TIV’s Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) is designed to meet the needs of aspiring builders in low rise residential and commercial construction.

This certificate, along with three years of practical experience in the building industry, is a common pathway to becoming a Registered Builder. It is also a pathway to roles such as Project Manager, Estimator/Scheduler, or Contract Administrator.

What you’ll learn

Increase your job opportunities in the building and construction industry with skills and knowledge in the following areas:

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

For students specifically interested in becoming a Registered Builder, TIV provides a specialist workshop to prepare you for undertaking the Victorian Building Authority’s builder registration process.

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 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.

Course Dates & Locations
  • 8th of February 2021, Virtual Classroom
  • 16th of February 2021, Doncaster
  • 23rd of February 2021, Virtual Classroom
  • 9th of March 2021, Tullamarine


Fees and Government Funding

Skills First Funded Program


JobTrainer Fee

The fee if you are eliglbe for JobTrainer. Click here to view.

Typical Course Fee

The fee if you are not eligible for government funding.

Don’t let financial hurdles get in your way of study. TIV has flexible payment plans available to help you get the education you want 

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.

Units of Delivery
CPCCBC4001A Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for low rise building projects
CPCCBC4002A Manage occupational health and safety in the building and construction workplace
CPCCBC4003A Select and prepare a construction contract
CPCCBC4004A Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects
CPCCBC4005A Produce labour and material scheduling for ordering
CPCCBC4006B Select, procure and store construction materials for low rise projects
CPCCBC4007A Plan building and construction work
CPCCBC4008B Conduct on-site supervision of building and construction projects
CPCCBC4009B Apply legal requirements to building and construction projects
CPCCBC4010B Apply structural principals to residential low rise constructions
CPCCBC4011B Apply structural principals to commercial low rise constructions
CPCCBC4012B Read and interpret plans and specifications
BSBSMB421 Manage small business finances
CPCCBC4020A Build thermally efficient and sustainable structures
BSBITU212 Create and use spreadsheets
BSBSMB404 Undertake small business planning
  • You are eighteen (18) years or older
  • Construction industry experience is an advantage, as is experience in settings with transferrable skills such as:
    • Competitive tendering
    • Logistics,
    • Property maintenance
  • You have a laptop with Microsoft office programs (or equivalent) and internet access for the duration of the course
  • You can read, write and speak English competently
  • You have successfully completed a Language, Literacy and Numeracy assessment

“The course has been great – really beneficial. Everyone at TIV has been really helpful and super professional.”

Sam Lloyd
Western Bulldogs
Completed CPC30211 Certificate III in Carpentry and CPC40110 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there Government funding available?

Yes Government funding is available for eligible students.

To find out if you’re eligible for Government funding  check out the online Funding Eligibility Indicator here or call us on 9399 9511 and we can discuss your options.

Generally, if you have completed a Certificate IV or higher-level qualification such as a Diploma or Degree unfortunately you won’t be able to access Government funding for the course. However, you can still do the course as a full fee-paying student.

Is this course Nationally Recognised?

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

  • Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)
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. These will be a Super Saturday and a site visit. These will be located around Melbourne.

What does the student need to supply to be able to participate in the Virtual Classroom?
  • A computer or laptop with Microsoft Office is required (not an iPad)
  • A mobile phone or landline is required for dialling into the audio conference
  • Internet is required
  • Students need to be available during the hours set on the course timetable
  • WhatsApp (ideal)
What are the career pathways from the Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)?

Job opportunities from the course involve:

  • Registered Building Practitioner
  • Site Manager
  • Estimator
  • Project Manager
  • Contract Administration
  • Private Building Inspector
How long is this course?

The course is delivered over 6 months, excluding breaks such as at Christmas/New Year. 30 weeks are structured around a timetable and 10 are not. Students are required to attend 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.

Other than at timetabled sessions, is there any extra support available to me in this course if I need it?


There are support sessions provided every Saturday morning (except for long weekends) These sessions are open to any current Certificate IV student irrespective of the location of their night time venue.
Individualised additional training and support is also available through the Student Support Team.

Student training support is initiated by Trainers for any student deemed Not Yet Competent after three attempts and/or six weeks has elapsed since the unit’s delivery ceased. It is designed to assist those students who are falling behind and require extra training and assistance to achieve Competency.

Your teacher will also give you their mobile number on the first class if you need to ask them anything.

When I complete this qualification will I be a Registered Builder?

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) registers builders once it has established through its assessment processes that you are a suitable candidate for registration. This involves a searching assessment of your skills and knowledge, coupled with evidence of at least 3 years’ experience involved in running building projects.

The Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) course covers areas on which you will be assessed by the VBA. Accordingly, it is a valuable achievement on your pathway to becoming a registered builder.
Detailed information about registration is available on the Victorian Building Authority’s website.

Do you have to live in Victoria?

No, students from interstate are welcomed to apply however they will be unable to access government funding. They will have to pay the full fee.

What will the Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) qualification help you with?
  • Increase your job opportunities and knowledge in the Building and Construction Industry.
  • Gain expertise and abilities to support your Domestic Builder Limited (DB-L)  Registered Building Practitioner application and contribute to Domestic Builder – Unlimited (DB-U) application.
  • Learn about building codes, preparing contracts and building permits, regulations, read and interpret plans, and building project management.
I want my Builders License. What is the next step I should take?

The next step is to contact TIV on (03) 9399 9511 to discuss the best options that would suit your needs. TIV runs a Become a Registered Builder (BARB) Program for existing students.

This has been established as an extra support for you after the completion of the Certificate and Diploma in Building and Construction- Building to help you achieve your Building Licence.

More information can be found at info@becomeabuilder.com.au

Are there any courses I can do with whilst I’m doing the Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)?

Yes! TIV offers the Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Site Management) and Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Estimating) which you can do on your main building stream. These are run on Saturdays and they are flexible in that you only need to complete a few additional Saturdays on flexible class time in order to complete.

You may also continue your studies with TIV’s Diploma of Building of Construction (Building) once you have completed your Certificate IV course.