Qualification details

CPC40308 - Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Estimating) (Release 6)


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Is superseded by and equivalent to CPC40320 - Certificate IV in Building Project SupportSupersedes and is equivalent to CPC40308 Certificate IV in Building and Construction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

ReleaseRelease date
6 (this release) 11/Nov/2021
(View details for release 5) 17/Jan/2017
(View details for release 4) 09/Dec/2016
(View details for release 3) 07/Feb/2013
(View details for release 2) 29/Nov/2011
(View details for release 1) 19/May/2011

Units of competency

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CPCCWHS1001 - Prepare to work safely in the construction industryPrepare to work safely in the construction industrySupersededElective
BSBLDR403 - Lead team effectivenessLead team effectivenessSupersededElective
CPCCBC4013A - Prepare and evaluate tender documentationPrepare and evaluate tender documentationSupersededCore
CPCSUS4001A - Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practicesImplement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practicesSupersededElective
CPCCBC4019A - Apply sustainable building design principles to water management systemsApply sustainable building design principles to water management systemsSupersededElective
CPCCBC4028A - Prepare design brief for construction worksPrepare design brief for construction worksSupersededElective
CPCCBC4006B - Select, procure and store construction materials for low rise projectsSelect, procure and store construction materials for low rise projectsSupersededElective
CPCCBC4016A - Administer a construction contractAdminister a construction contractSupersededElective
CPCCBC4004A - Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projectsIdentify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projectsSupersededCore
CPCCBC4024A - Resolve business disputesResolve business disputesSupersededElective
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 312114 Construction Estimator 
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 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Construction Services 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Building Scheduler,Building Estimator 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 312114 Construction Estimator 03/Aug/2009 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3121-11 Building Associate 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 CPC40308


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


Version 4 of this qualification replaces superseded equivalent elective unit CPCCOHS1001A with CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry


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

  • BSBCUS301B to BSBCUS301
  • BSBITU201A to BSBITU201
  • BSBITU202A to BSBITU202
  • BSBITU301A to BSBITU301
  • BSBMGT403A to BSBMGT403
  • 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 estimators and schedulers in the building and construction field.

Occupational titles may include:

  • Building estimator
  • Building scheduler.

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: 


  • Communicates effectively with a range of relevant parties through a range of media
  • Articulates complex ideas clearly
  • Interprets a range of complex and technical documents, including relevant regulatory, legislative, licensing and registration requirements, codes and standards, plans, drawings and specifications, schedules, development approvals, site files, contracts, and organisational policies and procedures
  • Analyses and evaluates reports and reference materials
  • Understands relevant definitions, terminology, symbols and language
  • Reports and records project costs
  • 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
  • Negotiates conflict and dispute resolution
  • Analyses a range of data, including company and stakeholder resource consumption and waste product volumes


  • Coordinates a range of team members and activities
  • Keeps team informed of work practices, quality requirements and required actions
  • Discusses ideas with team members
  • 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 

  • Assesses structural integrity of residential and commercial low rise buildings
  • Performs various calculations relating to rise and fall amounts, estimating resource acquisition and costs, drawing dimensions, comparisons of alternative water management systems; waste management minimisation strategies; and thermal efficiency, rated capacity and working load limits and budgeting and forecasting.
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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:

  • 15 units of competency:
  • 8 core units
  • 7 elective units.

The elective units are to be chosen as follows:

  • up to 7 units from general elective units
  • up to 3 units from qualifications in CPC08 or another current Training Package or state accredited course, provided the integrity of the AQF alignment is ensured, they contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome, and that no more than:
  • 2 units are from a Certificate IV qualification
  • 1 unit is from a Certificate III or Diploma qualification.

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  


Apply risk management techniques


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


Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects


Produce labour and material schedules for ordering


Apply structural principles to residential low rise constructions


Apply structural principles to commercial low rise constructions


Read and interpret plans and specifications


Prepare and evaluate tender documentation

Elective units 


Deliver and monitor a service to customers


Lead team effectiveness


Produce simple word processed documents


Create and use spreadsheets


Create and use databases


Implement continuous improvement


Contribute to the implementation of strategies to control OHS risk


Apply quality management techniques


Write complex documents


Select and prepare a construction contract


Select, procure and store construction materials for low rise projects


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 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


Prepare design brief for construction works


Supervise asbestos removal


Prepare to work safely in the construction industry


Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices


Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers

Custom Content Section

Not applicable.