Building and Construction Certificate II

Gain the basic skills and knowledge to work towards an apprenticeship.

Why do a pre-apprenticeship?

Also known as a certificate II, this level of qualification is the perfect opportunity to try out a range of trade skills to help find your career path in building and construction.

Choosing to undertake a pre-apprenticeship can be an invaluable step towards a rewarding career in trades. It offers you the unique chance to explore a variety of trade skills, so you have the freedom to discover your interests and carve your professional path.

It provides a comprehensive introduction to the trade industry, giving you a taste of various aspects to help you make an informed decision about your future.

This significantly increases your employability, making you an ideal candidate for a full apprenticeship. After all, a pre-apprenticeship not only guides you toward your preferred trade, but also gives you a competitive edge in the job market.

Once completed, you’ll be prepared with the skills needed to land a full apprenticeship!

Increase your chances of getting an apprenticeship

Increase your chances of getting an apprenticeship

Get a taste for a range of trades

Get a taste for a range of trades

Complete in just 13 weeks part-time

Complete in just 13 weeks part-time

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Frequently asked questions

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What will I study?

This course at Builders Academy Australia (BAA) is an engaging and immersive experience designed to give students a comprehensive introduction to the trades.

This course is delivered in specially equipped facilities, providing a genuine industry environment for practical, hands-on training.

Cert 2 Construction: Practical Learning Experience

As a student, you can expect to engage in a variety of real-world tasks, providing a direct experience of what working in the industry entails. Our focus is on practical training, which involves a range of manual tasks and problem-solving exercises.

This approach equips you with tangible skills and competencies that will maximise your employment opportunities upon completion.

Comprehensive Course Content for the Construction Industry

Our curriculum is meticulously designed to cover a broad spectrum of essential skills and knowledge required in the trades. You will be exposed to various tools and techniques, safety protocols, communication skills, and an overview of industry expectations and regulations. This breadth of knowledge forms a solid foundation for your future career — whatever your chosen trade might be.

Benefits of studying with BAA?

Recognised Qualifications

When you undertake your pre-apprenticeship with a registered training organisation like Builders Academy Australia (BAA), you can be assured that the qualification you receive is recognised nationally.

The value of this recognition cannot be overstated. When you study with BAA, you hold a testament to your skills and competence that employers across Australia trust and respect.

Industry-Relevant Curriculum

The curriculum at BAA is developed and updated in close collaboration with industry experts. This ensures the training you receive remains current, practical, and directly applicable to the demands of today’s workplace.

With BAA, your learning goes beyond the theory.

Quality training providers attract high-quality educators. At BAA, our trainers are industry professionals who bring a wealth of real-world experience to the classroom. Their expertise and guidance can provide invaluable insights into the industry, helping you understand not only the ‘how’ but also the ‘why’ of your trade.

Beyond the Classroom

At BAA, we understand that everyone’s learning journey is unique. Our supportive and inclusive learning environment is designed to cater to individual learning styles and paces. We provide resources, guidance, and support to ensure you have the best chance of success in your studies and beyond in the construction industry.

As a reputable training provider, BAA takes an active role in helping students transition from the classroom to the workforce. Our strong industry connections and job placement services can help open doors for you, providing a smoother pathway from your pre-apprenticeship to a rewarding career in the building and construction industry. In all, this means you can get on the power tools sooner, while maintaining strong work health.

Choosing a trusted training provider like Builders Academy Australia for your course ensures that you are investing in a quality education that will deliver building skills & real career or trade outcomes in the construction industry.

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Is a pre-apprenticeship nationally recognised?

The qualifications offered by Builders Academy Australia (BAA) are nationally recognised.

High standards at BAA

Our courses are acknowledged throughout Australia, which means that they are up to national code and adhere to the stringent standards set by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). This ensures that the quality and integrity of the education you receive either meets or exceeds national benchmarks — so you can rest assured that you’re getting the best education possible and being able to work safely, with all the correct educational tools and equipment. A nationally recognised qualification provides a solid credential that is respected by employers across the country, giving you the flexibility to pursue job opportunities anywhere in Australia to a standard that is up to national code.

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Will I get an apprenticeship on completion?

