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Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)

Course Code CPC40120

  • Full Time
  • 1 year
  • On Campus
  • Chadstone

This course is not available for International Students

Free TAFE Course

You may be eligible to study this course for FREE.


The Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) equips you with the essential skills to effectively oversee both small residential and commercial construction projects. Tailored for individuals aspiring to embark on a rewarding journey in the construction field or those seeking a career change or workforce re-entry.

Career Opportunities

  • registered builder
  • construction manager
  • domestic builder
  • building estimator
  • building/construction project supervisor

Pathway to further studies

  • CPC50220 Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)

Studying the Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) at Holmesglen

You will also learn safety, contracts, structural principles and materials, estimating and quality management<p>The strength of the program lies in its flexibility to adapt content to cover residential, industrial and commercial low rise construction with special attention to current industry practices and processes.<p>Upon completion, students can expect to have the knowledge and skills required of a builder, site manager, foreman on a residential project or low rise commercial project.<p>This qualification is acceptable to the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) for registration in some of the classifications for Domestic Builder Limited (DB-L). The qualification can support relevant registration in other states and territories.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for the program, applicants must be at least 18 years old. This course is recommended for learners seeking registration in the relevant categories of a domestic builder limited license. It is advisable for learners to have completed at least Year 11 and have a strong desire to work in the building and construction industry.<p>Prospective students should also understand that successful completion of this course may lead to employment opportunities that require outdoor work, work at heights, or underground work and may involve physical labour.
Prior to enrolment or commencement of training you will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment and a pre-training interview. These will assist with determining your suitability to the course, verify your training plan, and identify any learning support needs.

Recognition of prior learning

You may be able to reduce the number of units to be studied in your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.

Course Structure


To receive this qualification, you must complete 19 units in total, comprising of 11 core units and 8 elective units. Elective units have been chosen by Holmesglen based on feedback from industry and staff qualifications.<p>If the learner has already completed other eligible elective units, these will be counted towards completion of this program.
Unit code Unit name
CPCCBC4001 Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Class 1 and 10 buildings
CPCCBC4053 Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Class 2 to 9 Type C buildings
CPCCBC4012 Read and interpret plans and specifications
CPCCBC4014 Prepare simple building sketches and drawings
CPCCBC4018 Apply site surveys and set-out procedures to building and construction projects
CPCCBC4009 Apply legal requirements to building and construction projects
CPCCBC4010 Apply structural principles to residential and commercial constructions
CPCCBC4008 Supervise site communication and administration processes for building and construction projects
CPCCBC4007 Plan building and construction work
CPCCBC4021 Minimise waste on the building and construction site
CPCCBC4002 Manage work health and safety in the building and construction workplace
Unit code Unit name
CPCCBC4013 Prepare and evaluate tender documentation
CPCCBC4003 Select, prepare and administer a construction contract
CPCCBC4004 Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects
CPCCBC4005 Produce labour and material schedules for ordering
CPCCBC4026 Arrange building applications and approvals
BSBPMG422 Apply project quality management techniques
CPCCBC4006 Select, procure and store construction materials for building and construction projects
CPCSUS4002 Use building science principles to construct energy efficient buildings


Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards.

How to apply


Click the ‘apply’ button below to get your application started with us. Our friendly Holmesglen team will be in touch to discuss your study opportunities and pre-training requirements.

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Qualification and Recognition

On completion, you will receive the CPC40120 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)

Industry Connections


Tuition fees GST exempt Cost
Full Fee $12,269
Government subsidised $4,473
Concession $895
Free TAFE eligible student FREE
Mandatory materials Cost
Activities fee $195

Additional Course Cost

In the event that onsite excursion are allowed and on the schedule, the required personal protective equipment students will need to supply is: <br>Safety boots (steel capped, ankle height) Safety pants <br>Work shirt (waist length jacket, if cold) Safety glasses <br>Hat for sun protection <br>Sunscreen (if exposed to sunlight) <br>Safety Gloves (if handling building materials) <br> <br>If additional safety equipment is required, it will be supplied by the Institute The total cost of these items is between $200 - $250. <br>Students will be required to hold a construction induction card (White Card). To attain this card, students will be required to complete a one-day course (at Holmesglen or another accredited training provider) prior to commencing this course. The cost of this program is between $150 - $200. <br> <br>Detailed consumables and equipment list will be provided to students upon enrolment. Computers are available in tutorial classrooms. <br>• USB connected headset if using class computers while teacher is remote $55 <br> <br>Recommended other items: <br>• Recommended book - George Wilkie: Building Your own Home $ 40 <br>• Recommended for homework - Suitable home computer capable to run Microsoft suite including Word , Excel and PowerPoint . Office365 is available for free. Microsoft Project will be available on the classroom computers. <br>Total equals $545

All fees are indicative only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth funding. <a href="/study-with-us/tafe-study/tafe-fees-and-scholarships/government-subsidised-training">Find out now if you are eligible for Government-subsidised fees or Concession. </a>


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