Building and Construction (Building)

Construction is an industry where having the right planning skills, and knowledge about governmental and legal obligations, is essential. This program will give you the skills and knowledge required as a senior manager, site supervisor, site manager or construction project manager within a building and construction firm. You will learn from experienced experts, liaise with project managers and stakeholders in the industry, and develop high-level surveying, planning, costing, quality and risk management skills. The course will give you invaluable, hands on and industry relevant experience through visits to real building sites.

It is also designed to meet the needs of builders and managers of small to medium-sized building businesses, and skills taught will include selecting contractors, overseeing the work and its quality, and liaising with clients. These qualifications are required to meet ACT requirements for Class B builder's license.

The qualification will also provide the white card (CPCCWHS1001) and asbestos awareness (10675NAT) at no extra cost.

  • Course Details
    Course/s

    Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)
    CRICOS: 097549E National ID: CPC40110

    Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)
    CRICOS: 094469G National ID: CPC50210

  • Course Duration
    Duration

    TOTAL CIT PACKAGE: 3 years
    Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building): 1.5 years
    Diploma of Building and Construction (Building): 1.5 years*

    *The Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) can also be offered as a standalone program with a duration of 2 years

  • Course Intake
    Intake

    Semester 1 (February) 2019

    Semester 1 (February) 2020

  • Course Campus
    Campus

    CIT Bruce

  • Course Fees
    Fees*

    Tuition Fees:

    2019*: Semester 1 - $7,050 Semester 2 - $7,050

    2020*: Semester 1 - $7,250 Semester 2 - $7,250

    Extra Fees:

    Certificate IV:
    Material fees: $85.00

    Diploma:
    Material fees: $100.00
    Timber for structural principles: $30.00

  • *Please note - Course fees are listed in $AUD and are based on a semester rate. Total course cost will vary depending on semester start date. Small fee increases happen annually in line with CIT's fee pricing review. 2018 and 2019 fees subject to change.

  • Entry Requirements

    ACT Senior Secondary Certificate or equivalent OR Adult Entry with relevant practical work or other professional experience | Students must also meet one of the following English requirements IELTS 5.5 (no band score less than 5.0) | TOEFL iBT - 46 | PTE Academic - 42 (minimum of 36 in each band) | Cambridge English test (C1 Advanced and B2 First) - 162.

    Please provide a detailed Statement of Purpose: Please describe your aptitude and motivation for study in this area of specialization, including your preparation for this field of study, your academic plans or interests in your chosen area of study, and your future career goals. The statement of purpose must include demonstrated evidence of independent research on your course content and subjects. Please be specific about why Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) and Australia would be a good fit for you in comparison to alternate educational providers in alternate countries.

    Acceptance upon College approval

  • Course Subjects - Certificate IV

    Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)
    CRICOS: 097549E | National ID: CPC40110
    Complete 16 subjects (13 Core and 3 Electives)


