Qualification details

CPC40708 - Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Trade Contracting) (Release 5)


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The Deleted usage recommendation was implemented on 13 June 2017 to describe training components that have no replacement. Enrolments in training components and statements of attainment or qualifications issued before 13 June 2017 are valid. For any components marked as deleted after 13 June 2017, the applicable transition/teach-out periods apply. For specific questions regarding the enrolment, delivery or issuance of a statement of attainment/qualification, please contact your training regulator.
DeletedDeleted from CPC08 Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package15/Feb/2021

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

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BSBSMB401 - Establish legal and risk management requirements of small businessEstablish legal and risk management requirements of small businessSupersededElective
CPCCWHS1001 - Prepare to work safely in the construction industryPrepare to work safely in the construction industrySupersededElective
BSBCUS301B - Deliver and monitor a service to customersDeliver and monitor a service to customersSupersededCore
BSBLDR403 - Lead team effectivenessLead team effectivenessSupersededElective
BSBWOR401A - Establish effective workplace relationshipsEstablish effective workplace relationshipsSupersededCore
CPCCBC4013A - Prepare and evaluate tender documentationPrepare and evaluate tender documentationSupersededElective
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
CPCCBC4007A - Plan building or construction workPlan building or construction workSupersededElective
CPCCBC4004A - Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projectsIdentify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projectsSupersededCore
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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 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Trade Contractor 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 312112 Building Associate 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 CPC40708


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:

  • BSBITU201A to BSBITU201
  • BSBITU202A to BSBITU202
  • BSBITU301A to BSBITU301
  • BSBMGT403A to BSBMGT403
  • BSBPMG510A to BSBPMG522
  • BSBSMB401A to BSBSMB401
  • BSBSMB402A to BSBSMB402
  • BSBSMB404A to BSBSMB404
  • BSBSMB405B to BSBSMB405
  • BSBWOR402A to BSBLDR403
  • BSBWRT401A to BSBWRT401
  • TAEDEL402A to TAEDEL402

This version released with CPC08 Version 9.3.


This qualification is designed to meet the needs of trade contractors who manage trade contracting businesses.

Occupational titles may include:

  • Trade contractor.

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:
  • 10 core units
  • 5 elective units.

The elective units are to be chosen as follows:

  • up to 5 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 


Deliver and monitor a service to customers


Manage small business finances


Establish effective workplace relationships


Manage occupational health and safety in the building and construction workplace


Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects


Produce labour and material schedules for ordering


Conduct on-site supervision of building and construction projects


Read and interpret plans and specifications


Resolve business disputes


Apply codes and standards to building trade and services contracting

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


Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business


Plan small business finances


Undertake small business planning


Monitor and manage small business operations


Write complex documents


Select and prepare a construction contract


Plan building or construction work


Apply structural principles to residential low rise constructions


Apply structural principles to commercial low rise constructions


Prepare and evaluate tender documentation


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


Manage personal work priorities and professional development


Process client requirements


Apply contract law to sales processes


Supervise asbestos removals


Prepare to work safely in the construction industry


Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices


Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers


Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace

Custom Content Section

Not applicable.