Add to your hands-on industry experience with a Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) CPC40110 at Victoria University 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
- 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.
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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 University 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:
- drop-in sessions
- peer mentoring
- maths and writing resources
- resume and career guidance.
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) CPC40110 from Victoria University 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).
The course structure comprises the following core and elective units. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback.
To be awarded CPC40110 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building), 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.
Elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification, maintain the integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.
VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).
- CPCCBC4001A - Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for low rise building projects
Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers
Previous completion of units at the Polytechnic or any other Registered Training Organisation and/or previous attainment of skills and knowledge may be credited towards this course. Units must satisfy the completion rules of the qualification and be assessed as appropriate by the Polytechnic.
This qualification is designed to assist in meeting the licensing/registration requirements of those wishing to become a registered builder.
Fees & scholarships
Fee type definitions
The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full fee-paying place.
Students who enrol in a:
- government subsidised place pay subsidised tuition fees (the government contributes the rest), and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee along with any material fees
- full fee-paying place pay the full fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).
Find out more about:
- the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)
- ways to pay your fees
- important fee dates
- how to apply for a VE/TAFE refund
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.
As part of the application process, applicants must complete a Pre-training Review (PTR) and undertake a literacy and numeracy (LN) assessment to determine suitability for admission.
This course has local admission requirements: Applicants must be employed as an apprentice. Applicants must have a training contract with their employer, this contract must be registered with the VRQA and the apprentice must have been issued with an Epsilon number.
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.