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Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)

Free TAFE Jobtrainer Code: CPC40120

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Overview

Campus

Preston

Duration

6 months full time / 12 months part time

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake

February, July

Build in-demand skills

Australia’s construction industry is booming and employment for construction managers is expected to grow by 13% in the next five years. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Building and Construction CPC40120 (Building) provides a great pathway into this exciting industry. This qualification is recognised by the Victorian Building Authority (VBA), and will teach you the skills that can put you on the fast track for success in the construction industry.

From the classroom to the site

With our hands-on qualification you will gain access to industry guest speakers, field projects and site visits, so you are career-ready as soon as you graduate. You’ll train with qualified and experienced teachers, using cutting edge technologies and techniques used on today’s modern building sites. Melbourne Polytechnic students learn in Victoria’s most technologically advanced building and construction training facilities, taught by site-experienced teachers who know what the construction industry is looking for. You will also learn all of the key skills and knowledge in the building management trade required for assessment by the VBA so you can easily apply for registration as a Domestic Builder.

Graduate ready for the job and your future

When you graduate you can combine your skills with industry experience and choose from a rich variety of career paths. You may choose to become a registered builder, a building and construction project supervisor, project manager, construction coordinator or site manager. Construction is an industry that rewards people with varied skills. If you combine this qualification with good communication, planning and relationship-building skills, you may find yourself in high demand. If you’re hard-working, resilient and adaptable, you could grow a successful and rewarding career full of variety and exciting challenges.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

When you graduate you can combine your skills with industry experience and choose from a rich variety of career paths.
  • Construction Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Site Supervisor
  • Construction Project Supervisor
  • Registered Builder
  • Site Manager
  • Building / Construction Estimator
  • Contracts Administrator

Pathways

After completion of this course, you may pathway in to the Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) CPC50220. Alternatively, you can pursue further studies in Engineering Construction Management.
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Course Details

Delivery methods

Blended Learning at Melbourne Polytechnic means that students will be connected to their learning and assessment through a combination of Face to Face and online experiences.

  • Blended learning
  • Face-to-face

Class Schedule

Full Time: 3 days per week for 6 months
Part time: 3 evenings per week for 12 months

Assessment Methods

Various forms of assessment may be used including observation, questioning, written activities, knowledge quiz and demonstration.

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subject Elective Hours
BSBPMG422 Apply project quality management techniques Elective 40
BSBWRT411 Write complex documents Elective 50
CPCCBC4001 Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Class 1 and 10 buildings Core 18
CPCCBC4002 Manage work health and safety in the building and construction workplace Core 40
CPCCBC4003 Select, prepare and administer a construction contract Elective 50
CPCCBC4004 Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects Elective 60
CPCCBC4005 Produce labour and material schedules for ordering Elective 40
CPCCBC4006 Select, procure and store construction materials for building and construction projects Elective 40
CPCCBC4007 Plan building and construction work Core 40
CPCCBC4008 Supervise site communication and administration processes for building and construction projects Core 40
CPCCBC4009 Apply legal requirements to building and construction projects Core 50
CPCCBC4010 Apply structural principles to residential and commercial constructions Core 200
CPCCBC4012 Read and interpret plans and specifications Core 30
CPCCBC4013 Prepare and evaluate tender documentation Elective 20
CPCCBC4014 Prepare simple building sketches and drawings Core 40
CPCCBC4018 Apply site surveys and set-out procedures to building and construction projects Core 40
CPCCBC4021 Minimise waste on the building and construction site Core 20
CPCCBC4053 Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Class 2 to 9 Type C buildings Core 22
CPCSUS4002 Use building science principles to construct energy efficient buildings Elective 42

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Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Free TAFE Job Trainer Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $0 $0 $890 $4450 $12450
Materials fee $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250 $175 $250 $250
Total payable $250 $250 $1065 $4700 $12700
Per year $
Per semester $

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2021. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Fees explained

The State Government’s Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition (excluding Amenities Fees and Materials Fees) for students who are eligible for government subsidised training and enrol into one of the Priority listed course.

Free TAFE is available to eligible students for one course enrolment in a lifetime.

Free TAFE places are limited. Please call 1300 635 276 and we can advise you whether Free TAFE places are still available.

Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition fees for students who are eligible. Materials and amenities may still apply.

The Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative will pay your tuition fees for only one course. Once you have commenced in a tuition-free priority course, you are not eligible for further tuition-free places again, even if you do not finish your first tuition-free priority course.

Check your eligibility

Eligible students will pay 20 per cent of the standard Government subsidised tuition fee. Students can access up to one full qualification and one short course or skill set under the JobTrainer fund, including Free TAFE courses.

Who is eligible for JobTrainer?

To qualify for a non-traineeship JobTrainer course, you must

  • be aged 17 – 24 at the time of commencement of training, or
  • be a Job Seeker of any age, where a Job Seeker is defined as a person who holds a valid and current Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card; or unemployed. 

To qualify for a traineeship JobTrainer course, you must

  • be aged 17 – 24 at the time of commencement of training, or
  • be a Job Seeker of any age, where a Job Seeker is defined as a person who holds a valid and current Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card; or
    have been unemployed at the commencement date of the Training Contract; or became employed within 31 days before the commencement date of their Training Contract

To find out if you are eligible for Job Trainer or Free TAFE, call us on 1300 635 276.

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

Check your eligibility here.

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Check your eligibility here.

Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking

Additional expenses

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

You will need to purchase specific texts and materials (teaching staff will supply this information on enrolment or class induction) and you will also need to supply your own stationery, including notebooks and pens

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Requirements

You will need to have completed Year 12 or its equivalent or be mature age

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form from the Apply Now page.

You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment.

Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend our Skills and Job Centre, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For certificate-level courses, you can pay by weekly or fortnightly direct debit using our Tuition Payment Plan. Read more about TPPs here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 1300 635 276 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

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