    Core - Complete all 13 subjects

    National ID
    Subject Name
    • CPCCBC4001A
      Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for low rise building projects
      CIT Code: BLDG113
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to access, interpret and apply relevant building codes and standards applicable to the construction processes of residential and low rise commercial buildings (low rise' licensing classification with reference to Class 1 and 10 construction and Classes 2 to 9 with a gross floor area not exceeding 2000 square metres, not including Type A or Type B construction). To successfully construct low rise buildings requires a thorough knowledge of the purpose and content of the Building Code of Australia (BCA), coupled with the ability to interpret other codes and standards related to a specific building.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CPCCBC4002A
      Manage occupational health and safety in the building and construction workplace
      CIT Code: OHSS469
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to conduct an OHS risk analysis, including the inspection of workplaces for hazards. The development and implementation of appropriate responses, including responses required by state or territory legislation and regulations, to mitigate the risks are also addressed. The unit requires candidates to have a comprehensive and appropriate understanding of the complex range of legislative and workplace requirements to manage risk in building and construction workplaces.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CPCCBC4004A
      Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects
      CIT Code: BLDG115
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to establish the estimated costs associated with the acquisition of materials and labour on building and construction sites, together with the application of relevant overhead costs and margins. Knowledge of physical resource and supplier identification, assessment of the availability of and requirements for skilled labour and application of appropriate codes, regulations and approvals gaining processes is essential.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CPCCBC4005A
      Produce labour and material schedules for ordering
      CIT Code: BLDG116
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to produce schedules of resource requirements so that orders can be placed for materials and labour for residential and commercial projects and to record and track costs as they are incurred. Knowledge of codes, regulations and approval processes, contractor systems, physical resource and supplier identification and the ability to assess the availability of and requirements for skilled labour are essential.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CPCCBC4007A
      Plan building or construction work
      CIT Code: BLDG118
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to plan on-site activities, including the employment of physical and human resources and the development of documentation and advice for relevant authorities concerning residential and commercial projects. The ability to identify appropriate resources and suppliers, and assess the availability of and requirements for skilled labour are essential.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CPCCBC4008B
      Conduct on-site supervision of building and construction projects
      CIT Code: BLDG119
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to supervise implementation of administration processes relating to residential and commercial construction projects. The ability to administer payments, supervise on-site communications, ensure compliance with quality control and complete record keeping processes is essential.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CPCCBC4009B
      Apply legal requirements to building and construction projects
      CIT Code: LEGL180
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to apply legal requirements to building and construction projects of residential and low rise commercial buildings (low rise' licensing classification with reference to Class 1 and 10 construction and Classes 2 to 9 with a gross floor area not exceeding 2000 square metres, not including Type A or Type B construction). Application of legal requirements includes the capacity to ensure compliance with all contractual requirements. A thorough knowledge of the application of current legal and regulatory requirements is essential.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CPCCBC4010B
      Apply structural principles to residential low rise constructions
      CIT Code: BLDG120
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to apply structural principles to the erection or demolition of low rise residential structures using conventional methods. The unit addresses those structures classified by the Building Code of Australia (BCA) as Class 1 and Class 10. Knowledge of the application of structural principles in accordance with Australian standards is essential.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CPCCBC4011B
      Apply structural principles to commercial low rise constructions
      CIT Code: BLDG121
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to apply structural principles to the erection or demolition of low rise projects of a more complex nature than single residential dwellings, which are typically commercial structures classified in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) as Classes 2 to 9 with a gross floor area not exceeding 2000 square metres but not including Type A or Type B construction. Knowledge of the application of structural principles in accordance with Australian standards is essential.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CPCCBC4012B
      Read and interpret plans and specifications
      CIT Code: PLMB231
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to read and interpret plans and specifications applicable to medium rise residential and commercial projects in order to inform estimation, planning and supervisory activities.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • BSBSMB406
      Manage small business finances
      CIT Code: MGNT329
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to implement and review financial management strategies on a regular basis. It applies to individuals who operate a small business that stands alone, or is part of a department within a larger organisation. Individuals in this role interpret financial reports and other numerical data to develop financial management strategies.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CPCCBC4003A
      Select and prepare a construction contract
      CIT Code: BLDG114
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to select and prepare appropriate construction contracts, including the sections, clauses and conditions for low rise construction projects. The ability to interpret complex documents, communicate clearly and succinctly and negotiate is essential skills.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CPCCBC4006B
      Select, procure and store construction materials for low rise projects
      CIT Code: BLDG117
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to supervise the systems through which materials are typically selected, acquired and stored on site for projects described by the Building Code of Australia (BCA) as low rise building or construction work (low rise' licensing classification with reference to Class 1 and 10 construction and Class 2 to 9 with a gross floor area not exceeding 2000 square metres, not including Type A or Type B construction). It ensures the delivery to the site of materials that meet contract specifications and service requirements for low rise projects.
      Prerequisites: Nil

