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Certificate IV in Building and Construction

CPC40110 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)

What’s it all about?

This program covers the skills and knowledge needed by professional builders in the low-rise residential sector of the building industry. The training will also assist in your application for a Builder’s Licence or Builder’s Registration – Contact the licensing or registration body in your state or territory for application requirements.

Learn to run a small to medium construction business and take overall responsibility for completing the construction of a building. Understand the processes involved in selecting contractors, overseeing the work and its quality and successful client liaison.

On successful completion you will be issued with the Nationally Recognised qualification:

  • CPC40110 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)

This training program consists of an industry supported combination of short courses, providing a progressive and practical understanding of each of the skill areas.

  • Legal Requirements
  • Resolving Business Disputes (NSW only)
  • Planning your Business (Victoria only)
  • Managing Your Finances
  • Interpreting Plans & Specifications
  • Residential Building Codes
  • Building Structures
  • Building Contracts
  • Estimating & Tendering
  • Planning Building Work
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Site Set Out
  • Supervising Building Work

More detailed information on the content and format of this qualification can be found in the ‘Nationally Recognised training details’ section of this page.

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Who should do this training?

Experienced building trade personnel working towards their application for a Builder’s licence or registration and/or looking to gain additional skills and knowledge in residential and low rise building and construction projects.

What do I need before I start?

HIA will conduct a pre-enrolment review with you to make sure that this program is suitable for your needs, current skills and experience.

  • Suitable level of English reading, writing and numeracy skills
  • The ability to research, access and interpret complex documents
  • Knowledge of building terminology
  • Access to a building site


  • at least basic computer skills in spreadsheets, search engines and word processing

How long will it take?

The program could take between 6 and 12 months to complete. You will need to commit approximately 26-27 days of face-to-face time. Contact your regional HIA Training Services staff to find out how this course has been scheduled. Outside of this allocation of time, you will need to undertake self-directed learning through research and assessments.

CPC40110 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) can also be undertaken through our online delivery method. The course will take approximately the same time as the face to face delivery however you will access to the Learning Management System with all learning resources, webinars and assessments.

Please read HIA Online Service Standards and System requirements if you choose to undertake this course online.

Required resources

During your training, participants must have access to specific resources. Resources include the various codes and standards that are relevant to the construction industry. If you do wish to purchase these materials, your regional HIA Training staff can provide you with a list of these resources and their indicative costs.

Nationally Recognised Training details

CPC40110 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)

To achieve this qualification, you must demonstrate competency in:

16 nationally recognised units of competency -

  • 13 core units [C]
  • 3 elective units [E]

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HIA Training Services has grouped the units of competency into a series of short courses which provide you with a practical and progressive learning experience. The short courses are listed below, along with the units of competency that are contained within them.

The elective units [E] listed below represent the only approved elective unit options offered by HIA. This is a reduced list which has been taken from the specified electives list contained within the packaging rules for this qualification.

HIA short course Units of competency Minimum face-to-face duration *
Legal Requirements CPCCBC4009B Apply legal requirements to building and Construction projects [C] 14 hours
Resolving Business Disputes
(+ NSW participants only)
CPCCBC4024A Resolve business disputes [E]  7 hours
Planning your Business
(+ Victorian participants only)
BSBSMB404 Undertake small business planning [E] 7 hours
Managing your Finances BSBSMB406A Manage small business finances [C] 14 hours
Interpreting Plans and Specifications CPCCBC4012B Read and interpret plans and specifications [C] 7 hours
Residential Building Codes CPCCBC4001A Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for low rise building projects [C] 21 hours
Building Structures CPCCBC4010B Apply structural principles to residential low rise constructions [C]
CPCCBC4011B Apply structural principles to commercial low rise constructions [C]
28 hours
Building Contracts CPCCBC4003A Select and prepare a construction contract [C]
CPCCBC4016A Administer a construction contract [E]
14 hours
Estimating and Tendering CPCCBC4004A Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects [C]
CPCCBC4013A Prepare and evaluate tender documentation [E]
21 hours
Planning Building Work CPCCBC4006B Select, procure and store construction materials for low rise projects [C]
CPCCBC4005A Produce labour and material schedules for ordering [C]
21 hours
OH&S CPCCBC4002A Manage occupational health and safety in the building and construction workplace [C] 14 hours
Site Set Out CPCCBC4018A Apply site surveys and set-out procedures to building and construction projects [E] 14 hours
Supervising Building Work CPCCBC4007A Plan building or construction work [C]
CPCCBC4008B Conduct on-site supervision of building and construction projects [C]
14 hours

* In addition to the face-to-face attendance duration listed above, all short courses require self-directed learning through research, project work and successful completion of assessment tasks.

+ NSW and Victorian Participants: In addition to the qualification (16 units), we offer participants in NSW and Victoria one (1) additional elective unit to meet builder licence and registration requirements in these states. This will increase the duration of the course by approximately one (1) week, including one (1) day of face-to-face training. On completion of this training, participants in NSW and Victoria will receive a qualification + a statement of attainment for the additional elective unit completed.

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