VET Studies
VET Studies
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Building and Construction

Chisholm Institute of TAFE RTO 0260


VET in schools multiplies opportunities for students.  They enable students to complete a nationally recognised vocational qualification as well as contribute towards their VCE or VCAL Certificate. Classroom learning is combined with structured hands-on training and practice in industry. This program will provide students the knowledge and skills to enhance their employment prospects in the building and construction industry. Upon successful completion of the VCE VET program, students have achieved approximately two-thirds of the pre-apprenticeship certificate, comprising the certificate core and some stream specific modules. This provides partial completion of 21844VIC - Certificate II in Building and Construction. Students wishing to complete the entire pre-apprenticeship certificate need to undertake modules beyond the requirements of the VCE VET program.

Chisholm will offer students who have completed the first and second year during years 10 and 11 the option of returning for a third year to complete the remaining units of the Certificate II in Building and Construction and recieve the qualification. Students who complete the VET course in years 11 and 12  will have the option of completing the remaining units over the summer holidays to complete the qualification.

Course Code and Title

  • 2216VIC – Certificate II in Building and Construction (partial completion)


This program is delivered at Elisabeth Murdoch College in partnership with Chisholm.

  • Venue: Elisabeth Murdoch College
  • Times: Varies depending on the group and year level. Some classes will be run on Wednesdays.

Structured Work Placement

Structured Workplace Learning is not mandatory in this program; however the VCAA strongly recommends a minimum of ten days work placement for this program. Students must complete their white card training prior to work placement.

Special Requirements

Students are required to have the following at all classes:

  • Sleeveless overalls (beige)
  • Safety work boots (steel cap)

Contribution to the VCE and VCAL

Students who complete the two years of the course will be eligible for up to four units credit towards their VCE: up to two units at Unit 1–2 and a Unit 3–4 VCE sequence. Students who receive a Unit 3–4 sequence will be eligible for a 10% increment towards their ATAR calculated using 10% of the lowest study score of the primary four.

Further information on the increment process can be found on the VCAA website:

This program will also satisfy the learning outcomes for the VCAL Industry Specific and the Work Related Skills strand.

Units of Competency

The following is a sample of the Units of Competencies that could be delivered over the two years.



Unit of Competency Name

VBM987 Career studies
VBM985 Building/Construction industry induction
VBN235 Communication for the building industry
VBM988 Workplace safety and environmental procedures
VBN111 Basic first aid
VBM991 Safe handling of plant and power tools
VBM999 Carpentry hand tools
VBM986 Workplace documents and plans
VBN234 Calculations for the building industry



Unit of Competency Name

VBN236 Quality principles for the building industry
VBM989 Building structures
VBN003 Floor and wall framing
VBN004 Wall framing
VBN007 Basic setting out
VBN009 External cladding
VBM990 Levelling
VBM992 Introduction to scaffolding

Please Note: VCE VET program provides only partial completion of Certificate II in Building and Construction


Training and Employment Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students may complete the remaining third of the Certificate II in Building & Construction pre-apprenticeship before proceeding to the appropriate apprenticeship qualification. Career paths within the Construction Industry include tertiary pathways including degree qualifications such as:

  • Building
  • Drafting (architectural)
  • Building engineering
  • Building surveying & quantity
  • Surveying
  • Architecture
  • Carpenter
  • Building site administration
  • Foreman
  • Estimation


  • Certificate III in Shopfitting
  • Certificate III in Building and Construction
  • Diploma in Building and Construction
  • Advanced Diploma of Building Design (architectural)
  • Certificate III Cabinet Marking or Carpentry or Carpentry and Joinery

University Options

  • Bachelor of Construction Management