CPC40120 Certificate IV in

Building and Construction

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  • Study modeBlended (Face-to-Face
    and online)

  • LocationParramatta
    and Sydney

  • Course duration52 weeks

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Course Description

This qualification reflects the role of builders, site managers and managers of small to medium-sized building businesses who apply knowledge of structural principles, codes, standards and legal requirements to Class 1 and 10, to a maximum of two storeys and Class 2 to 9 Type C constructions, and who plan and supervise safe building and construction work, prepare and administer contracts, and who apply quality principles to building and construction projects.

Building relates to construction and Site Management is about managing the factors around construction, such as the deployment of crews with specialised skills (including builders), product compliance, deployment of contract specialised skills, weather and site location. The qualification is designed to enable two specialised occupational outcome pathways depending on elective options which will be reflected as:

  • Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) or
  • Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Site Management)

Completion of the general construction induction training program specified by the model Code of Practice for Construction Work is required for any person who is to carry out construction work. Achievement of unit CPCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry meets this requirement. Builder and Site Supervisor licensing varies across States and Territories and requirements additional to the attainment of this qualification may be required. APEX has chosen the Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) for its scope of delivery.

Course Duration

52 Weeks

36 Weeks Tuition / 16 Weeks Holidays

Full-Time Study

20 Hours/Week

Course Fees

Tuition Fee: $12,500 *

Enrolment Fee: $500 **

Materials Fee: $1500

* Discounts may apply** Non-refundable Information on other fees and charges available here

Intake Dates

  • 25 January 2021
  • 19 April 2021
  • 12 July 2021

Mode of Study

The 19 units of competency are delivered throughout the 36 weeks of tuition. The qualification is delivered over 8 terms (each term is 9 weeks) followed by holidays of varied durations.

Classroom based learning and up to one-third of the course may be delivered online.


Assessments are conducted during and on completion of training for each unit to determine if the learner is competent. The assessments are conducted using knowledge and skills assessments. Assessment methods may include: Assignment, Questioning (Oral/Written), Case Study, Third Party Report, In Class Activities, Observations, Role Play and RPL.

Units of Competency

CPCCBC4001 Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Class 1 and 10 Buildings


CPCCBC4002 Manage work health and safety in the building and construction workplace


CPCCBC4007 Plan building or construction work


CPCCBC4008 Supervise site communication and administration processes for building and construction projects


CPCCBC4009 Apply legal requirements to building and construction projects


CPCCBC4010* Apply structural principles to residential and commercial constructions


CPCCBC4012 Read and interpret plans and specifications


CPCCBC4014 Prepare simple building sketches and drawings


CPCCBC4018 Apply site surveys and set-out procedures to building and construction projects


CPCCBC4021 Minimise waste on the building and construction site


CPCCBC4053 Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Class 2 to 9, Type C Buildings


BSBPMG422 Apply project quality management techniques


CPCCBC4003 Select, prepare and administer a construction contract


CPCCBC4004 Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects


CPCCBC4005 Produce labour and material schedules for ordering


CPCCBC4006 Select, procure and store construction materials for building and construction projects


CPCSUS4002 Use building science principles to construct energy efficient buildings


BSBPMG430 Undertake project work


CPCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry


All the above listed units of competency must be completed to receive the CPC40120 Certificate IV in Building and Construction qualification.

RPL and Exemptions

Apex will recognise the AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by other RTO’s, upon verification with the issuing organisation. RPL and Credit Transfer are available for students to access prior to enrolment. More information is available in our student handbook.

Vocational Outcomes

Successful completion of this qualification level is intended to prepare new employees or recognises and develops existing workers performing carpentry work that cover common skills in the construction industry, mainly in commercial and residential workplaces. Occupational titles depending on packaging options selected may include:

  • Builder
  • Construction Supervisor
  • Site Manager/Supervisor
  • Leading Hand

Job roles and titles may vary across different industry sectors.

Entry Requirements and Pre-Requisites

The course will be available to those students who are 18 years or older and have completed Year 12. International Students are required to have an English ability at the IELTS 5.5 or equivalent.

Although this qualification has no pre-requisites, students are required to complete the CPCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry unit prior to starting the course or within the first term of studies with APEX.

Target Group

Domestic and international students who wish to undertake this course in order to access employment as a carpenter, builder, construction supervisor, leading hand of a small to medium sized building business.

Please note: APEX does not guarantee successful completion of the course nor guarantees a particular employment or migration outcome on completion of the qualification.

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