Successful completion of your course with Builders Academy Australia is a significant step towards landing a full apprenticeship in the construction industry. BAA is committed to facilitating a smooth transition from coursework to the workforce for our students.

Apprenticeship Assistance

Upon completion, our dedicated team will assist in placing you with a suitable employer. Our strong network within the industry and understanding of the apprenticeship system allows us to find the perfect match for you to work safely while learning, which ultimately enhances your chances of successful employment.

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How long does a Certificate II qualification take?

This course is designed to be comprehensive yet efficient. The total course duration is 13 weeks, with classes scheduled three days per week from 8:30am to 4:00pm.

This schedule allows you ample time for immersive learning without overly disrupting your personal schedule.

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Is this the right course for me?

This course serves as an ideal entry point into the trades industry, especially for individuals who are exploring their career options or looking to gain a competitive edge.

Gaining a Competitive Advantage

One of the major benefits of undertaking a pre-apprenticeship program like the Certificate II in Construction is that it allows you to effectively complete the first stage of an apprenticeship in the construction industry. This accomplishment gives you a significant head start in the industry and gives you a competitive edge when it comes to securing employment.

Confidence on the Worksite

You will also gain practical skills and knowledge on how to operate effectively on-site. The course introduces you to the fundamentals of the construction industry — such as carpentry materials, knowledge of power tools, how to use various carpentry tools, how to work safely, construction materials and construction tools, and general exposure to the building industry — along with common daily tasks and routines, which will enhance your confidence and helps you transition smoothly into the workforce independently.

If you still have questions on your mind, please get in touch with our friendly team to discuss course enquiries, entry requirements, and your study options to successfully complete a course that’s right for you.

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Is government funding available for me?

Yes, Builders Academy Australia delivers its training services with the support of Victorian and Commonwealth funding to students who meet eligibility criteria for tuition fees.

To determine if you qualify for government funding on your tuition fees, you can use our online Funding Eligibility Indicator.

If you’d prefer to speak to a staff member, you’re welcome to get in touch with our course advisors by calling 1300 534 363. We understand it can be difficult to ascertain the additional costs and other costs involved with studying, and our team are ready to provide all the necessary information on tuition fees, applications, entry requirements, and course enquiries, and can guide you through the process.

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What types of career pathways are available after completing a cert II?

After successfully completing this course, numerous career opportunities open up to you.

The core units you undertake in this course meet the requirements and provide credits for most Certificate III qualifications (apprenticeship courses) in building and construction. This means your prior learning in this certificate is a valuable stepping stone towards more advanced qualifications and broadened career options.

Completing a Certificate II qualification at Builders Academy Australia (BAA) paves the way for a host of rewarding career paths. You can gain a significant edge in the competitive job market with practical skills (from being on the carpentry tools) and knowledge that employers highly value.

One of the key advantages of earning this qualification is that the core units you study align with the requirements of most Certificate III qualifications in building and construction. This essentially means that your pre-apprenticeship work acts as an essential foundation, providing you with a valuable head start towards more advanced qualifications.

When it comes to advancing your career, your completed Certificate II is not just a piece of paper but a launching pad that can fast-track your journey toward becoming a fully qualified tradesperson.

Upon successful completion, you can progress to a Certificate III qualification and related courses. These apprenticeship courses are designed to provide more advanced skills in specific trades, offering greater specialisation and often leading to higher earning potential, such as becoming an apprentice carpenter. Examples include Certificate III in Carpentry, Bricklaying, or Plumbing.

Beyond further study, a Certificate II qualification opens the door to a range of entry-level positions within the building and construction industry. You might find work as a labourer, site assistant, or junior trades assistant, for example. These roles provide an excellent opportunity to apply your skills in a real-world setting, learn from experienced tradespeople about carpentry materials and construction pathways, and continue your journey towards becoming a skilled professional in the building and construction industry — whether that’s as an apprentice carpenter, or otherwise.

This qualification with BAA can put you on the fast track to various career opportunities.

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How will I be assessed?

In the program, assessments are structured to reflect the practical nature of the course content.

In assessments, we employ:

  1. Theory and practical elements
  2. Emphasis on hands-on application
  3. Assessment of understanding and skill development
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