National code: CPC40120

Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)

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Overview About this course

Study online or on campus to launch your career as a builder or site manager. Learn to operate your own building enterprise, improve your understanding of national construction codes and standards, and develop your knowledge to progress your career further.

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

  • Interpret 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.

  • The ability to create reports and construction contracts

  • Experience in following building codes and standards

  • Part of the eligibility requirements required to apply for a building licence

  • Strong pathways to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

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

  • Attend a pre-enrolment interview with your teacher who will evaluate your skills to determine how we can best support your success or if an alternative pathway is recommended

  • Undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test to assist us in designing your individualised plan that supports your study success and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course

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


  • This course can also be taken as an apprenticeship. Enquire today to find out more.

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:

  • Intermediate communication and math skills

  • Excellent organisational skills to coordinate 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:

Building Associate

Building Associates supervise construction sites, and organise and coordinate the material and human resources required.

  • 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.

    15,200 workers

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

    42 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.

    49 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.


  • Gender share

    3% 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, construction supervisor, site manager, site supervisor and estimator.


To be qualified as a licensed builder in NSW, you need to apply for a building licence. This course meets one of the requirements to apply for your building licence in NSW. 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 19 units of competency, including 11 core and 8 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.

  • Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Class 1 and 10 buildings CPCCBC4001

  • Manage work health and safety in the building and construction workplace CPCCBC4002

  • Plan building and construction work CPCCBC4007

  • Supervise site communication and administration processes for building and construction projects CPCCBC4008

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

  • 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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