Posted on Thursday 13th April, 2023



The Trade Institute of Victoria (TIV) specialising in building and construction training, was established in 2007 by Reif Keceli and Jasmine Lin.

Reif worked in project management and general management roles, as well as running his own successful business within the industry. When he struggled to find experienced people to hire, Jasmine proposed the idea that they create a hands-on practical training organisation.

Reif’s passion to teach young people the skills they needed was met with enthusiasm by Jasmine who had an extensive background in marketing, sales and operations. They collaborated to bring the vision to life, and in 2007, TIV successfully launched its first course.

Today TIV offers an array of quality building and construction courses with government funding available. They range from Certificate to Diploma levels and include Certificate III in Carpentry, Certificate IV in Building and Construction, and Diploma of Building and Construction. The courses are also available online and for international students. In addition, there are multiple short courses on offer such as Construction Induction Training (White Card) and Builders Registration.

What’s different about TIV? TIV offers a stimulating, friendly and personalised learning environment, with modern and extensive facilities at five locations in Melbourne. Training campuses are located at Dandenong, Tottenham, West Footscray, Williamstown and soon to open, Bendigo. The flexibility of training modules is also a drawcard, enabling full-time tradespeople and even AFL footballers to study at night for their qualifications.

TIV is dedicated to educating people who are working or wish to work in the building and construction industry. The courses offered are facilitated by a team of industry-experienced trainers. TIV’s standing as a respected and loved trade school is evident by the number of students who return to up-skill qualifications.

With the value of helping others at its core and a long history of supporting local communities, TIV are honoured to be a partner of the WRFL Senior Division 1 team again for 2023.

16 years on and TIV are proud of the legacy they are building. They have trained thousands of students who have become tradespeople and registered builders across Australia.

To find out more about which course might suit you, contact our friendly course advisors on 03 933 9511 or visit

Picture: left Reif Co-Founder, 2021 Barry Priest Medallist Stephen Brewer, Jasmine Co-Founder of TIV.