Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)

Free TAFE course
Course Code CPC40110
Locations Hamilton, Sherwood Park (Warrnambool)

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Study Mode Full-time, On Campus
Length 6 months
Commencement August
Timetable 2 evenings a week
Course Overview
Study from home during COVID-19 restrictions

Whilst we pride ourselves on our hands-on training, we have had to adjust most of our courses for study from home and remote learning during the COVID-19 restrictions. This means courses will be delivered using a range of methods including online learning, virtual classrooms, workbooks and direct contact with your teacher.

Given the government restrictions that are now in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus in Australia, we expect this new model of study will continue until the government makes changes to these restrictions.

Introduction

Are you already in the building and construction industry? Would you like to step up into supervisory role? Maybe you’re a tradesperson hoping to become a subcontractor or business owner. If this sounds like you, why not take the next step in your career?

This post-trade qualification will give you the skills you need to achieve your career aspirations! It will qualify you to supervise low-rise residential building projects and assist in the application for a registered builder licence.

Successful completion of this qualification will support your application for registration to the Victorian Building Authority.

Notably, this qualification is recognised by HIA, MBA and the Building Commission.

What will I Learn?

This qualification will provide you with the skills to manage construction sites, supervise or create your own building business. These skills include:

  • estimating costs for projects
  • interpreting plans and specifications
  • managing OHS in the workplace
  • preparing construction contracts
  • applying legal requirements
  • small business planning
  • managing small business finances
  • producing labour and material schedules
  • conduct on-site supervision
  • apply structural principles

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

  • Registered Building Practitioner
  • Self-employed Builder
  • Trade Supervisor
  • Construction Manager
  • Construction Supervisor

Pathways

Upon completion of this course, you may continue further study in the building and construction industry at Diploma level.

Information Session

Why don’t you come along to our next course info session to find out everything you need to start your learning journey? You can chat with our teachers, tour our facilities, learn more about the course, find out about the application process and get your questions answered by our course experts. 

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Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

To apply for this course you must have completed a construction trade qualification with 3 years of practical experience within the building industry.

Course requirements

To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete 16 units: 13 core and 3 elective units.

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
BSBSMB406A Manage small business finances 60 $0.00
CPCCBC4001A Apply Building Codes And Standards To The Construction Process For Low Rise Building Projects 40 $0.00
CPCCBC4002A Manage Occupational Health And Safety In The Building And Construction Workplace 40 $0.00
CPCCBC4003A Select And Prepare A Construction Contract 40 $0.00
CPCCBC4004A Identify And Produce Estimated Costs For Building And Construction Projects 60 $0.00
CPCCBC4005A Produce Labour And Material Schedules For Ordering 40 $0.00
CPCCBC4006B Select, procure and store construction materials for low rise projects 40 $0.00
CPCCBC4007A Plan Building Or Construction Work 40 $0.00
CPCCBC4008B Conduct on-site supervision of building and construction projects 40 $0.00
CPCCBC4009B Apply legal requirements to building and construction projects 50 $0.00
CPCCBC4010B Apply structural principles to residential low rise constructions 160 $0.00
CPCCBC4011B Apply structural principles to commercial low rise constructions 80 $0.00
CPCCBC4012B Read and interpret plans and specifications 30 $0.00

Elective Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
BSBSMB402 Plan small business finances 50 $0.00
CPCCBC4013A Prepare and evaluate tender documentation 20 $0.00
CPCCBC4020A Build thermally efficient and sustainable structures 40 $0.00
Assessment

This course involves accredited units.  You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes.  A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment. 

Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the Institute's simulated workshops/classrooms.  Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance.  You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.

After applying

Once you have applied for your chosen course, you will receive a thank you email from South West TAFE with a few steps to help process your enrolment.

Complete a Pre-Training Review
You will receive an email to complete a Pre-Training Review online evaluation. This evaluation helps us tailor your training to suits your needs.

Create or provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
A USI is a nationally recognised reference number that provides an online record of your training qualifications gained in Australia.
Create your USI
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Skills recognition
If you have experience or prior qualifications, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of prior learning and gain credits. You will be asked to provide any relevant Statement of Attainment to support identified credits.

