Our CPC40308 – Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Estimating) is an online course that makes it easy for you to study and learn.

It’s the perfect course for those who love the industry (and numbers) but also want to move off the tools. Physical labour can be hard on your body and it’s great to have another option when you’re ready to move from the building site to the office. You can continue to work in your current trade while also studying for your qualification. And being able to complete most of it in the comfort of your own home, while still getting the full support of experienced trainers makes it super easy.

This is your chance to secure your future in the industry.

Note: Applicants who have already completed the CPC40110 – Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) Qualification, may be entitled to credit transfers.

Don’t Delay – Places Are Limited


Start Date: 24th of January 2022

Trade Institute of Victoria – CPC40308 – Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Estimating) Online

TIV is proud to deliver a CPC40308 – Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Estimating) online course that teaches you how to produce cost estimations and schedules for building and construction projects, use estimating computer software programs and develop your job quoting skills. This is a course that’s been completed by people of all ages and from all types of backgrounds.

This certificate will allow you to move into an office job in the industry, and provides job security even if you’re not quite ready to make that move.

Work in the day – Learn at night 

The CPC40308 – Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Estimating) online course is designed so you can learn and gain your industry recognised qualification from the comfort of your own home.

You can keep working in your current trade or job and still have time to do this course. No having to rush to class through peak hour traffic either because the majority of the course is completed from the comfort of your own home.

You can head home after work, have a shower and grab a bite to eat before settling in for your online learning. Dress for comfort and be more at ease in your own environment. This will make learning a whole lot easier.

Plus you’ll learn valuable technical skills like how to use Zoom that you can then apply in your office job.

Course Details

If you have completed the CPC40110 – Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building), you will be eligible for 12 Credit Transfers. This will reduce the number of units needing to be completed to 3.

Otherwise, the course duration is 6 months. Students are required to be present for online classes for two 3 hour evening sessions per week, either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday.

There will also be four alternating Saturday sessions that will take place during the course. You will be required to attend in person for these so that you can observe how the theory relates to a practical situation on a building site.

What you’ll learn about:

What’s included:

Each student receives a package of material valued at $300 containing:
• The National Construction Code
• The Australian House Building Manual
• The Guide to Standards and Tolerances
• Forms and templates that can be badged and branded to be used for your own future use

Delivery & Duration

The course is delivered over 6 months. It is comprised of 30 weeks of timetabled training followed by a 10-week phase during which any needed additional training and support is provided via our Student Support Program. We do this to ensure that no one is left behind.

Students are required to attend timetabled training for two 3-hour evening sessions per week, either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday. Site-based practical projects are also included in the timetabled delivery phase.

Note: Applicants who have already completed the (CPC40110) Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) Qualification, may be entitled to credit for up to 12 of the qualification’s 15 units of competence.

Course Dates & Locations
  • Virtual Classroom – 24th of January 2022 (Monday & Wednesday Nights)
  • Virtual Classroom – 8th of February 2022 (Tuesday & Thursday Nights)

The cut off date to enrol is one week before the course starts.

TIV also has a full-time delivery of our CPC40110 – Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building).

The duration of the full-time course is 6 days a week (Monday-Saturday) for 3 weeks in January. To do the course you also need at least 5 years of experience in he building industry. More information can be found here.

  • Virtual Classroom – 8th of December 2021 (Full-time course)
Our Aim

We know that learning something new can be daunting. That’s why we have great instructors who have decades of experience to guide you. They are trained to recognise and teach different learning styles. So no matter what sort of learner you are, you can be assured of support.

We want you to pass. And we want you to feel confident in your capabilities at the end of the estimating course.

That’s why we offer one-on-one Zoom or face-to-face training support. Our trainers have helped hundreds of students from a variety of backgrounds pass the course. They’ll sit with you and help you with anything you’re struggling with. Whether you need some help learning software or don’t understand how to work an equation out, they’ll talk you through it and make sure you learn.

You can also attend Saturday tutorials at our training centre if you feel like you need ongoing face to face support.

And all our classes are live so you can ask any questions you need to while they’re fresh in your mind.

