Qualification details

CPC40110 - Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) (Release 4)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
4 (this release)Current 17/Jan/2014
(View details for release 3) Replaced07/Feb/2013
(View details for release 2) Replaced29/Nov/2011
(View details for release 1) Replaced19/May/2011

Usage recommendation:
Supersedes CPC40108 - Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) 20/May/2011

Training packages that include this qualification

Units of competency

CodeSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Code columnTitleSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Title columnEssential
BSBITU201A - Produce simple word processed documentsProduce simple word processed documents Elective
BSBITU202A - Create and use spreadsheetsCreate and use spreadsheets Elective
BSBITU301A - Create and use databasesCreate and use databases Elective
BSBMGT403A - Implement continuous improvementImplement continuous improvement Elective
BSBPMG411A - Apply project quality-management techniquesApply project quality-management techniques Elective
BSBPMG415A - Apply project risk-management techniquesApply project risk-management techniques Elective
BSBPMG522A - Undertake project workUndertake project work Elective
BSBSMB401A - Establish legal and risk management requirements of small businessEstablish legal and risk management requirements of small business Elective
BSBSMB402A - Plan small business financesPlan small business finances Elective
BSBSMB404A - Undertake small business planningUndertake small business planning Elective
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 312112 Building Associate 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3121-11 Building Associate 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0403 Building 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 312112 Building Associate 30/Nov/2010 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3121-11 Building Associate 30/Nov/2010 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0403 Building 30/Nov/2010 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 19/May/2011 
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Modification History

Revised qualification deemed equivalent to CPC40110

  • two new sustainability elective units added:
  • CPCSUS4002A Use building science principles to construct energy efficient buildings
  • CPCSUS4003A Maximise energy efficiency through applied trade skills
  • imported elective units updated
  • minor editorial changes to elective packaging rules, without changing intent


This qualification is designed to meet the needs of builders and managers of small to medium-sized building businesses.

The builder may also be the appropriately licensed person with responsibility under the relevant building licensing authority in the State or Territory. Builder licensing varies across States and Territories and additional requirements to attainment of this qualification may be required.

Occupational titles may include:

  • Builder
  • Construction manager.

The qualification has core unit of competency requirements that cover common skills for the construction industry.

The construction industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units of competency to be delivered in this context.

Completion of the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007) is required before entering a construction work site. Achievement of unit CPCCOHS1001A covers this requirement.

Additional units of competency may be required to meet builder registration requirements in various States and Territories.

Pathways Information

This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship pathway.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Check with relevant state and territory licensing and regulatory authorities. State and territory jurisdictions may have different regulatory requirements.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Employability Skills Summary

Employability skill 

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include: 


  • Communicates work health and safety (WHS) policies and procedures
  • Participates in ensuring compliance with standards, regulations and policies
  • Communicates effectively with a range of relevant parties through a range of media
  • Establishes on-site communication systems
  • Facilitates site meetings
  • Articulates complex ideas clearly
  • Interprets a range of complex and technical documents, including relevant regulatory, legislative and licensing requirements, codes and standards, plans, drawings and specifications, schedules, site files, contracts, orders, development approvals and organisational policies and procedures
  • Analyses and evaluates reports and reference materials
  • Understands relevant definitions, terminology, symbols and language
  • Maintains and checks logs, records and documents
  • Prepares a range of documents, including construction contracts, plans, sketches and drawings and specifications, reports, tenders, schedules, building applications and submissions and file notes
  • Reports and records hazards, risks and project costs
  • Negotiates conflict and dispute resolution
  • Analyses a range of data, including company and stakeholder resource consumption and waste product volumes


  • Conducts briefings with team members
  • Coordinates a range of team members and activities
  • Keeps team informed of work practices, quality requirements and required actions
  • Relates positively to fellow workers and the management team
  • Relates to people from diverse social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with varying physical and mental abilities
  • Seeks expert advice where appropriate
  • Works collaboratively with relevant stakeholders
  • Understands various stakeholders' roles
  • Supervises and checks others' work, monitors work processes and ensures safe work practices

