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 University Polytechnic.

Short courses 19 courses

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: 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 control devices.
Duration: 1 week
Learn to disconnect and reconnect low voltage fixed wired motors.
Learn how to test, tag and report on portable/handheld low voltage electrical equipment using a portable appliance tester (PAT)
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: 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 Registered Electrical Contractor course provides Grade A electricians with specialist business knowledge and skills to assist in gaining a REC Licence with Energy Safe Victoria.

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
Become an electrician trained to meet Clean Energy Council Accreditation standards when you study the Electrotechnology national training package.
Duration: 28 hours
Learn basic welding techniques for your DIY home projects, an introduction to further studies or new employment opportunities.

TAFE certificates & diplomas 32 courses

Duration: 3 years
Become a qualified barber and learn the full range of barbering skills and hairdressing techniques when you study the Certificate III in Barbering.
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: 1 year
Take control of your building career and become a registered builder. Take the next step and learn the skills to run your own building business.
Duration: 2 years
Learn how to coordinate the complete construction of a residential, industrial or commercial building.
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: 3 months

Learn key skills for the building industry and increase your chances of getting an apprenticeship.

Duration: 2 years
Become proficient in the design, presentation and documentation process for residential, industrial and commercial buildings.
Duration: 2 years
This course provides training in building theory and surveying related to residential, industrial and commercial buildings.
Duration: 3 years
Develop valuable cabinet making skills for residential and commercial buildings and 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 with the Certificate III in Carpentry and Joinery.
Duration: 3 years

Build the framework for a career in construction with a Certificate III in Carpentry at Victoria University Polytechnic.

Duration: 0.5 years

Develop the foundational skills necessary to gain access to an apprenticeship in civil construction with this pre-apprenticeship course.

Duration: 3 years

Develop practical skills in road construction and maintenance with a Certificate III in Civil Construction apprenticeship.

Develop practical skills and knowledge in commercial and residential cleaning services with the Certificate III in Cleaning Operations.

Duration: 0.5 years
Lay the groundwork for an electrical apprenticeship or traineeship with a Certificate II in Electrotechnology Studies (Pre-vocational) at Victoria University Polytechnic.
Duration: 1.5 years
In this course you will learn advanced trade skills for a career in engineering. You’ll gain strong practical and theoretical knowledge that will ensure you are work ready.
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

Lay the foundation for a career in metal fabrication and engineering with a Certificate III in Engineering (Fabrication Trade) at Victoria University Polytechnic.

Duration: 4 years

Begin your career as a mechanical engineering tradesperson with the Certificate III in Engineering (Mechanical Trade) at Victoria University Polytechnic.

Take a non-trades pathway into an engineering career with a Diploma of Engineering Technology at Victoria University Polytechnic.

Duration: 2 years
Learn the technical skills to design, validate and evaluate electrical equipment and systems for a career in electrical engineering.
Duration: 0.5 years
Develop the foundational skills to access an apprenticeship in furniture finishing, with a Certificate II in Furniture Finishing at Victoria University Polytechnic.
Duration: 0.5 years
Gain the foundational skills for an apprenticeship in furniture making or cabinet making, with a Certificate II in Furniture Making at Victoria University Polytechnic.
Duration: 3 years
Fulfil your dream of working in the hairdressing industry with a Certificate III in Hairdressing at Victoria University Polytechnic.
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
The Certificate III in Plumbing provides you with the training and support to gain your trade qualification.
Duration: 3 years

Become a fully qualified sign-writer and gain practical skills for the design, manufacturing and installation of signage.

VU played a major role in making me a world champion. 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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