Course Description

Tailored to give you the skills and knowledge you need to move up the career ladder without attending a classroom, the Certificate IV will teach you how to:

  • Prepare building sketches and drawings
  • Read and interpret plans and specifications
  • Apply building codes and standards to construction projects
  • Produce building and construction cost estimates
  • Create and prepare construction contracts
  • Produce labour and material schedules for ordering, and apply site surveys and set out procedures.
  • Manage site WHS, apply legal requirements to projects and manage small business finance.

Open Colleges has partnered with TAFE NSW North Region to offer the Certificate IV, so you not only get a high quality education, but a nationally recognised qualification that you can use all across Australia.

The course is delivered online, so there are no classrooms and no deadlines. You simply study where you want, when you want, on any device that you have nearby (phone, tablet, laptop, desktop computer).


The Certificate IV meets the education requirements for registration as a licensed builder in QLD, ACT, TAS and NT. As licensing varies from state to state, there may be extra requirements necessary to register. Chat to an Open Colleges’ Enrolment Consultant for more information on how to meet the requirements for your state.

NSW Fair Trading, the SA Consumer and Business Services (CBS), the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) and Builders Registration Board of WA might evaluate this qualification as part of a broader consideration of your experience and knowledge for registration as a licensed builder.

Potential career outcomes

  • Builder
  • Construction Manager
  • Foreman
Course number E1126
Qualification name CPC40110 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)
Course duration Maximum 18 months
Delivery Method Online
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Case studies, Demonstrations, Knowledge tests, Portfolio, Presentations, Projects
Awarded by
  • TAFE NSW North Region (Provider number: 90010)


There are no formal education entry requirements for this course.


It is recommended that you have had some exposure to building and construction work.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18 your enrolment form will need to be signed by a parent or guardian.


This course involves reading and undertaking a range of written assessments, as well as engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 10 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher; or
  • 2 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.


Hardware and software requirements:

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Printer and associated software
  • Scanner and associated software
  • File compression software
  • Digital audio or video recording capability
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher
  • Telephone
  • Calculator
  • Photocopier (this could be a feature of printer/scanner)

For Windows 32-bit:

  • 32-bit Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon™ Dual Core, 3.0 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology.

For Windows 64-bit:

  • AMD Athlon 64 with SSE2 technology
  • AMD Opteron™ with SSE2 technology
  • Intel® Xeon® with Intel EM64T support with SSE2 technology
  • Intel Pentium 4 with Intel EM64T support with SSE2 technology
  • Microsoft Office 2007 or equivalent
  • Broadband Internet Connection
  • Minimum 8GB HDD- 10GB (min) available hard disc space for installation; additional free space is required during installation.
  • Windows display adapter capable of 1024x768 with True Color capabilities (DirectX® 9 or DirectX 11 compliant card recommended but not required)
  • DVD – CD-Rom Drive
  • 1280 x 800 resolution display (1280 x 1024 recommended) with 16 – bit colour and 512 MB of V RAM.

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7, 8 or higher (Windows 10 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended). 

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended).

Digital equipment

You will need access to:

  • A digital video recording device and/or a digital camera and associated software to save and upload video, image and audio files to OpenSpace. Many mobile phones and smart phones include this technology.
  • Software to view online videos and images. Software such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer etc. are available as a free download from the internet.


To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:

  • Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents
  • Accessing and searching the internet
  • Downloading and saving documents from websites
  • Uploading documents through websites
  • Participating in online discussions
  • Compressing image files
  • Recording, compressing and uploading videos.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

Note: Courses offered by Open Colleges on behalf of TAFE NSW North Region may include Units of Competency that are graded by TAFE NSW.

Module 1

  • Prepare to make sketches and drawings.
  • Create simple sketches and drawings.
  • Notate and process drawings.

Module 2

  • Identify types of drawings and their purposes.
  • Apply commonly used symbols and abbreviations.
  • Locate and identify key features on a site plan.
  • Identify and locate key features on drawings.
  • Correctly read and interpret specifications.
  • Identify non-structural aspects to the specification.