Fees and Government Funding

Skills First Funded Program


Typical Course Fee

The fee if you are not eligible for government funding.

Whatever your financial position, don’t let it stop you from gaining your CPC40308 – Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Estimating). We have payment plans that can help you afford the course.

Only Victoria residents are eligible for the Skills First Government Funding. If you are from interstate you are able to enrol in the course but will have to pay the full fee.

Please refer to the individual course page for a clear breakdown of fees, or see our Schedule of Fees here.

The student fees are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.  Additional fees may apply such as student services and amenity fees

Units of Delivery
CPCCBC4001A Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for low rise building projects
CPCCBC4004A Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects
CPCCBC4005A Produce labour and material schedules for ordering
CPCCBC4010B Apply structural principles to residential low rise constructions
CPCCBC4011B Apply structural principles to commercial low rise constructions
CPCCBC4012B Read and interpret plans and specifications
CPCCBC4013A Prepare and evaluate tender documentation
BSBPMG415 Apply project risk management techniques
CPCCBC4015A Prepare specifications for all construction works
CPCCBC4003A Select and prepare a construction contract
CPCCBC4009B Apply legal requirements to building and construction projects
CPCCBC4006B Select, procure and store construction materials for low rise projects
CPCCBC4002A Manage OH&S in the building and construction workplace
CPCCBC4007A Plan building or construction work
CPCCBC4020A Build thermally efficient and sustainable structures

If you love numbers and love working out what’s needed to get a project constructed, this online estimating course is for you.

You don’t need any construction industry experience to enroll in this course, however it could be an advantage.

In order to enrol, you must meet the following prerequisites:

  • Be eighteen (18) years or older
  • Have a computer or laptop with Microsoft office (or equivalent). An iPad is not suitable.
  • Internet access for the duration of the course
  • WhatsApp downloaded for class interaction
  • Video access for Zoom calls
  • Availability at scheduled class times
  • Can read, write and speak English competently
  • Have successfully completed a Language, Literacy and Numeracy assessment

“You can pack a lot in. On the TIV site, you can go in and construct or deconstruct a whole frame. If the weather is bad you can go in and work in their indoor construction facilities.”

Andrew Phillips
Essendon, AFL Player

Completed CPC30211 Certificate III in Carpentry and CPC40110 Certificate Building IV in Building and Construction (Building)

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there Government Funding available to me?

Yes, TIV’s training services are delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth funding to eligible individuals.

If your highest qualification is years 10-12, or a Certificate I, II or III level or equivalent, you may be eligible to access government funding for this course.

To confirm if you’re eligible for government funding, check out the online Funding Eligibility Indicator here or call us on (03) 9399 9511 to discuss your options.

Is this course Nationally Recognised?

Yes, on completion you will be issued with the Nationally Recognised qualification:

  • (CPC40308) Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Estimating)
If I choose the Virtual Classroom option, are there any face to face classes I need to attend?

Yes, there will be two compulsory Saturday sessions where you will attend face to face. One will be a Super Saturday (inspecting TIV buildings under construction). The other will be a site visit (inspecting private buildings under construction). These will be located around Melbourne.

What do I need to participate in the Virtual Classroom?
  • A computer or laptop with Microsoft Office (not an iPad)
  • A mobile phone or landline for dialling into the Audio Conference
  • Internet access
  • Being available during the hours set on the timetable
  • WhatsApp downloaded
  • Video access for ZOOM
Do I have to live in Victoria?

No, students from interstate are welcome. However, they are unable to access government funding.

What does TIV recommend if I haven’t completed a (COC40110) Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)?

TIV recommends doing the (CPC40110) Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) . While doing this course you can complete the 3 units for the (CPC40308) Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Estimating). This means at the end of the 6 months you will get two qualifications instead of one.

What are the career pathways from (CPC40308) Certificate IV In Building And Construction (Estimating)

Job opportunities from the course involve:

    • Estimator
    • Quantity Surveyor
    • Estimating Consultant
What time is my class?

If you have completed a (CPC40110) Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) class is on a Saturday 9am-1pm.

Otherwise class is 6pm-9pm two days per week and the four Saturday classes.