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Part Time: 32 weeks


Chadstone, Drummond St Chadstone, Moorabbin

This Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) is specifically tailored for people with at least three years' work experience in the building and construction industry.

Together with your hands-on industry experience, this course will deepen your knowledge of building structures under the National Construction Code (NCC), the legislation that accompanies any building project, and help you develop the skills necessary to run a successful small to medium-sized construction business.

It may also assist you to meet the requirements of the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) to become a registered building practitioner in Victoria.

This program is flexible to adapt content to cover residential, industrial and commercial low rise and medium rise construction with extra attention to risk management and small business finances.

The course is delivered two nights a week over 32 weeks by industry professionals.

Upon completion, students can expect to have the knowledge and skills required of a builder, site manager, foreman or construction manager.

This qualification is nationally recognised in accordance with the Australian Qualification Framework.

Course start dates 2019 (runs for 32 weeks)

February 25 - Monday and Wednesday, 6pm-10pm

April 15 - Monday and Wednesday, 6pm - 10pm

May 21 - Tuesday and Thursday, 6pm - 10pm

Drummond St

July 23 -Tuesday and Thursday, 6pm - 10pm

August 19 - Monday and Wednesday, 6pm - 10pm

October 21 - Monday and Wednesday, 6pm - 10pm

November 19 - Tuesday and Thursday, 6pm - 10pm


March 26 - Tuesday and Thursday, 6pm - 10pm

September 17 - Tuesday and Thursday, 6pm - 10pm

St Kilda
June 18 - Monday and Wednesday, 6pm - 10pm

No experience yet but want to starting a new career, re-entering the workforce or looking to do a career change? Look here for our full or part time or online course.

Course structure

To receive this qualification you must complete 13 core units and three elective units.

Elective units have been chosen by Holmesglen based on feedback from industry and staff qualifications.

If you have already completed other eligible elective units, these may be counted towards completion of this course.


Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards





Manage Small Business Finances


Apply Building Codes And Standards To The Construction For Low Rise Projects


Manage Occupational Health And Safety In The Building And Construction Workplace


Select And Prepare A Construction Contract


Identify And Produce Estimated Costs For Building And Construction Projects


Produce Labour And Material Schedules For Ordering


Select, Procure And Store Construction Materials For Low-rise Projects


Plan Building Or Construction Work


Conduct On-site Supervision Of The Building And Construction Project


Apply Legal Requirements To Building And Construction Projects


Apply Structural Principles To Residential Low-rise Constructions


Apply Structural Principles To Commercial Low-rise Constructions


Read and interpret plans and specifications


Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business


Plan small business finances


Resolve Business Disputes

Entry requirements

Due to the accelerated pace of course delivery, it is strongly recommended that students have at least three years of work experience in the building and construction industry before undertaking this course.

Basic computer skills on Microsoft Windows, Word and Excel are recommended.

Prior to enrolment or commencement of training you will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment and a pre-training interview.


You may be able to shorten the length of your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.



After completing this course, you will receive the CPC40110 Certificate IV in Building and Construction.


The course provides many options for further study including the Diploma of Building and Construction (Building), CPC50210.

Once you have completed the diploma, you can pathway into one of Holmesglen's two building degrees, the Bachelor of Building Surveying and Bachelor of Construction Management and Economics.

You may also be eligible to receive credits if you apply for courses at other universities.


- Registered builder
- Construction manager
- Domestic builder
- Building estimator
- Building/construction project supervisor

How to apply


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Visit How to Apply for more information on the application process.


Holmesglen may engage third parties to recruit students on behalf of the institute. Third party recruiters receive a commission and this will not impact on your fees.

Find out more about your rights and obligations as a student and the services we provide at Holmesglen.




Full Fee


Government subsidised




Holmesglen tuition fees shown are all inclusive and indicative of the cost to complete the entire course.
These are indicative fees only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

Find out more about paying your fees and our payment options

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Contact details

Building and Construction Management Open Days

At Holmesglen, we offer an entire suite of building courses designed to meet the strong demand predicted over the upcoming years, all of which follow a national framework meaning your qualification will be recognized nationally. Visit us on Open Day for a formal a presentation at 6.30pm highlighting pathway options and career outcomes in the Building and Construction industry. Following the presentation you will have the opportunity to speak to industry experienced teachers who will give you the information and advise you about each entry stream. Registrations are essential for sessions to go ahead.

- , Thu, 14 Mar - bookings essential.

Holmesglen Chadstone Campus, Batesford Road Chadstone 3148 Australia

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