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

Gain the specialist skills and knowledge to work as a building estimator or scheduler with a Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Estimating) at Victoria Polytechnic.

This course will teach you to identify and produce cost estimations and schedules for building and construction projects.

You will gain skills and knowledge in:

  • producing cost effective estimates
  • quantity surveying
  • tendering/contracting
  • scheduling construction technology, labour and material
  • planning
  • structural principles
  • risk management and occupational health and safety (OHS)
  • preparing building sketches and drawings
  • environmental management
  • building codes and standards.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will meet the standards required for estimators or schedulers. You’ll be ready to work on residential and commercial low-rise construction projects.

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.

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
  • live work
  • 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.

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 (Estimating) from Victoria Polytechnic can help get your foot in the door.

Example job titles include:

  • building estimator
  • building scheduler
  • site supervisor.

Employment for building estimators is expected to grow strongly over the next five years (JobOutlook).

Course structure

To be awarded CPC40308 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Estimating), a student must successfully complete a total of fifteen (15) units of competency, comprising of:

  • eight (8) core units, and;

  • seven (7) elective units of which:

  • at least four (4) units must be selected from the general elective units listed in the CPC40308 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Estimating) qualification;

  • up to three (3) units may be selected 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:

  • two (2) units are from a Certificate IV qualification, and;

  • one (1) unit is from a Certificate III or Diploma qualification.

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

The aim of the course is for graduates to acquire specialist skills and knowledge in quantity surveying, tendering, planning and scheduling construction technology in residential and commercial buildings.

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.

Entry requirements

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.

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

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