Pre-Apprenticeship Profile: Where The Certificate II In Construction Can Lead You – Solid Plastering

Not all students who come to us are eligible for government funding to do our pre-apprenticeship courses. Zach was one of those students who was ineligible. Instead Zach paid for the course via a weekly payment plan. He completed the Certificate II in Construction in 2015 and by the end of the year had secured an apprenticeship in solid plastering.

Zach’s employer is a specialist in restoration work. The skills the he passes on to Zach are unique, and will set him up for a long and profitable career in the industry. Pre-apprenticeship courses are a fantastic way to get the experience required to secure an apprenticeship. Our next Certificate II in Construction starts on Tuesday 11th & 18th October 2016, for 10 weeks. If you are interested in the course, please call us on 83675615 or email

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Pre-Apprenticeship Profile: Where The Certificate II In Construction Can Lead You – Tiling

Over the 15 years we have been training people to become bricklayers, tilers and plasterers, a number of our pre-apprentice students have gone on to become apprentices. The apprenticeship process isn’t always easy! Thats where a dedicated family run trade school can help.

Alex completed his Certificate II in Construction pre-apprenticeship with FCTA – Building Careers in 2012. He was an excellent student who quickly decided that Tiling was the trade he wanted to specialise in. He secured an apprenticeship straight away and went on to work with 2 other employers as well. Along the way we have gotten to know Alex’s family and seen him become a top tiler.

Pre-apprenticeship courses are a great way to decide which trade you want to focus on. Students try several different trades before selecting one to focus on. Often the skills from one trade are used in another. Tilers frequently brick in bath tubs and build hobs. Screeding skills that are so important in tiling are part of the hand skills used in plastering.

If you are interested in completing a pre-apprenticeship course our next Certificate II in Construction starts 11th October 2016. Call us on 83675615 or email for more information.

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Pre-apprenticeship profile: where the Certificate II in Construction can lead you – Bricklaying

We have been running pre-apprenticeship courses for over 15 years. During that time we have trained students seeking apprenticeships in bricklaying, tiling and plastering. Some of these students secured apprenticeships and have now completed their 4 years with employers and have started their own businesses.

Angelo is one of those students. He completed a Certificate II in Construction in 2009. This was a difficult time in the construction industry in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). New builds had declined, and banks were making it difficult for new home owners to get finance. Despite this, Angelo secured an apprenticeship with a Group Training Organisation (GTO) who placed him with a host employer.

Over the next 4 years Angelo developed his skills and worked on a variety of sites around Adelaide. In 2014 he completed his trade sub-contractors course and is now self-employed. The building industry offers individuals the chance to become their own boss.

Our next Certificate II in Construction course starts October 11th 2016. If you are interested in applying please call us on 83675615 or email

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Looking for an apprenticeship? Pre-apprentice course starts 11th October 2016

We have employers currently looking to hire bricklaying and tiling apprentices. Your best chance to get ahead of other apprenticeship applicants is to enrol in a Certificate II in Construction course. This course is commonly referred to as a pre-apprentice course because employers want students who have had some training and experience in construction.

The FCTA – Building Careers course focuses on developing practical hand skills in bricklaying, tiling, plastering and concreting. Students will also learn how to assemble scaffolding up to 4 metres. The course runs for 10 weeks, starting 11/10/2016 – 16/12/2016 and will be held at 15 Jacobsen Crs Holden Hill in South Australia.

There are a limited number of government-funded places available for eligible students. Students over 16 currently at high school may be eligible to enrol if they are motivated about finding an apprenticeship. Payment plans are also available for people not eligible for funded places. For any questions, or to book in for a place call us on 8367 5615 or email

Certificate II in Construction Adelaide

Limited places are available in the Certificate II in Construction


New Pre-Apprenticeship Course Starting October 2016

Cert II Construction 2016

Pre-apprenticeship students are sought out by employers for apprenticeships. The pre-apprenticeship course covers the basics in bricklaying, tiling, plastering, concreting and scaffolding. If you’re looking for an apprenticeship, this is a great way to get to know more about the industry and try a range of trades.

Students work side by side with existing apprentices and can find out what tradie life is like. WorkReady funding is available for some students and payment plans are available for full fee paying students. Contact us on 8367 5615 or email

Apprenticeships: disarray around alternative to uni degrees

The Australian,  Higher Education reporter

Missed opportunities, ill-conceived market reforms and ham-fisted program cuts have undermined apprenticeships just as they are held up as the answer to an overemphasis on degrees.

Two new reports say “ad-hoc changes” and the sidelining of intellectual input have damaged apprenticeship take-up and completion. The reports, by the Apprenticeships Reform Advisory Group and the University of Sydney, say the elements of an effective apprenticeship system are in place but being weakened by “negative” reforms and a lack of policy coherence.

The reports have emerged after the Group of Eight universities claimed that the uncapped higher education system was creating a generation of over-qualified graduates with crippling student debt, in a society where degrees were the norm and not having one was considered failure.

The Go8 criticisms sparked outcry and charges of elitism. But they have been backed by the Business Council of Australia and TAFE Queensland, which say many would-be university students would be better off choosing technical training.

The ARAG report offers 22 recommendations to reboot apprenticeships. They include a comprehensive review, consideration of tax modifications to encourage hiring of apprentices, and an apprenticeships hub.

Group member Jenny Lambert said some of these proposals had been overtaken by events since the report was delivered in December last year. She said the government had abandoned plans for white papers on taxation and federal-state relations, minimising opportunities for tax reform, while the argument for a comprehensive review had now evaporated.

