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Vocational Education & Training

CPC40110 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)

Not available to international students.



Estimated completion time: 1 year/s

This program is delivered over a period of 12 months. The length of time to complete this qualification will depend on the location, study mode and selected units. Refer to the relevant course information flyer for further information.

* - Student Visa holders must study internally full time

CDU Reference
Vocational Education & Training
Industry groups
Occupation types
Building Associate
Area of study
Building and Construction
Engineering and Mining

This course is designed to enable potential builders to improve their business skills and technical knowledge, so that they can successfully manage a business. This course covers building theory and practice related to low rise buildings and associated light steel structures. Graduates will have developed specialist skills and knowledge in area such as plan interpretation, quantities take-off, estimating, scheduling, construction technology, Occupational Health and Safety, site supervision, surveying, cost control, and business management.

The completion of this CPC40110 Certificate IV Building and Construction (Building) forms part of the requirements to obtain a Builders Licence, details can be found on the Builders Practitioners Board website.

Career opportunities

Occupations relevant to this qualification in industry sectors such as Building Trades, Construction Services include:

>Construction Manager

Credit transfers and pathways

Skills recognition

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is the acknowledgement of a person's skills and knowledge acquired through previous training, work or life experience, which may be used to grant status or credit in a subject regardless of how and where they were attained, including overseas.

This can include skills from:

  • Previous study excluding courses at another VET/TAFE institution, but including courses at school or college, through adult education classes or training programs at work;
  • Work experience (including both work that is paid and unpaid); and/or
  • Life experience (for example leisure pursuits or voluntary work).

RPL is a form of assessment. It is used to determine whether a person has acquired, through formal or informal learning, the skills and experience consistent with the stated competency standards that comprise a qualification. RPL is not time referenced, so there are no parameters on how or when the skills are acquired. However, the skills that have been acquired through life experience etc., must be current and must match the elements and performance criteria contained in the individual unit.

Students seeking RPL need to indicate this on their enrolment form at the time of enrolment.

For further information please refer to the Applicant's Guide to the Recognition of Prior Learning or contact Student Central on 1800 061 963 (free call) or email

Credit Transfer

Charles Darwin University as a Registered Training Organisation recognises the Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications and Statement of Attainments issued by any other Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Students are encouraged to submit any requests for credit from previous studies at the time of enrolment, to ensure they are not enrolling in units they may not need to undertake.

In order to apply for exemption/credit transfer from units completed at another training organisation, you will need to complete an Application for Exemption Form available from any campus, centre, or team, or a copy of the form can be obtained from the web.

Your completed Application for Exemption form together with attached documentary evidence (certified copy of Qualification/Statement of Attainment) to support your request for exemption/credit transfer should be submitted directly to the University either in person or by mail. Requests without documentary evidence will not be processed and will be returned to students. There are no fees attached to Credit Transfers.


VET to Higher Education Pathway Mapping for completed Awards in the same field or discipline. <br />

Students who successfully complete VET qualifications at the Certificate IV level or above and subsequently enrol in a Bachelor degree in the same field or discipline, will receive advanced standing as detailed in the table below.

Completed Award Course Level
to a HE Award
Credit granted for a completed award in the same field
Certificate IV
3 year Bachelor award
up to 40 credit points
Certificate IV
4 year Bachelor award
up to 40 credit points
3 year Bachelor award
up to 80 credit points
4 year Bachelor award
up to 80 credit points
Advanced Diploma
3 year Bachelor award
up to 160 credit points
Advanced Diploma
4 year Bachelor award
up to 160 credit points
Associate Degree
3 year Bachelor award
up to 160 credit points
Associate Degree
4 year Bachelor award
up to 160 credit points

Further training pathways from this qualification include, but are not limited to engineering, project management or design.

Entry requirements

CDU Domestic Entry Requirements

To gain entry into CPC40110 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) candidates require:

  • Successful completion of English and Maths to a year 12 standard
  • Mature aged students, with industry skills and knowledge
  • Confident computer literacy
  • Candidates are expected to have or obtain an NT White card

NT Government subsidy is available to NT Registered Trainees

Students need to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment to show that they have an appropriate level of LLN skills to participate successfully in the course and to identify any additional support needs.

All VET International applicants are required to meet the English language proficiency for their chosen course of study.


This is a current, nationally accredited qualification from the CPC08 Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package.

Additional information

Employability skills

Employability Skills are embedded in the training and assessment of national training package qualifications. Information on the Employability Skills relevant to your qualification can be obtained by visiting this website and keying in the national code for the qualification:

Location and study mode

Delivery at all locations is subject to sufficient demand and resources.

Locations: Casuarina

Study Mode: On campus

Subject to demand other locations and modes may become available throughout the year.

Apply now for CPC40110

Contact details Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call).

Course structure

To achieve a Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) a total of SIXTEEN (16) units of competency must be completed. This comprises THIRTEEN (13) core units of competency plus THREE (3) elective units of competency as detailed in the packaging rules and listed below.

The total nominal hours for the sequence listed below is 800. The total nominal hours for this qualification will vary depending on the elective units

Code Module/Unit of Competency


BSBSMB406A Manage small business finances 60
CPCCBC4001A Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for low rise building projects 40
CPCCBC4002A Manage occupational health and safety in the building and construction workplace 40
CPCCBC4003A Select and prepare a construction contract 40
CPCCBC4004A Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects 60
CPCCBC4005A Produce labour and materials schedules for ordering 40
CPCCBC4006B Select, procure and store construction materials for low rise projects 40
CPCCBC4007A Plan building or construction work 40
CPCCBC4008B Conduct on-site supervision of building and construction projects 40
CPCCBC4009B Apply legal requirements to building and construction projects 50
CPCCBC4010B Apply structural principles to residential low rise constructions 160
CPCCBC4011B Apply structural principles to commercial low rise constructions 80
CPCCBC4012B Read and interpret plans and specifications 30
  Total nominal hours - core units 720
CPCCBC4013A Prepare and evaluate tender documentation 20
CPCCBC4015A Prepare specification for all construction works 20
CPCCBC4020A Build thermally efficient and sustainable structures 40
  Total nominal hours - elective units 80
  Total nominal hours for the qualification 800


Course fees

Domestic Students
2021 Indicative fees for this course:
VET Tuition Fees: $2,800.00 (for students who are eligible and receive an NT domestic subsidised place); or
Domestic Full Fees: $5,600.00 (for domestic full fee places).
Fees will vary according to your choice of units.

Please note: a limited number of NT Government subsidy places are available for eligible NT domestic students so contact us now to secure your place for 2021.

The following Fees are applicable to this course:

Domestic Students

Domestic full fees

VET full fees are applicable to this course.
2021: Information about fees for non-subsidised VET courses are available in the VET Student Guide.
2022: Information about fees for non-subsidised VET courses will be published no later than 1 December 2021.

VET tuition fees

NT Government subsidised places are available for this course.
2021: VET Tuition Fees for 2021 will be charged at $3.50 per nominal hour for subsidised training. More detailed Information about 2021 VET Tuition fees for eligible NT residents will be published in the 2021 VET Student Guide or VET Fees.
2022: VET Tuition Fees for 2022 will be published no later than 1 December 2021.

International Students

Everything you need to know to get started

How to apply for domestic students

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Admission requirements for domestic students

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How to apply for international students

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The process is simple, all you need is a valid email address to create your online account.


Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.


There is no application fee when you apply online.

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Not sure if you are a domestic or international student?

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