Introductory courses can give you valuable skills, credits and experience before you start an apprenticeship or traineeship.

How it works

Introductory courses, sometimes known as pre-apprenticeship or pre-vocational courses, are usually at a Certificate II level. They offer a number of benefits:

  • you can try out a trade and get some valuable experience
  • you’ll do some classroom learning that can earn credit towards a full apprenticeship (up to 12 months’ worth)
  • as part of your training you’ll learn useful skills for the workplace, and may get useful certification that is sometimes required by industries – such as the Occupational Health and Safety white card needed to enter building sites.

Australian apprenticeship pathways

To find information on apprenticeships and traineeships including thousands of job and training descriptions visit Australian Apprenticeship Pathways. This website also provides a pre-apprenticeship course finder.

Next steps

  1. Check out the sort of skills you’ll need for trades and jobs using Choose a career.
  2. Learn more about what is an apprenticeship or traineeship?
  3. Do a course to prepare you for an apprenticeship or traineeship. These courses are usually at Certificate II level and allow you to try out a trade or job and can earn credit towards a full apprenticeship.
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