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Free TAFE Courses

More than ever, the skills we need to build our state are learned at TAFE.

Free TAFE for Priority Courses will reduce the financial barrier for students wanting to train in courses that lead to jobs in demand from Victorian employers.

From 1 January 2019, Free TAFE for Priority Courses covers tuition fees for priority courses for students who are eligible for government-subsidised training.

Free TAFE courses

The free priority course list includes 20 non-apprenticeship courses and 18 courses that provide pathways to apprenticeships (also known as ‘pre-apprenticeships’).

Free priority courses lead to occupations in industries where there are likely to be more jobs. Some of them lead to work in important areas like preventing family violence, rolling out the National Disability Insurance Scheme in Victoria and delivering our major infrastructure projects.

Students who are eligible for the Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative can study in one of the following courses at Melbourne Polytechnic in 2019.

Free Apprenticeship Pathway Courses

Certificate II in Building and Construction - Bricklaying Pre-apprenticeship
Construction Trades - Full Time, Pre Apprentice - Heidelberg
Construction Trades - Full Time, Pre Apprentice - Heidelberg
Construct your future from the ground up with a Certificate II in Building and Construction (Bricklaying). If you love working with your hands and seeing something you built at the end of the day, this course is for you. Work towards becoming an apprentice bricklayer by developing the skills every employer wants in their apprentice. Our course is focused on getting you laying bricks and a solid foundation for your career in building and construction.
Certificate II in Building and Construction - Painting and Decorating
Construction Trades - Full Time - Epping
Construction Trades - Full Time - Epping
Do you enjoy working with your hands and have an eye for colour? As a painter/decorator, you could chase the sun around Australia or the world to work wherever you want. This flexible career choice could lead to starting your own business.
Certificate II in Building and Construction - Carpentry and Joinery Shopfitting Stairbuilding
Construction Trades - Full Time, Pre Apprentice - Epping
Construction Trades - Full Time, Pre Apprentice - Epping, Heidelberg
The Certificate II in Building and Construction (Carpentry) is offered in conjunction with the Certificate II in Building and Construction (Joinery/Shopfitting/Stairbuilding) (22338VIC). Build a future in carpentry, joinery, stairbuilding and shopfitting to become the apprentice every site manager wants to employ on a diverse range of building projects.
Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship)
Construction Trades - Full Time, Pre Apprentice - Epping, Heidelberg
Construction Trades - Full Time, Pre Apprentice - Epping, Heidelberg
The 22304VIC Certificate II in Plumbing (pre-apprenticeship) provides the best tools and practical experience to launch your career in plumbing. Develop the right skills in a hands-on learning environment to prepare you for a plumbing apprenticeship.
Certificate II in Horticulture
Horticulture - Part Time, Pre Apprentice - Fairfield
Horticulture - Part Time, Pre Apprentice - Fairfield
Our Certificate II in Horticulture is a hands-on course that will prepare you for a career in Horticulture. This pre-apprenticeship program provides the basic skills and knowledge necessary for employment in the industry and provides a foundation for moving into an horticultural apprenticeship or to undertake additional studies in other Horticulture certificates.
Certificate II in Engineering Pathways - Locksmithing
Information Technology and Security, Construction Trades - Full Time, Pre Apprentice - Heidelberg
Information Technology and Security, Construction Trades - Full Time, Pre Apprentice - Heidelberg
Crack the right combination and be part of Melbourne Polytechnic’s renowned locksmithing teaching and training with the Certificate II in Engineering Pathways. Physical security is an important consideration for everyone and the locksmithing industry is constantly evolving to meet the demand for new products, new technology and new methods.

