Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)


Become a Qualified Builder

Meet the technical requirements for a Builders – Low Rise Licence with QBCC.

Want to expand your scope of work?
Is it time to start your own business?
Keen to step into a bigger role?

Take your building business or career to the next level.

Start or elevate your building business and become a qualified builder. This hands-on course is designed to build on (pun intended) your skills and experience as a tradesperson. It is ideal if you’re gunning to be a residential builder and looking to get your Builders – Low Rise licence. Or, follow the pathway to site management. Use this qualification as your next step towards getting off the tools and into the management of large scale projects.

In the CPC40120 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building), you will learn how to plan building construction work, apply structural principles, supervise on-site construction and learn the fundamentals of estimating and monitoring costs. This course covers the necessary skills, knowledge and experience needed to confidently take the next step in your career (and business).

Covering the necessary skills, knowledge and experience needed to take the next step in your career as well as meeting the technical requirements for a QBCC Builder – Low Rise Licence.

The CPC40120 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) can be funded under the Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) Higher Qualification Initiative* You may also be eligible for RPL allowing you to fast track your qualification.

*Eligibility required, ask us how you can qualify.

Why Bother?

  • Nationally recognised Qualification
  • Pathway to a Builder – Low Rise licence.
  • Trade-qualified trainers who know their stuff
  • Hands-on experience in a practical environment
  • Flexible study options available – earn while you learn*

Job Prospects

Low-rise Builder
Site supervisor
Construction Manager

Study Mode

Online and Flexible Delivery

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Course Structure

What you’ll learn

The CPC40120 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) course gives you the skills, knowledge and experience to be competent and feel confident onsite. It is aimed at anyone looking to work on low-rise building projects as a skilled tradesperson, supervisor or builder.

Ways to study

Recognition of Prior Learning

Your experience adds up and you can use this to fast-track your qualification.  If you’ve got a tonne of industry experience this can be used to gain part or all of your qual.

Onsite Training

We like to think this is a bit of a game changer! Learn onsite, while you work. This means less time off the tools and more time focused on practical skills.

To achieve this qualification, you must demonstrate competency in 11 core units and 8 elective units. Please refer below for the core units of competency and a sample of suggested electives:

*Prerequisite Unit Required

Core Units (11)

  • 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

Suggested Elective Units (8)

  • CPCSUS4002 Use building science principles to construct energy efficient buildings
  • CPCCBC4003 Select, prepare and administer a construction contract
  • BSBPMG422 Apply project quality management techniques
  • CPCCBC4006 Select, procure and store construction materials for building and construction projects
  • CPCCBC4004 Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects
  • CPCCBC4005 Produce labour and material schedules for ordering
  • CPCCBC4024 Resolve business disputes
  • CPCCBC4013 Prepare and evaluate tender documentation

This qualification meets one of the requirements for you to obtain a licence with your states regulatory body. Please consult with your local authority to ensure you are eligible and meet other criteria prior to commencing studies with us.

 Scope of Work

  • Building work on a class 1 or class 10 building
  • Building work on classes 2 to 9 buildings with a gross floor area not more than 2000m², but not including Type A or Type B construction
  • Building work that consists of non-structural work on a building, regardless of—
  • the class of the building; or
  • the gross floor area of the building
  • Prepare plans and specifications if the plans and specifications are:
  • for the licensee’s personal use, or
  • for use in building work to be performed by the licensee personally.

Qualifications Required

Any one of the following:

  1. Successful completion of CPC40120 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building);
  2. Successful completion of a course the authority considers is at least equivalent to the course mentioned above;
  3. A recognition certificate as a builder qualified to carry out the scope of work for the licence class;
  4. A qualification or statement of attainment of required competency for the class of licence.

Note: This information is sourced from QBCC website and is accurate as at January 2022 for QLD licence holders only. For more information and clarity of what the scope does not include please refer to QBCC.

  • Construction Supervisor
  • Builder
  • Construction Managers
  • Site Manager
  • Site Supervisor

The course duration will vary depending on your experience, skills and chosen study mode. As a guide:

  • Standard duration is between 12-24 months
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): 3-6 months- this term may be extended by Funding Criteria, amount of RPL awarded and subsequent Gap Training required  – eligibility criteria apply
  • CSQ
    • Program completion date is 20 September 2022 (for the Higher Level Skills General Program 2020/21 Contract)
    • Program completion date is 20 September 2022(for the Apprentice Advance+ Higher Level Skills Program 2020/21 Contract)
    • Program completion date is 20 September 2022 (for the Major Projects program 2020/21 Contract).
  • Fee for Service: 3-12 months subject to the amount of RPL awarded and subsequent Gap Training required

Your skills will be assessed through a mix of practical and theory tasks. Which is essentially showing us what you’ve learnt and how you do it.

Theory and Practical Assessment will be assessed Online. Practical Assessment will be conducted online through instructions and workplace activities conducted in your place of work. You will then make these completed tasks available to your trainer via the online learning platform to assess.

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Fee For Service

Fee For Service

Our flexible Fee For Service model accommodates individuals ready to start their qualification today while making ongoing, manageable payments.



CSQ is designed to give Building and Construction workers recognition for skills learnt on the job but for which they don’t currently hold a formal qualification.

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Learner Support

Our trainers have years of building experience, providing you with unparalleled access to first-hand industry knowledge throughout your course.

Limitless Learning

We believe that everyone should be able to learn in inspiring ways. That’s why we deliver training how you learn best plus, you get your own Learning Engagement Officer to support your progress through the course.

Recognised Qualifications

This building course is nationally recognised, so you can work anywhere in Australia with confidence.