    • Electives - Complete all 3 subjects

    • CPCCBC4018A
      Apply site surveys and set-out procedures to building and construction projects
      CIT Code: BLDG123
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to conduct basic measuring and levelling techniques as part of the set-out procedures performed on building projects. It includes the use of technical instruments, application of standard procedures and performance of calculations necessary in the set-out of construction projects.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CPCCBC4024A
      Resolve business disputes
      CIT Code: BLDG138
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to advise on or resolve business disputes that may arise in the course of activities in residential and commercial contracting projects. Dispute resolution procedures may be applied as one of the disputing parties or as an independent party.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CPCCWHS1001
      Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
      CIT Code: WPHS117
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the mandatory work health and safety training required prior to undertaking construction work. The unit requires the person to demonstrate personal awareness and knowledge of health and safety legislative requirements in order to work safely and prevent injury or harm to self and others. It covers identifying and orally reporting common construction hazards, understanding basic risk control measures, and identifying procedures for responding to potential incidents and emergencies. It also covers correctly selecting and fitting common personal protective equipment (PPE) used for construction work. This unit meets the general construction induction training requirements of: • Part 1.1 Definitions and Part 6.5 of the Model Work Health and Safety Regulations; • Division 11 of Part 3 of the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 for Western Australia; and • Division 3 of Part 5.1 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007 for Victoria. It is expected that site-specific induction training will be conducted prior to conducting construction work. Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit. Relevant work health and safety state and territory regulatory authorities should be consulted to confirm jurisdictional requirements.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • Course Subjects - Diploma

    Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)
    CRICOS: 094469G | National ID: CPC50210
    Core - complete all 13 subjects

