There are no formal education entry requirements for this course.
You will need to be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18 your enrolment form will need to be signed by a parent or guardian.
This course involves reading and undertaking a range of written assessments, as well as engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level.
If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 10 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:
- Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher; or
- 2 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication
Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to you by Open Colleges.
You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:
- Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
- Broadband internet connection
- 2GB of RAM
- CD-ROM or DVD drive
- Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
- Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher
- Access to printer and associated software
- Access to scanner and associated software
- Digital imaging software
- File compression software
- Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
- 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)
Mac OS users:
- Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
- 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)
You will need access to:
- A digital video recording device and/or a digital camera and associated software to save and upload video, image and audio files to OpenSpace. Many mobile phones and smart phones include this technology.
- Software to view online videos and images. Software such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer etc. are available as a free download from the internet.
Equipment and tools
In order to complete this course, learners will need the following tools and equipment items:
- Eye protection (safety goggles)
- Hard hat
- Hearing protection (ear plugs)
- Ultra violet protective clothing (e.g., long sleeve shirt, trousers and sun hat)
- Screw driver
- Retractable tape measure
To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:
- Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents
- Accessing and searching the internet
- Downloading and saving documents from websites
- Uploading documents through websites
- Participating in online discussions
- Connecting digital cameras and downloading and storing images and audio files
- Connecting digital video devices and downloading and storing videos
- Compressing image, audio and video files.
In this course, you will be required to perform physical tasks such as:
Stacking carpentry materials
Lifting and operating hand tools and power tools
Access a general construction site
From Module 3 onwards you will be asked to complete specific tasks outlined in the assessments. You will need to find a workplace that will allow you to undertake the following tasks:
- Replace the glazing (glass) in a window
- Replace a door
- Prepare and install joinery components, e.g.kitchen cupboards and bench
- Prepare weld joints (important: you are not required to perform welding tasks, you only need to prepare joints for welding)
The workplace can be either:
- A construction site (see under ‘White card’ on this page for more information). You will be coached and given advice on locating and approaching builders in their local area; or
- A friend or relative’s workshop, or your own workshop if you have access to the tools listed below.
The workplace / builder that you use will need to have the following tools on-site:
- Hand saw
- Hand plane
- Electric plane
- Electric drill
- Circular saw
- Nail gun
- Air compressor
While it is not mandatory to enter this course, you may be required to wear steel-capped boots when on a construction site. This will be up to the discretion of the builder/ business owner.
If you decide to complete the practical tasks of this course on a construction site, you will be required to have a white card.
People who need a white card include:
- Site managers, supervisors, surveyors, labourers and tradespeople
- People who access operational construction zones (unaccompanied or not directly supervised by an inducted person)
- Workers whose employment causes them to routinely enter operational construction zones
The white card can be obtained online or face to face through a Registered Training Provider.
More information and a list of white card trainers can be found on the Safe Work Australia website.
The White Card is not offered by Open Colleges.
Within Module 2, students are required to provide examples of their White Card (CPCCOHS1001A – Work safely in the construction industry or CPCCWHS1001 - Prepare to work safely in the construction industry).
It is a requirement upon commencement of workplace/graduation for all students to hold a current White card CPCCOHS1001A – Work safely in the construction industry or CPCCWHS1001 - Prepare to work safely in the construction industry.
Language, Literacy and Numeracy
Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.