Qualification details

CPC40208 - Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Contract Administration) (Release 4)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to CPC40320 - Certificate IV in Building Project SupportSupersedes and is equivalent to CPC40208 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Contract Administration) and CPC40308 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Estimating). 26/Nov/2020

ReleaseRelease date
4 (this release) 11/Nov/2021
(View details for release 3) 17/Jan/2017
(View details for release 2) 07/Feb/2013
(View details for release 1) 19/May/2011


SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 511111 Contract Administrator 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3292-11 Project Or Program Administrator 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0403 Building 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Construction Services 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Building Contract Administrator 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 511111 Contract Administrator 03/Aug/2009 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3292-11 Project Or Program Administrator 03/Aug/2009 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0403 Building 03/Aug/2009 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 19/May/2011 
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Modification History




Revised qualification deemed equivalent to CPC40208


Core and elective units revised resulting in a number of unit identifier changes


Update superseded imported units from elective list with equivalent current unit for:

  • BSBITU201A to BSBITU201
  • BSBITU202A to BSBITU202
  • BSBITU301A to BSBITU301
  • BSBMGT403A to BSBMGT403
  • BSBPMG510A to BSBPMG522
  • BSBWOR401A to BSBLDR402
  • BSBWOR402A to BSBLDR403
  • BSBWRT401A to BSBWRT401

This version released with CPC08 Version 9.3.


This version released with CPC08 Construction and Property Services 9.9.

The following unit was deleted as directed by the IRC June 2021.

  • CPCCBC4025A - Manage personal work priorities and professional development.


This qualification is designed to meet the needs of contract administrators working in small to medium-sized enterprises.

Occupational titles may include:

  • Contract administrator.

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

Not applicable.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Employability Skills Summary

Employability skill 

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include: 


  • 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 and organisational policies and procedures
  • Analyses and evaluates reports and reference materials
  • Provides clear and accurate information to customers about the construction process and requirements and contracts
  • Communicates effectively with a range of relevant parties through a range of media
  • Articulates complex ideas clearly
  • Understands relevant definitions, terminology, symbols and language
  • Negotiates contracts as well as conflict and dispute resolution
  • Prepares documents, including construction contracts, plans, sketches and drawings and specifications, reports, tenders, schedules, building applications and submissions and file notes
  • Reports and records project costs
  • Maintains and checks logs, records and documents
  • Analyses a range of data, including company and stakeholder resource consumption and waste product volumes


  • Coordinates a range of team members and activities
  • Seeks expert advice where appropriate
  • Works collaboratively with relevant stakeholders
  • Understands various stakeholders' roles
  • 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

Problem solving 

  • Performs various calculations relating to rise and fall amounts, estimating resource acquisition and costs, comparisons of alternative water management systems; waste management minimisation strategies; and thermal efficiency
  • Takes action to minimise contract penalties
  • Identifies and rectifies faults
  • Responds effectively to hazards, risks and emergencies
  • Analyses problems and applies remedial solutions
  • Resolves business 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 

  • Acts with initiative and foresight to ensure legal requirements are applied accurately
  • Develops compliant, alternative solutions to construction problems
  • Evaluates properties of construction materials and selects appropriate materials based on evaluation
  • 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 schedule
  • 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 payments
  • 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 and computers
  • Uses digital cameras
  • Uses technology to improve efficiency and effectiveness of managing work

Packaging Rules

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

  • 15 units of competency:
  • 9 core units
  • 6 elective units.

The electives may be selected as follows:

  • all six elective units may be selected from the list below
  • two of the six elective units may be selected from a Certificate IV qualification in another endorsed Training Package or within CPC08 Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package, ensuring the industry context of the qualification is maintained
  • one of the six elective units may be selected from either Certificate III or Diploma level.

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 


Participate in OHS processes


Select and prepare a construction contract


Select, procure and store construction materials for low rise projects


Read and interpret plans and specifications


Administer a construction contract


Arrange building applications and approvals


Apply construction information to the sales process


Process client requirements


Apply contract law to sales processes

Elective units 


Lead team effectiveness


Produce simple word processed documents


Create and use spreadsheets


Create and use databases


Implement continuous improvement


Apply quality management techniques


Apply risk management techniques


Undertake project work


Lead effective workplace relationships


Write complex documents


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


Produce labour and material schedules for ordering


Plan building or construction work


Prepare and evaluate tender documentation


Prepare simple building sketches and drawings


Arrange resources and prepare for the building or construction project


Apply sustainable building design principles to water management systems


Build thermally efficient and sustainable structures


Minimise waste on the building and construction site


Resolve business disputes


Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices


Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers

Custom Content Section

Not applicable.