Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)

Course Code: CPC40110
Study Area:
Building and Construction

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, we have adapted our course delivery to now encompass a combination of remote and flexible delivery methods. This includes easy to navigate online tutorials, video conferencing (classroom simulation) as well as face-to-face practical assessments and work placements – where safe and practical to implement. Therefore, you will require access to the internet and a computer to undertake this course. Our flexible model allows you to continue to study in a safe, guided and fully supported manner with continued access to all learning, personal and wellbeing supports. You will be advised by your facilitator on a case by case basis in relation to practical and work placement assessments, as some flexibility will be required during this challenging time.

Start Date / Day & Time:

Bendigo Charleston Road: 30 January / Thursday evening 5 - 9pm

Castlemaine: due to commence Oct/Nov 2020, contact us for more details

Echuca: rolling enrolments, contact us for more details / Wednesday evening 5.30 - 9.30pm

Duration: Part time - 1 year

Gain the skills you need to run a small to medium construction business.


You may be entitled to free tuition fees for this course if you meet the eligibility criteria for the State Government’s FREE TAFE for Priority Courses initiative. It's important to know that you may incur other fees, such as student services fees or materials fees, and you'll need to cover these costs yourself. To find out more, call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or contact us via our online enquiry form.

  • Bendigo - Charleston Road, Castlemaine campus, Echuca campus
Course Structure
  • Part time – 1 year. You will attend class one night per week.


This qualification is nationally recognised

Possible careers
  • Job prospects for graduates of this course include: • Builder • Construction Manager • Construction Planner • Site Supervisor

  • Ideal to have a construction background but this is not mandatory.

Course overview

This qualification is designed to meet the needs of builders and managers of small to medium-sized building businesses. The builder may also be the appropriately licensed person with responsibility under the relevant building licensing authority in the State or Territory. Builder licensing varies across States and Territories and additional requirements to attainment of this qualification may be required. Occupational titles may include: ◾Builder ◾Construction manager. The qualification has core unit of competency requirements that cover common skills for the construction industry. The construction industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units of competency to be delivered in this context. Completion of the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007) is required before entering a construction work site. Achievement of unit CPCCOHS1001A covers this requirement. Additional units of competency may be required to meet builder registration requirements in various States and Territories.

How to apply
Application to VTAC and supplementary application to Bendigo TAFE

Selection process
  • You may need to attend an interview and complete a language, literacy and numeracy assessment.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience.  Further information refer to RPL

Assessment Methods
  • Assessment may include written and verbal and assessment tasks.

Learning options
  • Online

Key study areas

Key study areas will focus on units that cover:

* Communication – the course has embedded competencies to assist in coordinating estimates, tenders, negotiating contracts and marketing strategies. You will also gain the skills needed to conduct on site supervision of tradespeople and negotiate disputes.

* Teamwork - Essential skills are delivered in monitoring safe work practices and WHS obligations, facilitating and leading construction works and managing the staged completion of multiple projects with labour force and time constraints.

* Problem Solving - you will develop skills in identifying and rectifying hazards and risks and the process of implementing control measures. You will be guided through the complexities of construction legislation, structural principles, building codes and small business finance.

* Initiative and enterprise - you will develop a strong understanding of the strategies required to plan for a small business, procuring clients, financial security, legal obligations and scheduling for labour and materials.

* Planning and organising - you will develop techniques for creating templates to estimate for construction work, coordinate labour force requirements, procure and store the required materials. You will identify, and determine potential impacts from external factors and implement mitigation processes.

*Self Management - we will engage you to identify your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to enable you to position yourself into a highly competitive market with the best possible outcome.

* Learning - we will encourage you to be open to alternative solutions, products and ideas. You will demonstrate the ability to seek out and act on feedback in a productive and considered manner.

Further study opportunities
  • You could continue into Diploma level qualifications.


Your fees are made up of four parts.
  1. Course enrolment type
  2. Materials
  3. Consumables
  4. Student Support Fee.   
Once you have determined the fees applicable to your situation you will be able to calculate a indicative total fee for your qualification.

Are you eligible for Government subsidised fees? Check for your eligibility here
Are you eligible for concession? Check for your eligibility here
Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

A.   Course enrolment type:Standard
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$2,654.40
Concession - average total course fee*$530.88
Full fee - average total course fee*$11,155.20
B.   Materials average fee**$420.00
C.   Consumables average fee**$0.00
Indicative pricing for:
A.   Course enrolment type:Traineeship
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$2,654.40
Concession - average total course fee*$530.88
Full fee - average total course fee*$11,155.20
B.   Materials average fee**$0.00
C.   Consumables average fee**$0.00
Indicative pricing for:
A.   Course enrolment type:Standard
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$2,654.40
Concession - average total course fee*$530.88
Full fee - average total course fee*$10,626.00
B.   Materials average fee**$487.20
C.   Consumables average fee**$0.00
Indicative pricing for:

*The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment and details of any other fees including but not limited to student services, amenities, goods or materials and consumables.
**Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student. Read more on fees and charges

D.  Student Support fees
The Student Support fee is a non-tuition fee for Government subsidised (eligible) students and full fee paying (ineligible) students. Read more. Student support fees are non refundable . Student support fees are payable annually for the duration of your course, over and above tuition fees.

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