National code: CPC50220

    Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)

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    OverviewAbout this course

    Strengthen your skills in the building industry and gain experience for supervisory roles. Develop leadership abilities to manage a construction site and ensure projects are completed on time and within budget.

    OutcomesWhat you'll gain

    Learning outcomes

    Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

    • Apply building codes and standards, legal requirements and structural principals

    • Prepare building sketches and drawings

    • Perform site surveys to set out a building site

    • Estimate and monitor costs

    • Schedule labour and materials

    • Manage project quality, risks, contracts and contractor performance

    Course outcomes

    Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

    • Experience in supervising the progress of a project and managing staff

    • The ability to apply for an NSW builders licence (with additional requirements)

    • Skills and knowledge to start your own building enterprise

    • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

    SuitabilityIs this course right for you?

    Entry requirements

    This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

    • Successful completion of the Year 12 Higher School Certificate (or equivalent) evidenced by a copy of your certificate

    • Successful completion of the Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building), as evidenced by a copy of your transcript or certificate or

    • Successful completion of 11 core units CPCCBC4001, CPCCBC4003, CPCCBC4004, CPCCBC4005, CPCCBC4008, CPCCBC4009, CPCCBC4010, CPCCBC4012, CPCCBC4014, CPCCBC4018, CPCCBC4053 as evidenced by a copy of your transcript

    • That you hold a valid general construction induction card (commonly known as a white card)

    • Before your first day of class you must complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test and achieve a score of 4 across the five bands of literacy and 4 across one band of numeracy. This helps us to determine that your skills match the demands of the course, to direct you to an alternative study option or to provide you with the appropriate support for your success. Your teacher will let you know when this must be completed.

    • To take this course as an apprenticeship you need to be employed as an apprentice in the industry as evidenced by a letter of support from your employer and

    • Submit your Training Plan Proposal (TPP) with your application​​

    • This course is also offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements

    Entry recommendations

    To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

    • Excellent organisational abilities to coordinate construction

    • Great problem-solving skills

    TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

    PathwaysFuture career and study options

    Career pathways

    Our graduates go onto roles like:

    Project Builder

    Project Builders manage the construction, alteration and renovation of dwellings and other buildings.

    • Full-time share Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).


    • Employment size Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.

      17,100 workers

    • Average age This is the average age of all workers in this job.

      44 years

    • Weekly pay Median earnings are shown for full-time, non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax or any amounts that are salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide to earnings only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.


    • Average full-time The average full-time hours that people in this role work each week.

      47 hours

    • Skill level rating Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job roles. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job.

      Very high

    • Gender share

      4% female

    • Future growth The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers in this role, or industry, over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change compared to all other job roles.

      Moderate Growth

    Other jobs include: builder, general foreperson, construction supervisor, contracts administrator and estimator.


    To be qualified as a licensed builder in NSW, you need to apply for a builders licence. This course meets part of the requirements. Visit NSW Fair Trading for licensing requirements before you enrol.

    Study pathways

    Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

    Previous study1 Course

    Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

    Further study0 Courses

    Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

    The Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) does not have any post-graduate courses.

    Related study0 Courses

    Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

    The Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) does not have any related courses.

    Your experience counts

    At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

    UnitsUnits taught in this course

    Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 27 Units of competency, including 24 core and 3 speciality units.

    Please note, not all specialty units are offered at every TAFE NSW location. It is highly recommended that you check with your preferred campus for information about the specialty units offered at that location.

    Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

    • Manage business riskBSBOPS504

    • Lead WHS risk managementBSBWHS513

    • Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Class 1 and 10 buildingsCPCCBC4001

    • Select, prepare and administer a construction contractCPCCBC4003

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    TAFE NSW servicesFacilities and support

    TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

    • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

    • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

    • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

    • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

    • TAFE NSW Libraries

    • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

    • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

    • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

    • Student associations – get social with our student community

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