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Duration: 
1 year full time or longer for part time
Location: 
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face

Applications for next intake due 31 December 2018

Overview

Add to your hands-on industry experience with a Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) at Victoria Polytechnic and take the first steps to becoming a registered builder.

This course is designed for those wishing to obtain formal registration under Victorian building legislation. You’ll learn to take responsibility for the complete construction of a building.

You’ll develop specialist skills and knowledge to run a small-to-medium construction business. Focused primarily on residential buildings, you’ll gain knowledge about the principles, techniques and regulations of the building industry. Learning from industry professionals, you’ll cover topics such as:

  • quantity surveying
  • tendering
  • planning and scheduling of labour and materials
  • selecting contractors
  • supervising work sites
  • construction technology
  • managing workplace safety
  • small business finance.

This course has flexible delivery for those working full time. Classes are held in the evenings, Saturdays and some weekdays.

You’ll learn at our $44 million state-of-the-art trades hub at our Sunshine Campus. Our ‘Construction Futures’ hub is a sustainable training facility sustainable with a 6 Star Green rating. It provides modern high-tech labs and dynamic workshops including:

  • concrete laboratory
  • survey laboratory
  • engine laboratory
  • soldering/construction laboratories
  • power systems laboratory
  • computer workstations with simulation and modelling software.

Everything you learn at Victoria Polytechnic has direct links to the real world. You’ll learn practical skills at our Construction Hub, giving you the chance to test out your theoretical knowledge. Learning a trade with us means you’ll get the hands-on learning to be job-ready when you graduate.

You’ll learn from teachers who have valuable industry contacts and the latest industry-standard skills.  You’ll also develop links with industry and professional experience through:

  • site visits
  • industry projects
  • live work
  • industry endorsed workshops
  • industry simulation. 

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

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Careers in building and construction

The building and construction industries are some of the largest industries for employment within Australia. This Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) from Victoria Polytechnic will give you the qualification you need for roles of greater responsibility in the building industry.

Example job titles include:

  • registered builder 
  • construction manager.

Job prospects in this field are expected to grow over the next five years,  (JobOutlook).

Course structure

To be awarded CPC40110 Certificate IV in Building and Construction, a student must successfully complete a total of sixteen (16) units of competency, comprising of:

  • thirteen (13) core units, and;

  • three (3) elective units, of which:

  • all three (3) elective units may be selected from the elective units listed in the CPC40110 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) qualification, or;

  • two (2) of the three (3) elective units may be selected from Certificate III, Certificate IV or Diploma qualifications from another endorsed training package or from the CPC08 Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package, provided that at least one unit is from Certificate IV and the industry context is maintained.  

Electives must be industry relevant as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.

This qualification is designed to assist in meeting the licensing/registration requirements of those wishing to become a registered builder.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: VET

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place, you’ll pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution.
  • full-fee paying place, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

How to apply

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

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Direct applications due 31 December 2018.

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