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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-sized residential building businesses. You'll learn how to own and operate your own building enterprise and take your expertise to the next level with industry-standard skills and knowledge.

This specialised qualification developed in close consultation with the building and construction industry will equip you with the expertise and knowledge 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 a 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 focuses 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


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • An interest in working in a variety of environments
  • A strong work ethic
  • An aptitude for working with your hands
  • Effective communication and people skills
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • High 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 the 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 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 workplaces, 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
  • LinkedIn Learning - an online resource that offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills


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:
  • 19 units of competency:
  • 11 core units
  • 8 elective units.
  • To achieve the occupational outcome of Builder electives must include:
  • All Group A elective units
  • Up to two elective units from either Group B or general electives.
  • One elective unit may be from any training package or accredited course as long as it ensures the integrity of the qualification’s and contributes to a valid, industry supported vocational outcome
  • Core Units
  • CPCCBC4001 Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Class 1 and 10 Buildings
  • CPCCBC4002 Manage work health and safety in the building and construction workplace
  • CPCCBC4007 Plan building or construction work
  • CPCCBC4008 Supervise site communication and administration processes for building and construction projects
  • CPCCBC4009 Apply legal requirements to building and construction projects
  • CPCCBC4010 Apply structural principles to residential and commercial constructions
  • 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
  • CPCCBC4021 Minimise waste on the building and construction site
  • CPCCBC4053 Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Class 2 to 9, Type C Buildings
  • BSBESB407 Manage finances for new business ventures
  • CPCCBC4004 Identify and produce estimated costs for building and constructions projects
  • CPCCBC4003 Select, prepare and administer a construction contract
  • CPCCBC4024 Resolve business disputes
  • BSBPMG422 Apply project quality management techniques
  • CPCCBC4005 Produce labour and material schedules for ordering
  • CPCCBC4006 Select, procure and store construction materials for building and construction projects
  • CPCSUS4002 Use building science principles to construct energy efficient buildings


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.