Module 3

  • Access and interpret relevant code and standard requirements.
  • Classify buildings.
  • Analyse and apply a range of solutions to a construction problem for compliance with the BCA.
  • Apply fire protection requirements.

Module 4

  • Apply structural principles when planning the erection or demolition of a structure.
  • Analyse and plan for the structural integrity of Class1 and Class 10 buildings.
  • Plan, coordinate and manage the laying of footings.
  • Plan, coordinate and manage the laying of floor system.
  • Plan, coordinate and manage the building of structural and non-structural wall systems.
  • Plan, coordinate and manage the building of roof system.
  • Plan, coordinate and manage the external wall cladding of structure.

Module 5

  • Apply structural principles to the planning of the erection or demolition of a structure.
  • Analyse and plan for the structural integrity of Class 2 to 9 buildings.
  • Plan, coordinate and manage laying of footing systems.
  • Plan, coordinate and manage laying of floor system.
  • Plan, coordinate and manage the building of structural wall systems and wall cladding systems.
  • Plan, coordinate and manage the building of structural roof systems and roof cladding systems.

Module 6

  • Read and interpret plans and specifications.
  • Identify and calculate labour costs.
  • Identify and establish physical resource requirements.
  • Develop estimated project costs.

Module 7

  • Identify and analyse the essential elements, sections and clauses of a business contract.
  • Select an appropriate contract for the works to be undertaken.
  • Prepare the contract.

Module 8

  • Appraise contract documentation to identify operational requirements.
  • Implement strategies for construction operations.
  • Prepare project schedule.
  • Determine required resources.
  • Prepare and submit condition reports.

Module 9

  • Identify and apply all contract conditions to the schedules.
  • Produce material and labour schedules, overlays and orders.
  • Prepare site files.
  • Monitor and report on project costs.
  • Maintain data files of standard costs.

Module 10

  • Identify and evaluate the properties of building materials.
  • Ensure suitable building materials are selected for application.
  • Supervise the acceptance, safe handling and storage of materials on site.

Module 11

  • Perform setting out, measuring techniques and associated calculations
  • Set up and use levelling devices
  • Mark out and determine levels on a grid for contouring and volume calculations
  • Construct longitudinal sections and determine associated grades and levels in typical drainage and pipeline situations

Module 12

  • Determine areas of potential risk in the building and construction workplace.
  • Inspect and report on areas of specific risk.
  • Advise on implementation of control measures at the building and construction workplace.
  • Establish and review communications and educational programs.

Module 13

  • Supervise the administration of claims and payment processes.
  • Supervise and maintain on-site communications.
  • Ensure management of and compliance with quality control procedures.
  • Complete project administration processes.

Module 14

  • Apply the laws relating to builder licensing or registration.
  • Apply OHS legislation and provisions on site.
  • Apply the codes, Acts, regulations and standards relevant to construction.
  • Comply with insurance and regulatory requirements for housing construction.
  • Apply legislation to financial transactions.
  • Meet building contract obligations.
  • Apply industrial relations policies and obligations relevant to housing construction.
  • Apply dispute resolution processes.

Module 15

  • Develop and implement dispute resolution procedures.
  • Conduct an initial investigation into business disputes and possible resolution strategies.
  • Identify opportunities for dispute resolution.

Module 16

  • Implement financial plan
  • Monitor financial performance



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Jeffrey Halpin

Jeffrey Halpin has been delivering training and assessment to the construction and WHS industries for over 10 years and been in the construction industry for nearly 40 years. He brings with him a wealth of experience covering all aspects of the construction industry including design, construction, energy rating and building compliance. 
As a practising Building Contractor and Consultant, Jeffrey delivers the very highest quality standards to his clientele. 
Jeffrey is tremendously honoured to be part of the Open Colleges team as a Trainer and Assessor. He feels privileged to have the opportunity to impart his experience and knowledge to the students. 

Open Colleges offers this qualification in association with TAFE NSW North Region (Provider number: 90010). The testamur will be issued by TAFE NSW North Region.

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