Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Estimating)

This qualification is designed to meet the needs of estimators and schedulers in the building and construction field.

Occupational titles may include:

Building estimator

Building scheduler.

The qualification has core unit of competency requirements that cover common skills for the construction industry.

The construction industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units of competency to be delivered in this context.

Completion of the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007) is required before entering a construction work site. Achievement of unit CPCCOHS1001A covers this requirement.

Additional units of competency may be required to meet builder registration requirements in various States and Territories.


To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in:

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 add topic 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 add topic CPC08 units with prerequisite unit requirements available in this Training Package for this purpose.

Core units

add topic BSBPMG407A

Apply risk management techniques

add topic CPCCBC4001A

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

add topic CPCCBC4004A

Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects

add topic CPCCBC4005A

Produce labour and material schedules for ordering

add topic CPCCBC4010B

Apply structural principles to residential low rise constructions

add topic CPCCBC4011B

Apply structural principles to commercial low rise constructions

add topic CPCCBC4012B

Read and interpret plans and specifications

add topic CPCCBC4013A

Prepare and evaluate tender documentation

Elective units

add topic BSBCUS301

Deliver and monitor a service to customers

add topic BSBLDR403

Lead team effectiveness

add topic BSBITU201

Produce simple word processed documents

add topic BSBITU202

Create and use spreadsheets

add topic BSBITU301

Create and use databases

add topic BSBMGT403

Implement continuous improvement

add topic BSBOHS404B

Contribute to the implementation of strategies to control OHS risk

add topic BSBPMG404A

Apply quality management techniques

add topic BSBWRT401

Write complex documents

add topic CPCCBC4003A

Select and prepare a construction contract

add topic CPCCBC4006B

Select, procure and store construction materials for low rise projects

add topic CPCCBC4014A

Prepare simple building sketches and drawings

add topic CPCCBC4015A

Prepare specifications for all construction works

add topic CPCCBC4016A

Administer a construction contract

add topic CPCCBC4017A

Arrange resources and prepare for the building or construction project

add topic CPCCBC4019A

Apply sustainable building design principles to water management systems

add topic CPCCBC4020A

Build thermally efficient and sustainable structures

add topic CPCCBC4021A

Minimise waste on the building and construction site

add topic CPCCBC4024A

Resolve business disputes

add topic CPCCBC4025A

Manage personal work priorities and professional development

add topic CPCCBC4028A

Prepare design brief for construction works

add topic CPCCBC4051A

Supervise asbestos removal

add topic CPCCWHS1001

Prepare to work safely in the construction industry

add topic CPCSUS4001A

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic HLTHIR403C

Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Communicates effectively with a range of relevant parties through a range of media

Articulates complex ideas clearly

Interprets a range of complex and technical documents, including relevant regulatory, legislative, licensing and registration requirements, codes and standards, plans, drawings and specifications, schedules, development approvals, site files, contracts, and organisational policies and procedures

Analyses and evaluates reports and reference materials

Understands relevant definitions, terminology, symbols and language

Reports and records project costs

Maintains and checks logs, records and documents

Prepares a range of documents, including construction contracts, plans, sketches and drawings and specifications, reports, tenders, schedules, building applications and submissions and file notes

Negotiates conflict and dispute resolution

Analyses a range of data, including company and stakeholder resource consumption and waste product volumes


Coordinates a range of team members and activities

Keeps team informed of work practices, quality requirements and required actions

Discusses ideas with team members

Seeks expert advice where appropriate

Works collaboratively with relevant stakeholders

Understands various stakeholders' roles

Relates positively to fellow workers and the management team

Relates to people from diverse social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with varying physical and mental abilities

Problem solving

Assesses structural integrity of residential and commercial low rise buildings

Performs various calculations relating to rise and fall amounts, estimating resource acquisition and costs, drawing dimensions, comparisons of alternative water management systems; waste management minimisation strategies; and thermal efficiency, rated capacity and working load limits and budgeting and forecasting.

Examines tools and equipment prior to use for damage, missing components or other defects

Identifies and rectifies faults

Responds effectively to hazards, risks and emergencies

Analyses problems and applies appropriate remedial solutions

Resolves business disputes

Devises approaches, implements and reflects on environmental and water, energy and resource efficiency management policies and procedures relevant to work site to improve environmental sustainability and shares alternative approaches as required

Initiative and enterprise

Evaluates properties of construction materials and selects appropriate materials based on evaluation

Develops compliant, alternative solutions to construction problems

Assesses thermal efficiency of buildings and reviews design solutions for effectiveness and compliance

Identifies opportunities for improved water management

Evaluates effective strategies for insulating structures

Develops waste management strategies and dispute resolution procedures

Identifies environmental and resource efficiency improvements, applies knowledge about resource use to organisational activities and customer service and develops resource efficiency tools

Planning and organising

Plans and coordinates various work operations

Prepares project schedules

Participates in effective implementation of organisation's operational plans

Plans and organises on-site activities and implements procedures associated with building and construction work

Identifies and organises resource requirements and obtains supply information

Supervises various administrative and work processes, including payments collects, analyses and organises workplace information and data

Plans and organises inspections

Organises testing of construction materials to ensure suitability

Self management

Manages own performance to ensure required levels of service standards, work quality and professional competence

Manages work priorities and professional development

Uses feedback to improve own performance

Organises and completes daily work activities


Is open to new ideas and techniques

Seeks feedback on personal performance

Uses information effectively to improve work performance

Learns from colleagues as part of effective teamwork


Operates office equipment

Uses computer equipment and relevant software

Uses cameras

Assesses new and emerging technologies for application to construction processes

Uses a range of tools and equipment

Maintains tools and equipment as required

Uses technology to improve efficiency and effectiveness of managing work