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22338VIC VETDSS - Certificate II in Building & Construction (Bricklaying) 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 bricklaying industry? Get a taste for the bricklaying trade before undertaking an apprenticeship with this pre-apprenticeship course.

You will learn specific trade skills like using bricklaying tools, levelling and bricklaying techniques and safety procedures that will set you up for employment as an apprentice bricklayer. When you complete the course, you may gain credit towards your VCE.

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 Bricklayer
  • 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
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
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
Apply basic bricklaying techniques VU22018 126
Apply brick veneer construction techniques VU22019 80
Apply cavity brick construction techniques VU22020 80
Apply masonry blockwork techniques VU22021 50
Identify and handle bricklaying tools and equipment VU22017 76

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  

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 10:02:29 AM