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Certificate IV in Building & Construction (Site Management)

CPC40508 Certificate IV in Building & Construction (Site Management)

What’s it all about?

This training program covers the skills and knowledge needed by site supervisors in the low rise residential sector of the building industry. It is also a requirement in some states and territories to obtain a low rise residential supervisors registration (or local equivalent).

Learn to co-ordinate the construction of a building – taking responsibility for the overall completion of the job – including selecting contractors, overseeing the work and its quality, and liaising with the client.

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

  • CPC40508 Certificate IV in Building & Construction (Site Management)

This training program has been grouped into a series of ten (10) short courses, which provide a progressive and practical learning experience. The short courses are:

  • Legal Requirements
  • Apply Risk Management
  • Working with Others
  • Interpreting Plans & Specifications
  • Residential Building Codes
  • Building Structures
  • 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.

Who would do this training?

Site managers and supervisors (or those working towards those roles) in the building and construction industry.

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
  • A current Construction Induction card


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

How long will it take?

The program could take you between 6–12 months to complete, dependant on how the training is scheduled in your region.  You will need to commit 23 days of face-to-face learning time for this training. Outside of this allocation of time, you will need to undertake self-directed learning through research and assessments.

Required resources

During this training, participants must have access to specific resources. Resources may include various codes and standards that are relevant to the subject matter. You may already have some or all of these resources, however it would cost approximately $960 for HIA members to purchase them all (correct at time of publishing). Your regional HIA Training staff can provide you with a list of these required resources and their indicative costs.

Nationally Recognised Training details

CPC40508 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Site Management)

To achieve this qualification, you must demonstrate competency in:

15 nationally recognised units of competency.

  • 9 core units [C]
  • 6 elective units [E]

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 courses Units of competency Minimum face-to-face duration *
Legal Requirements CPCCBC4009B Apply legal requirements to building and construction projects [C] 14 hours
Apply Risk Management BSBPMG407A Apply risk management techniques [E] 7 hours
Working with Others BSBCUS301 Deliver and monitor a service to customers [E]
BSBLDR402 Lead effective workplace relationships [E]
BSBWOR402A Promote team effectiveness [C]
21 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
Planning Building Work CPCCBC4005A Produce labour and material schedules for ordering [E]
CPCCBC4006B Select, procure and store construction materials for low rise projects [E]
21 hours
Occupational Health and Safety 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.

More information

Call HIA Training on 1300 650 620 to obtain more detailed information about this training program.