Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Specialist Trades)

This qualification is designed to meet the needs of experienced tradespersons seeking to expand their skills in a diverse range of technical areas. The qualification also reflects the needs of tradespersons responsible for managing projects.

Occupational titles may include:

Building manager and supervisor

Heritage restorer

Crane operator


The qualification has core unit of competency requirements that cover common skills for the construction industry. An entry requirement for the Heritage restoration stream is completion of one of the following Certificate III qualifications or their equivalent:


Carpentry or Carpentry and Joinery

Painting and Decorating

Solid Plastering

Stonemasonry (Monumental/Installation).

An entry requirement for the Refractory bricklaying stream is completion of the Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying or equivalent.

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:

4 common core units

all core units for one of the following streams:

heritage restoration (six units)

refractory bricklaying (two units)

crane operations (two units)

rigging (two units)

elective units (number to take the total number of units completed to 15).

The elective units may be selected as follows:

all electives may be selected from the list below

two of the required number of elective units may be selected from a Certificate III, IV or Diploma qualification in another endorsed Training Package or within add topic CPC08 Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package, ensuring the industry context of the qualification is maintained.

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 BSBOHS404B

Contribute to the implementation of strategies to control OHS risk

add topic CPCCBC4004A

Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects

add topic CPCCBC4012B

Read and interpret plans and specifications

add topic CPCCBC4034A

Apply codes and standards to building trade and services contracting

Heritage restoration stream

add topic CPCCBC4035A

Initiate the heritage works process

add topic CPCCBC4036A

Prepare to undertake the heritage restoration process

add topic CPCCBC4037A

Prepare drawings for heritage works

add topic CPCCBC4038A

Prepare work plans for restoration work

add topic CPCCBC4039A

Undertake the heritage restoration process

add topic CPCCBC4040A

Prepare report for heritage restoration work

Refractory bricklaying stream

add topic CPCCBC4041A

Undertake preparations for refractory work

add topic CPCCBC4042A

Construct a fire brick wall and arch using refractory materials

Crane operations stream

add topic CPCCLTC4001A

Licence to operate a tower crane

add topic CPCCLTC4002A

Licence to operate a self-erecting tower crane

Rigging stream

add topic CPCCLRG4001A

Licence to perform rigging advanced level

add topic CPCCLSF4001A

Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding advanced level

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 BSBPMG404A

Apply quality management techniques

add topic BSBPMG407A

Apply risk management techniques

add topic BSBSMB401

Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business

add topic BSBWRT401

Write complex documents

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 CPCCBC4043A

Operate a self-erecting tower crane

add topic CPCCBC4044A

Operate a tower crane

add topic CPCCBC4045A

Perform advanced rigging

add topic CPCCBC4046A

Erect and dismantle advanced scaffolding

add topic CPCCBC4047A

Quality assure fire-rated lining systems

add topic CPCCBC4051A

Supervise asbestos removal

add topic CPCCLRG3002A

Licence to perform rigging intermediate level

add topic CPCCLSF3001A

Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding intermediate level

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

add topic TLILIC3006

Licence to operate a non-slewing mobile crane (greater than 3 tonnes capacity)

add topic TLILIC3008

Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (up to 20 tonnes)

add topic TLILIC4009

Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (up to 60 tonnes)

add topic TLILIC4010

Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (up to 100 tonnes)

add topic TLILIC4011

Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (over 100 tonnes)


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Participates in ensuring compliance with standards, regulations and policies

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

Articulates complex ideas clearly

Uses standard communication symbols

Interprets a range of complex and technical documents, including relevant regulatory, legislative, licensing and registration requirements, codes and standards, plans, drawings and specifications, schedules, load tables, orders, contracts, material safety data sheets and organisational policies and procedures

Analyses and evaluates records, reports and reference materials

Understands relevant definitions, terminology, symbols and language

Reports and records hazards and risks and project costs

Maintains and checks logs, records and documents

Prepares a range of documents, including work plans, file notes, drawings and sketches, heritage works safety management plans and heritage restoration work reports

Negotiates conflict and dispute resolution

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


Discusses and agrees roles, responsibilities and requirements of project team members

Supervises and checks others' work, monitors work processes and ensures safe work practices

Identifies effective strategies for problem resolution within the project team

Seeks expert advice where appropriate

Works collaboratively with relevant stakeholders

Understands various stakeholders' roles

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

Problem solving

Performs various calculations relating to 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

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

Performs test lift/shifts to ensure lift suitability

Resolves business disputes

Makes adjustments to processes and work plans to address problems that emerge during the heritage restoration

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

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

Assesses restoration possibilities

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

Participates in effective implementation of organisation's operational plans

Identifies location and nature of restoration work and prepares site prior to commencing work

Identifies and organises resource requirements and obtains supply information

Collects, analyses and organises workplace information and data

Plans and organises inspections

Checks test certificates of materials to ensure materials meet refractory plan requirements

Plans and prepares for operation of tower crane and self-erecting tower crane

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

Manages ongoing compliance with codes and standards


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

Contributes to the learning of others by ensuring that workers are informed of required application of codes and standards


Uses and operates a range of tools and equipment correctly and safely

Properly starts up, operates and shuts down equipment

Carries out pre- and post-operational checks on equipment and machines

Performs tools and equipment maintenance as required

Operates office equipment

Uses computer equipment and relevant software

Uses cameras