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1 Year


The Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) is designed to prepare you for roles as a builder or construction manager in small to medium size residential building businesses.

Developed in close consultation with the building and construction industry, this specialised qualification will equip you with the expertise and transferrable skills that employers are looking for.


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Through course work, you will learn to:

  • Prepare construction contracts
  • Manage small business finances
  • Risk manage projects
  • Site management skills at supervisor level
  • Apply project quality management
  • Lead effective workplace relationships
  • Apply building science principles (BASIX) to construct energy efficient and sustainable structures


TAFE NSW is known for delivering training that has a strong focus on your practical abilities. You will strengthen your skills in:

  • Construction contracts, plans, sketches and drawings and specifications, reports, tenders, schedules, building applications and submissions and file notes


Stand out in a global job market by developing a range of key soft skills to work in the building and construction industry:

  • Planning and organisation
  • Leadership style
  • Effective communication
  • Problem solving and attention to detail


The construction industry is one of the largest job generators in the world, and it is expected to account for 14.7% of all global economic output by 2030.

The increase in Government infrastructure projects has led to increasing demand for qualified construction managers with strong leadership skills to keep projects running on schedule and within budget.

Key countries investing in major government projects and contributing to global economic output include UK, Indonesia, India, USA and China.


When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledgeand skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

Academic Requirements:
English Language Requirements:
TAFE NSW makes every effort to ensure your Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) needs are met. The level of support you need may be assessed via a review of your LLN skills with written tasks and a one-on-one interview. If you need to strengthen your LLN skills, an individual training plan will be created with you.

To be prepared for this course, it is highly recommended that you have:

  • Intermediate math skills
  • Intermediate computer skills to be confident in using industry standard building software programs

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

The qualification meets one of the requirements for a NSW Fair Trading Contractor Licence (Building). Please visit Fair Trading NSW website for all licensing requirements.


From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from a range of courses offered at multiple campus locations across the state. Experience our vibrant spaces such as libraries, cafes and gyms as well as places you can network and socialise.

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LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Granville Feb A$14,680
Nirimba Feb , Jul A$14,680
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$14,680
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Granville Feb A$14,680
Nirimba Feb , Jul A$14,680
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$14,680


Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from A$300 - $1,000 per course.


TAFE NSW offers you a range of on campus study environments you will have access to industry specific computer rooms, simulated work places, study and presentation areas as well as general student facilities to enhance your learning and student experience.

Student facilities, amenities and support services include:

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor


To receive this course students must complete all core units and a range of Additional units. 

Note: Additional units may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit at that location. TAFE NSW does not guarantee that speciality units listed will be offered at each location and semester. You will receive your timetable from the teaching section on commencement and speciality units offered will be provided at that time.

  • Packaging Rules:
  • To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in:
  • Total of 16 units of competency:
  • 13 core units
  • 3 elective units.
  • The elective units must be selected as follows:
  • All three elective units may be selected from the elective units listed below
  • 2 of the 3 elective units may be selected from Certificate III, Certificate IV or Diploma from another endorsed Training Package or from CPC08, provided that at least one unit is from Certificate IV and the industry context is maintained.
  • Some units in this qualification may have prerequisite requirements, which must be met when packaging the qualification. Users are referred to the list of CPC08 units with prerequisite unit requirements available in this Training Package for this purpose.
  • Core Units:
  • BSBSMB406 Manage small business finances
  • CPCCBC4001a Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for low rise building projects
  • CPCCBC4002A Manage occupational health and safety in the building and construction workplace
  • CPCCBC4003A Select and prepare a construction contract
  • CPCCBC4004A Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects
  • CPCCBC4005A Produce labour and material schedules for ordering
  • CPCCBC4006A Select, procure and store construction materials for low rise projects
  • CPCCBC4007A Plan building or construction work
  • CPCCBC4008B Conduct on-site supervision of building and construction projects
  • CPCCBC4009A Apply legal requirements to building and construction projects
  • CPCCBC4010B Apply structural principles to residential low rise constructions
  • CPCCBC4011B Apply structural principles to commercial low rise constructions
  • CPCCBC4012B Read and interpret plans and specifications
  • BSBLDR403 Promote team effectiveness
  • BSBITU201 Produce simple word processed documents
  • BSBITU202 Create and use spreadsheets
  • BSBITU301 Create and use databases
  • BSBMGT403 Implement continuous improvement
  • BSBPMG411 Apply project quality management techniques
  • BSBPMG415 Apply project risk management techniques
  • BSBPMG522 Undertake project work
  • BSBSMB401 Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business
  • BSBSMB402 Plan small business finances
  • BSBSMB404 Undertake small business planning
  • BSBSMB405 Monitor and manage small business operations
  • BSBLDR402 Lead effective workplace relationships
  • BSBWRT401 Write complex documents
  • CPCCBC4013A Prepare and evaluate tender documentation
  • CPCCBC4014A Prepare simple building sketches and drawings
  • CPCCBC4015A Prepare specifications for all construction works
  • CPCCBC4016A Administer a construction contract
  • CPCCBC4017A Arrange resources and prepare for the building or construction project
  • CPCCBC4018A Apply site surveys and set out procedures to building and construction projects
  • CPCCBC4019A Apply sustainable building design principles to water management systems
  • CPCCBC4020A Build thermally efficient and sustainable structures
  • CPCCBC4021A Minimise waste on the building and construction site
  • CPCCBC4022A Supervise tilt up work
  • CPCCBC4024A Resolve business disputes
  • CPCCBC4025A Manage personal work priorities and professional development
  • CPCCBC4026A Arrange building applications and approvals
  • CPCCBC4051A Supervise asbestos removal
  • CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
  • CPSUS4001A Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
  • CPCSUS4002A Use building science principles to construct energy efficient buildings
  • CPCSUS4003A Maximise energy efficiency through applied trade skills
  • HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
  • TAEDEL402 Plan organise and facilitate learning in the workplace


From certificates to diplomas, degrees to study packages, you can take your study further with us.


Build your expertise with a TAFE NSW Construction study pathway:


Plan your study around your life with a TAFE NSW study package. Our study packages allow for multiple courses to be packaged together that can lead you to a TAFE NSW or an Australian University Bachelor Degree with credits. This gives you a one stop shop by completing your applications for the whole package through TAFE NSW allowing you to apply for one student Visa for the full duration of the package.

TAFE NSW allows for two or more courses to be packaged together, either to meet the prerequisite requirements for a course or to plan your studies around your career goals. You can submit a single TAFE NSW application form and will be able to apply for one Student Visa for the full duration of the package.