Do a pre-apprenticeship
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Do a pre-apprenticeship

Help & advice

  • You can do a pre-apprenticeship at a TAFE or other training provider or at school.
  • You don't need to be employed under a training contract to do one.
  • You don't need to do one to get an apprenticeship, but it can make it easier.


You might want to do an apprenticeship or traineeship, but you're not sure what trade or industry you're interested in or you might not be ready to commit. If so, a pre-apprenticeship is a great way to learn some skills and get a feel for a particular industry or trade.

How a pre-apprenticeship works

You don't need to be employed under a training contract to do a pre-apprenticeship. You can do it at a TAFE or training provider and, if you’re still at school, as part of your VCE or VCAL studies.

In some industries, such as automotive, you can also do your pre-apprenticeship through a traineeship.

A pre-apprenticeship can take from 12 to 20 weeks and involves doing a Certificate II qualification with a training provider. You also usually have do a practical placement or some structured workplace learning with an employer.

Most pre-apprenticeships link to a trade qualification, such as electrical, plumbing, automotive, or fitting and turning.

You don't have to do a pre-apprenticeship to get an apprenticeship, and doing one doesn't guarantee you'll get an apprenticeship, but it can definitely help.

From pre-apprenticeship to apprenticeship

A pre-apprenticeship can make it easier to get an apprenticeship. For example, an employer looking for an apprentice may give you preference because you already have some skills and workplace experience. You may also get a credit transfer for some of your apprenticeship subjects.

Find a pre-apprenticeship

At school

If you're still at school, check with your careers practitioner about pre-apprenticeship options as part of your school’s VET program. For more information, see VCE VET programs.

At a TAFE or training provider

The Victorian Skills Gateway lists pre-apprenticeship courses offered by TAFEs and private training providers. Courses are available across a range of industries.

You can also use the Australian Apprenticeship Pathways Pre-Apprenticeship Finder to find TAFEs and training providers that offer pre-apprenticeships.