    National ID
    Subject Name
    • CPCCBC4001A
      Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for low rise building projects
      CIT Code: BLDG113
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to access, interpret and apply relevant building codes and standards applicable to the construction processes of residential and low rise commercial buildings (low rise' licensing classification with reference to Class 1 and 10 construction and Classes 2 to 9 with a gross floor area not exceeding 2000 square metres, not including Type A or Type B construction). To successfully construct low rise buildings requires a thorough knowledge of the purpose and content of the Building Code of Australia (BCA), coupled with the ability to interpret other codes and standards related to a specific building.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CPCCBC4003A
      Select and prepare a construction contract
      CIT Code: BLDG114
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to select and prepare appropriate construction contracts, including the sections, clauses and conditions for low rise construction projects. The ability to interpret complex documents, communicate clearly and succinctly and negotiate is essential skills.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CPCCBC4004A
      Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects
      CIT Code: BLDG115
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to establish the estimated costs associated with the acquisition of materials and labour on building and construction sites, together with the application of relevant overhead costs and margins. Knowledge of physical resource and supplier identification, assessment of the availability of and requirements for skilled labour and application of appropriate codes, regulations and approvals gaining processes is essential.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CPCCBC4010B
      Apply structural principles to residential low rise constructions
      CIT Code: BLDG120
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to apply structural principles to the erection or demolition of low rise residential structures using conventional methods. The unit addresses those structures classified by the Building Code of Australia (BCA) as Class 1 and Class 10. Knowledge of the application of structural principles in accordance with Australian standards is essential.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CPCCBC5001B
      Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for medium rise building projects
      CIT Code: BLDG125
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to access, interpret and apply relevant building codes and standards applicable to the construction processes of medium rise commercial and wide span buildings (medium rise licensing classification with reference to Classes 1 and 10 construction, Classes 2 and 3 to a maximum of 3 storeys, and Classes 4 to 9 to a maximum of 3 storeys, not including Type A construction). To successfully construct medium rise buildings requires thorough knowledge of the purpose and content of the Building Code of Australia (BCA), coupled with the ability to interpret other codes and standards related to a specific building.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CPCCBC5002A
      Monitor costing systems on medium rise building and construction projects
      CIT Code: BLDG126
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to monitor building or construction costing systems. The processes and practices involved in supervising and monitoring costing systems result in the ongoing maintenance of cost control and the production of expenditure schedules and other arrangements, which ensure contracts or projects remain on budget. In order to achieve the outcomes for this unit, knowledge of relevant legislation, codes and standards, industry estimating and costing systems, and financial principles is required.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CPCCBC5003A
      Supervise the planning of on-site medium-rise building or construction work
      CIT Code: BLDG127
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to supervise the planning process and organisation of on-site building or construction work projects up to and including medium rise commercial and wide span buildings (medium rise licensing classification with reference to Class 1 and 10 construction, Class 2 and 3 to a maximum of 3 storeys, Class 4 to 9 to a maximum of 3 storeys, not including Type A construction). Successful supervision of planning and organisation requires effective interpretation of contractual and planning requirements and development of strategies for using human and physical resources effectively in order to comply with contractual obligations. In order to achieve the outcomes for this unit, knowledge of relevant building and construction planning practices, state or territory building and construction codes, standards and regulations and human resource principles and practices is required.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CPCCBC5018A
      Apply structural principles to the construction of medium rise buildings
      CIT Code: BLDG129
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to apply structural principles to the building of medium rise buildings. The design and construction of medium rise buildings require the input of a range of skilled professionals, including architects and engineers. The building and construction professional plays a significant role within this project team and requires the ability to communicate effectively with building design professionals, and develop sound and safe practices in relation to structural procedures on site.
      Prerequisites: BLDG125 CPCCBC5001B Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for medium rise building projects
    • CPCCBC5010B
      Manage construction work
      CIT Code: BLDG130
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to manage construction work and/or projects, which may involve fulfilling single or multi-site commercial contractual obligations. To successfully manage construction projects requires knowledge of relevant industry legislation, codes, standards, methods, procedures and practices as well as the ability to communicate effectively with others.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CPCCBC4013A
      Prepare and evaluate tender documentation
      CIT Code: BLDG132
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to evaluate contract specifications and information and to prepare tender documents associated with projects in the building and construction industries. Knowledge of tender preparation and interpretation of project demands and requirements and the capability to bring together a body of diverse information are essential. How to find the information and present it in a manner that meets organisational needs in short timeframes is important, as is the ability to manage time effectively.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • BSBPMG505A
      Manage project quality
      CIT Code: MGNT512
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to manage quality within projects. It covers determining quality requirements, implementing quality assurance processes, and using review and evaluation to make quality improvements in current and future projects. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • BSBPMG508A
      Manage project risk
      CIT Code: MGNT513
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to manage risk within a project to avoid adverse effects on project outcomes. It covers determining, monitoring and controlling project risks, and assessing risk management outcomes. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • BSBWHS503
      Contribute to the systematic management of WHS risk
      CIT Code: OHSS411
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to contribute to the systematic management of work health and safety (WHS) risk. It applies to individuals who provide specialised knowledge, systematic approaches and guidance to a range of personnel.
      Prerequisites: Nil


    Electives - complete 3 subjects

    • CPCCBC5006B
      Apply site surveys and set out procedures to medium-rise building projects
      CIT Code: BLDG128
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to apply site surveys and set-out procedures to medium rise building and construction projects. It addresses the skills and practices required to measure, record and interpret data using measuring and levelling equipment and to set out building projects. The ability to operate specific surveying equipment and apply calculations and knowledge of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and Australian standards are essential.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CPCCBC5005A
      Select and manage building and construction contractors
      CIT Code: BLDG141
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to select and manage building and construction contractors. It covers the processes and practices involved in supervising the systems through which the selection and management of subcontract resources occurs within the organisation, and through which subcontracting needs are identified and through which subcontracting needs are identified and quantified. In order to achieve the outcomes for this unit, knowledge of relevant industry legislation, standards and codes, the subcontracting system and industrial relations processes is required.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CPCCBC5007B
      Administer the legal obligations of a building or construction contractor
      CIT Code: BLDG142
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to administer the legal obligations of a building or construction contract. It is concerned with licensing and/or builders' registration and other legislative matters as appropriate, and administering the systems through which the obligations of complying with legislation are fulfilled. In order to achieve the outcomes for this unit, knowledge of relevant industry legislation, codes, standards, regulations, licensing, employee awards, agreements, OHS, taxation and insurance is required.
      Prerequisites: Nil


