potential employers.

Graduate site-ready

This widely-recognised course is the perfect first step towards a career as a bricklayer or blocklayer at any domestic or commercial building site. Potential employers including bricklaying subcontractors and building and construction companies are always on the lookout for good workers to take on as apprentices. Melbourne Polytechnic works closely with these employers and frequently offers recommendations or works with students to match suitable candidates to potential employers. There has never been a better time to enter this industry, and Melbourne Polytechnic has developed this course to give you the best start possible.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

In today’s rapidly expanding building and construction industry there has never been a better time to become a bricklayer or blocklayer. Your skills and experience will be sought after on a range of building sites, both domestic and commercial.
  • Bricklayer
  • Labourer
  • Subcontractor
  • Blocklayer

Pathways

Successful completion of this course provides you with a competitive advantage to enter an apprenticeship, and transitions to Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying and Certificate IV in Building and Construction.

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Course Details

Delivery methods

This course includes an optional one-week work placement component to give you real-world site experience, as well as networking opportunities with bricklaying contractors and potential employers.

  • Class based
  • Remote
  • Practical

Class Schedule

Four days per week for 14 weeks.

Assessment Methods

Assessment is undertaken throughout the course using a combination of theory and practical-based 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
CPCCCM1012A WORK EFFECTIVELY AND SUSTAINABLY IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY Core 20
CPCCCM1014A CONDUCT WORKPLACE COMMUNICATION Core 20
CPCCCM1015A CARRY OUT MEASUREMENTS AND CALCULATIONS Core 20
CPCCCM2006A APPLY BASIC LEVELLING PROCEDURES Core 8
CPCCOHS2001A APPLY OHS REQUIREMENTS, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY Core 20
CPCCWHS1001 PREPARE TO WORK SAFELY IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY Core 6
HLTAID002 PROVIDE BASIC EMERGENCY LIFE SUPPORT Core 12
VU22014 PREPARE TO WORK IN THE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY Core 16
VU22015 INTERPRET AND APPLY BASIC PLANS AND DRAWINGS Core 25
VU22016 ERECT AND SAFELY USE WORKING PLATFORMS Core 24
VU22017 IDENTIFY AND HANDLE BRICKLAYING TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT Elective 76
VU22018 APPLY BASIC BRICKLAYING TECHNIQUES Elective 126
VU22019 APPLY BRICK VENEER CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES Elective 80
VU22020 APPLY CAVITY BRICK CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES Elective 80
VU22021 APPLY MASONRY BLOCKWORK TECHNIQUES Elective 50

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

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Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Free TAFE Job Trainer Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $0 $0 $440 $2200 $9750
Materials fee $50 $50 $50 $50 $50
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250 $175 $250 $250
Total payable $300 $300 $665 $2500 $10050
Per year $
Per semester $
Materials fee $

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.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

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 19 November 2020. 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.

Materials

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

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 for this course in 2020. Please call 9269 8400 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

Eligible students will pay 20 per cent of the standard Government subsidised tuition fee. Students can access up to one full qualification and one short course or skill set under the JobTrainer fund, including Free TAFE courses.

Who is eligible for JobTrainer?

To qualify for a non-traineeship JobTrainer course, you must

  • be aged 17 – 24 at the time of commencement of training, or
  • be a Job Seeker of any age, where a Job Seeker is defined as a person who holds a valid and current Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card; or unemployed. 

To qualify for a traineeship JobTrainer course, you must

  • be aged 17 – 24 at the time of commencement of training, or
  • be a Job Seeker of any age, where a Job Seeker is defined as a person who holds a valid and current Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card; or
    have been unemployed at the commencement date of the Training Contract; or became employed within 31 days before the commencement date of their Training Contract

To find out if you are eligible for Job Trainer or Free TAFE, call us on 03 9269 8400.

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

Check your eligibility here.

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

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

Amenities must be paid each academic year you are enrolled.

We will supply all resource and assessment books. You will need to supply your own writing materials, including notebooks and pens and your own overalls, leather work boots, ear muffs and safety glasses

Scholarships on offer

'We’d been discussing what projects we had coming up that we needed to go and buy materials for.  And so then the scholarship came and it was just a sigh of relief.'

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Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

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

You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment.

Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend our Skills and Job Centre, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

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

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 03 9269 8400 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

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