International Course Info

Course code:


Course fee:

A$16,140 - A$16,790


1 Year


The Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) teaches you the skills and knowledge you need to run your own building enterprise or advance your career in the construction industry. You will gain insights into building and construction codes and standards, project management and preparing building sketches and drawings.

In this course, you'll learn to interpret plans, estimate costs, apply structural principles and follow safe work practices. You will develop your teamwork and communication skills, and gain practical experience in various aspects of building and construction.

Graduates will be well prepared to plan and execute projects efficiently, meet legal obligations and contribute to sustainable construction practices.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, 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


Build your experience and get practical skills in: 

  • Reading and interpreting plans, sketches, drawings and specifications
  • Estimating costs
  • Submitting building applications, submissions and file notes
  • Applying structural principles to your building and construction work
  • Adhering to safe work practices
  • Working collaboratively with others


Develop the qualities you need to get ahead in this industry:

  • A passion for working on building and construction projects
  • An interest in working in a variety of environments indoors and outdoors
  • A strong work ethic
  • Effective communication and people skills
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • High attention to detail


This qualification could help you prepare for roles like:

  • Builder
  • Construction supervisor
  • Site manager
  • Site supervisor
  • Estimator


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:

  • Academic IELTS 6.0 (with no individual band less than 5.5) or equivalent

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 recommended that you have:

  • Excellent organisational skills to coordinate construction
  • Problem solving skills and high attention to detail
  • Access to a computer and internet to support your learning and assessments

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 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.

Learn more about TAFE NSW study locations

LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Granville Feb A$16,140
Nirimba Feb , Jul A$16,140
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$16,140
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Granville Feb A$16,790
Nirimba Feb , Jul A$16,790
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$16,790


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


TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the resources, counselling and facilities to support you while you are studying.

We offer a range of support services including: 

  • 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 building and 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.