The Trade Institute of Victoria (TIV) was established in 2007 by co-founders Reif Keceli and Jasmine Lin.

After completing studies, Reif embarked on a career in the building and construction industry, excelling in roles such as project management and general management before running his own successful business. Throughout his journey, he encountered a recurring challenge: finding employees with robust, hands-on training. Driven by his passion for teaching and equipping young people with essential industry skills, Reif envisioned creating a dedicated training organisation. Jasmine, whom Reif already knew and later married, was also passionate about this vision. With her background in marketing and operations, Jasmine was keen to help bring it to life. Together, they launched TIV in 2007, starting with its first course.

Fast forward to 2024, TIV now offers a diverse range of high-quality building and construction courses, supported by government funding, from Apprenticeship to Diploma levels. Our programs include the Certificate III in Carpentry, Certificate IV in Building and Construction, and Diploma of Building and Construction. We are proud to cater to international students and offer various short courses, such as Builders Registration training.

What sets TIV apart is our commitment to a stimulating, friendly, and personalised learning environment. We provide modern and extensive facilities across five locations in Melbourne: Dandenong, Tottenham, West Footscray, Williamstown, and our soon-to-open campus in Bendigo.

At TIV, we are passionate about building bright futures for those working or aspiring to work in the building and construction industry. Our team of industry-experienced trainers is dedicated to delivering top-notch education and hands-on training.

Seventeen years on, TIV takes pride in the thousands of students we train every year, who have become building and construction professionals through our training. Many of your local builders have been trained by TIV, a testament to our enduring commitment to excellence in education and community support.

Join us at TIV and be part of a legacy of excellence, dedication, and community. Together, we build the future.

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TIV proudly trains and supports tradie ladies in the construction industry

Over 12 AFL clubs and the NRL’s Melbourne Storm players have been trained at TIV

TIV offer ongoing student support to during and after course attendance

Proudly sponsoring local sports clubs and charity organisations since 2007

Currently TIV Supports Apprenticeships in Carpentry and Bricklaying

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Quote from our CEO John Macdonald

“One of our missions is to try and reach out to inform people about what the possibilities are if they choose to work in an industry like construction, which in many ways is very attractive because it’s an area of skill shortage.”

“It’s also a growth area, and it’s an area in which people even at the lowest level of labour, are reasonably well paid and well looked after.”

Quote from our CEO John Macdonald

“One of our missions is to try and reach out to inform people about what the possibilities are if they choose to work in an industry like construction, which in many ways is very attractive because it’s an area of skill shortage.”

“It’s also a growth area, and it’s an area in which people even at the lowest level of labour, are reasonably well paid and well looked after.”