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22338VIC VETDSS - Certificate II in Building & Construction (Carpentry) Pre-app*

Course description

*At the completion of this VETDSS course students will gain a partial qualification only.

Are you currently attending secondary school and looking to enter the construction industry? If you want to get a taste for the carpentry trade before undertaking an apprenticeship, then this pre-apprenticeship course is designed for you.

​You will learn how to use hand and power tools and other industry-specific trade skills that you'll need in the building and construction industry. When you complete the course, you may gain credit towards your VCE. You will also have a great skill-set to secure an apprenticeship contract with an employer, where you can continue your training as an apprentice in carpentry.

Work placement/industry experience

10 days of work placement over two years is strongly recommended. This may occur during the term holidays.

The sourcing of placement will be the joint responsibility of the secondary school, the student and the Local Learning and Employment Network.

Possible career outcomes

  • Apprentice Carpenter
  • Trades assistant in the building industry

How to apply

You must first speak to your school about VETDSS before proceeding with the below application.

  1. View the application requirements to find out what documents you will need to complete your application or watch our how to apply video.
  2. Apply online by selecting an intake from the Applications & attendance table below.

If you need help, visit Customer Service or request application support via email.
Submission of an application does not guarantee a place in the course.

Applications & attendance

2023 VET Full Year
Colac Trade Training Centre 
Open: 16 Aug 2022
Close: 6 Mar 2023 
Class DayDelivered Colac Trade Training Centre
Part-time: 2 years  Apply  
2023 VET Full Year
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 16 Aug 2022
Close: 6 Mar 2023 
Class DayDelivered East Geelong Campus
Part-time: 2 years  Apply  
2023 VET Full Year
Hobsons Bay 
Open: 16 Aug 2022
Close: 6 Mar 2023 
Class DayDelivered Point Cook Senior Sec College
Part-time: 2 years  Apply  
2023 VET Full Year
Werribee (area) 
Open: 16 Aug 2022
Close: 6 Mar 2023 
Class DayDelivered Thomas Carr Trade Training Cen
Part-time: 2 years  Apply  
2023 VET Full Year
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 16 Aug 2022
Close: 6 Mar 2023 
Class DayIntake Only for Gordon VCE Student
Part-time: 2 years  Apply  


Unfortunately we cannot always guarantee you will secure a place in your selected course. We recommend you apply early.

  • Aged 15 years and over 
  • Must be attending Secondary School

The Gordon is committed to ensuring all students have access to the educational and support services they may need while studying. We do this by carrying out a pretraining review that is integrated with the application and enrolment process. For most courses, this review also includes a short literacy and numeracy assessment relevant to the course. The outcomes of the pretraining review assist our teachers and trainers to better understand each student’s capabilities prior to training and enable all students to be matched to the right program for them.

Applicants are expected to have an appropriate literacy and numeracy level equivalent to the successful completion of year 9.

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

  • Secondary school referral
  • Via the VETDSS department

Core Units Code Hours
Apply basic levelling procedures CPCCCM2006 8
Apply OHS requirements policies and procedures in the construction industry CPCCOHS2001A 20
Carry out measurements and calculations CPCCCM1015A 20
Conduct workplace communication CPCCCM1014A 20
Erect and safely use working platforms VU22016 24
Interpret and apply basic plans and drawings VU22015 25
Prepare for work in the building and construction industry VU22014 16
Prepare to work safely in the construction industry CPCCWHS1001 6
Provide basic emergency life support HLTAID010 12
Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry CPCCCM1012A 20
Elective Units Code Hours
Carry out basic demolition for timber structures VU22030 20
Construct a basic roof frame VU22026 40
Construct basic formwork for concreting VU22031 40
Construct basic sub-floor VU22024 48
Construct basic wall frames VU22025 48
Identify and handle carpentry tools and equipment VU22022 100
Install basic external cladding VU22027 24
Install basic window and door frames VU22028 24
Install interior fixings VU22029 40
Perform basic setting out VU22023 24

Please note that the electives listed are those delivered by the Gordon but you may not be required to complete all of these to successfully complete this qualification. In order to clarify what is required to complete this qualification, please check

Assessment is based on:

  • Hands-on project work
  • Written assignments     
  • Team projects  

  • CPC50210 Diploma of Building and Construction
  • CPC30211 Certificate III in Carpentry
  • CPC40110 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)
  • Certificate III in an associated building trade

Many Gordon courses offer pathways to higher qualifications within The Gordon and in some cases, to university degrees. Your Gordon course may provide credit points which could reduce further study time. Follow the link to find more information about pathways, or contact Customer Service.

Date published: 31/01/2023 10:02:32 AM