Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)

National Code: CPC40120
TAFE SA Code: TP01341


Become a professional builder or construction manager in the low-rise sector with this Certificate IV from TAFE SA. This nationally recognised qualification is a core requirement, along with trade experience, for getting your South Australian Building Work Supervisor Registration. The builder is the person at the heart of a build and takes responsibility for all aspects of the job from planning to ensuring a successful outcome. The course covers finances, planning and estimating, contracts and schedules, legal requirements, OHS compliance, structural principles, and key aspects of managing a small business. Building Work Supervisors make sure that all building work performed meets the required building standards. Supervisors must be registered and approved by Consumer and Business Services (CBS).

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12 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course

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Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs
Personal protective equipment including:

  • hi-visibility clothing
  • safety helmet
  • safety shoes or boots
  • safety glasses
  • a metric tape measure.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training requires applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).
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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.

  • 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

    Builder, Construction Manager.

    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 (Building) (CPC40120)
    This qualification covers finances, building codes and standards, safety, contracts, schedules, materials, legal requirements, structural principles and interpreting plans. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 11 core units and 8 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 Class 1 and 10 Buildings 18
    Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Class 2 to 9 Type C buildings 22
    Apply legal requirements to building and construction projects 50
    Apply site surveys and set-out procedures to building and construction projects 40
    Apply structural principles to residential and commercial constructions 200
    Manage work health and safety in the building and construction workplace 40
    Minimise waste on the building and construction site 20
    Plan building and construction work 40
    Prepare simple building sketches and drawings 40
    Read and interpret plans and specifications 30
    Supervise site communication and administration processes for building and construction projects 40


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply project quality management techniques 40
    Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects 60
    Manage finances for new business ventures 60
    Produce labour and material schedules for ordering 40
    Resolve business disputes 20
    Select, prepare and administer a construction contract 50
    Select, procure and store construction materials for building and construction projects 40
    Use building science principles to construct energy efficient buildings 42
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