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Swinburne University of Technology

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Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship - Carpentry

  • Certificate

Key details

Degree Type
12 weeks full-time
Course Code
Study Mode
In person

About this course

The Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship - Carpentry aims to provide students with training similar to that of a first-year carpenter's apprentice. You'll be studying in a supportive small group environment, using the latest industry-standard equipment and with skilful and experienced practitioners as your teachers.

A builder's or carpenter's apprentice could work in domestic, commercial and industrial settings. Employers look for apprentices and trainees who are work-ready, adaptable and efficient (as well as dependable and customer-friendly). Training elements and the advice you get throughout the course will emphasise the importance of understanding what clients want, how to work with an employer and contribute to a safe and efficient workplace.
This pre-apprenticeship qualification is mostly about giving you exposure to the work, equipment and expectations you'll face. This includes: building structures; scaffolding; plant and power tools; carpentry hand and power tools; wall and roof framing; cladding; window and door frames; interior fixing; demolition and concreting; workplace safety; documenting and calculations; communication skills and more. You'll also gain valuable knowledge about the industry and career opportunities.
Being a trained pre-apprentice will give you an advantage over non-trained applicants when applying for either apprentice or trainee positions.

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Course structure

The course contains 20 units of competence and aligns to the Victorian curriculum packages. Delivery of the program is primarily face-to-face, with theoretical and practical training. Students will develop a range of skills and produce live work from the program.

Credit for prior study or work

Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and/or experience and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about credit.