Certificate IV in Building Project Support (Estimator)

National Code: CPC40320
TAFE SA Code: TP01344


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.

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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
Students will be required to hold a current White Card or obtain one in the first term of the course.
Currency must be maintained throughout your studies to enable access to live worksites where required. 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 may require 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

    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 Project Support (Estimator) (CPC40320)
    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 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.

    * 2023 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
    Prepare simple building sketches and drawings 40
    Read and interpret plans and specifications 30


    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 project risk management techniques 40
    Apply structural principles to residential and commercial constructions 200
    Arrange resources and prepare for the building and construction project 20
    Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects 60
    Plan building and construction work 40
    Prepare and evaluate tender documentation 20
    Process client requirements 20
    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
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