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What is the Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Estimating)?

October 9, 2017 0 Comments

The Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Estimating) is a course that provides training on how to identify and produce cost schedules and estimations for building and construction projects. This course also teaches students skills and knowledge in the areas of project scheduling, contracts, tendering, OH&S and quality system management, financial monitoring and environmental management.

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Looking to Become a Building Estimator or Building Scheduler? Then this course may be just what you need.

It is designed for project managers, forepersons, trade contractors and those wanting to become a full-time estimator or scheduler.

While construction is by far the largest industry employer of people who complete this course, there are also job opportunities in the professional, scientific and technical services, public administration and safety sectors.

Since the construction industry encourages training and assessment to be undertaken in a real or closely simulated workplace environment, the CPC40308 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Estimating) generally delivers all units of competency in this context.

Job Outcomes

The Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Estimating) allows people to become a building estimator or building scheduler.

A building estimator is responsible for preparing the budget for a building and construction project, which can include preparing cost and time estimates, auditing projects, managing overall building expenses, submitting tenders and negotiating prices and rates with sub-contractors and suppliers.

A building scheduler is in charge of organising a project, including machinery, tradespeople and materials, and ensures the project is completed within budget. Building schedulers work with managers and supervisors to make sure tasks are being completed on time, liaise with materials suppliers, interpret plans and specifications, identify and produce cost estimates, produce labour and material schedules and ensure job specifications and standards are met.

Obtaining Qualification

To obtain this qualification, you must be able to demonstrate 15 units of competency through a Registered Training Provider, including eight core units and seven elective units.

The eight core units are:

  • BSBPMG407A – Apply risk management techniques
  • 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

The elective units will vary between providers but can be up to three units from qualifications in CPC08 or another current training package or accredited course, two units from the Certificate IV qualification and one unit from a Certificate III or Diploma.

Candidates also have to achieve competency in a range of employability skills, including communication, teamwork, problem-solving, initiative and enterprise, planning and organising, self-management, learning and technology.

Competency is usually defined as the consistent application of skill and knowledge to the standard of performance required in the workplace, with the ability to apply and transfer knowledge and skills to new situations and environments.

To find out more about the Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Estimating) and how best to achieve this certification please contact us.

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