National code: CPC40110

Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)

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Overview About this course

Build your career as a builder or construction manager and learn how to own and operate your own building enterprise. Take your expertise to the next level and graduate with industry-standard skills and knowledge to further your opportunities in the booming industry.

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Plan, prepare, read and interpret building and construction plans, contracts, and specifications

  • Identify and estimate building costs

  • Schedule ordering of materials and labour

  • Supervise projects

  • Follow building codes and standards for residential and commercial constructions

Course Outcomes

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

  • Real-world experience through 200 hours of work placement in industry

  • Experience to read and interpret plans, sketches, drawings and specifications

  • The ability to create reports and construction contracts

  • Experience to submit tenders, building applications, submissions and file notes

  • An understanding of building codes and standards

  • Eligibility to apply for a Builder’s Licence (if you meet additional requirements)

  • A pathway to owning and operating a licensed building enterprise

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.

Completion requirements

During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

  • A general construction induction card (commonly known as a white card) – you will need this before you can enter a construction site

Entry recommendations

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

  • Significant industry experience

  • Intermediate communication and math skills

  • Excellent organisational skills to co-ordinate construction

  • Problem solving skills and high attention to detail

  • Ability to use a computer

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.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: Builder and Construction manager


To be qualified as a licensed builder in NSW, you need to apply for a builders licence. This course meets one of the requirements to apply for your NSW Builders Licence. Visit NSW Fair Trading for licensing requirements and guidelines before you apply.

Study pathways

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

Previous study 0 Courses

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

The Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 1 Course

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 0 Courses

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

The Certificate IV in 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.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 16 Units of competency, including 13 core and 3 speciality units.

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 small business finances BSBSMB406A

  • Apply structural principles to residential low rise constructions CPCCBC4010B-UNGRADED

  • Manage occupational health and safety in the building and construction workplace CPCCBC4002A

  • Conduct on-site supervision of building and construction projects CPCCBC4008B

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TAFE NSW Services Facilities 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

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • 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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