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Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)

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This certificate course is designed for building and construction personnel who wish to gain valuable skills as a professional builder in the low rise residential sector.
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Approximately 6-9 months

Delivery mode

Study in-person or online

Estimated salary

$50,000 - $200,000+

Job outcome

Builder, Construction Manager

CPD Points

NSW 36, VIC 18, TAS 18


Essential information

What's it all about?
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Gain the skills and knowledge needed by professional builders in the low rise residential sector of the industry. This qualification is a mandatory requirement for your builder licence registration in most states and territories.

On successful completion of this course, you will graduate with a Certificate for the nationally recognised qualification:

  • Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) - CPC40110

This training program has been grouped into a series of short courses, which provide a progressive and practical learning experience. The short courses are:

  • Legal Requirements
  • Basic Business Planning (+ Victorian participants only)
  • Resolving Business Disputes (+ NSW participants only)
  • Managing Small Business Finances
  • Residential Building Codes
  • Building Structures
  • Building Contracts
  • Interpreting Plans and Specifications
  • Estimating and Tendering
  • Planning Building Work
  • OHS
  • Site Set Out
  • Supervising Building Work
  • Applications and Approvals (+ Victorian participants only)
What do I need before I start?
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HIA will conduct a pre-enrolment review with you to make sure that this program is suitable for your career goals, current skills and experience.

  • a competent level of English; reading, writing, interpersonal and communication skills
  • the ability to research, access and interpret complex documents
  • numeracy skills
  • computer and internet access as per the Online Service Standards


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

All participants will be required to undertake and pass a language, literacy and numeracy assessment before enrolment.

How long will it take?
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We have several delivery options for you to choose from. Our face-to-face and online program will take approximately 6-12 months. The self-paced and RPL delivery options are more flexible but require you to undertake self-directed learning through research and assessments.

Outside of this allocation of time, you will need to undertake self-directed learning through research and assessments.

What resources will I require?
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During your training, access to resources is required and may include various current industry-specific codes and standards. 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.

What are the core and elective units?
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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.

Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) - CPC40110

To achieve this qualification, you must demonstrate competency in:

16 nationally recognised units of competency -13 core units [C] and 3 elective units [E]

+ NSW and Victorian participants. In addition to the qualification (16 units), we offer participants in NSW and Victoria one (1) additional unit of competency to meet builder licence and registration requirements in Victoria. 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 participants will receive a qualification and a statement of attainment for the additional unit of competency completed.

HIA Short courses Unit of competency Minimum face-to-face duration*
Legal Requirements Apply legal requirements to building and Construction projects [C] - CPCCBC4009B 14 hours
Basic Business Planning
(+ Victorian participants only)
Undertake small business planning [Additional state licencing unit of competency] - BSBSMB404 7 hours
Resolving Business Disputes
(+ NSW participants only)
Resolve business disputes [Additional state licencing unit of competency] - CPCCBC4024A 7 hours
Managing Small Business Finances Manage small business finances [C] - BSBSMB406A 14 hours
Residential Building Codes Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for low rise building projects [C] - CPCCBC4001A 21 hours
Building Structures Apply structural principles to residential low rise constructions [C] - CPCCBC4010B
Apply structural principles to commercial low rise constructions [C] - CPCCBC4011B
28 hours
Building Contracts Select and prepare a construction contract [C] - CPCCBC4003A
Administer a construction contract [E] - CPCCBC4016A
Note: Victorian students will only complete Select and prepare a construction contract - CPCCBC4003A
(The short course name is Residential Building Contracts)
14 hours
(12 hours Victorian Students)
Interpreting Plans and Specifications Read and interpret plans and specifications [C] - CPCCBC4012B 7 hours
Estimating and Tendering Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects [C] - CPCCBC4004A
Prepare and evaluate tender documentation [E] - CPCCBC4013A
21 hours
Planning Building Work Select, procure and store construction materials for low rise projects [C] - CPCCBC4006B
Produce labour and material schedules for ordering [C] - CPCCBC4005A
21 hours
OHS Manage occupational health and safety (OHS) in the building and construction workplace [C] - CPCCBC4002A 14 hours
Site Set Out Apply site surveys and set-out procedures to building and construction projects [E] - CPCCBC4018A 14 hours
Supervising Building Work Plan building or construction work [C] - CPCCBC4007A
Conduct on-site supervision of building and construction projects [C] - CPCCBC4008B
14 hours
Applications and Approvals (+ Victorian participants only) Arrange building applications and approvals [E] - CPCCBC4026A

* 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.

Who would do this training?

This course is for anybody who is looking to understand more about the residential construction industry. Participants may come with a varied and wide range of construction experience; from little to no experience to qualified trades people looking to become builders and construction business owners.

Got any questions?

If you're still looking for more information on training, give us a call or hit enquire now and we'll get back to you.

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