Certificate Courses


About the HDSC

The Staff at the Hamilton District Skills Centre (HDSC) would love you to join them to undertake  your chosen trade training in 2018.

The Hamilton District Skills Centre (HDSC) offers courses to students in and around the Hamilton District.  The HDSC facilities consist of a large commercial training kitchen, a smaller production kitchen, automotive, building workshops, and hairdressing salon with all the latest equipment available for student use.   Courses are all vocationally oriented and entry is based on an interview process.  Students have a wonderful opportunity to attend the state of the art training facility without the need to travel away from the Hamilton District region, whilst also being a part of a caring and nurturing environment enabling students to grow into young trade driven professionals.

The location of the HDSC facility is at 85 Mt Baimbridge Road, Hamilton which has the added bonus of being directly opposite the regional school bus terminal which services all out of town students from the Hamilton & District region.


Certificate II courses being offered at the HDSC for 2018 are:


Certificate II in Kitchen Operations – SIT20416   This course is ideally suited for students that have an interest in obtaining basic cooking and preparation skills that are creative or have a passion for food.  This is also a great start if either Certificate III in Commercial Cookery or Cert II in Hospitality (Food & Beverage) is being considered for the future though not compulsory for either.

This is a hand’s on course with numerous experiences; industry experts, excursions, catering opportunities throughout the year providing some wonderful experiences.

This is a two year VETiS program aimed at year 10, 11 or 12 students.

Certificate II in Hospitality (Food & Beverage) – SIT20316 This course involves all facets of food and beverage training including barista (coffee making),  alcoholic (RSA included) and non-alcoholic beverage service, table/setting service, function catering, customer service, OH&S, and many other related modules.  This course is ideally suited for students who are either looking for certificates to assist with employment whilst studying tertiary education, or for students wishing to enter any other areas of the Hospitality & Tourism industry. It’s a practical course with front-of-house and back-of-house work experience.

This is a two year program for students in Year 11 & 12.

Certificate II in Building & Construction – 22338VIC     This is a great first step if wishing to enter the carpentry or building industry offering specialised training in basic construction.  This program allows you to complete the Certificate over three years of VETiS study eg. years 10, 11 & 12.

Certificate II in Automotive  Vocation Preparation – AUR20716   This pre-apprenticeship program provides hands on skills and basic mechanical knowledge which will assist in obtaining an automotive apprenticeship and further career opportunities in the automotive industry.   This is a two year VETiS program.

Certificate II in Salon Assistant – SHB20216     This program provides students with the skills and knowledge at an entry level standard to enhance their career prospects within the hairdressing industry.  This is a one year program. (VCE VET 1 & 2 only)

Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics- SHB20116
This program reflects the role of retail sales personnel involved in a defined range of tasks to sell and demonstrate beauty or cosmetic products.  This is a one year program. (VCE VET 1 & 2 only)

Certificate II in Conservation & Land Management – AHC21016    – This program will not be running in 2018.

Certificate II in Creative Industries (Media) – CUA20215    This program introduces students to the many career opportunities available for 3D artists, animators and designers. This is a one year program.

Certificate III in Screen and Media – CUA31015    This program introduces students to the fundamentals of 3D animation and game design.  This is a 2 year program.


The HDSC staff encourage both students and their parents/guardians to tour the facility at any time and this can be arranged by phoning     (03) 5571 1708.

For further information and details, including course costs, please contact your school VET/VCAL Coordinator, or alternatively you can contact Gilly or Jodie at the Hamilton District Skills Centre office  on (03) 5571 1708.