Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Estimating)

National Code: CPC40308


Do you want to work in the building industry without getting your hands dirty? Are numbers more your style than bricks and mortar? The TAFE SA Certificate IV in Estimating gives you the skills you need to be a professional building estimator or building scheduler in the low-rise construction sector. Learn how to interpret plans and specifications, prepare cost estimates, and understand and prepare tender documents. Learn it. Work it. Study with us.

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12 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements, however, students wishing to access subsidised training will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
$1,051 - $1,422
$2,102 - $2,844
$613 - $830
$1,226 - $1,659

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place during the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

Subsidised Training Eligibility
Full Fee

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

    • External study is available with on campus workshops.
    • Students wishing to access subsidised training will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills.
    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Building estimator, Building scheduler.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Estimating) (CPC40308)
    This qualification covers risk management, building codes and standards, estimating costs, schedules, structural principles, interpreting plans and tender documentation. To complete the qualification, you are required to complete all 8 core units and 7 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2021 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for low-rise building projects 40
    Apply risk management techniques 40
    Apply structural principles to commercial low-rise constructions 80
    Apply structural principles to residential low-rise constructions 160
    Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects 60
    Prepare and evaluate tender documentation 20
    Produce labour and material schedules for ordering 40
    Read and interpret plans and specifications 30


    Name Nominal Hours
    Build thermally efficient and sustainable structures 40
    Plan building or construction work 40
    Prepare simple building sketches and drawings 40
    Produce computer-aided drawings 50
    Resolve business disputes 20
    Select and prepare a construction contract 40
    Work Safely in the Construction Industry 6
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