Certificate II in Building and Construction (Pathway - Trades) (Carpentry Pre-apprenticeship)

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Want a head start on a carpentry apprenticeship? Nailed it!

Carpenters are one of the most in-demand trades within the building and construction industry! From building the framework for walls and roofing, through to creating custom cabinetry and fixtures and fittings, this is a career that can offer you an interesting variety of work and many job opportunities.

Through this pre-apprenticeship you'll get a great range of job ready skills, which will greatly improve your chances of getting a full apprenticeship so you can be on your way to a trades qualification! In addition to learning all about workplace safety, and working as part of a construction team, you'll also learn how to read and interpret plans and specifications, carry out measurements and calculations, plan and organise your work, and operate a range of hand tools and machinery. 

What a great way to start your future career in construction!

Half price
Pre-apprenticeship or Pre-traineeship
Industry: Building and Construction
National course code: 52893WA | WA State ID: AD12

Choose a WA TAFE college that delivers this course

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If you would like further information such as when the course is available and how to enrol, and details of course fees, or if you have questions about how the course is delivered, please follow the Find out more link to go to the TAFE's website where you will find full course details and contact information so that you can speak to the TAFE directly.

Kick-start your career in the Building and Construction Industry 

The Certificate II in Building and Construction (Pathway – Trades) is an entry level course designed for learners, including school–based students, who are considering a career or a pathway into the construction industry. The course is a combination of practical workshops and theoretical learning, as well as a work placement component.

In this course, students will gain skills from industry specific training and form an understanding in the following:

  • Preparing to work safely in the construction industry
  • Working effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
  • Planning and organising work
  • Conducting workplace communication
  • Carrying out measurements and calculations
  • Reading and interpreting plans and specifications
  • Applying Work Health and Safety requirements, policies and procedures in the workplace
  • Practicing asbestos awareness in the construction industry.

Do you have a desire to work in construction working with timber?

Carpenters and joiners construct, install, renovate and repair structures and fixtures made of wood, plywood, wallboard and other materials, and cut, shape and fit timber parts to form structures and fittings.

When you complete this pre-apprenticeship you'll be what employers are looking for as an apprentice carpenter and joiner. Give yourself a better chance of gaining an apprenticeship and a flying start in learning a trade.

Do you have a keen interest in woodwork or the building industry and a passion for the perfect finish of a job? Complete this pre-apprenticeship and you’ll gain the skills that employers are searching for in an Apprentice Carpenter and Joiner.  

Carpentry is fundamental to the construction industry and one of the most in-demand trades. A carpenter specialises in working with wood, metal and other materials to assemble, install and repair foundations.

Working both outdoors and indoors, the career of a carpenter can bring you a diverse range of jobs and there’s various specialities to choose from - you can see your work come to life in real houses and buildings, adding your own creative flair. 

The skills of the carpenter are needed for the foundations and walls of our houses, through to the construction of offices, restaurants and retail developments, as well as on projects such as mining operations. This pre-apprenticeship will give you a taste of what it’s like to be a carpenter and put the foundations in place for your future.

Learn in specialist facilities

The Mandurah, Rockingham and Thornlie campuses feature modern workshops with tools and equipment you will find on any work site. Students complete this pre-apprenticeship in an environment that reflects current industry practices and simulates a real-life workplace. The timber workshops include multiple lathes and saws for large scale construction. 

This is a pre-vocational course for learners seeking a career in a construction trade. The first stage of the course is common to eleven construction trades and provides an introduction to the industry, its culture, occupations, job roles and workplace expectations.

The units of competency cover essential occupational health and safety requirements, the industrial and work organisation structure, communication skills, work planning, and basic use of tools and materials. 

The latter stage of the course provides the learner with a choice to complete specific competencies from a particular trade stream that lead directly into a trade qualification, with full articulation and credit transfer, when seeking an apprenticeship.

Choose a private training provider that delivers this course

This course is available from registered training organisations (accredited private training providers) that are also funded through Jobs and Skills WA. Select from the list below, and follow the link to the provider's website for further information about the course and how to enrol.

Do you want to explore a trade in carpentry or bricklaying, but not sure where your talents lay? 52893WA Certificate II Building and Construction (Pathway – Trades) is Skill Hire’s elite construction training program, a pre-apprenticeship course designed to get you ready for an apprenticeship and a trade career, while exploring your options. This program is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to begin your career in the construction industry and transition into an apprenticeship. 52893WA Certificate II Building and Construction (Pathway – Trades) offers two pathways – carpentry and joinery, or bricklaying/blocklaying. You will have the opportunity to learn the basic skills needed to get started in your trade of choice and then choose your preferred specialisation. This course is hands-on, covering the key skills needed by employers in the construction industry. By week four, participants can select their pathway and Skill Hire, as a registered Group Training Organisation (GTO), is then uniquely placed to help find a host employer for real life work placement experience. The course is delivered in our customised Forrestfield training facility over 16 weeks, with participants required to attend training four days per week. Participants will finish the program with a four-week work placement experience and are encouraged to get the most out of this experience as it can lead to an opportunity for employment. 

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The information presented on the course lists within this website is provided to the Department of Training and Workforce Development by the WA TAFE colleges and private training providers, and is offered as a guide only. It is updated regularly, however some changes to details may occur in between updates. You should always contact the TAFE or private training provider directly to confirm details and/or ask questions.