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Start date(s):

Various dates throughout the year

Course length:

Full Time: 12 months , Part Time: 2 years



The Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) will give your the skills necessary to run a small to medium construction business.

And this version of the Certificate IV has been designed for people looking to start a career in the building industry, or people looking to change careers or re-enter the workforce.

This qualification will give you the knowledge of building structures under the National Construction Code (NCC), the legislation that accompanies any building project. It may also assist you to meet the requirements of the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) to become a registered building practitioner in Victoria.

You will also learn about environmental management practices, safety and risk management, managing projects, contracts, structural principles and estimating and monitoring costs.

The strength of the program lies in its flexibility to adapt content to cover residential, industrial and commercial low rise and medium rise construction with special attention to management techniques, project work and prepare and evaluate tender documentation.

This course can be undertaken full time, part time, or online, or a mixture of all three so you can fit your study around your work and personal life commitments.

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

If you already have at least three years' experience in the building industry, you should visit instead the Certificate IV in Building and Construction Building for trade professionals course page .

Course structure

Classes run as below:
Full time - three days per week, 9am to 5.30pm
Part time - four days per week, 6pm to 10pm

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.

While the course has been designed to be completed in two years, there is flexibility to study at your own pace and complete the course earlier.

The online course has been developed with busy people in mind. Our unique, flexible method of teaching combines off campus study via online course material, with a drop in campus based tutorial program at our convenient City campus location.

The online components have been divided into four stages, which in general are required to be completed sequentially.

Online resources for delivering distance education and a tutor for each unit of enrolment will be provided. We also provide support and references to learning tools to help you through the 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


Apply project quality management techniques


Undertake project work


Prepare And Evaluate Tender Documentation

Entry requirements

Year 12 level or the overseas equivalent.

English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 5.5 (Academic).


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 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


Holmesglen recommends international students apply through one of our accredited student recruitment agents. This will assist you in the preparation of all application documents and ensure that you are well counselled on the Australian Government's Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirements for International students. Further information of the GTE requirements is available at:

To find out more, visit How to Apply for International Students.

If you have further questions about your application, please contact our International Centre:

T: 03 9564 1703



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.




International Fee


Enquire online

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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