    Electives - complete 2 subjects

    • CPPBDN5012A
      Produce and present 3-D models of small-scale building designs
      CIT Code: BLDG193
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to produce three-dimensional (3-D) models for building design projects covered by the National Construction Code (NCC), except construction Type A buildings. It also covers demonstrating and discussing the representations with clients and stakeholders.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • BSBWOR502
      Lead and manage team effectiveness
      CIT Code: MGNT485
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to lead teams in the workplace and to actively engage with the management of the organisation. It applies to individuals working at a managerial level who facilitate work teams and build a positive culture within their work teams. At this level, work will normally be carried out using complex and diverse methods and procedures requiring the exercise of considerable discretion and judgement, using a range of problem solving and decision making strategies.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CPCCBC4012B
      Read and interpret plans and specifications
      CIT Code: PLMB231
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to read and interpret plans and specifications applicable to medium rise residential and commercial projects in order to inform estimation, planning and supervisory activities.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • BSBSMB406
      Manage small business finances
      CIT Code: MGNT329
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to implement and review financial management strategies on a regular basis. It applies to individuals who operate a small business that stands alone, or is part of a department within a larger organisation. Individuals in this role are skillful communicators and interpret financial reports and other numerical data with ease.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • BSBFIM501
      Manage budgets and financial plans
      CIT Code: MGNT535
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to undertake financial management within a work team in an organisation. It includes planning and implementing financial management approaches, supporting team members whose role involves aspects of financial operations, monitoring and controlling finances and reviewing and evaluating effectiveness of financial management processes. It applies to managers in a wide range of organisations and sectors who have responsibility for ensuring that work team financial resources are used effectively and are managed in line with financial objectives of the team and organisation.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CPPBDN5013A
      Develop and collaborate on building information models for small-scale building design projects
      CIT Code: BLDG181
      Description: This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to develop three-dimensional (3-D) models of small-scale building design projects covered by the Building Code of Australia (BCA), except construction Type A buildings, into true building information models (BIM). It also covers adding and adjusting values of components of building designs, collaborating with consultants and contractors from other disciplines, working live within the model alongside other disciplines and creating project documentation using modelling software programs.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • BSBMGT515A
      Manage operational plan
      CIT Code: MGNT542
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to develop and monitor implementation of the operational plan to provide efficient and effective workplace practices within the organisation's productivity and profitability plans. Management at a strategic level requires systems and procedures to be developed and implemented to facilitate the organisation's operational plan.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • Job Opportunities

    This qualification is designed to meet the needs of builders, including selecting contractors, overseeing the work and its quality, and liaising with the client. The builder may also be the appropriately licensed person with responsibility under the relevant building licensing authority in the State or Territory.

  • Teaching Methods and Assessment

    Teaching is conducted within classrooms, materials laboratories, and site based activities in semesters 1, 3 and 4.

    Assessment methods include web based and practical exercises simulating work based activities, theory quizzes and portfolio based assessments.

  • Pathways to Further Study

    Students who successfully complete the Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) and gain entry into the University of Canberra will receive 24 credit points (1 year) towards the Bachelor of Construction Management (976AA).

    Completion of a CIT Diploma will receive 24 credit points (1 year) towards the Bachelor of Arts (429AA).

    Students are advised to speak directly with UC in relation to course choices and pathways.

    Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) (1.5 years)
    Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) (1.5 years)
    = 3 years of study
    Optional degree pathway available