VCE VET Building and Construction
The VCE VET Building and Construction program offers students prevocational training in the building and construction industry. The VCE VET program is designed to give students the opportunity to gain experience across a number of building trades including bricklaying, carpentry, painting and decorating, wall and ceiling lining, wall and floor tiling, solid plastering and stonemasonry.
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The following curriculum qualification is available as a VCE VET program:
22216VIC Certificate II in Building and Construction (Bricklaying, Carpentry, Painting and Decorating, Wall and Ceiling Lining, Wall and Floor Tiling, Solid Plastering and Stonemasonry) Pre-apprenticeship: state accredited curriculum which provides students with the knowledge and skills to enhance their employment prospects in the building and construction industry. The program offers full completion of the pre-apprenticeship and includes units such as safe handling and use of plant and power tools, quality principles for the construction industry, calculations and workplace documents and plans. Stream-specific units focus on providing foundation skills necessary for the chosen sectors in industry areas: carpentry, bricklaying, painting and decorating, wall and ceiling lining, wall and floor tiling, solid plastering and stonemasonry.
A pre-apprenticeship is a nationally recognised qualification that has recommended training credit into the apprenticeship in the same industry area. A pre-apprenticeship training program prepares the student for entry into a trade based apprenticeship by equipping the student with foundation knowledge and skills.
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Credit in the VCE or VCAL
22216VIC Certificate II in Building and Construction: recognition of up to five units at Units 1 and 2 level and a Units 3 and 4 sequence.
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Students who receive a Units 3 and 4 sequence for VCE VET Building and Construction will be eligible for an increment towards their ATAR (10% of the average of the primary four scaled studies).
The increment is awarded by the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC). Further information can be found on the VTAC website:
The VCE VET Building and Construction program does not offer scored assessment.
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VCE VET Building and Construction Program Booklet (pdf - 166kb) (October 2014)
Full descriptions of the units of competency drawn from state-accredited curriculum that are included in the VCE VET Building and Construction program can be found on the
Accredited Courses page of the Victorian Department of Education and Training website.
Curriculum mapping guide: 21844VIC to 22216VIC (pdf - 160kb) (March 2014)
This is an excerpt from the curriculum for 22216VIC Certificate II in Building and Construction (Bricklaying, Carpentry, Painting and Decorating, Wall and Ceiling Lining, Wall and Floor Tiling, Solid Plastering and Stonemasonry) Pre-apprenticeship (published by the Higher Education and Skills Group, DET, 2012). The
full curriculum is available in on the Victorian Department of Education and Training website.
Further advice regarding the Construction Induction card.
School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships in Victoria involve the student undertaking the VCE or VCAL as well as being employed part-time. This qualification is not available as a School-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship.
Program updates and further information
Continuous improvement: During the life of qualification/s there may be occasions when changes are made to reflect feedback from users or to include the latest industry practices. This process is called continuous improvement. When continuous improvement impacts on the VCE VET Creative and Digital Media program, advice will be published in the
VCAA Bulletin and notification provided on the VCAA website Please visit the
VCAA Bulletin subscription webpage