VCALFND001 VCAL Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (Foundation)

Award Course
This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding


VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) offers an educational experience that includes applied work skills and industry based learning as well as job relevant literacy and numeracy skills . VCAL, like VCE is an accredited Senior Secondary Certificate that is recognised internationally as a successful completion of secondary education.


VCAL is an accredited Senior Secondary Certificate and assists students to determine their careers.


VCAL Foundation will pathway to VCAL Intermediate.

Course Delivery

VCAL is offered at three levels (Foundation, Intermediate and Senior) every 12 months. The ACER assessment, interview and previous learning determines the level of VCAL suitable for the student. Students should progress through the levels and achieve a VCAL Senior certificate.

Entry Requirements

Each student will undertake a Pre-Training Review (ACER Assessment) before enrolling to help confirm the proposed course is suitable. It will provide valuable information about an individual's existing skills and knowledge, language, literacy and numeracy skills and whether the course will help in achieving learning and/or employment goals. Students are required to complete the ACER assessment at SuniTAFE under supervision plus an interview to gauge suitability for VCAL.

Expected Time to Complete

1 Years

Units & Assessment
Core Units
Code Unit Name Hours Material
LIT011 Literacy Skills Reading and Writing (Foundation) 100 $30.00
LIT012 Literacy Skills Oral Communication (Foundation) 100 $30.00
NUM011 Numeracy Skills (Foundation) 100 $30.00
PDS011 Personal Development Skills Unit 1 (Foundation) 100 $50.00
PDS012 Personal Development Skills Unit 2 (Foundation) 100 $30.00
WRS011 Work Related Skills Unit 1 (Foundation) 100 $30.00
WRS012 Work Related Skills Unit 2 (Foundation) 100 $30.00
Elective Units
Code Unit Name Hours Material
AHCCHM201 Apply chemicals under supervision 30 $30.00
AHCIRG221 Assist with pressurised irrigation operations 40 $30.00
AHCMOM202 Operate tractors 40 $30.00
AHCMOM204 Undertake operational maintenance of machinery 30 $30.00
AHCNAR305 Collect native seed 40 $20.00
AHCNSY201 Pot up plants 20 $30.00
AHCNSY202 Care for nursery plants 30 $30.00
AHCNSY203 Undertake propagation activities 30 $30.00
AHCPCM201 Recognise plants 40 $30.00
AHCPCM202 Collect, prepare and preserve plant specimens 30 $30.00
AHCPHT201 Plant horticultural crops 25 $30.00
AHCPHT214 Support horticultural crop harvesting 25 $30.00
AHCSOL202 Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing 30 $30.00
AHCWHS201 Participate in work health and safety processes 20 $30.00
AHCWRK204 Work effectively in the industry 20 $30.00
AHCWRK209 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 20 $30.00
AURAEA002 Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace 25 $30.00
AURAFA003 Communicate effectively in an automotive workplace 20 $24.00
AURAFA004 Resolve routine problems in an automotive workplace 20 $24.00
AURASA002 Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace 20 $24.00
AURETK003 Operate electrical test equipment 40 $48.00
AURETR003 Identify automotive electrical systems and components 25 $30.00
AURETR006 Solder electrical wiring and circuits 20 $24.00
AURETR015 Inspect, test and service batteries 10 $15.00
AURETR025 Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles 15 $18.00
AURLTA001 Identify automotive mechanical systems and components 25 $30.00
AURLTJ002 Remove, inspect, repair and refit light vehicle tyres and tubes 40 $48.00
AURMGA001 Set up and dismantle temporary work location and equipment at motor sport events 20 $24.00
AURMMA001 Operate in a motor sport environment 20 $24.00
AURMTA001 Prepare and service light competition vehicles 20 $24.00
AURMTA006 Perform torquing and fastening on motor sport competition vehicles 20 $24.00
AURTTA004 Carry out servicing operations 20 $24.00
AURTTA005 Select and use bearings, seals, gaskets, sealants and adhesives 10 $15.00
AURTTA027 Carry out basic vehicle servicing operations 40 $48.00
AURTTB001 Inspect and service braking systems 20 $24.00
AURTTC001 Inspect and service cooling systems 10 $15.00
AURTTD001 Inspect steering systems 10 $15.00
AURTTD003 Inspect suspension systems 10 $15.00
AURTTE004 Inspect and service engines 20 $24.00
AURTTE007 Dismantle and assemble single cylinder four-stroke petrol engines 40 $48.00
AURTTE008 Dismantle and assemble multi-cylinder four-stroke petrol engines 40 $48.00
AURTTJ001 Balance wheels and tyres 10 $15.00
AURTTJ003 Remove and replace wheel and tyre assemblies 10 $15.00
AURTTK002 Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace 20 $24.00
AURTTW003 Carry out machining operations 80 $96.00
BSBWOR204 Use business technology 20 $30.00
BSBWRT301 Write simple documents 30 $30.00
CHCVOL001 Be an effective volunteer 25 $40.00
CPCCCM1012A Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry 20 $22.00
CPCCCM1014A Conduct workplace communication 20 $22.00
CPCCCM1015A Carry out measurements and calculations 20 $22.00
CPCCCM2001A Read and interpret plans and specifications 36 $39.60
CPCCCM2006 Apply basic levelling procedures 8 $15.00
CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry 6 $15.00
CPCCOHS2001A Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry 20 $24.00
CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry 6 $16.50
CPCPCM2039A Carry out interactive workplace communication 10 $15.00
CUACER201 Develop ceramic skills 50 $100.00
CUAPPR201 Make simple creative work 40 $20.00
CUVACD303A Produce technical drawings 50 $55.00
