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RPL Certificate IV in Building and Construction

28 May RPL Certificate IV in Building and Construction

If you have a wide range of experience as a builder but haven’t completed your qualification for whatever reason, than you’re in the right place. Getting your building experience and skills converted into a nationally recognised qualification is simple, fast and headache free! We will help you attain the right qualification and subjects you need for your building contractor’s licence.

What's involved?

1. Free Skills Assessment

You need to have valid industry experience in order to qualify for this RPL program. When you first touch base, we will help you identify your skills and advise on whether this qualification is right for you. As a rule of thumb if you have more than 3 years experience in your field, then you are likely to be eligible.

2. Evidence Portfolio
  • Valid Identification
  • refernce letters from licenced builders you have worked with. If you are seeking an unrestricted builders licence in NSW, it is advisable that you have worked as an employee under a licensed building company and alongside a Qualified Building Supervisor for a minimum of 24months and during that time you were working on DA approved residential construction. Restricted licenses are available to those that do not readily meet the experience criteria. Speak to a course advisor to discuss.
  • Work samples and documents. This will include two residential sites (building classes 1 & 10) that you have been heavily involved in. You should be able to provide all major documents from council approvals, engineering certificates to related insurance papers and plans etc.
  • work samples and documents (such as tender documents, invoices, quotations, plans, sketches etc)
  • letter of employment
  • photos and videos of your work
  • overseas qualifications
  • related licenses, short courses, accreditation, certificates, transcripts or assessments you have attained
  • Apprenticeship papers (if available)
3. Skills Check
  1. You will be having a conversation covering questions for each unit with our qualified assessor
  2. The assessor may choose to also perform a practical observation.
  3. Where gap training is required, you will need to complete theory or practical assessments as required. Theory components can be completed from home and practical components can be completed at your work site.
4. Qualified!

All certificates are Nationally Recognised and issued by a Qualify Me! partner college. Now you can grab that licence!

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this RPL Program you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification in:

Certificate IV in Building and Construction

Licensing

NSW

Scope of work

Any work that is residential building work under the Home Building Act 1989 which involves construction of a dwelling, or alterations or additions to a dwelling. It also includes repairing, renovating, decorating or applying protective treatment to a dwelling.

For licensing purposes, works considered to fall within the class of building include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • garage, carport and shed construction/erection (including kits)
  • bathroom, kitchen or laundry renovations
  • swimming pool building and structural landscaping
  • screened, glass or pool enclosures
  • atriums, conservatories
  • house lifting (ie. permanently raising the height of an existing structure)
  • removal and resiting of dwellings
  • saunas and steam rooms.

Any contract for general building work can include any specialist work that is integral to the overall work, but such work must be carried out by the holder of an endorsed contractor licence or qualified supervisor certificate in the relevant category of specialist work.

 

Experience Requirements

Applicants must show at least 2 years relevant industry experience in a wide range of building construction work where the majority of the experience was obtained within 10 years of the date on which the application is made.

“Experience” means experience gained by the applicant as:

a) an employee of, or
b) a holder of a supervisor certificate and as a nominated supervisor for the contractor licence held by, or
c) a holder of an endorsed contractor licence contracted to, or
d) a holder of a supervisor certificate in the capacity of a nominated supervisor for a contractor licence held by an individual, partnership or corporation contracted to,

the holder of a contractor licence authorising the holder to do the class of residential building work in which the experience was gained (“the Work”), where the applicant, during the relevant period, was:

  • supervised and directed in the doing of the Work by the holder of an endorsed contractor licence or supervisor certificate authorising its holder to supervise the Work, and this is verified in the Relevant Application Form; and
  • remunerated with money in accordance with law for the Work which the applicant carried out.

 

Qualification requirements

Certificate IV in Building and Construction including (BCGBC4001A or CPCCBC4001A Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for low rise building projects, BCGBC4002A or CPCCBC4002A Manage occupational health and safety in the building and construction workplace, BCGBC4003A or CPCCBC4003A Select and prepare a construction contract, BCGBC4004A or CPCCBC4004A Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects, BCGBC4005A or CPCCBC4005A Produce labour and material schedules for ordering, BCGBC4006A or CPCCBC4006A or CPCCBC4006B Select, procure and store construction materials for low rise projects, BCGBC4007A or CPCCBC4007A Plan building or construction work, BCGBC4008A or CPCCBC4008A or CPCCBC4008B Conduct on-site supervision of the building and construction project, BCGBC4009A or CPCCBC4009A or CPCCBC4009B Apply legal requirements to building and construction projects, BCGBC4010A or CPCCBC4010A or CPCCBC4010B Apply structural principles to residential low-rise constructions, BCGBC4011A or CPCCBC4011A or CPCCBC4011B Apply structural principles to commercial low-rise constructions, BSBSBM406A or BSBSMB406A or BSBSMB406 Manage small business finances, BCGBC4012A or CPCCBC4012A or CPCCBC4012B Read and interpret plans and specifications, BCGBC4018A or CPCCBC4018A Apply site surveys and set out procedures to building and construction projects, BCGBC4024A or CPCCBC4024A Resolve business disputes.)