Free Construction Trades Courses

Certificate II in Engineering Pathways - Locksmithing
Information Technology and Security, Construction Trades - Full Time, Pre Apprentice - Heidelberg
Information Technology and Security, Construction Trades - Full Time, Pre Apprentice - Heidelberg
Crack the right combination and be part of Melbourne Polytechnic’s renowned locksmithing teaching and training with the Certificate II in Engineering Pathways. Physical security is an important consideration for everyone and the locksmithing industry is constantly evolving to meet the demand for new products, new technology and new methods.
Certificate II in Building and Construction - Bricklaying Pre-apprenticeship
Construction Trades - Full Time, Pre Apprentice - Heidelberg
Construction Trades - Full Time, Pre Apprentice - Heidelberg
Construct your future from the ground up with a Certificate II in Building and Construction (Bricklaying). If you love working with your hands and seeing something you built at the end of the day, this course is for you. Work towards becoming an apprentice bricklayer by developing the skills every employer wants in their apprentice. Our course is focused on getting you laying bricks and a solid foundation for your career in building and construction.
Certificate II in Building and Construction - Carpentry and Joinery Shopfitting Stairbuilding
Construction Trades - Full Time, Pre Apprentice - Epping
Construction Trades - Full Time, Pre Apprentice - Epping, Heidelberg
The Certificate II in Building and Construction (Carpentry) is offered in conjunction with the Certificate II in Building and Construction (Joinery/Shopfitting/Stairbuilding) (22338VIC). Build a future in carpentry, joinery, stairbuilding and shopfitting to become the apprentice every site manager wants to employ on a diverse range of building projects.
Certificate II in Building and Construction - Painting and Decorating
Construction Trades - Full Time - Epping
Construction Trades - Full Time - Epping
Do you enjoy working with your hands and have an eye for colour? As a painter/decorator, you could chase the sun around Australia or the world to work wherever you want. This flexible career choice could lead to starting your own business.
Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship)
Construction Trades - Full Time, Pre Apprentice - Epping, Heidelberg
Construction Trades - Full Time, Pre Apprentice - Epping, Heidelberg
The 22304VIC Certificate II in Plumbing (pre-apprenticeship) provides the best tools and practical experience to launch your career in plumbing. Develop the right skills in a hands-on learning environment to prepare you for a plumbing apprenticeship.
Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services - Operations Stream
Construction Trades - Part Time - Heidelberg
Construction Trades - Part Time - Heidelberg
Gather all the tools you need to be a success in the plumbing trade with our Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services.
Certificate III in Construction Waterproofing
Building Design and Construction, Construction Trades - Apprentice - Epping, Heidelberg
Building Design and Construction, Construction Trades - Apprentice - Heidelberg, Epping
Get the skills, confidence and qualification to fast track your career in the construction waterproofing industry. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Construction Waterproofing is a hands-on course catering for both experienced trades people and students new to the construction industry.

Free Health Courses

Certificate III in Individual Support
Human Services - Full Time, Traineeship - Greensborough
Human Services - Full Time, Traineeship - Greensborough
The Certificate III in Individual Support is a nationally recognised qualification that will give you the practical skills and knowledge to work within the Aged Care sector, to provide a professional level of dignified and meaningful life.
Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs
Human Services - Full Time - Preston
Human Services - Full Time - Preston
If you work in, or would like to work in a community based organisation, withdrawal service, residential rehabilitation or an outreach service, our Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs is the course for you. The program offers excellent teaching in these areas and successful completion will see you with a qualification in the field, paving the way for further study in Community Services and Health and Education and career options.
Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance
Human Services - Full Time - Greensborough
Human Services - Full Time - Greensborough
Considering working in health and community? Are you interested in a career in Allied Health? Our Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance covers treatment plans, therapeutic interventions and how to conduct programs under the supervision of a specialised allied health professional.
Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention
Human Services - Full Time - Fairfield
Human Services - Full Time - Fairfield
If you have a calling for care, consider our Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention. A course designed for those who work in youth and family intervention, including practice specialisations in residential and out of home care, family support and early intervention.
Certificate IV in Disability
Human Services - Full Time, Traineeship - Greensborough
Human Services - Full Time, Traineeship - Greensborough
The Certificate IV in Disability will prepare you to train and support people with disabilities. Empower people with disabilities to achieve greater independence and community participation.
Certificate IV in Mental Health
Human Services - Full Time - Preston
Human Services - Full Time - Preston
Would you like to make a difference in improving the mental health of others? Our Certificate IV in Mental Health focuses on recovery-orientated models and offers you many career opportunities in this rewarding field.

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