Ms Lambert, director of training with the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the government had created policy confusion and “an unduly negative view of trade apprenticeships” by extending the term to cover traineeships — typically, shorter training stints in service occupations.

“We need to go back to the idea that there are apprenticeships and there are traineeships,” she said. “We need to understand the factors that affect both of them. If we don’t understand it, we can’t fix it.”

The HES asked new Assistant Skills Minister Karen Andrews why the government had taken eight months to release the report. She said she had released it “as a priority”.

Meanwhile, the Sydney University report says the sidelining of an industry and union voice, along with defunding of group training organisations and increased funding for “low-quality” colleges, have undermined the “vision” of apprenticeships

Apprentice to Tradie – What Can Happen When You Go Out On Your Own

I had a phone call over the weekend from a former apprentice. He’d gone out on his own and hit a problem, the builder he was sub-contracting to was refusing to pay him. They had agreed to a price for the work, but hadn’t written anything down. Now the job was finished the builder asked the tradie to supply him with his contractors license. The tradie didn’t have one. He’d completed the 2 units in small business finance and legal, but hadn’t actually applied for his license from Consumer Business Services. The builder also expected him to have waterproofing on his license, and to have insurance.

The amount owed was less than $2000. The builder hadn’t requested any of this information prior to work starting, and wasn’t disputing the quality of the work. I recommended the tradie talk to Sam at A few days later i received a text message letting me know everything had worked out.

The key point here is to make sure you have your contractors license and insurance before going out on your own, and ALWAYS have agreements in writing.

Our next trade sub-contractors course is scheduled for 06 – 07 August 2016 & 20 – 21 August 2016. You can book and pay for the course by clicking here

Builders Licensing – New Dates Announced

Our trade sub-contractors course is scheduled to run on the following dates:

06 – 07 August 2016 Apply legal requirements to building and construction projects (CPCCBC4009B)

20 – 21 August 2016 Manage small business finances (BSBSMB406)

1 – 2 October 2016 Apply legal requirements to building and construction projects (CPCCBC4009B)

15 – 16 October 2016 Manage small business finances (BSBSMB406)

Cost is $450 with CITB discount, or $950 without. Email to book a place, or call us on 8367 5615. The course runs from 9am – 4pm and is held at 15 Jacobsen Crs, Holden Hill SA. Download our Trade Contractors License Flyer

Once successfully completed, applications for a BLD# can be made online:

Go to Electronic Licence Application Forms, click on application type and be guided through a series of questions.
Once you have completed the electronic application process, print the final document. Review the information and sign in the required areas. You can scan and submit and pay for your application online, or you can print and post your application and payment to us.

The application form, fees, and the required documentation must be sent to Consumer & Business Services for assessment (either by mail or by submitting electronically). If you live in a remote/regional area, you may lodge these documents and payment at a Service SA office or you can post them to Licensing GPO Box 1719 Adelaide 5001, or lodge them in person at their office in Adelaide.

If you fail to provide all the required documentation, or fees, they may not be able to accept your application and it will be returned to you for completion. Your application form does have an expiry date. If you fail to lodge the application before the expiry date, you will have to complete a fresh application.

Current fees as of 22/06/2016 are as follows:

Application and Pre-grant fees Application fee Pre-Grant fee Total
Body Corporate – General building work licence $194.00 $913.00 $1107.00*
Body Corporate – specified building work licence $194.00 $470.00 $664.00*
*Plus an application for approval of a building work supervisor $115.00
Individual – General building work licence and a general building work supervisors registration $388.00 $415.00 $803.00
Individual – Specified building work licence and a general building work supervisors registration $388.00 $213.00 $601.00
Application for approval of additional building work supervisor $115.00
Individual – General building work licence $194.00 $415.00 $609.00*
*Plus an application for approval of a building work supervisor $115.00
Individual – Specified building work licence $194.00 $213.00 $407.00*
*Plus an application for approval of a building work supervisor $115.00
Application for a building work supervisor registration $194.00 $213.00 $407.00
Amending licence/registration conditions
Application to vary a licence $150.00 $150.00
Application to vary a registration $150.00 $150.00


Periodic fees Total
Body Corporate Licence – general building work $913.00
Body Corporate Licence- specified building work $470.00
Individual Licence – general building work $415.00
Individual Licence – Specified building work $213.00
Building Work Supervisor Registration $185.00


Other fees Total
Default penalty for periodic returns $165.00
Replacement of licence card or certificate $25.50
Application for approval of a building work supervisor $115.00

Assistance applying for license:

Another option open to tradespeople is to work with Sam Cottell at Trades SA. Sam will be able to review your applications, fill in paperwork and lodge forms on your behalf. Contact Sam on 0430206032 for more information, or visit his website

July 2016 Pre-Apprenticeship Course – Register Your Interest


Our popular pre-apprenticeship course is starting again in July. Register your interest by calling us on 0883675615 or email This course offers successful students the Certificate II in Construction qualification, and a headstart in gaining an apprenticeship. Many employers seek out students from this course for apprenticeships.

The course will be delivered at 15 Jacobsen Crs Holden Hill in South Australia. The estimated start date should be in July 2016. The course will run Tuesday – Friday for 10 weeks. Students will complete tasks in bricklaying, tiling, plastering, concreting and scaffolding.

This course and students may be eligible for government funding under WorkReady. Eligibility is restricted to students over 17, who have not previously completed any qualifications higher than a Certificate I. School students over 16 may be eligible under either FLO funding or TGSS. Speak to your school VET co-ordinator for more information.