PLUS any one of the following:

  • a current Carpentry or Bricklaying contractor licence qualification
  • Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) CPC50210 including the following units (CPCCBC5004A Supervise and apply quality standards to the selection of building and construction materials, CPCCBC5005A Select and manage building and construction contractors, CPCCBC5007A or CPCCBC5007B Administer the legal obligations of a building and construction contract, CPCCBC5009A Identify services layout and connection methods in medium rise construction projects.)
  • Bachelor of Housing from an Australian University or a Degree in Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, Architecture, Housing, Construction, Construction Management, Construction Economics, Applied Science (Building), Quantity Surveying from an Australian University.

Accessed on 1/8/16 from: DFT contractor’s licence

QLD

Scope of work

  • Building work on a class 1 or class 10 building
  • Building work on classes 2 to 9 buildings with a gross floor area not exceeding 2000m², but not including Type A or Type B construction
  • Building work that consists of non structural work on a building, regardless of—
    • the class of the building; or
    • the gross floor area of the building
  • Prepare plans and specifications if the plans and specifications are:
    • for the licensee’s personal use, or
    • for use in building work to be performed by the licensee personally

Qualifications required

CPC40110 Certificate IV in Building and Construction

 

Experience required

Qualified in bricklaying/block laying or carpentry

Two years experience in:

  • the licence class scope of work, or
  • other work the commission is satisfied is at least equivalent to experience in the scope of work for the class.

All other applicants

Four years experience in:

  • the licence class scope of work, or
  • other work the commission is satisfied is at least equivalent to experience in the scope of work for the class.

Accessed on 17/2/17 from: QBCC Building contractor’s licence

VIC

Scope of work

  • Building work on a class 1 or class 10 building
  • Building work on classes 2 to 9 buildings with a gross floor area not exceeding 2000m², but not including Type A or Type B construction
  • Building work that consists of non structural work on a building, regardless of—
    • the class of the building; or
    • the gross floor area of the building
  • Prepare plans and specifications if the plans and specifications are:
    • for the licensee’s personal use, or
    • for use in building work to be performed by the licensee personally

Experience Requirement

You should be able to demonstrate the following experience with your application:

  • establishing the requirement for a building permit for the proposed domestic building work
  • applying for and obtaining a building permit for proposed work
  • complying with a building permit
  • arranging relevant certification of completed building work when required
  • producing cost estimates and quotations for the proposed work
  • identifying the need for, and establishing a major domestic building contract to undertake the work when required
  • undertaking relevant planning and preparation for construction
  • arranging for construction workers or sub- contractors to carry out construction works safely and competently
  • complying with site safety requirements, including the development, communication, monitoring and maintenance of site safety plans throughout the construction
  • ensuring site safety inductions are undertaken
  • supervising the carrying out of all construction work, ensuring compliance with the National Construction Code, Australian Standards and local authority requirements
  • ensuring construction is undertaken according to relevant provisions of safety and environmental legislation
  • rectifying, or arranging to have rectified, any faults or defects in construction work
  • maintaining communication with clients, architects, designers, building surveyors and other parties during construction
  • arranging any required protection works
  • engaging relevant trades to undertake regulated work such as plumbing work
  • interpreting plans, drawings and specifications relating to the work
  • setting out and preparing the site according to plans and specifications.

Qualifications required

There are no set qualification requirements available from VBA; however it is widely understood that the following nationally recognised qualifications may aid your application:

  • Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)
  • Certificate IV in Building and Construction

Accessed on 1/8/16 from: VBA Domestic Building (Unlimited) contractor’s licence

ACT

Not available at this time

WA

Not available at this time

SA

Scope of Work (Residential building work ltd to National Construction Code Class 1 & 10)

Residential building work restricted to class 1 and 10 buildings. Includes construction, alteration, addition to and renovation of class 1 and 10 buildings.

