Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)


Course Length

Part time:

1 year

Contact Hours

Part time:

1 day per week


Subsidised Standard:


Subsidised Standard (Concession):


Subsidised Trainee:


Subsidised Trainee (Concession):


Full Fee:


Course Materials:


Student Services Fees (per year):



Delivery Mode



Course Overview

This qualification is designed to meet the needs of builders and managers of small to medium-sized building businesses.

Get the skills to run your own business, producing high-quality work that conforms to building codes and standards. You'll learn to plan construction projects, choose quality materials, and supervise site activities.

You'll also learn key skills in small business finances, estimating build costs, and managing Occupational Health and Safety on the job site. You can undertake the course as an apprentice, or as an existing worker.

Applicants considering this course ideally are those in the industry currently employed with experience, knowledge and skills.

For consideration: Builder licensing varies across States and Territories and additional requirements to attainment of this qualification are now required in Victoria.

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 you to work in the building & construction industry as a Builder or Construction Manager.

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

Further Study

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

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard: $2,033.00

2. Subsidised Standard (Concession): $407.00

3. Subsidised Trainee: $2,033.00

4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession): $407.00

5. Full Fee: $6,358.00

Course Materials: $476.00

Student Services Fees (per year): $85.00

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

Entry Requirements

This course is in transition. The course code, title, units, and content may change in the future. Further information will be provided upon enrolment, or during the course of your training.

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 & 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 CPCCOHS1001A covers this requirement.
  • Please apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider with your employer to organise your apprenticeship/traineeship contract prior to applying for this course.
  • Knowledge and experience within the building industry

Course Study Units

Core Units
BSBSMB406A - Manage small business finances
CPCCBC4001A - 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 - Select And Prepare A Construction Contract
CPCCBC4004A - 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 - Apply Structural Principles To Residential Low Rise Constructions
CPCCBC4011B - Apply Structural Principles To Commercial Low Rise Constructions
CPCCBC4012B - Read and interpret plans and specifications
Elective Units
BSBSMB402 - Plan small business finances
BSBSMB404 - Undertake small business planning
BSBSMB405 - Monitor and manage small business operations

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Knowledge tests
  • Projects
  • Work observation evidence
  • Demonstration
  • Online assessments

Students are provided assessment feedback for each unit. Trainers offer feedback, guidance and support through the flexible learning workshops. If required students have the opportunity to meet with their trainers 1:1 basis.

Course Co-ordinator

Andrew McGranahan

Attendance & Commitment

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

Students are required to attend all classes where possible and will have access to a trainer outside of class times if required.

Resources that students will need to bring to class are pPens & AS1684 standards need to be provided.

Apprentices/ Existing workers: Training comprises of 11 months, part-time, of on-campus training which consists of 1 day per week, 8 hours per session. This includes access to and use of a simulated workshop where the students can practice their skills and demonstrate the knowledge they have acquired. Students also undertake approximately 35 hours of face-to-face assessment over the duration of their course.

Educational Support Services

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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Student Support

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

Learner's Rights

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

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.