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 updated in 2018 to include the Certificate II in Construction Pathways. From 2019, students may elect to undertake either 22338VIC Certificate II in Building and Construction or CPC20211 Certificate II in Construction Pathways within the VCE VET Building and Construction program:
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.
- CPC20211 Certificate II in Construction Pathways: provides a pathway to the primary trades in the construction industry with the exception of plumbing. Trade outcomes are predominantly achieved through an Australian apprenticeship and this certificate allows for inclusion of skills suited for entry to off-site occupations, such as joinery and shopfitting, as well as carpentry, bricklaying and other occupations in general construction. This certificate is designed to introduce learners to the recognised trade callings in the construction industry and provide meaningful credit in a construction industry Australian apprenticeship.
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Credit in the VCE or VCAL
22338VIC 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.
CPC20211 Certificate II in Construction Pathways: recognition of up to two units of credit 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 fourth study score in 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 (January 2019): (docx - 107kb)
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.
VCE VET Program Guide 2018 (January 2018): (docx - 119kb) | (pdf - 583kb)
The VCE VET Program Guide provides general advice about the VCAA's suite of VCE VET programs. It is to be read in conjunction with the VCE VET Small Business program booklet.
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.
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Construction induction card
The Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship and the Certificate II in Construction Pathways include 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 work 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).