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Building and Construction

Certificate II in

Free TAFE Bricklaying Pre-apprenticeship Code: 22338VIC
Our courses are being delivered online
TAFEs are recognised as essential services by the Victorian Government and are continuing to operate.

In response to the current coronavirus restrictions, Melbourne Polytechnic is transitioning its more than 240 courses to remote and flexible learning. This means students will not be required on campus at this stage unless notified by their teacher.

Overview

Campus

Heidelberg

Duration

14 weeks full time

Duration

14 weeks full time

Next Intake

Ongoing, 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 (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 (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
  • Blocklayer
  • Labourer
  • Subcontractor

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.

Akolda Bil

"It means 'future' to me. All I was doing before this was working in small jobs, or jobs that aren't going to get me far in life, so studying is a huge deal to me. It got me where I am now.... Studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."

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
  • Practical

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

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.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Free TAFE Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $0 $420 $2100 $9350
Materials fee $50 $50 $50 $50
Maximum annual amenities $250 $175 $250 $250
Total payable $300 $645 $2400 $9650
Per year $0
Per semester $0

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 1 November 2019. 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.
Are you eligible for subsidised study?
You could be eligible for up to $20,000 in government funding.

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

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

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Concession fees are charged at 20% 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, counseling 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

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.
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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. 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 of our Skills and Job Centres, 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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