CPC40308 - Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Estimating)

Know your way around a construction cost spreadsheet? Get recognised.

Have you been working in the Building and Construction Estimating field, identifying and producing cost estimates, reading and interpreting plans and specifications, and applying building codes and standards? You may already be equipped with what you need to know to achieve formal recognition.

A straightforward way to enter the field of Building and Construction Estimating, become certified in it, or improve employment opportunities, your skills in creating and using spreadsheets and databases, applying quality management techniques, administering contracts, and resolving business disputes are valuable.

Put your numbers in line in Building and Construction Estimating and prepare for a profitable future.

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  • 15 units of competency:

  • 8 core units
  • 7 elective units.


The elective units are to be chosen as follows:

  • up to 7 units from general elective units
  • up to 3 units 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:
  • 2 units are from a Certificate IV qualification
  • 1 unit is from a Certificate III or Diploma qualification.


Some units in this qualification may have prerequisite requirements, which must be met when packaging the qualification. Users are referred to the list of CPC08 units with prerequisite unit requirements available in this Training Package for this purpose.


Core units  

Unit code

Unit title


Apply risk management techniques


Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for low rise building projects


Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects


Produce labour and material schedules for ordering


Apply structural principles to residential low rise constructions


Apply structural principles to commercial low rise constructions


Read and interpret plans and specifications


Prepare and evaluate tender documentation

Elective units 

Unit code

Unit title


Deliver and monitor a service to customers


Promote team effectiveness


Produce simple word processed documents


Create and use spreadsheets


Create and use databases


Implement continuous improvement


Contribute to the implementation of strategies to control OHS risk


Apply quality management techniques


Write complex documents


Select and prepare a construction contract


Select, procure and store construction materials for low rise projects


Prepare simple building sketches and drawings


Prepare specifications for all construction works


Administer a construction contract


Arrange resources and prepare for the building or construction project


Apply sustainable building design principles to water management systems


Build thermally efficient and sustainable structures


Minimise waste on the building and construction site


Resolve business disputes


Manage personal work priorities and professional development


Prepare design brief for construction works


Supervise asbestos removal


Work safely in the construction industry


Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices


Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers

Not applicable.

This qualification does not require any licensing..

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