Qualifications required

Certificate IV in Building and construction (Building)

Scope of Work (Residential building work ltd to National Construction Code Class 1 & 10 not exceeding three storey)

Residential building work restricted to class 1 and 10 buildings not exceeding three storey. Includes construction, alteration, addition to and renovation of class 1 and 10 buildings.

Qualifications required

Certificate IV in Building and construction (Building)

Accessed on 1/11/16 from: Building contractors licence

TAS

Not available at this time

NT

Not available at this time

Can I apply?

This RPL and trade skills recognition program is available to tradesmen with local experience or local students that have completed partial studies in Australia. We also have programs to help migrants fast-track their qualifications providing they have relevant experience, qualifications and well aware of the Australian standards and requirements.

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14 Comments
  • Pete
    Posted at 01:50h, 14 February Reply

    I do some subby work on residential sites as a builder. does that cover the experience requirements you mention above?

    • Qualify Me!
      Posted at 01:52h, 14 February Reply

      Hi mate,
      I’m guessing you’re in NSW and referring to the Department of Fair Trading’s definition of “experience”/”bona fide employment”.
      Quick answer is no. We have an article that digs into the ins and outs. Check it out – How do I get my builder’s licence in NSW?

  • steve oraha
    Posted at 10:22h, 29 March Reply

    hi
    if i want to get my building license , will i be able to build residential units or only houses?

    • Qualify Me!
      Posted at 19:10h, 30 March Reply

      Steve,

      It all depends on which state you live in and the licence category you apply for. In NSW, there only one builders licence. It only covers residential building and may include restrictions such as height restrictions. In VIC there are different licences cover medium rise, open etc
      The CIV in building is fundamental in NSW in applying for your builders licence if you do not have a relevant degree. In other states you may need to consider the diploma of building and construction to be licensed for unit blocks. Give us a buzz and we can help with any questions you have.

  • Brandon Flack
    Posted at 10:19h, 26 April Reply

    Hello I am currently after getting my Victorian restricted vba domestic builders licence but at this stage I have had 3 years in electrical and a vast amount of building knowledge from prior renovations and extensions. I was wondering what qualifications I would need aswell to help go towards attaining my domestic restricted builders licence and what youse offer in order for myself to gain sufficient training and qualifications.

    Kind regards
    Brandon

    • Qualify Me!
      Posted at 23:43h, 12 May Reply

      Brandon,
      I’d recommend looking at the diploma of building and construction rpl program. Sounds like the right fit at face value.

  • mitch
    Posted at 03:28h, 27 April Reply

    Hi I am a qualified carpenter and have been in the building industry for over 14 years how do I go about obtaining my builders licence? I own my own carpentry and landscaping company therefore I am not a supervisor for a builder as I run my own jobs. I also have my landscape construction licence.

    • Qualify Me!
      Posted at 23:41h, 12 May Reply

      Hi Mitch,
      If your in NSW you will need to gain employment with a licensed building company and work for at least 24months in a wide range of residential building work.
      Other states may consider your experience given you hold the right building qualifications.
      I trust our course advisor has already covered off your options. If not give us a hola.

  • Paul Barrett
    Posted at 09:03h, 27 April Reply

    When will you have a WA recognized qualification?

    • Qualify Me!
      Posted at 02:37h, 04 May Reply

      Hi Paul,

      We always have. All our qualifications are issued by Registered Training Organisations and nationally recognised.

  • Michael Neal
    Posted at 01:38h, 11 May Reply

    I have 25 years exp in building and construction as a owner/operator of a building company, a building supervisor for several large project home builders and as a lecturer in building and construction for over 5 years. I would like to RPL my builders registration to grow and enhance my current business.

    • Qualify Me!
      Posted at 23:47h, 12 May Reply

      Michael,
      Which state are you in? The qualification and experience requirement varies a fair bit from state regulator to state regulator. Eg In NSW you would have to be working for a licensed building company; in VIC your experience may be conssidered caveat to an interview.
      Generally speaking you will be looking at the COV in building or Diploma of building and construction quals

  • harsh chauhan
    Posted at 20:37h, 28 June Reply

    i am civil engineer i am interested to do this course as an international student can i get admission here??

    • Qualify Me!
      Posted at 23:03h, 28 June Reply

      Hi harsh,
      Unfortunately, this is not a CRICOS approved course and therefore you will not be issued a COE required for a student visa.

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