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Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)

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Course overview

Gain the skills and knowledge required to manage medium rise construction projects. Training covers the building theory and practical construction of residential and commercial buildings - medium rise. Learn how to select contractors, oversee the work and its quality, and liaise with clients.

Completing this qualification may also be necessary to gain the technical and managerial skills and knowledge required to earn a builder licence or registration in your state or territory (check with your state or territory licencing body for application requirements). 

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

  • CPC50220 Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)

Essential information

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. HIA will also ensure each participant has the following:

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

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

How long will it take?
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We provide an online learning program with a virtual classroom environment. The completion of this qualification can take up to 30 months. The qualification consists of one virtual tutorial each week, two hours in duration. In addition to this you will need to allow time for your learning content, research and assessments at around 10-20 hours per week.

Note - Please note that Western Australian participants will have a qualification duration of up to 30 months and each virtual tutorial will be 4 hours in duration.

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.

Participants will have developed learning skills, have sound language and literacy skills to read, interpret and comprehend written materials and have effective writing skills, to make notes, communicate information in writing and complete written assessments. Learners will also have sound technological skills to effectively access information for research through web searches.

Where there are specific units that require access to onsite equipment, this will be arranged with you directly, and may involve face to face training at your nearest HIA office.

You will need to ensure you have access to a PC/laptop with internet, Microsoft Office and Zoom.


The following units of competency were selected in consultation with industry and accordance with the Training Packaging Rules of this qualification.

These units of competency will be delivered as standalone units and includes assessment of foundation skills that are embedded in the Training Package. Where foundation skills are not explicit in a unit competency, they will be included in assessment tasks.

To achieve this qualification, you must demonstrate competency in:

27 nationally recognised units of competency - 24 core units and 3 elective units

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Core units
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BSBOPS504 Manage business risk
BSBWHS513 Lead WHS risk management
CPCCBC4001 Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Class 1 and 10 buildings
CPCCBC4003 Select, prepare and administer a construction contract
CPCCBC4004 Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects
CPCCBC4005 Produce labour and material schedules for ordering
CPCCBC4008 Supervise site communication and administration processes for building and construction projects
CPCCBC4009 Apply legal requirements to building and construction projects
CPCCBC4010 Apply structural principles to residential and commercial constructions
CPCCBC4012 Read and interpret plans and specifications
CPCCBC4013 Prepare and evaluate tender documentation
CPCCBC4014 Prepare simple building sketches and drawings
CPCCBC4018 Apply site surveys and set-out procedures to building and construction projects
CPCCBC4053 Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Class 2 to 9 Type C buildings
CPCCBC5001 Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Type B construction
CPCCBC5002 Monitor costing systems on complex building and construction projects
CPCCBC5003 Supervise the planning of onsite building and construction work
CPCCBC5005 Select and manage building and construction contractors
CPCCBC5007 Administer the legal obligations of a building and construction contractor
CPCCBC5010 Manage construction work
CPCCBC5011 Manage environmental management practices and processes in building and construction
CPCCBC5013 Manage professional technical and legal reports on building and construction projects
CPCCBC5018 Apply structural principles to the construction of buildings up to 3 storeys
CPCCBC5019 Manage building and construction business finances
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Elective units
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CPCSUS5001 Develop workplace policies and procedures for sustainability
CPCCBC5009 Identify services layout and connection methods for Type C and B construction
CPCCBC5004 Supervise and apply quality standards to the selection of building and construction materials
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* Subsidised fees may be available to eligible learners.

Who would do this training?

  • Commercial Managers
  • Those looking to run and/or own a business in construction
  • Learners who would also apply for a builder’s licence, or registration of trades, in their respective state

   Funding partners


State Member Non-member *Funding available through
ACT $9,700 $11,300 $3,900*

Training Fund Authority
NSW $9,700 $11,300


Smart and Skilled

QLD $9,700 $11,300 $900*

Construction Skills Qld (CSQ)
SA $9,700 $11,300 $2,500*

Department for Education (Skills SA)
TAS $9,700 $11,300



VIC $9,700 $11,300 $0*

Skills First
WA $9,700 $11,300 $1,200*

Government of Western Australia - Department of Training and Workforce Development (Jobs & Skills WA and Skills Ready)
NT $9,700 $11,300 Not available

*Subsidised fees are contingent on available funded places and eligibility, and is subject to change by funding bodies.

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Why study with HIA?

Nationally Recognised Training
Online, virtual & in-person modes
Earn CPD Points
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Melissa Snel NSync Constructions "I heard about all the fantastic webinars and the training opportunities, and wanted to be part of it. HIA is well suited to our business. It's been fantastic. You've got to continue learning and I'm getting that from HIA, 100 per cent." Melissa Snel NSync Constructions "I heard about all the fantastic webinars and the training opportunities, and wanted to be part of it. HIA is well suited to our business. It's been fantastic. You've got to continue learning and I'm getting that from HIA, 100 per cent."