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The Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship (Bricklaying) has been developed for the specific requirements of the bricklaying industry.

You will undertake training in hand skills, trade terminology and the use of various products, including clay bricks and concrete masonry.

Much of a bricklayer's work is straightforward, but often requires skill and judgement. You must understand working drawings of buildings and be able to apply basic mathematics.

Bricklayers also do more complicated work, such as constructing arches and building fireplaces.
These jobs require training, ability and experience.

The benefits of becoming a bricklayer include working in a range of locations, including outdoors. Your work is an art and will stand for many years - and your skills will be in demand.

Studying bricklaying at Holmesglen, you will receive hands on learning from industry experienced teachers. You will train in Victoria's best bricklaying training facilities, and gain practical experience on full-scale projects.


The 22338VIC Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre- apprenticeship (Carpentry) is for both school leavers and mature age who wish to build their practical experience and knowledge to ensure their employment opportunities as an apprentice carpenter.

This comprehensive course covers all aspects of domestic carpentry and is the perfect starting point for a career in the building and construction industry.  

Carpenters are the key players in domestic house construction - they're the first on site, and the last to leave.

While carpenters have their specific skills and tasks to perform in the building process, carpenters must have knowledge of all other trades, as a carpenter's work often accommodates the other trades who follow them.

Our 22338VIC Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre- apprenticeship (Carpentry) covers all skills and knowledge required for domestic building, at the entry level, including all the tools and equipment used by carpenters.

All teaching is delivered by professional teachers, who have served formal apprenticeships and worked as carpenters in the building and construction sector for a minimum of ten years, prior to undertaking their teaching qualifications.


The Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship (joinery/Shopfitting/Stairbuilding) provides practical training in shopfitting, joinery and stair building.

This course is suitable for those about to commence a shopfitting, joinery and stair building apprenticeship, or those who are keen to obtain one.

The course covers basic hand tool skills, practical joinery skills, shopfitting, the safe use of power tools and project work and includes the construction of doors, windows and stairways.

All work is done on full-sized projects at Holmesglen with our specially designed facility.

Job prospects for students who complete this course are excellent, with the majority gaining apprenticeships in either joinery, shopfitting or stairbuilding.


This Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship (Painting) will provide you with skills and knowledge in painting and decorating, including colour theory and practice, timber staining and paint application, environmental sustainability and workplace safety.

It is delivered in Holmesglen's specially designed facilities, where an emphasis is placed on providing hands on, practical training wherever possible.


The Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship (Solid Plastering) will give you a good grounding in skills to take on an apprenticeship in solid plastering - an area of building and construction where extensive job opportunities exist for people with relevant training.

Solid plasterers are required to work on all types of internal and external finishes. Solid plastering deals with the application of gypsum and cement materials in a plastic state that is spread and formed to a desired finish.

It is integral to the modern day construction process and requires a great degree of skill and knowledge.

As a particularly visible element of any structure, it requires attention to detail and is relevant to contemporary building, as well as restoration and heritage work.


The Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship (Stonemasonry) provides comprehensive training in stonemasonry, covering both practical and theoretical aspects of the stonemasonry trade.

Our training includes the latest skills required of stonemasons such as laminating, edge polishing, drop downs and sink cut outs.

We also provide you with training of traditional skills such as those required for monumental, architectural and construction.

In consultation with your employer, we can provide the streaming of skills for each particular aspect of the trade, reducing the time you need to spend on campus.

Stonemasonry is the craft of shaping pieces of rock into mostly simple, but sometimes complex, accurate geometrical shapes.

The resulting stones are then constructed together to form structures. Recent changes in the stonemasonry industry have included the huge growth in kitchen bench tops using engineered and natural stone.

This has led to a skills shortage for businesses specialising in bench tops and other commercial work.


The Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship (Wall and Ceiling Lining) has been developed for the specific requirements of the plastering industry.

Wall and ceiling liners install and stop up the plasterboard with specialised products.

You will undertake training in hand skills, trade terminology and the use of various products, including plasterboard and insulation materials.

Most wall and ceiling liner work is straightforward, but it often requires skill and judgement.

You must understand working drawings of buildings and be able to apply basic mathematics.

Wall and ceiling liners also do more complicated work, such as constructing arches and fire rating protection.

These jobs require training, ability and experience. When studying wall and ceiling lining at Holmesglen, you will receive hands on-learning from industry experienced teachers, train in the best facilitiest in Victoria, and gain practical experience on full scale projects.


The Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship (Wall and Floor Tiling) has been developed for the specific requirements of the tiling industry.

You will undertake training in hand skills, trade terminology and the use of various products, including ceramic and porcelain tiles.

You will learn to interpret working drawings of buildings and be able to apply basic mathematics.

Wall and floor tilers do a variety of work including mosaic tiling, kitchens and bathrooms, pools and spas, and you can use creativity in your designs.

While learning from industry experienced teachers, you will train in excellent training facilities, acknowledged as the best in Victoria, and gain practical experience on full scale projects.


The Certificate II in Construction Pathways will provide you with skills and knowledge across a range of trade occupations, such as joinery, shopfitting, carpentry and bricklaying.

It will give you a chance to sample a variety of trade skills and help you find your career path in a highly employable sector.

You'll learn the best work health and safety practices, how to correctly use tools, and learn about the materials you will be working with.

You will understand the job, and what is required of you and be able to effectively communicate with your work-mates.

This qualification’s core units will meet the requirements, and provide credits in most Certificate III qualifications - apprenticeship courses - in building and construction trades.

You’ll gain an understanding of building skills and principles and be exposed to common scenarios you’ll experience on the job.

Our teachers are industry experts that have worked in the field. Here at Holmesglen, we structure our courses to use our real-world working environments so you're prepared to enter into an apprenticeship and begin your trade.


The Certificate II in Furniture Making is designed for people wishing to enter the furniture and building trades.

Learn about industry safety, timber joints and construction in one of Victoria's leading furniture making workshops and graduate with the skills required to operate hand and power tools.

Job prospects for students who complete this course are excellent.

You will have the skills to find employment in the furniture, cabinet making, furniture design, wood machining, joinery, shopfitting and building industries.

Students who successfully complete this course and go on to find employment as apprentices may be provided with credit for some of the units completed in this course.

You’ll learn to build high-quality furniture in this practical pre-apprenticeship course (external link). We'll ensure you're ready to enter the trades industry by introducing you to a range of basic production skills including:

use of hand and power tools
making measurements and calculations
timber joining
furniture assembly
finishing and surface coating.
You’ll also learn about workplace safety and environmentally-sustainable work practices.

When you graduate from this course, you’ll have a broad understanding of the industry and be prepared to choose your career path. You’ll have the skills and knowledge to gain employment as an apprentice and undertake further study such as the Certificate III in Cabinet Making.


The Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship) is designed to provide entry level training if you want to pursue employment and career opportunities within the plumbing industry.

You will be provided with skills and knowledge in plumbing, including: technical drawing and plan development, plumbing of fixtures and fittings, introduction to welding, technical drawing and plan development.

The course is delivered in Holmesglen's specially designed facilities, where an emphasis is placed on providing hands-on practical training wherever possible.


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