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Certificate IV in Building and Construction


Certificate IV in Building and Construction CPC40120

Course Overview

The Certificate IV in Building and Construction is the recognised qualification to become a Registered Builder.

Students will come away with the skills to run a business, producing high-quality work that conforms to building codes and standards. Students will also learn to plan construction projects, choose quality materials, and supervise site activities, as well as key skills in small business finances, estimating build costs, and managing Occupational Health and Safety on the job site.

This course is suitable for individuals already working in the building industry in some capacity.

This course is available as part of the Free TAFE scheme as well as the JobTrainer initiative, for eligible students.

Please note: the information on this page is relevant for 2022 enrolments.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

During COVID‐19 lockdown periods, this course will have the majority of the training delivered using online methods of teaching and communication while students engage from home with their trainers. Any required practical components of the course will be moved to a more appropriate time later in the year.

Career Pathways

This course prepares graduates to work in the building & construction industry as building contractor.

Working in this industry may involve working outdoors or on on-site. Hours of work may vary depending on where individuals work.

Further Study

After graduating, students might like to undertake further study in the CPC50210 Diploma of Building.

Course Dates & Times

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Public - PT - Open from 10th Aug - 1 day Week (Tue) - 5pm-9pm / 2022

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Full Fee
Course Materials
Student Services Fees (per year)

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.

Please note that the fees on this webpage, for this particular course:

  • are correct at the time of publishing for those enrolling in 2022 and may change without notice.
  • will be discussed with applications as part of the application process to ensure it is understood what is being paid for and which fee rates they may be eligible for.

Course Fees consist of 3 different components:

  1. Student Tuition Fee - cover the costs of training and assessment. These fees vary across courses and are calculated based on a rate per nominal hour enrolled in. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Circumstances may include:
    1. an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    2. an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    3. ineligible individuals who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs.
  2. Material Fee - where applicable, cover the costs of classroom consumables, handouts and booklets, e-Learning resources and associated license access fees and excursions.
  3. Student Services Fee (SSF) - contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF is a non-refundable annual fee that does not apply to short course participants.

Additionally, some courses require students to purchase or supply textbooks, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

GOTAFE offers a range of payment options to help you pay your fees.
Learn more about fees, charges, refunds and payment options

Training package entry requirements

There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) online test to ensure the required literacy and numeracy levels for the course are met.
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review by interview to ensure the course suits their needs and aspirations, and that they are likely to complete the course successfully.
  • Complete the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007) before entering a construction work site. Achievement of unit CPCCWHS1001 covers this requirement.
Core Units
Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Class 1 and 10 buildings
Manage work health and safety in the building and construction workplace
Plan building and construction work
Supervise site communication and administration processes for building and construction projects
Apply legal requirements to building and construction projects
Apply structural principles to residential and commercial constructions
Read and interpret plans and specifications
Prepare simple building sketches and drawings
Apply site surveys and set-out procedures to building and construction projects
Minimise waste on the building and construction site
Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Class 2 to 9 Type C buildings
Elective Units
Apply project quality management techniques
Select, prepare and administer a construction contract
Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects
Produce labour and material schedules for ordering
Select, procure and store construction materials for building and construction projects
Prepare and evaluate tender documentation
Arrange building applications and approvals
Use building science principles to construct energy efficient buildings

Assessment methods may include:

  • Knowledge questions
  • Written questions
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Projects

Brad Ornsby

On-campus students

This course runs over a 2‐year period and students are enrolled part‐time. Training comprises of face-to-face on-campus learning 1 day (Tuesday 5-9pm) per scheduled week.

Students are encouraged to engage with their trainer outside of their scheduled classes in order to enhance their learning by using the opportunity to clarify assessment requirements, learning content and general understanding of the course/units.

Students have scheduled access to trainers throughout the course. Trainers are also available to student via email, phone, etc; throughout the course.

Student resources

In order to complete this course, students are required to have:

  • a laptop/computer with internet access, including access to You Tube

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Learning support

A free and confidential service to help you build the foundation skills you need to be successful at TAFE. Improve your english language, maths and/or writing skills; enhance your computer, exam and study skills.

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Our library team are passionate about supporting students to achieve their study goals. They have subject guides, referencing help, and online resources to assist you with you assessments.

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Jobs and study options

Our Skills and Jobs Centres can assist and talk through options for courses, careers, assistance with job applications and more.

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Whether you need support with time management, your mental health, grief and loss, a diagnosed disability, financial hardship, or any other challenge life through your way, we are here to help.

Support for personal issues

We have a dedicated team to ensure students have the help they need with personal issues impacting studies such as homelessness, family problems & setting up payment plans.

Find out how the Student Experience Team can help you

Disability support

Get access to the supports and adjustments you need for your disability or medical condition to be successful in your studies.

Seek support from our Equitable Learning Advisors

Counselling services

We offer free counselling services to help you work through life's challenges including grief and loss, mental health or relationships.

Learn about our Student Wellbeing Advisors

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.

Please note: Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review. This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification. There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking. You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.

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