The VCE VET Building and Construction program is drawn from a national training package and from Victorian accredited curriculum, and offers portable qualifications which are recognised throughout Australia. These qualifications provide students with a broad range of skills and knowledge to pursue a career or further training in a number of building trades within the building sector. The VCE VET Building and Construction 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.
The VCE VET Building and Construction program does not offer scored assessment.
For VCE VET program changes that have been approved for 2022 implementation, please see
VCE VET program changes for 2022 and
2022 VCE VET program structures (Updated 15 June 2022). This document will be updated progressively as further programs are approved, and detailed changes will be published at a later date on the respective program pages.
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.
Credit in the VCE or VCAL: recognition of up to four VCE VET units at Units 1 and 2 level, and a VCE VET Units 3 and 4 sequence.
CPC20220 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.
Credit in the VCE or VCAL: recognition of up to two VCE VET units at Units 1 and 2 level, and a VCE VET Units 3 and 4 sequence.
The VCE VET Building and Construction program booklet contains information relating to the qualifications approved by the VCAA for delivery to VCE or VCAL students.
It includes advice on the units of competency making up the program and the credit available for VCE and VCAL students.
It also provides advice on Structured Workplace Learning, the ATAR contribution and Pathways to further learning.
The 2022 VCE VET Building and Construction program booklet will be available shortly. Please see the published 2022 VCE VET Program Structures for CPC20220 Certificate II in Construction Pathways.
2021 VCE VET Building and Construction program booklet (docx - 212.1kb).
The program booklet should be read in conjunction with the
CPC Training Package.
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
Victorian Department of Education and Training website.
Structured workplace learning recognition
The VCAA provides recognition for Structured Workplace Learning for students undertaking VCE VET programs.
Workplace Learning Record booklets for VCE VET Building and Construction are available.
22338VIC Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship workplace learning record booklet (docx - 426.95kb).
CPC20220 Certificate II in Construction Pathways workplace learning record booklet (docx - 417.21kb).
Students who receive a VCE VET Units 3 and 4 sequence for any of the VCE VET Building and Construction qualifications will be eligible for an increment towards their ATAR (10% of the lowest study score of the primary four studies).
The increment is awarded by the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC). For more information, visit
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 where CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry is not listed in the qualification structure should be enrolled on the VASS in the Construction Induction Card course (course code: CICARD).
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