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 VCE VET Building and Construction program was redeveloped in 2017. From 2018, all students commencing any of the VCE VET Building and Construction qualifications will enrol in:
22338VIC Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship aims to provide learners with basic industry specific skills and knowledge to enable transition into an apprenticeship within the building and construction industries at the Certificate III level. This pre-apprenticeship course consists of a core of common cross sector units of competency that provide skills and knowledge in applying basic levelling procedures, carrying out basic measurements and calculations, communicating in the workplace, erecting and safely using working platforms, interpreting basic plans and drawings, preparing and applying for work in the construction industry, working effectively and sustainably in the construction industry and workplace safety practices onsite. The course also includes a range of units that introduce the learner to the application of specific materials, tools and equipment, and techniques used in specific trade sectors that underpin the Certificate III qualifications in the Bricklaying, Carpentry, Joinery, Shopfitting and Stairbuilding, Painting and Decorating, Solid Plastering, Stonemasonry, Wall and Ceiling Lining and Wall and Floor Tiling trade sectors.
In 2018, students continuing into the second year of the VCE VET Building and Construction program will maintain their enrolment in 22216VIC to gain a Unit 3 & 4 credit. Other students may transition into the new qualification:
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).
Note: from 2019, increments for unscored VCE VET programs will be calculated using 10% of the lowest study score of the primary four. The policy change is outlined in the
VTAC Gazette Nov-Dec 2017
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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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
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Construction induction card
The Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship includes the unit CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry with an allocation of 6 hours. This unit is recognised by Work Safe Victoria for the registration of construction workers for occupational health and safety induction.
Any person on a construction site needs a construction induction card. This includes all work experience or structured workplace learning students. Construction induction cards issued in other states and territories are recognised in Victoria. The major requirement is that at the time of the training the student would normally have resided in the state or territory of issue.
Students wishing to undertake the construction induction card in preparation for work experience or in conjunction with another qualification should be enrolled on the VASS in the 'Construction Induction Card' course (course code: CICARD).