Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Unique Student Identification (USI) number? How can I get one?

All students undertaking Nationally Recognised Training in Australia are required to have a Unique Student Identification (USI) number. You can apply for this directly at www.usi.gov.au or we can apply on your behalf (details are in the Application Pack and Student Handbook). If you already have a USI number you will need to provide it at the time you are applying for a course.

What happens if I can’t attend class or need to take some time off from the course?

If you can’t attend a class or need to take time off from the course, you will need to contact your trainer as soon as possible and develop a plan to complete the assessment tasks when you can.

Once I’ve completed a course, will I get my Builder’s Licence?

Parker Brent assists people to make informed choices regarding their training options and career pathways. Parker Brent do not grant builder licences. To find out more information about Registered Building Practitioner requirements visit the Victorian Building Authority website – www.vba.vic.gov.au/practitioners/building-registration

How long do the qualifications take to complete?

The Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) course runs for 34 weeks in duration.

The Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) course runs for 55 weeks in duration.

For more detailed information on the qualifications we offer, please visit the courses page.

What support services are available?

We have a dedicated Student Services team which is here to assist you during the course of your studies with us. You will also be able to meet with our Building & Construction Industry Expert, access to our Student Resource Facility, and obtain Job Application and Interview Preparation assistance if required.

What learning materials will I need?

For your chosen course, you will have access to the Parker Brent Portal where you can download your course materials and supporting documents. All students will also have the option to purchase a hard-copy of the Student Workbook and Learning Activities & Assessment tasks. Access to the Parker Brent Portal will be provided to you upon commencement of the course. Students undertaking the Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) will also receive a copy of the Australian House Building Manual (8th Edition).

What should I expect in my first Parker Brent class?

In your first class, you will undertake a brief introduction to course and meet your trainer and other classmates. You will also receive your Course Schedule, Training Plans and access to your learning materials. On your first night, you will also start the first Unit of Competency for your course.

It is suggested you bring writing materials and/or a laptop with you.

How do I know if I’m eligible for Government Funding?

Students must meet the eligibility requirements detailed in the guidelines from Skills Victoria about Determining Student Eligibility & Supporting Evidence. You can check your eligibility status online through the Victorian Skills Gateway.

 

How do I enrol?

To enrol you will need to speak with a consultant from Parker Brent regarding the suitability of the course you have chosen and discuss if it is appropriate for your needs. You will need to complete an online Language, Literacy & Numeracy (LLN) Assessment as this will help us evaluate your current capabilities. You will also need to complete the Application Pack for your chosen course which will include a Pre-Training Review. If you would like to apply contact Parker Brent on 1300 773 737 or email info@parkerbrent.com.au

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