Offering Info

Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)

  • National Course Code: CPC40110
  • TAFE NSW code: CPC40110-01V07-21HIL-201

Location – The Hills, Castle Hill (Trainee)


Part Time



Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

15.8 Hours per week


40 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer

Course Details

The nationally accredited Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) will further your career as a builder or construction manager. Youll learn how to own and operate your own building enterprise and take your expertise to the next level with industry-standard skills and knowledge.


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
  • Follow building codes and standards for residential and commercial constructions


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • 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
  • An aptitude for working with their hands
  • Effective communication and people skills
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • High attention to detail


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate IV level
  • Eligibility to apply for a Builders Licence (if you meet additional requirements)
  • A pathway to owning and operating a licensed building enterprise

Career opportunities:

  • Builder
  • Construction manager


Take your career further with the:

  • Diploma of Building Construction (Building)
  • Diploma of Building Design

This course is superseded.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.

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 knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


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

TAFE NSW also offers the Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) as a traineeship. To be eligible to enrol as a trainee you must:

  • Be employed in the building and constructionindustry as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signed traineeship contract

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.


During your study, you will need to meet specific requirements to complete your coursework.

To be able to undertake work placement you need to meet other requirements. This includes:

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


If you are enrolling as a non-trainee, you need to be in relevant employment or have access to appropriate simulated workplace environments to meet course completion requirements.

You must complete 200 hours of work placement with a suitable industry employer.

You are responsible for arranging your own work placement. Our team can offer support and guidance to assist you.


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.


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

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


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence of the following:

  • have completed or are being enrolled in a Safe Work Australia recognised Industry White Card course, which is a general safety course for the construction industry and a requirement of entry onto any building site in NSW.
  • have completed the HSC ROSA or Certificate III or English/Maths evaluation to level 3 with RU Ready app.
  • employed in the industry as a trainee.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • access to the internet and a computer with word processing and spreadsheet programmes & the ability to dedicate yourself to your studies. The building industry mainly uses Windows based computer programmes and students using Apple computers often find it difficult to obtain adequate versions of software so they may need to run dual platforms i.e. Windows and Osx.
  • to achieve ACSF level 3 or better performance in languague literacy and numeracy evaluation in initial weeks of course and when needed undertake tutorial support in these areas.


To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session.

Date Time Location
Tuesday, 1 June 2021 5.00pm to 6.30pm Online via Microsoft Teams Link:
Wednesday, 23 June 2021 5.00pm to 6.30pm The Hills College, Castle Hill Campus, Building E, Level 1, Room E1.16

If unable to attend an information session, please contact administration support on 02 9208 7428 for further information.


This is a part time evening, blended delivery course. You will need to attend approximately 12 hours of class, over 3 nights a week, for 40 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 3.8 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 1 hour of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, research and assessment preparation.

Attendance is generally face-to-face in the classroom. Additionally once classes are running, teachers will confirm availability of online classes, in which case students will have the option of either connected delivery online or face-to-face classes. The third night of classes is optional and has a tutorial focus.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • are employed in the industry as a trainee.
  • have a desire to work in construction management supervising construction sites or work in affiliated industry areas such as facilities management (building managers) & property development.

Success in this course combined with the Diploma of Building or a Certificate III (trade level) in Carpentry or Bricklaying satisfies the Office of Fair Trading's NSW builder's licensing educational requirements. To qualify for the builder's licence you will need additional industry experience. This course can also be combined with various university degrees such as structural engineering and architectural courses to qualify for the NSW builder's licence. For more information go to


This course requires language literacy and numeracy skills at level 3 or 4. Support is available for those close to these levels, and short courses are recommended prior to enrolment for those at a basic skills level.

Students complete English comprehension and maths evaluation in the first weeks of the course to assess the need for additional support and for those students who are not confident in maths we offer voluntary maths tutorial classes that many students enrol in. Those who may need help with English are offered support by another department within TAFE.

Counselling and disabilities services are available to people who may have social, mental health and/ or physical disabilities or conditions. These free services are provided with the highest levels of confidentiality and discretion and have assisted many students to achieve success in their building studies and we encourage students to make full use of them.

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 5.00pm to 9.30pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.

This is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enrolments for this course have now closed.

Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

Elective Units
Number Title
BSBSMB406A Manage small business finances
CPCCBC4001A-UNGRADED 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-UNGRADED Select and prepare a construction contract
CPCCBC4004A-UNGRADED Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects
CPCCBC4005A Produce labour and material schedules for ordering
CPCCBC4006B 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
CPCCBC4009B Apply legal requirements to building and construction projects
CPCCBC4010B-UNGRADED Apply structural principles to residential low rise constructions
CPCCBC4011B Apply structural principles to commercial low rise constructions
CPCCBC4012B Read and interpret plans and specifications
CPCCBC4013A-UNGRADED Prepare and evaluate tender documentation
CPCCBC4018A Apply site surveys and set-out procedures to building and construction projects
CPCCBC4024A Resolve business disputes

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Construction manager

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Course Location

The Hills, Baulkham Hills
146-160 Old Northern Road, Baulkham Hills
Phone 131 601

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