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Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)

Free TAFE VTAC Code: CPC50220 CRICOS: 103766H VTAC Number: Preston 6900669364, Epping 6900269364



1 year full time / 2 years part time


12 months

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Australia’s construction industry is thriving, with an abundance of opportunities for those with construction knowledge and leadership skills. Demand for construction managers is expected to grow by 13% in the next five years. Whether you’re an experienced builder or a graduate of the Certificate IV in Building and Construction, Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) CPC50220 is designed to give you the skills to take your career to the next level.

Learn to lead

At Melbourne Polytechnic, you will learn in a hands-on environment with access to cutting edge technology, and qualified and industry-experienced teachers. We’ve been teaching building and construction skills for over 100 years in the north of Melbourne, and we’ve earned industry accolades nationally and internationally. Your learning won’t be confined to the classroom, with on-site training and opportunities to learn on the job. Designed with industry leadership in mind, you’ll learn the essentials of building management, including project risk, quality standards related to the construction industry, client liaison and relevant costing systems to prepare you for a future career in this exciting industry.

Graduate in demand

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) CPC50220 is a well-regarded path to leadership in the building and construction industry and is recognised by the Victorian Building Authority. Construction is an industry where leadership, communication and planning skills are in demand, and this course is designed to give you the skills to build your career so you’re ready to manage a commercial or domestic building site or run your own business when you graduate. Combined with the necessary industry experience, this qualification will allow you to be registered as a building practitioner in many categories. You may also choose to pursue further studies in construction management for an advanced career.

Career Pathways

Where will the Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) CPC50220 take me?

Successful completion of this course prepares you for employment as a construction supervisor, planner, or manager. Graduates are always in demand in this rapidly growing industry, and the varied career paths lead to positions in a broad range of areas.

  • Registered Builder
  • Site Manager
  • Construction Project Supervisor
  • Project Supervisor
  • Construction Manager
  • Building / Construction Estimator
  • Contracts Administrator
  • Project Manager
  • Site Supervisor

Study Pathways

On successful completion of the diploma, you may apply for entry in the Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Civil).

It feels really good, especially being a female in the industry as well as for all the people who are neurodivergent and in the trades.
Jessica Currie
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Course Details

How you will study

Each course has a dedicated learning method that is designed to let you thrive in your studies.


Interactive learning in a face-to-face environment. Classes will be held at a Melbourne Polytechnic campus or partner institute. Visit the How You'll Study page for more information.

Class Schedule

Part time evening classes 3 nights a week for 24 months.
Full time day classes 3 days a 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
BSBOPS504 Manage business risk Core 60
BSBPMG532 Manage project quality Elective 40
BSBPMG538 Manage project stakeholder engagement Elective 40
BSBWHS513 Lead WHS risk management Core 40
CPCCBC4001 Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Class 1 and 10 buildings Core 18
CPCCBC4003 Select, prepare and administer a construction contract Core 50
CPCCBC4004 Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects Core 60
CPCCBC4005 Produce labour and material schedules for ordering 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 Core 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
CPCCBC4053 Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Class 2 to 9 Type C buildings Core 22
CPCCBC5001 Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Type B construction Core 200
CPCCBC5002 Monitor costing systems on complex building and construction projects Core 60
CPCCBC5003 Supervise the planning of on-site building and construction work Core 200
CPCCBC5004 Supervise and apply quality standards to the selection of building and construction materials Elective 60
CPCCBC5005 Select and manage building and construction contractors Core 40
CPCCBC5007 Administer the legal obligations of a building and construction contractor Core 100
CPCCBC5010 Manage construction work Core 150
CPCCBC5011 Manage environmental management practices and processes in building and construction Core 150
CPCCBC5013 Manage professional technical and legal reports on building and construction projects Core 40
CPCCBC5018 Apply structural principles to the construction of buildings up to three storeys Core 300
CPCCBC5019 Manage building and construction business finances Core 50

Attend an Information Session

Our information sessions will give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and answer your questions about your course.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Free TAFE Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $0 $14600 $34800
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250 $250
Total payable $250 $14850 $35050
Per year $19600
Per semester $9800

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 1st of November. 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.


Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

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

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.

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 supply stationery, including notebooks and pens.
Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.


  • completed Year 12/VCE or equivalent, or have relevant industrial experience
  • for more information, we encourage you to attend one of our Information Sessions.

Academic: Australian Year 12 equivalency
English: Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0, Pearson PTE Academic 42 overall with no individual communicative skill below 36, or Melbourne Polytechnic recognised equivalency.

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 Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas, you may be eligible for a VET Student Loan. Read more about them 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.

When we receive your application, the International Office will be in contact with you shortly to discuss your application and provide you additional instructions.

If you'd like to speak to one of our International Office staff directly, call 1300 635 276

Recognising Organisations

Nationally Recognised Training

Nationally Recognised Training This course is government accredited and has national recognition.

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