Fees
Course Fees

Here's an outline of fees and costs associated with your course.

Your fees each year can be made up of 3 different elements.  Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. :

  1. Tuition fees - charged as an hourly rate that varies from course to course. A large portion of the tuition is subsidised by the Victorian Government for eligible students.
  2. Resource and/or materials costs - covers the cost of materials and other incidentals. This fee will vary according to the course being undertaken.
  3. Booklist items - such as textbooks, equipment and stationery recommended for your course

Tuition fees

There are 4 different rates of tuition fees. Only one will apply to you (depending on your eligibility and circumstances). 

  1. Government Subsidised Fee - you could be eligible for a government-subsidised rate under the Skills First funding depending on your age, educational history, and citizenship or residency status. If you are eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of your training.
    Check your eligibility

  2. Government Subsidised Concession Fee - If you are eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place and hold a current healthcare or pension card, that you can provide at enrolment. You may be eligible for the concession rate.
    Find out more about concession rates

  3. Free TAFE - Students who are eligible for Victorian government-subsidised training will not pay course tuition fees for the duration of their enrolment in this course, however, there may be some consumable/material fees for the course (find out more below). Any resource or material costs, or booklist items for this course are listed in the table below.

  4. Full fee - If you are not eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place, exemption, concession or are enrolling in a course that isn't government-subsidised, you may be required to pay the full fee rate.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT FEES AND ELIGIBILITY

The fees listed below are indicative only and may be subject to change without notice and given individual circumstances. Your actual fees will be calculated based on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Funding made available to eligible individuals by State and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect future opportunities to access additional funding in the future. 

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Course fees by student type Indicative Course Fee
Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $1,190.00
Concession rate $240.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy) $2,400.00
This is a Free TAFE course

Students who are eligible for Victorian government-subsidised training will not pay course tuition fees for the duration of their enrolment in this course, however, there may be some consumable/material fees for the course (find out more below). The consumable fees for this course are listed in the above table.
Find out more or chat with our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911, or visit a SWTAFE Campus.

Resource and/or materials costs

Some courses require specific resources or materials necessary for your study eg: tools of the trade, excursions, etc. Final costs will be determined and discussed with you prior to enrolment.

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Additional course fees Indicative Course Fee
Course consumable/materials (approximate) $620.00
How do I pay my fees?

Once we have processed your enrolment form, you will receive an email with your invoice.

You have three options when organising your payment:

  1. Upfront payment - can be made over the phone with EFTPOS
  1. Payment plan - can be directly debited from your bank account, debited from your Centrelink payments or via a VET Student Loan (for diploma or advanced diploma courses only)
  1. Paid by employer, school or job network agency - if your fees are being paid by your employer, school or job network agency, you will need to complete an Authority to Invoice form.

Payments will need to be arranged within five(5) business days of receiving the email containing your invoice.

We also offer a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with course fees.

Next Steps
Careers and Course Advice

Not sure which course is right for you? South West TAFE will help you find your way.

Our Pathfinders Skills and Jobs Centre is here to support you. Whether you’re exploring career options, transitioning from school to the workforce or looking to study after school we’re here to help you. Call, email or drop in.

Call 5564 8515 or email skillsandjobscentre@swtafe.edu.au

How to apply

There are five simple steps to apply for a course with us.

  1. Apply - complete a short online application form. Once this form is submitted we'll send you a thank you email.
  2. Get ready - your thank-you email will contain links to a pre-training review, to a unique student identifier and to government-subsidised training eligibility.
  3. Chat with your teacher - your teacher or course specialist will contact you about your Pre-Training Review outcomes and additional course information.
  4. Enrol - after chatting with your teacher, you will receive an email with your enrolment form and a link to verify your identity.
  5. Sign - once you've completed your enrolment, you will receive a declaration form to review and sign.

If need any assistance with applying, contact our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911 or visit your nearest campus.

Student Support

As a SWTAFE student, you can access a variety of support services that will enhance your study experience and help you complete your studies successfully. For more information about any of these services, visit our student page.