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School Programs

School Programs

MPA Skills offers a Pre-Apprenticeship for those still attending school and want to participate in the program during Year 11 and Year 12. The Certificate II qualification counts towards a student’s final results at school including the work experience component. These two programs are full funded by the Department of Training and Workforce Development so there is no course fee charged to the student  however, some schools charge a training centre fee (please speak with your VET Coordinator for further details.)

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: There are now minimum entrance requirements to enter into a School Based Pre Apprenticeship program. Your school will need to make sure that you are work ready and academically capable of completing the program.  Students must be going into year 11 or 12 and have a C Grade average to be eligible for the program.

52824WA Certificate II in Building & Construction (Pathway – Trades) – School Based

1. Read the School Based Pre App Fact Sheet

2. Please email with a copy of your birth certificate or passport and latest school report. Please note- without these documents, your application will be rejected.

3. Complete the enrolment form by clicking on the campus below:

Important– If you have any previous qualifications eg- white card, first aid, Cert II. Please email the statement of attainment with your birth certificate/passport and school report.



Interview information – what happens next?

Your enrolment does not confirm your place in the course, you must be interviewed and complete a short aptitude test.

  • Have you enrolled before 15th July 2022? If so, you have qualified for the 1st round of interviews! We will send you an email with your interview details in early June.
  • Have you enrolled after the 15th July 2022? If so, you have qualified for our 2nd round of interviews which will be conducted in early September 2021. An email will be sent with your interview details in August.

Please note: 2nd round applications close on the 2nd of September.

All interviews will be conducted at MPA Skills, Maylands.
Do you have any queries? Please call 9471 6603 or email

**Your placement in the course is subject to funding.



The Construction Training Fund have worked with MPA Skills for many years to provide students with an opportunity to participate in the Try-A-Trade program which is wholly funded by CTF. Students will experience first hand some of the work that is carried out in the painting & decorating industry. A student will learn some basic hand skills plus they will learn about teamwork, leadership and health & safety in the workplace.

Please see images below of the Try-a-Trade morning with Canning Vale College on 30 October 2019.

Try-a-Trade flyer 2020

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