CPC40120 - Certificate IV in Building and Construction

Put your training and experience to use with ITEC’s RPL services and earn a nationally recognised qualification with a CPC40120 – Certificate IV in Building and Construction via our RTO partners.

Qualification Overview

Qualification Name:

Certificate IV in Building and Construction

Qualification Code and Units of Competency:


Within four weeks of receiving sufficient and complying evidence of competency in all applied for units of competency.

The Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) – CPC40120 equips you with the knowledge and skills necessary to manage a small residential or commercial construction project, or run your own construction business. This qualification is for people who want to upskill and take their career to the next level in the construction sector. Certificate IV in Building and Construction – CPC40120 recognises your skills as a professional in a supervisory capacity in the construction sector, whether you’re a contractor, a business owner, or a site worker.

Competency standards for both technical and non-technical skills related to building are included in the qualification.

You will need to provide a range of evidence to assist your assessor to make a decision about your competence. The types of evidence you may be asked to provide can include:

  • ID
  • Resume
  • Payslips/work contract/ABN if self-employed
  • Samples of your work, including sketches, plans, quotations, tender documents and invoices.
  • Letter of Employment
  • Current employment contracts
  • Letters of reference from licensed tradesmen you have worked with.
  • Videos or photos of your work.
  • Evidence of overseas qualifications.
  • Transcripts or assessments from related previous qualifications.
  • Apprenticeship papers.
  • Safe work method statements 
  • Contracts 
  • Quotes/invoices and stock orders
  • Job cards
  • Drawings and schematics
  • Safety manuals 
  • Maintenance reports and service sheets

The Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) – CPC40120 can help you apply for a builder’s licence in certain states.

The Certificate IV in Building & Construction recognises the skills and experience of experienced builders who have not yet completed their qualifications. We can help builders attain the subjects and qualifications needed to obtain a building contractor’s licence.
This RPL program is available to Australian students with partially completed local studies, as well as to Australian builders with industry experience. Migrants can convert their overseas qualifications into Australian recognised certifications, provided they have extensive knowledge of Australian building requirements and standards.

  • ID
  • Resume
  • Payslips/work contract/ABN if self-employed
  • Samples of your work, including sketches, plans, quotations, tender documents and invoices.
  • Letter of Employment
  • Current employment contracts
  • Letters of reference from licensed tradesmen you have worked with.
  • Videos or photos of your work.
  • Evidence of overseas qualifications.
  • Transcripts or assessments from related previous qualifications.
  • Apprenticeship papers.
  • Safe work method statements 
  • Contracts 
  • Quotes/invoices and stock orders
  • Job cards
  • Drawings and schematics
  • Safety manuals 
  • Maintenance reports and service sheets

An industry-recognised qualification can advance you in your current career path, or can help you into a new, better one. Upon receiving your certification, you could qualify for a position as a builder or a construction manager. Advance yourself professionally with our help.

We help people across Australia to achieve a nationally-recognised qualification through our partner RTOs using the RPL process, broadening job prospects without laborious, expensive retraining.
Skills Certified wants to make it as easy and stress-free to receive the acknowledgement you deserve. In the event that you’re deemed not competent for the qualification you’re pursuing, you’ll be eligible for a 100 per cent refund of any fees paid, or free gap training by a qualified instructor to get you accredited.
Take the next step in your career with our free, 60-second skills check. Any questions? Get in touch with our national offices by calling us directly on 13 17 75, or sending a message to info@skillscertified.com.au or via our contact page.

  • Frontier Training and Technology (RTO: 21244)
  • Construction Training College (RTO: 32512)
  • Noble Training (RTO: 41488)
  • Construction Trades College (RTO: 40250)
  • Australian Industrial Systems Institute (RTO: 21916)
  • Building Trades Australia (RTO: 30979)


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Four Easy Steps To Get Qualified

Free Skills Assessment

Speak to ITEC Australia about your goals, and allow us to guide you towards the qualification that will help you reach them.

Portfolio of Experience

Your dedicated consultant will guide you through the process of putting together a portfolio of evidence. This can contain overseas qualifications, transcripts, certificates, photos and videos, samples or work examples, letters of reference, your current resume, etc.

Evidence Review

Once one of our partner registered training organisations (RTOs) has assessed your portfolio, the assessor assigned to your case may be in touch if any additional evidence is required. If you have any weak areas, the RTO may assign a trainer to upskill you at no cost to you.

You’re Qualified

ITEC Australia is partnered with Registered Training Organisations whose qualifications are nationally recognised in Australia, and are the same as the qualification you would receive from full time study. Qualifications can also be useful for licensing or immigration purposes.

Qualification Description

This qualification is designed to meet the needs of builders and managers of small to medium-sized building businesses.

The builder may also be the appropriately licensed person with responsibility under the relevant building licensing authority in the State or Territory. Builder licensing varies across States and Territories and additional requirements to attainment of this qualification may be required.

Occupational titles may include:

  • Builder
  • Construction manager.

The qualification has core unit of competency requirements that cover common skills for the construction industry.

The 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.

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 covers this requirement.

Additional units of competency may be required to meet builder registration requirements in various States and Territories.




Pathways Information

This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship pathway.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Check with relevant state and territory licensing and regulatory authorities. State and territory jurisdictions may have different regulatory requirements.



Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Employability Skills Summary

Employability skill 

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include: 


  • Communicates work health and safety (WHS) policies and procedures
  • Participates in ensuring compliance with standards, regulations and policies
  • Communicates effectively with a range of relevant parties through a range of media
  • Establishes on-site communication systems
  • Facilitates site meetings
  • Articulates complex ideas clearly
  • Interprets a range of complex and technical documents, including relevant regulatory, legislative and licensing requirements, codes and standards, plans, drawings and specifications, schedules, site files, contracts, orders, development approvals and organisational policies and procedures
  • Analyses and evaluates reports and reference materials
  • Understands relevant definitions, terminology, symbols and language
  • Maintains and checks logs, records and documents
  • Prepares a range of documents, including construction contracts, plans, sketches and drawings and specifications, reports, tenders, schedules, building applications and submissions and file notes
  • Reports and records hazards, risks and project costs
  • Negotiates conflict and dispute resolution
  • Analyses a range of data, including company and stakeholder resource consumption and waste product volumes



  • Conducts briefings with team members
  • Coordinates a range of team members and activities
  • Keeps team informed of work practices, quality requirements and required actions
  • Relates positively to fellow workers and the management team
  • Relates to people from diverse social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with varying physical and mental abilities
  • Seeks expert advice where appropriate
  • Works collaboratively with relevant stakeholders
  • Understands various stakeholders’ roles
  • Supervises and checks others’ work, monitors work processes and ensures safe work practices


Problem solving 

  • Assesses structural integrity of residential and commercial low rise buildings
  • Performs various calculations relating to rise and fall amounts, estimating resource acquisition and costs; measuring levels, heights and gradients; structural analysis; drawing dimensions; setting out of construction projects; comparisons of alternative water management systems; waste management minimisation strategies; and thermal efficiency, rated capacity and working load limits
  • Examines tools and equipment prior to use for damage, missing components or other defects
  • Identifies and rectifies faults
  • Responds effectively to hazards, risks and emergencies
  • Analyses problems and applies appropriate remedial solutions
  • Resolves business disputes
  • Deals with customer complaints and disputes
  • Deals with contract variations
  • Takes action to minimise contract penalties
  • Analyses rejected building applications and determines the likely success of an appeal or a resubmission
  • Devises approaches, implements and reflects on environmental and water, energy and resource efficiency management policies and procedures relevant to work site to improve environmental sustainability, and shares alternative approaches as required


Initiative and enterprise 

  • Evaluates properties of construction materials and selects appropriate materials based on evaluation
  • Develops compliant, alternative solutions to construction problems
  • Assesses thermal efficiency of buildings and reviews design solutions for effectiveness and compliance
  • Identifies opportunities for improved water management
  • Evaluates effective strategies for insulating structures
  • Develops waste management strategies and dispute resolution procedures
  • Identifies environmental and resource efficiency improvements, applies knowledge about resource use to organisational activities and customer service, and develops resource efficiency tools


Planning and organising 

  • Plans and coordinates various work operations
  • Prepares project schedules
  • Participates in effective implementation of organisation’s operational plans
  • Plans and organises on-site activities and implements procedures associated with building and construction work
  • Identifies and organises resource requirements and obtains supply information
  • Supervises various administrative and work processes, including claims and payments, insurance coverage, payroll systems and tax systems
  • Collects, analyses and organises workplace information and data
  • Plans and organises inspections
  • Organises testing of construction materials to ensure suitability


Self management 

  • Manages own performance to ensure required levels of service standards, work quality and professional competence
  • Manages work priorities and professional development
  • Uses feedback to improve own performance
  • Organises and completes daily work activities



  • Is open to new ideas and techniques
  • Seeks feedback on personal performance
  • Uses information effectively to improve work performance
  • Learns from colleagues as part of effective teamwork



  • Operates office equipment
  • Uses computer equipment and relevant software
  • Uses cameras
  • Assesses new and emerging technologies for application to construction processes
  • Uses a range of tools and equipment, including technical instruments and surveying equipment
  • Maintains tools and equipment as required
  • Uses technology to improve efficiency and effectiveness of managing work




Packaging Rules

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in:

  • 16 units of competency:
  • 13 core units
  • 3 elective units.

The elective units must be selected as follows:

  • all three elective units may be selected from the elective units listed below
  • two of the three elective units may be selected from Certificate III, Certificate IV or Diploma from another endorsed Training Package or from CPC08, provided that at least one unit is from Certificate IV and the industry context is maintained.

Some units in this qualification may have prerequisite requirements, which must be met when packaging the qualification. Users are referred to the list of CPC08 units with prerequisite unit requirements available in this Training Package for this purpose.

Core units  



Manage small business finances


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


Select and prepare a construction contract


Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects


Produce labour and material schedules for ordering


Select, procure and store construction materials for low rise projects


Plan building or construction work


Conduct on-site supervision of building and construction projects


Apply legal requirements to building and construction projects


Apply structural principles to residential low rise constructions


Apply structural principles to commercial low rise constructions


Read and interpret plans and specifications


Elective units  



Promote team effectiveness


Produce simple word processed documents


Create and use spreadsheets


Create and use databases


Implement continuous improvement


Apply project quality management techniques


Apply project risk management techniques


Undertake project work


Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business


Plan small business finances


Undertake small business planning


Monitor and manage small business operations


Lead effective workplace relationships


Write complex documents


Prepare and evaluate tender documentation


Prepare simple building sketches and drawings


Prepare specifications for all construction works


Administer a construction contract


Arrange resources and prepare for the building or construction project


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


Apply sustainable building design principles to water management systems


Build thermally efficient and sustainable structures


Minimise waste on the building and construction site


Supervise tilt-up work


Resolve business disputes


Arrange building applications and approvals


Supervise asbestos removal


Prepare to work safely in the construction industry


Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices


Use building science principles to construct energy efficient buildings


Maximise energy efficiency through applied trade skills


Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers


Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace

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