CPC40120 Certificate IV in Building and Construction

Course Overview

Take your building company to the next level by completing this course designed for builders or owners of small to medium-sized building businesses.

This qualification is designed for professionals in the building and construction industry wanting to apply for a Low-rise Builders License or to advance their knowledge to acquire a higher-level building and construction position. It is suitable for, but not limited to; Carpenters, Bricklayers, Leading Hands, Building Estimators, Site and/or Project Managers.

In this course, you will gain extensive skills on how to plan building construction work, apply structural principles, supervise on-site construction, apply building codes, meet standards and legal requirements to maintain industry quality, manage contracts and small business finances. Successful completion will allow you to then apply for a Builder – Low Rise License, setting you up to successfully manage a residential building business.

In addition, completion of specific units of competency within this qualification may also allow you to apply for a Site Supervisor Builder Low Rise License. Additional units of competency may be required to meet builder registration requirements in various States and Territories. For more information, please contact your Licensing Issuing Body or contact Fresh Start Education by telephone on 1300 980 999 or via email at enrolments@freshstart.edu.au.

Entry Requirements

Students must be 18 years or older and will be required to demonstrate the required level of Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills.

Whilst there is no formal pre-requisite required, it is recommended that you have completed a Certificate III in a Construction Trade or, have  extensive knowledge and have worked in the construction industry for a minimum of 2 years.   The building and construction industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units of competency to be delivered in this context.

The completion of the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007) is required before entering a construction work site. Achievement of unit CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry covers this requirement.

Entrants to this program will undergo a Pre-qualification Interview to determine suitability and assess current knowledge and experience, to ensure that this is the right qualification relative to your career progression.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Assessment is offered to students that can demonstrate a minimum of two (2) years industry experience. The RPL Assessment process is undertaken by a qualified industry experienced Trainer & Assessor who will measure your prior knowledge and experience against the performance criteria of the qualification. As a result, you may not need to complete the entire qualification if you already possess some of the criteria taught within this qualification. If you apply for RPL and your application is successful you could:

  • Reduce or eliminate the need to undertake training in skills and knowledge you already have
  • Save time by reducing the number of classes that you will need to attend
  • Complete your qualification in a shorter time
  • Advance to a higher-level qualification in a shorter time, if desired.

Students may be eligible to apply for Credit Transfer by providing evidence of previous studies where there is equivalence to the units of competency within the qualification. For more information please refer to the Fresh Start Education Student Handbook.

Course Structure

Fresh Start Education deliver relevant industry training and assessment that provides you with the skills, knowledge and experience to achieve this Nationally Approved and Accredited Building & Construction qualification.

Our course content has been purposefully developed to be future-focused, complete with current industry topics that are practical and relevant to your trade.

To achieve this qualification, you must demonstrate competency in 19 units of competency; comprised of 11 core units and 8 elective units.

To make sure this is the right qualification for you, please review the units of competency listed below to ensure that your scope of works meets the requirements of the qualification.

Core Units


Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for low rise building projects

Manage occupational health and safety in the building and construction workplace

Plan Building or Construction Work

Supervise site communication and administration processes for building and construction projects

Apply Legal Requirements to Building and Construction Projects

Apply Structural Principles to Residential and Commercial Projects

Read and Interpret Plans

Prepare Simple Building Sketches and Drawings

Apply site surveys and set-out procedures to building and construction projects

Minimise Waste on the Building and Construction Site

Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Class 2 to 9, Type C Buildings

x 8 electives based on desired licenced outcome


Delivery Method

Upon finalisation of the RPL Assessment, students’ will be provided with a Training Plan outlining the units of competency to be trained and assessed. Training delivery is varied to suit the individual learner’s needs. Training may vary from online delivery, classroom based and/or one on one at your workplace. Training will be scheduled in collaboration with you prior to commencement.

Technical Requirements

Students may need regular access to a laptop or desktop computer with the following:

  • An adequate and reliable internet connection
  • At least the equivalent of Microsoft Office, with word-processing capabilities and spreadsheets
  • A PDF Reader installed
  • The Australian Building Codes Board, National Construction Code (latest version), accessed at https://ncc.abcb.gov.au/ncc-online/NCC

DURATION: Maximum 24 Months