Problem solving 

  • Assesses structural integrity of residential and commercial low rise buildings
  • Performs various calculations relating to rise and fall amounts, estimating resource acquisition and costs; measuring levels, heights and gradients; structural analysis; drawing dimensions; setting out of construction projects; comparisons of alternative water management systems; waste management minimisation strategies; and thermal efficiency, rated capacity and working load limits
  • Examines tools and equipment prior to use for damage, missing components or other defects
  • Identifies and rectifies faults
  • Responds effectively to hazards, risks and emergencies
  • Analyses problems and applies appropriate remedial solutions
  • Resolves business disputes
  • Deals with customer complaints and disputes
  • Deals with contract variations
  • Takes action to minimise contract penalties
  • Analyses rejected building applications and determines the likely success of an appeal or a resubmission
  • Devises approaches, implements and reflects on environmental and water, energy and resource efficiency management policies and procedures relevant to work site to improve environmental sustainability, and shares alternative approaches as required

Initiative and enterprise 

  • Evaluates properties of construction materials and selects appropriate materials based on evaluation
  • Develops compliant, alternative solutions to construction problems
  • Assesses thermal efficiency of buildings and reviews design solutions for effectiveness and compliance
  • Identifies opportunities for improved water management
  • Evaluates effective strategies for insulating structures
  • Develops waste management strategies and dispute resolution procedures
  • Identifies environmental and resource efficiency improvements, applies knowledge about resource use to organisational activities and customer service, and develops resource efficiency tools

Planning and organising 

  • Plans and coordinates various work operations
  • Prepares project schedules
  • Participates in effective implementation of organisation's operational plans
  • Plans and organises on-site activities and implements procedures associated with building and construction work
  • Identifies and organises resource requirements and obtains supply information
  • Supervises various administrative and work processes, including claims and payments, insurance coverage, payroll systems and tax systems
  • Collects, analyses and organises workplace information and data
  • Plans and organises inspections
  • Organises testing of construction materials to ensure suitability

Self management 

  • Manages own performance to ensure required levels of service standards, work quality and professional competence
  • Manages work priorities and professional development
  • Uses feedback to improve own performance
  • Organises and completes daily work activities


  • Is open to new ideas and techniques
  • Seeks feedback on personal performance
  • Uses information effectively to improve work performance
  • Learns from colleagues as part of effective teamwork


  • Operates office equipment
  • Uses computer equipment and relevant software
  • Uses cameras
  • Assesses new and emerging technologies for application to construction processes
  • Uses a range of tools and equipment, including technical instruments and surveying equipment
  • Maintains tools and equipment as required
  • Uses technology to improve efficiency and effectiveness of managing work

Packaging Rules

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in:

  • 16 units of competency:
  • 13 core units
  • 3 elective units.

The elective units must be selected as follows:

  • all three elective units may be selected from the elective units listed below
  • two of the three elective units may be selected from Certificate III, Certificate IV or Diploma from another endorsed Training Package or from CPC08, provided that at least one unit is from Certificate IV and the industry context is maintained.

Some units in this qualification may have prerequisite requirements, which must be met when packaging the qualification. Users are referred to the list of CPC08 units with prerequisite unit requirements available in this Training Package for this purpose.

Core units  


Manage small business finances


Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for low rise building projects


Manage occupational health and safety in the building and construction workplace


Select and prepare a construction contract


Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects


Produce labour and material schedules for ordering


Select, procure and store construction materials for low rise projects


Plan building or construction work


Conduct on-site supervision of building and construction projects


Apply legal requirements to building and construction projects


Apply structural principles to residential low rise constructions


Apply structural principles to commercial low rise constructions


Read and interpret plans and specifications

Elective units  


Promote team effectiveness


Produce simple word processed documents


Create and use spreadsheets


Create and use databases


Implement continuous improvement


Apply project quality management techniques


Apply project risk management techniques


Undertake project work


Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business


Plan small business finances


Undertake small business planning


Monitor and manage small business operations


Establish effective workplace relationships


Write complex documents


Prepare and evaluate tender documentation


Prepare simple building sketches and drawings


Prepare specifications for all construction works


Administer a construction contract


Arrange resources and prepare for the building or construction project


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


Apply sustainable building design principles to water management systems


Build thermally efficient and sustainable structures


Minimise waste on the building and construction site


Supervise tilt-up work


Resolve business disputes


Manage personal work priorities and professional development


Arrange building applications and approvals


Supervise asbestos removal


Work safely in the construction industry


Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices


Use building science principles to construct energy efficient buildings


Maximise energy efficiency through applied trade skills


Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers


Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace

Custom Content Section

Not applicable.

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