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Trade Skills Centre

Opened in 2015, the Newhaven College Trade Skills Centre offers students the opportunity to undertake Vocational Education Training in Schools (VETiS) programs to complement their Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) studies.

22338VIC Certificate II in Building and Construction (Carpentry) Preapprenticeship

An accredited course that:
  • Offers portable qualifications which are recognised throughout Australia
  • Prepares students for further training or work in a range of areas within the Construction Industry
  • Provides students with knowledge and skills to enhance their employment prospects in the Construction Industry
  • Develops students' knowledge of the Construction Industry.

Participants in the 22338VIC Certificate II in Building and Construction (Carpentry) Preapprenticeship receive block credit recognition towards their VCE with a 1-4 sequence. Completion of the full certificate awards students with a derived score of 10% of their primary four subjects as their fifth subject. Many participants who complete 22338VIC go on to enrol in Certificate III in Building and Construction trade qualifications.

It is anticipated that a participant who has successfully completed the 22338VIC Certificate II in Building and Construction (Carpentry) Preapprenticeship will be suitably prepared to apply for an apprenticeship in the building and construction industry. More information can be found at the VCAA website.

The VCE VET Building and Construction program aims to:
  • Provide participants with knowledge and skills to achieve competencies that will enhance their employment prospects in the Building and Construction or related industries
  • Enable participants to gain a recognised national qualification and make an informed choice of vocation or career path.

The course will be delivered at the Trade Skills Centre in a simulated work place environment for one full school day per week over a two year period. To successfully achieve the Certificate II Building and Construction (Carpentry) Preapprenticeship, students will be required to complete all units of competency listed below.

Unit of Competency Module Code and Name

  • CPCCCM1012A - Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
  • CPCCCM1014A - Conduct workplace communication
  • CPCCCM1015A - Carry out Measurements and calculations
  • CPCCOHS2001A - Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
  • CPCCCM2006 - Apply basic levelling procedures
  • CPCCWHS1001 - Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
  • HLTAID002 - Provide basic emergency life support
  • VU22014 - Prepare for work in the building and construction industry
  • VU22015 - Interpret and apply basic plans and drawings
  • VU22016 - Erect and safely use working platforms
  • VU22022 - Identify and handle carpentry tools and equipment
  • VU22023 - Perform basic setting out
  • VU22024 - Construct basic sub floor
  • VU22025 - Construct basic wall frames
  • VU22026 - Construct a basic roof frame
  • VU22027 Install basic external cladding
  • VU22028 - Install basic window and door frames
  • VU22029 - Install interior fixing
  • VU22030 - Carry out basic demolition of timber structures
  • VU22031 - Construct basic formwork for concrete

Assessment will be a combination of observation, discussion, written assignments, tests and/or practical applications and work related projects.


Students requiring assistance with English as a Second Language, Literacy and Numeracy or Welfare and Guidance are able to access the Newhaven College Student Support Services Department via the Trade Skills Centre or Newhaven College Reception.

For Learner Complaints and Appeals, please refer to the College Policies on SEQTA Engage for Parents.