Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)

Free TAFE course
Course Code CPC40110
Locations Hamilton, Sherwood Park (Warrnambool)
Study Mode Full-time, On Campus
Length 16 weeks
Commencement February, August 2020
Timetable 2 evenings a week
Course Overview

Are you already in the building and construction industry? Would you like to step up into supervisory role? Maybe you’re a tradesperson hoping to become a subcontractor or business owner. If this sounds like you, why not take the next step in your career?

This post-trade qualification will give you the skills you need to achieve your career aspirations! It will qualify you to supervise low-rise residential building projects and assist in the application for a registered builder licence.

Successful completion of this qualification will support your application for registration to the Victorian Building Authority.

Notably, this qualification is recognised by HIA, MBA and the Building Commission.

What will I Learn?

This qualification will provide you with the skills to manage construction sites, supervise or create your own building business. These skills include:

  • estimating costs for projects
  • interpreting plans and specifications
  • managing OHS in the workplace
  • preparing construction contracts
  • applying legal requirements
  • small business planning
  • managing small business finances
  • producing labour and material schedules
  • conduct on-site supervision
  • apply structural principles

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

  • Registered Building Practitioner
  • Self-employed Builder
  • Trade Supervisor
  • Construction Manager
  • Construction Supervisor


Upon completion of this course, you may continue further study in the building and construction industry at Diploma level.

Information Session

Why don’t you come along to our next course info session to find out everything you need to start your learning journey? You can chat with our teachers, tour our facilities, learn more about the course, find out about the application process and get your questions answered by our course experts. 

Find the next info session near you

Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

To apply for this course you must have completed a construction trade qualification with 3 years of practical experience within the building industry.

Course requirements

To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete 16 units: 13 core and 3 elective units.

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
BSBSMB406A Manage small business finances 60 $0.00
CPCCBC4001A Apply Building Codes And Standards To The Construction Process For Low Rise Building Projects 40 $0.00
CPCCBC4002A Manage Occupational Health And Safety In The Building And Construction Workplace 40 $0.00
CPCCBC4003A Select And Prepare A Construction Contract 40 $0.00
CPCCBC4004A Identify And Produce Estimated Costs For Building And Construction Projects 60 $0.00
CPCCBC4005A Produce Labour And Material Schedules For Ordering 40 $0.00
CPCCBC4006B Select, procure and store construction materials for low rise projects 40 $0.00
CPCCBC4007A Plan Building Or Construction Work 40 $0.00
CPCCBC4008B Conduct on-site supervision of building and construction projects 40 $0.00
CPCCBC4009B Apply legal requirements to building and construction projects 50 $0.00
CPCCBC4010B Apply structural principles to residential low rise constructions 160 $0.00
CPCCBC4011B Apply structural principles to commercial low rise constructions 80 $0.00
CPCCBC4012B Read and interpret plans and specifications 30 $0.00

Elective Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
BSBSMB404 Undertake small business planning 50 $0.00
CPCCBC4020A Build thermally efficient and sustainable structures 40 $0.00
CPCCBC4021A Minimise Waste On The Building And Construction Site 20 $0.00

This course involves accredited units.  You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes.  A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment. 

Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the Institute's simulated workshops/classrooms.  Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance.  You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.

Skills Recognition

Your current skills, knowledge and experience can contribute to help you get a qualification. Learn more about skills recognition and how it may benefit you here.  

Pre-training review

The pre-training review assists SWTAFE staff to determine whether this course is the most suitable for you at this time, and also identify any support needs you may require once you commence your studies. It takes about an hour to complete. Once you apply for your chosen course a link to the pre-training review will be emailed to you.

Unique Student Identifier

If you are studying nationally recognised training in Australia, you are required to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Your USI links to an online account that contains your training records and results for training completed from 1 January 2015 onwards. One of the main benefits of the USI is the ability to provide you with easy access to your training records and results throughout your life and this will assist you when applying for a job or enrolling in further study. You are required to have a USI at the time of enrolment – especially if you want to use VET Student Loans to defer your fees. To apply online or get more information go to www.usi.gov.au.

Course Fees

Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. Your fees each year are made up of 2 different elements:

  • Tuition fee
  • Consumables/material fee

There are 3 different rates of tuition fees. Only one will apply to you depending on your eligibility and circumstances. The 3 categories include:

The fees listed below are indicative only and may be subject to change without notice and given individual circumstances. Your actual fees will be calculated based on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Funding made available to eligible individuals by State and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect future opportunities to access additional funding in the future. 

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Student type Indicative Course Fee
Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $1,130.00
Concession rate $230.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy) $2,285.00
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Fee type Indicative Course Fee
Maximum Consumable/Materials Fee $620.00
Maximum Consumables/Materials Fees

You may be required to pay the cost of some goods or materials necessary for your course, eg: tools of the trade, uniform and books. The maximum consumables/materials fees are made up of course consumables, core unit consumables and the maximum elective units you will pay.

Final costs will be determined at enrolment and you will be informed of the fees associated with course consumables and resources via your Statement of Fees. 

Which fee applies to me?

Government-subsidised rate - Skills First
You could be eligible for a government-subsidised rate depending on your age, educational history, and citizenship or residency status. If you are eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of your training.
Check your eligibility

Skills First Exemptions
As a Victorian Government TAFE, South West TAFE is able to provide exemptions for prospective students. Contact our Customer Service Team to find out if you are eligible for an exemption.

Concession rate
If you are eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place and hold a current healthcare or pension card, that you can provide at enrolment. You may be eligble for the concession rate. 
Find out more about concession rates

Full fee rate
If you are not eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place, exemption, concession or are enrolling in a course that isn't government-subsidised, you may be required to pay the full fee rate. 

Find out more about fees and eligibility

How do I pay my fees?

Once we have processed your enrolment form, you will receive an email with your invoice.

You have three options when organising your payment:

  1. Upfront payment - can be made over the phone with EFTPOS
  1. Payment plan - can be directly debited from your bank account, debited from your Centrelink payments or via a VET Student Loan (for diploma or advanced diploma courses only)
  1. Paid by employer, school or job network agency - if your fees are being paid by your employer, school or job network agency, you will need to complete an Authority to Invoice form.

Payments will need to be arranged within five(5) business days of receiving the email containing your invoice.

We also offer a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with course fees.

Next Steps
Careers and Course Advice

Not sure which course is right for you? South West TAFE will help you find your way.

Our Pathfinders Skills and Jobs Centre is here to support you. Whether you’re exploring career options, transitioning from school to the workforce or looking to study after school we’re here to help you. Call, email or drop in.

Call 5564 8515 or email skillsandjobscentre@swtafe.edu.au

Apply Now

Apply now for a place in our next course intake. Places for courses are limited, so it’s best to get in soon so you don’t miss out. You’ll need to complete an application form  which you can do online here or by speaking with our Customer Service team.  We invite you to come and see us at one of our campuses in Warrnambool, Colac, Portland or Hamilton and a team member will ensure you are taken care of.

If you have any questions regarding the application process please chat to our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911.

Student Support

As a SWTAFE student, you can access a variety of support services that will enhance your study experience and help you complete your studies successfully. For more information about any of these services, visit our student page.