Study at VU

Trades courses

Get a trade skill under your belt. Whether you are interested in building and construction, hospitality, beauty, home and gardening or even massage, we have a variety of courses to help get you started.

We are focused on the delivery of apprenticeship, pre-apprenticeship, skills recognition and other programs tailored to industry needs.

Gain skills to take you further you can study our huge range of short courses, TAFE certificates and diplomas.

Careers

Many of our graduates gain employment in the following industries:

  • construction
  • engineering
  • hairdressing
  • hospitality
  • make-up.

Colleges

Our courses are provided by Victoria Polytechnic.

Short courses 20 courses

Duration: 9 hours
Learn to use the latest styling techniques to control the fluidity of hair, utilise natural colour or add hair pieces, create fashion effects for overall presentation.
Duration: 1 week
Gain the practical skills and knowledge to safely erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding at a basic industry-approved level.
Ensure workplace safety with this course in Class 1 Fault Finding Licence for Appliances.

Gain the on-site safety knowledge required to apply for a Construction Induction (White Card) in Victoria.

Duration: 1000 hours
EAP is a university and TAFE preparation course. It is designed for students with upper intermediate to advanced levels of English who want to gain admission to an Australian TAFE, undergraduate or postgraduate course.
Duration: 13 weeks
Foundations at VU is a fully funded 13 week course providing you an alternative pathway, if you didn't meet direct entry requirements, to reach your goal of studying a higher education undergraduate or diploma course.
Duration: 16 hours
Gain a fundamental understanding of control processes & applications of direct digital controllers (DDCs) in the HVAC and BMS sector.
Duration: 64 hours
Get the coaching skills and knowledge required to sit the Licensed Electricians Assessment (LEA).
Duration: 72 hours
Gain data cabling knowledge in electrical classification, rules, data and telephony installation techniques, dossiers and related mandatory documentation and inspections.
Duration: 100 hours
The course is designed to up-skill the electrical workforce to current specialist skills to gain a REC Contractors Licence with Energy Safe Victoria.
Duration: 1 week
This skill set is designed for people wishing to disconnect and reconnect low voltage fixed wired appliances which are incidental or a primary and regular function of work.
Duration: 1 week
Learn to disconnect and reconnect low voltage fixed wired control devices.
Duration: 1 week
Learn to disconnect and reconnect low voltage fixed wired control devices.
Duration: 1 week
Learn to disconnect and reconnect low voltage fixed wired motors.
Duration: 1 week
Learn to disconnect and reconnect low voltage fixed wired control devices.
Learn how to test, tag and report on portable/handheld low voltage electrical equipment using a portable appliance tester (PAT)
Duration: 32 hours
Maintain your safety accreditation with our professional development course designed specifically for technology teachers.
Duration: 40 hours
Learn how to fabricate and achieve a basic understanding of sculptural welding.
Duration: 40 hours
Study the Electrotechnology national training package to become an electrician trained to meet Clean Energy Council Accreditation standards.
Duration: 28 hours
Learn basic welding techniques for your DIY home projects, an introduction to further studies or new employment opportunities.

TAFE certificates & diplomas 29 courses

Duration: 3 years
Become a qualified barber and learn the full range of hairdressing techniques and client services.
Duration: 3 years
Build your future with a trade qualification. This course provides training in the housing and industrial areas of the bricklaying trade.
Duration: 0.5 years
Learn key skills for the building industry. This course will give you the skills and knowledge to gain an apprenticeship.
Duration: 1 year
Take control of your building career and become a registered builder. If you are currently working in the building industry, take the next step and learn the skills to run your own building business.
Duration: 2 years
Get the skills you need to work effectively as a builder. Learn essential skills from industry professionals including how to apply building codes and standards, select and prepare construction contracts plus more.
Duration: 1 year
Gain the specialist skills and knowledge to launch your career as a building estimator or building scheduler. Learn the skills of quantity surveying, tendering, planning and scheduling construction technology.
Duration: 2 years
Learn the skills in construction technology for residential and commercial buildings, building codes, designing safe and sustainable buildings and managing projects.
Duration: 2 years
This course provides training in building theory and surveying related to residential, industrial and commercial buildings.
Duration: 3 years
Become a qualified, trade-level cabinet maker.
Duration: 3 years
Learn how to install floors, doors and windows, construct roofs and stairs. Gain practical and helpful skills for using and maintaining safe tools.
Duration: 3 years

Gain your carpentry trade qualification. Learn the skills required necessary for the safe use and maintenance of a wide range of tools and equipment generally used on-the-job.

Duration: 4 years
In this course you will learn to complete all phases of electrical systems and equipment from installation, testing, repair and maintenance.
Duration: 0.5 years
Learn basic hand and electrotechnology skills such assembling a power supply unit and fluoro lights, as well as the basics of electrical theory needed to prepare you for entry into an apprenticeship.
Duration: 1.5 years
Gain the skills and knowledge to demonstrate broad theoretical concepts, application of skills and knowledge, problem solving, information interpretation and output responsibility.
Duration: 3 months
Lay the foundation for a career in the engineering industry with a Certificate II in Engineering pre-apprenticeship.
Duration: 1 year
Take your engineering interests to the next level. This course provides offers an opportunity for tradespeople to upgrade their qualifications, and entry into technician positions in industry.
Duration: 4 years
Start your career in engineering with a solid foundation. Learn how to problem solve, use your judgement and manage time and information.
Duration: 4 years
Lay the groundwork for your entry into a traineeship or apprenticeship in the metal trade industry. Learn the basics in theory and develop your skills in problem solving, using sound judgement and managing your time and information effectively.
Duration: 2 years
Equip yourself for a career in the engineering industries by improving your existing skills in CAD, robotics, and advanced manufacturing.
Duration: 1 year
Take part in our leading-edge course for a non-trades pathway into technician and engineering associate qualifications.
Duration: 2 years
Learn the skills to design, validate, evaluate electrical equipment and systems and provide technical or sales advice. This course provides skill sets that prepare students for specific industry areas including motor control, electronic design, low voltage installations plus more.
Duration: 0.5 years
This course is designed for students who want to acquire the skills and knowledge to work in the furniture finishing sector of the furnishing industry.
Duration: 0.5 years
Enjoy a career as a furniture builder or cabinet-maker with a basic pre-apprenticeship course to prepare you for the MSF31113 - Certificate III in Cabinet-Making.
Duration: 3 years
Fulfil your dream of becoming a hairdresser by completing this entry level qualification for the hairdressing industry.
Duration: 1 year
Learn how to set up and maintain automated equipment and systems.
Duration: 3 years
As an apprentice joiner you will learn techniques such as manufacturing and assembling stairs, cutting and installing glass and applying finishes.
Duration: 2 years
Reach your goal of operating as a self-employed or contractor plumber.
Duration: 4 years
A CPC32413 - Certificate III in Plumbing from VU will provide you with the training and support to gain your trade qualification.
VU played a major role in making me a world champion. My teachers were very supportive and encouraged me. I thought I had nothing to lose by going in for the nationals where I won gold and the right to represent Australia. That just shows the skill level and quality of the training I got at VU.
Dylan Di Martino

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