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CPC40308 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Estimating)

The CPC40308 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Estimating) course is designed to meet the needs of estimators and schedulers in the building and construction field. It will provide the participants with specialist skill and knowledge in quantity surveying, tendering, planning and scheduling construction technology in residential and commercial buildings. You will learn a diverse range of skills that will enable you to read and interpret plans and specifications, develop labour and material schedules, estimate costs for a building project and prepare tender documentation. You will gain knowledge about building codes and standards, structural principles relating to low rise residential and commercial buildings.

Australian Nationally Recognised TraininTo achieve the qualification CPC40308 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Estimating) there are 15 units of competency, comprising of 8 compulsory units and 7 elective units, which must be completed. The units offered by Back to Basics to complete the Qualification are:


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
BSBPMG407A Apply risk management techniques
CPCCBC4003A Select and prepare a construction contract
CPCCBC4006B Select, procure and store construction materials for low rise projects
CPCCBC4015A Prepare specifications for all construction works
CPCCBC4016A Administer a construction contract
CPCCBC4017A Arrange resources and prepare for the building or construction project
CPCCBC4021A Minimise waste on the building and construction site
BSBWRT401A Write complex documents

Back to Basics clusters the required units of competencies into the following modules:

Module 1 – Regulations, Codes and Structural Principles (CPCCBC4001A, CPCCBC4010B, CPCCBC4011B and CPCCBC4021A)

  • Legislation
  • Construction Methods
  • Construction Materials
  • Waste Management
  • Timber Framing

Module 2 – Plans and Specifications (CPCCBC4012B and CPCCBC4015A)

  • Interpret the Drawings
  • Preparing the Specification

Module 3 – Estimating (CPCCBC4004A, CPCCBC4005A, CPCCBC4013A, CPCCBC4006B, CPCCBC4017A and BSBWRT401A)

  • Interpret the Drawings to Prepare a Bill of Quantities
  • Prepare the Bill of Quantities
  • Evaluate the Tender Documentation
  • Prepare a Submission
  • Schedule Labour and Materials for Ordering
  • Select and Store Materials
  • Procurement and Resource Management

Module 4 – Understanding Contracts (BSBPMG407A, CPCCBC4003A and CPCCBC4016A)

  • Selection and Preparation of the Contract
  • Purpose of Terms of Contract Clauses
  • Risk Management
  • Contract Administration and Documentation

Job Roles
On successful completion of this course the participant will have the skills and knowledge required to perform the role of a Building Estimator or Building Scheduler.

Employability Skills

Employability Skill Industry/Enterprise requirements for this qualification include:

  • Communication: that contributes to productive and harmonious relations across employees and customers
  • Teamwork: that contributes to productive working relationships and outcomes
  • Problem solving: that contributes to productive outcomes
  • Initiative and enterprise: that contributes to innovative outcomes
  • Planning and organising: that contributes to long and short-term strategic planning
  • Self management: that contributes to employee satisfaction and growth
  • Learning: That contributes to ongoing improvement and expansion in employee and company operations and outcomes
  • Technology: that contributes to the effective carrying out of tasks

All Back to Basics programs are delivered by distance learning, they are designed to suit the person who has not been involved in formal study for a long period of time. Adult education is our specialty and so is the Building and Construction Industry.

Students learn at their own pace and enjoy the full support of our Student Services. People who have not done any study for many years have found this method of learning builds confidence and successful outcomes.

You are assured of a full support base from our experienced personnel. Our trainers are available to assist participants via email, in writing or by telephone throughout the duration of the course.

Support Workshops
Back to Basics provides Support Workshops in major regional areas at regular intervals e.g. Quarterly.

Should you need further assistance other than those provided by our trainers via email, or telephone – we are able to register you in a workshop. The workshops are conducted as an appointment only session.

For example: Back to Basics will advise when a workshop is being conducted in your area, if you wish to take advantage of having a face to face meeting with a Tutor – contact Back to Basics and book an appointment. These sessions will provide you with 30 minutes of one on one time to clarify any queries – provide guidance and help you stay motivated.

How do you get started?

Register by calling Back to Basics on 1300 855 713 with your payment details (cheque, credit card or direct deposit).

Receive your first module text as soon as registration is processed, 5 – 7 working days from receipt of payment.

Walk through assessment booklet provided with the assistance of our student support service; this should take approximately 4 – 6 hours per week over a period of 4 – 6 weeks per module.

Complete your assessment booklet and forward to Back to Basics for marking. All assessments are marked with detailed comments and recommendations to enhance your business and site operations.

For further information regarding this program please call 1300 855 713 or leave a message on our contact page.