Qualification details

CPC40611 - Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Specialist Trades) (Release 5)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes CPC40608 - Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Specialist Trades) 20/May/2011

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
5 (this release) 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

Training packages that include this qualification

Units of competency

CodeSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Code columnTitleEssentialSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Essential column
BSBCUS301 - Deliver and monitor a service to customersDeliver and monitor a service to customersElective
BSBITU201 - Produce simple word processed documentsProduce simple word processed documentsElective
BSBITU202 - Create and use spreadsheetsCreate and use spreadsheetsElective
BSBITU301 - Create and use databasesCreate and use databasesElective
BSBLDR403 - Lead team effectivenessLead team effectivenessElective
BSBMGT403 - Implement continuous improvementImplement continuous improvementElective
BSBOHS404B - Contribute to the implementation of strategies to control OHS riskContribute to the implementation of strategies to control OHS riskCore
BSBPMG404A - Apply quality management techniquesApply quality management techniquesN/A
BSBPMG407A - Apply risk management techniquesApply risk management techniquesN/A
BSBSMB401 - Establish legal and risk management requirements of small businessEstablish legal and risk management requirements of small businessElective
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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 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Construction Services,Building Trades 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Building Manager and Supervisor,Heritage Restorer,Rigger,Crane Operator 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 312112 Building Associate 09/Feb/2012 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3121-11 Building Associate 09/Feb/2012 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0403 Building 09/Feb/2012 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 19/May/2011 
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Modification History




Revised qualification deemed equivalent to CPC40611


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


Addition of the following units to elective unit list to correct their omission from the packaging rules, given their status as prerequisite to CPCCLRG4001A and CPCCLSF4001A respectively:

  • CPCCLRG3002A Licence to perform rigging intermediate level
  • CPCCLSF3001A Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding intermediate level


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
  • BSBSMB401A to BSBSMB401
  • BSBWOR402A to BSBLDR403
  • BSBWRT401A to BSBWRT401
  • TLILIC3006A to TLILIC3006
  • TLILIC3008A to TLILIC3008
  • TLILIC4009A to TLILIC4009
  • TLILIC4010A to TLILIC4010
  • TLILIC4011A to TLILIC4011

This version released with CPC08 Version 9.3.


This qualification is designed to meet the needs of experienced tradespersons seeking to expand their skills in a diverse range of technical areas. The qualification also reflects the needs of tradespersons responsible for managing projects.

Occupational titles may include:

  • Building manager and supervisor
  • Heritage restorer
  • Crane operator
  • Rigger.

The qualification has core unit of competency requirements that cover common skills for the construction industry. An entry requirement for the Heritage restoration stream is completion of one of the following Certificate III qualifications or their equivalent:

  • Bricklaying/Blocklaying
  • Carpentry or Carpentry and Joinery
  • Painting and Decorating
  • Solid Plastering
  • Stonemasonry (Monumental/Installation).

An entry requirement for the Refractory bricklaying stream is completion of the Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying or equivalent.

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: 


  • Participates in ensuring compliance with standards, regulations and policies
  • Communicates effectively with a range of relevant parties through a range of media
  • Articulates complex ideas clearly
  • Uses standard communication symbols
  • Interprets a range of complex and technical documents, including relevant regulatory, legislative, licensing and registration requirements, codes and standards, plans, drawings and specifications, schedules, load tables, orders, contracts, material safety data sheets and organisational policies and procedures
  • Analyses and evaluates records, reports and reference materials
  • Understands relevant definitions, terminology, symbols and language
  • Reports and records hazards and risks and project costs
  • Maintains and checks logs, records and documents
  • Prepares a range of documents, including work plans, file notes, drawings and sketches, heritage works safety management plans and heritage restoration work reports
  • Negotiates conflict and dispute resolution
  • Analyses a range of data, including company and stakeholder resource consumption and waste product volumes


  • Discusses and agrees roles, responsibilities and requirements of project team members
  • Supervises and checks others' work, monitors work processes and ensures safe work practices
  • Identifies effective strategies for problem resolution within the project team
  • Seeks expert advice where appropriate
  • Works collaboratively with relevant stakeholders
  • Understands various stakeholders' roles
  • Relates to people from diverse social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with varying physical and mental abilities

Problem solving 

  • Performs various calculations relating to 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
  • 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
  • Performs test lift/shifts to ensure lift suitability
  • Resolves business disputes
  • Makes adjustments to processes and work plans to address problems that emerge during the heritage restoration
  • 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 

  • 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
  • Assesses restoration possibilities
  • 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 

  • Participates in effective implementation of organisation's operational plans
  • Identifies location and nature of restoration work and prepares site prior to commencing work
  • Identifies and organises resource requirements and obtains supply information
  • Collects, analyses and organises workplace information and data
  • Plans and organises inspections
  • Checks test certificates of materials to ensure materials meet refractory plan requirements
  • Plans and prepares for operation of tower crane and self-erecting tower crane

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
  • Manages ongoing compliance with codes and standards


  • 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
  • Contributes to the learning of others by ensuring that workers are informed of required application of codes and standards


  • Uses and operates a range of tools and equipment correctly and safely
  • Properly starts up, operates and shuts down equipment
  • Carries out pre- and post-operational checks on equipment and machines
  • Performs tools and equipment maintenance as required
  • Operates office equipment
  • Uses computer equipment and relevant software
  • Uses cameras

Packaging Rules

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

  • 15 units of competency:
  • 4 common core units
  • all core units for one of the following streams:
  • heritage restoration (six units)
  • refractory bricklaying (two units)
  • crane operations (two units)
  • rigging (two units)
  • elective units (number to take the total number of units completed to 15).

The elective units may be selected as follows:

  • all electives may be selected from the list below
  • two of the required number of elective units may be selected from a Certificate III, IV or Diploma qualification in another endorsed Training Package or within CPC08 Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package, ensuring the industry context of the qualification 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 



Contribute to the implementation of strategies to control OHS risk


Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects


Read and interpret plans and specifications


Apply codes and standards to building trade and services contracting

Heritage restoration stream  


Initiate the heritage works process


Prepare to undertake the heritage restoration process


Prepare drawings for heritage works


Prepare work plans for restoration work


Undertake the heritage restoration process


Prepare report for heritage restoration work

Refractory bricklaying stream  


Undertake preparations for refractory work


Construct a fire brick wall and arch using refractory materials

Crane operations stream  


Licence to operate a tower crane


Licence to operate a self-erecting tower crane

Rigging stream  


Licence to perform rigging advanced level


Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding advanced level

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


Apply quality management techniques


Apply risk management techniques


Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business


Write complex documents


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


Manage personal work priorities and professional development


Operate a self-erecting tower crane


Operate a tower crane


Perform advanced rigging


Erect and dismantle advanced scaffolding


Quality assure fire-rated lining systems


Supervise asbestos removal


Licence to perform rigging intermediate level


Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding intermediate level


Prepare to work safely in the construction industry


Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices


Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers


Licence to operate a non-slewing mobile crane (greater than 3 tonnes capacity)


Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (up to 20 tonnes)


Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (up to 60 tonnes)


Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (up to 100 tonnes)


Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (over 100 tonnes)

Custom Content Section

Not applicable.