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Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-Apprenticeship

Free TAFE Jobtrainer Carpentry and Joinery Shopfitting Stairbuilding Code: 22338VIC

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20 weeks full time

Next Intake

January, April, August

Next Intake

January, April, August

Pursue a career in demand

Carpentry and joinery might be Australia’s most common trade, but qualified carpenters and joiners are always in demand as part of a $12 billion industry. If you enjoy working with your hands and have a keen eye for detail, Me;bourne Polytechnic’s Certificate II in Building and Construction (Carpentry & Joinery/Shopfitting/Stairbuilding) offer the skills for a practical career in carpentry with a diverse range of job options for a qualified tradesperson.

Learn a wealth of skills in a practical setting

The Certificate II in Building and Construction 22338VIC (Carpentry) is offered in conjunction with the Certificate II in Building and Construction (Joinery/Shopfitting/Stairbuilding). This combined course will teach you the fundamentals of practical construction projects, including floor frames, wall frames, pitched roofs, window frames and stairs and formwork. Our workshops are second-to-none, as we boast the most technologically advanced building and construction training facilities in Victoria. You’ll learn from teaching staff who are industry-experienced with current, real world knowledge. Melbourne Polytechnic offers progressive teaching techniques and facilities, including full-size, real-to-life working projects and leading edge tools and equipment.

Become the apprentice everyone wants

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate II in Building and Construction 22338VIC (Carpentry & Joinery/Shopfitting/Stairbuilding) is an industry-acknowledged qualification that can pave the way to a successful career in this exciting and fast-growing industry. This qualification is a great pathway to a carpentry apprenticeship and the dual qualification can open doors to other apprenticeships and careers as a building and construction labourer, or employment as a joiner, shopfitter or stairbuilder. Completing this course is the first step towards a fulfilling career as a carpenter, joiner or registered builder.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

Completing this course is the first step towards a fulfilling career as a carpenter, joiner or registered builder.
  • Carpenter
  • Labourer
  • Joiner
  • Shopfitter
  • Stairbuilder


Successful completion of this course provides a pathway to the Certificate III in Carpentry (CPC30211), Certificate III in Joinery (CPC31912) or Certificate III in Shopfitting (CPC30116)

Become an Apprentice in Trades Webinar

Welding student posing with welding mask and gloves

Thursday November 5th

Set your course to become an apprentice in a trade. As an apprentice, you can earn as you learn. This webinar looks at finding and applying to your ideal program for a nationally accredited qualification. 

Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Workshop
  • Outdoor facilities
  • Classroom

Class Schedule

Course is 13 weeks at Epping and 5 weeks at Heidelberg, over a 20 week period.

Assessment Methods

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

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
CPCCOHS2001A Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry Core 20
VU22022 Identify and handle carpentry tools and equipment Elective 100
VU22023 Perform basic setting out Elective 24
VU22024 Construct basic sub-floor Elective 48
VU22025 Construct basic wall frames Elective 48
VU22026 Construct a basic roof frame Elective 40
VU22027 Install basic external cladding Elective 24
VU22028 Install basic window and door frames Elective 24
VU22029 Install interior fixings Elective 40
VU22030 Carry out basic demolition for timber structures Elective 20
VU22031 Construct basic formwork for concreting Elective 40
VU22059 Use aluminium sections for fabrication Elective 40
VU22060 Operate basic static machines Elective 60
VU22061 Carry out basic construction processes Elective 90
VU22062 Construct basic doors and windows Elective 40
VU22063 Construct a basic shopfitting display unit Elective 40
VU22064 Construct a basic stair Elective 40

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.

Attend an Info Session

Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Free TAFE Job Trainer Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $0 $0 $420 $2100 $14700
Materials fee $220 $220 $220 $220 $220
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250 $175 $250 $250
Total payable $470 $470 $815 $2570 $15170
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.


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.

Learning 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)

A basic kit of hand tools is also required, including
  • 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
Tools and equipment are available at any tool or hardware store such as Total Tools, Bunnings etc.

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.'

See what scholarships are available



Applicants must be over 15 years of age to apply.

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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