Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)

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  • Awarded by

    Open Colleges (RTO: 90796)

  • Qualification

    Certificate IV

  • Study Mode


  • Payment Options

    Payment planUpfront payment

  • Duration

    12 to 18 months

  • Start Date

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  • Course Fee

    Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes

    Contract Administrator | Construction Manager | Site Supervisor | Estimator | View all

This course meets the Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

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  • In a Nutshell

    Give your career in building the best foundation with the CPC40120 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) from Open Colleges! Designed to help working trades professionals and newcomers to the construction industry become licensed builders without the hassle of full-time classes, this course is delivered entirely online to ensure ultimate flexibility and the freedom to study at your own pace.

    The course is designed to give you a solid understanding of building fundamentals and structural principles for residential and commercial low rise construction projects. Learn how to prepare simple building sketches, interpret plans and specs, estimate costs for a range of projects, prepare contracts, plan construction work, select and procure the correct construction materials and conduct on-site supervision of construction works.

    The course also covers building codes and standards, WHS protocols on construction sites, and how to comply with legal requirements and resolve business disputes. Upon completion of this course, you will have met the educational requirements needed for registration as a licensed builder in Queensland, Tasmania, the ACT and the Northern Territory. 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. As licensing varies from state to state, there may be extra requirements necessary to register. Please ensure you refer to your state's licencing requirements.

    PLEASE NOTE - Open Colleges is a privately-run RTO, not government-run like a TAFE, so they cannot offer government funding. Please check eligibility requirements before beginning an enrolment with Open Colleges.

  • What You'll Need to Get In

    There are no formal educational requirements for this course.

    Minimum age:

    • You will need to be at least 18 years old.

    English proficiency:

    • Entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level; or
    • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate III level or higher; or
    • 3 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.


    • You will need access to a reliable computer and an internet connections, as well as basic computer skills.

    Physical requirements:

    You will need to have a reasonable level of fitness, including the ability to:

    • stand for long periods
    • use their hands to handle, control or feel objects or tools
    • climb, lift, balance, walk, stoop and handle materials
    • kneel, crouch, crawl, bend or twist

    AutoCAD software:

    • Students will be required to register for AutoCAD software, available free to students enrolled in an approved educational institution. The Autodesk Student Version software incorporates all the functionality of a professional license, but includes a print banner making the software unusable for commercial purposes.
    • To participate in the Autodesk Education Community, students must satisfy the eligibility requirements. Please enquire for details.

    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.

    Practical task:

    • You will be asked to complete specific tasks outlined in the assessments. You will need to find a site that will allow you to undertake the tasks.
    • The work-based project should be at a construction site (see under ‘White card' on this page for more information). You will be coached and given advice on locating and approaching builders in their local area

    White card

    If you decide to complete the practical tasks of this course on a construction site, you will be required to have a white card.

    People who need a white card include:

    • Site managers, supervisors, surveyors, labourers and tradespeople
    • People who access operational construction zones (unaccompanied or not directly supervised by an inducted person)
    • Workers whose employment causes them to routinely enter operational construction zones
    • The white card can be obtained online or face to face through a Registered Training Provider.
    • More information and a list of white card trainers can be found on the Safe Work Australia website.

    Important Note:

    The White Card is not offered by Open Colleges. Students will need to get this at their own expense.

    Students are required to provide examples of their White Card (CPCCOHS1001A – Work safely in the construction industry or CPCCWHS1001 - Prepare to work safely in the construction industry).

    It is a requirement upon commencement of work-based project/graduation for all students to hold a current White card CPCCOHS1001A – Work safely in the construction industry or CPCCWHS1001 - Prepare to work safely in the construction industry.

  • Subject Breakdown

    In this building and construction course, the essential subjects you may cover include: 

    • CPCCBC4001 - Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Class 1 and 10 building
    • CPCCBC4053 - Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Class 2 to 9 Type C
    • CPCCBC4014 - Prepare simple building sketches and drawings
    • CPCCBC4012 - Read and interpret plans and specifications
    • CPCCBC4004 - Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects
    • CPCCBC4003 - Select, prepare and administer a construction contract
    • CPCCBC4005 - Produce labour and material schedules for ordering
    • CPCCBC4010 - Apply structural principles to residential and commercial constructions
    • CPCCBC4007 - Plan building and construction work
    • CPCCBC4008 - Supervise site communication and administration processes for building and construction project
    • CPCCBC4009 - Apply legal requirements to building and construction projects
    • CPCCBC4018 - Apply site surveys and set-out procedures to building and construction projects
    • CPCCBC4002 - Manage work health and safety in the building and construction workplace
    • CPCCBC4006 - Select, procure and store construction materials for building and construction projects
    • BSBPMG422 - Apply project quality management techniques
    • CPCCBC4021 - Minimise waste on the building and construction site
    • CPCCBC4024 - Resolve business disputes
    • CPCSUS4002 - Use building science principles to construct energy efficient buildings
    • BSBESB407 - Manage finances for new business ventures
  • Why Open Colleges?

    RTO 90796
    Open Colleges has been helping Australians realise their potential for over 125 years, and they're now one of Australia's leaders in online education. In the last decade alone, they've helped over 450,000 students gain the skills to launch, change or take the next step in their careers.

    When you study with OC, you’ll graduate with a nationally recognised qualification that’ll help you find work across Australia. Their nationally recognised courses are designed by vocational experts, and you’ll learn job-ready skills from industry specialists.

    Online learning is all about flexibility, so they’ve designed their learning platform to be as flexible as possible. It’s available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you can access it anytime you want. It’s designed to work around your lifestyle, not the other way around, so you can easily fit your study in with your other commitments.

    The common misconception is that studying online means that you’re studying alone, but at Open Colleges, they take great pride in the superior support provided to their students. They make it easy for you to get support when you need it with their student support team available Monday to Friday via email, phone and Live Chat and on the weekends, via Live Chat (when available). They’re here, in tandem with trainers and assessors, to make sure you’re supported the whole way through your course, from the time you enrol right through to your graduation.


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  • Where will this course take you?

    Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited CPC40120 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) from Open Colleges, awarded by Integrated Care & Management Training (ICMT).

  • Career Outcomes

    Wondering where a career in Building and Construction could take you? Potential job outcomes may include: Bricklayer, Building Contractor, Carpenter, Concreter, Plasterer, Painter, Tiler.

  • Let's talk price

    Open Colleges offers several flexible payment models to suit your lifestyle and preferences:

    Pay in Full

    • Pay up-front and receive a 10% discount

    Pay 50% & Payment Plan Combo

    • Pay 50% up-front and remainder through a payment plan

    Payment Plan

    • Pay in weekly or fortnightly instalments.
    • All Open Colleges payment plans are interest free.

    Zip Money Payment Plan

    • Select a 24, 36 or 48 months interest-free, payment plan (depending on the course you enrol in)

    BPAY available

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