HLTAID002 Provide basic emergency life support 12 $15.00
HLTAID003 Provide first aid 18 $25.00
MEM13014A Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment 10 $15.00
MEM18001C Use hand tools 20 $24.00
MEM18002B Use power tools/hand held operations 20 $24.00
MEMPE006A Undertake a basic engineering project 80 $96.00
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 30 $36.00
SIRRMER001 Produce visual merchandise displays 35 $20.00
SIRXIND003 Organise personal work requirements 20 $20.00
SIRXPDK001 Advise on products and services 30 $20.00
SIRXRSK001 Identify and respond to security risks 30 $20.00
SIRXSLS002 Follow point-of-sale procedures 20 $20.00
SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety 15 $35.00
UEENEEA101A Assemble electronic components 40 $44.00
UEENEEE101A Apply occupational health and safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace 20 $24.00
UEENEEE102A Fabricate, assemble and dismantle utilities industry components 40 $48.00
UEENEEE104A Solve problems in d.c. circuits 80 $96.00
UEENEEE105A Fix and secure electrotechnology equipment 20 $24.00
UEENEEE107A Use drawings, diagrams, schedules, standards, codes and specifications 40 $48.00
UEENEEE141A Use of routine equipment/plant/technologies in an energy sector environment 40 $44.00
UEENEEE148A Carry out routine work activities in an energy sector environment 40 $44.00
UEENEEE179A Identify and select components, accessories and materials for energy sector work activities 20 $22.00
UEENEEK142A Apply environmentally and sustainable procedures in the energy sector 20 $24.00
VU20906 Configure and program a basic robotic system 60 $66.00
VU21541 Maintain rechargeable battery systems 30 $0.00
VU21543 Set up an extra low voltage emergency power supply system (not exceeding 32v) 30 $33.00
VU21544 Install a sustainable extra low voltage energy power system 30 $33.00
VU21552 Operate a small power supply system 30 $33.00
VU21553 Assemble and connect an extra low voltage battery power source 30 $33.00
VU21701 Carry out an integrated technology project 60 $66.00
VU21702 Prepare for working in the integrated technology sector 20 $22.00
VU21703 Work in an integrated technology environment 40 $0.00
VU21704 Use electrotechnology skills in integrated technology work 80 $0.00
VU21705 Use software applications in integrated technology work 20 $0.00
VU21789 Apply basic sheet metal practices 50 $55.00
VU21790 Cut and penetrate building materials and structures 30 $33.00
VU21791 Fabricate simple plumbing pipe systems 30 $33.00
VU21792 Identify career pathways in the plumbing industry 30 $33.00
VU21793 Perform basic oxy-acetylene welding and cutting 20 $22.00
VU21794 Prepare to work in the plumbing industry 20 $22.00
VU21795 Use and apply basic levelling equipment for plumbing 8 $8.80
VU21796 Use basic electric welding equipment and techniques 20 $22.00
VU21797 Use basic plumbing hand tools 50 $55.00
VU21798 Use basic power tools 20 $22.00
VU21799 Use plumbing pipes, fittings and fixtures to simulate plumbing installations 30 $33.00
VU22014 Prepare for work in the building and construction industry 16 $17.60
VU22015 Interpret and apply basic plans and drawings 25 $27.50
VU22016 Erect and safely use working platforms 24 $26.40
VU22022 Identify and handle carpentry tools and equipment 100 $110.00
VU22023 Perform basic setting out 24 $26.40
VU22024 Construct basic sub-floor 48 $52.80
VU22025 Construct basic wall frames 48 $52.80
VU22026 Construct a basic roof frame 40 $44.00
VU22027 Install basic external cladding 24 $26.40
VU22028 Install basic window and door frames 24 $26.40
VU22029 Install interior fixings 40 $44.00
VU22030 Carry out basic demolition for timber structures 20 $22.00
VU22031 Construct basic formwork for concreting 40 $44.00
VU22329 Report on a range of sectors in the manufacturing, engineering and related industries 30 $33.00
VU22330 Select and interpret drawings and prepare three dimensional (3D) sketches and drawings 20 $22.00
VU22331 Perform basic machining processes 40 $44.00
VU22332 Apply basic fabrication techniques 40 $44.00
VU22333 Perform intermediate engineering computations 40 $44.00
VU22334 Produce basic engineering components and products using fabrication and machining operations 60 $66.00
VU22335 Perform metal machining operations 60 $66.00
VU22337 Perform basic welding and thermal cutting processes to fabricate engineering structures 60 $66.00
VU22385 Plan and undertake a project 30 $15.00
VU22386 Engage with texts of limited complexity for personal purposes 25 $15.00

Course Assessment

  • Project
  • Practical task
  • Portfolio
Your particular units of study will be determined from the core and elective units required for this qualification.

RPL is a formal assessment process that recognises relevant skills and knowledge you have already gained through previous training, work and life experiences. Contact the Institute today to discuss your options for RPL.

Indicative Fees

Government Subsidised $2,792
Concession $765
RPL Government Subsidised $1,531
RPL Self-funded $2,296
Self-Funded $3,557

Average total fees include designated materials and will vary according to your specific unit choices and other factors.

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

For information on refunds in relation to withdrawals, transfers and cancellations refer to the following policies and procedures.
Refund of Course Fees Policy
Student Withdrawal and Refund of Course Fees Procedure

Please visit our Fees and Charges page for more information.
Intake Campus Course Details
2020 Ongoing Enrolment Mildura Campus Full Time, Classroom Based, Full Year, Monday to Friday, 9.00AM - 3.00PM