Course Overview

You have the skills, you have the knowledge and you have the industry experience. Now all you need to do is be assessed!

RPL is the pathway you need to the CPC40120 Certificate IV in Building and Construction qualification. To find out about the building licence process in NSW, please visit Fair Trading NSW.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process by which you can achieve a nationally recognised qualification, without the need to attend classes. You are assessed by providing us with evidence of the knowledge, skills and experience you already have. Our industry expert assessors review your submission and provide feedback if we require more information or clarification.

With RPL you can complete the CPC40120 Certificate IV in Building and Construction within 6 months.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you eligible for fee-free training?

This course may be subsidised by the NSW Government Smart and Skilled initiative. If you are eligible for the government subsidy, your student fee will be determined by the NSW Government.

Smart and Skilled prices are subject to funding availability. A quote of applicable fees and funding will be provided prior to enrolment.

A general guide to fees for this qualification pathway is as follows:

NSW Government Smart and Skilled Subsidy Indicative Pricing

If you do not hold a previous qualification

from $1,180

If you do hold a previous qualification

from $1,380

Indicative Pricing without NSW Government Subsidy

Master Builders Member Rate

$3,500

Non-Member Rate

$3,850

Note: On enrolment, you will be invoiced for $1,500.00. This consists of a $1,000.00 non-refundable administration fee.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process by which you can achieve a nationally recognised qualification, without the need to attend classes. Simply follow our RPL kit and provide video and photographic evidence of the knowledge, skills and experience you have. Plus, our industry expert assessors review your submission and provide feedback if we require more information or clarification.

The assessment practical activities are very specific and require you to have access to your workplace and a variety of job tasks. These tasks relate to the practical components of each unit of competency, and you must be able to have access to tools, equipment and materials necessary to carry out the tasks.

To participate you will need a laptop or computer with internet access to login. With our RPL program you can submit all the required assessment knowledge questions, practical activities and evidence in our online student system.

Watch our video for tips on how to gather evidence for your RPL kit.

Examples of the types of evidence that you will need to gather will depend on the qualification you are completing, however, examples could include:

  • Video footage of your performing tasks on site
  • Time-lapse photos of you performing tasks on site
  • Certificates you have already gained 
  • Project management documentation

Watch our video for tips on the types of evidence you need to gather for your RPL kit.

The CPC40120 Certificate IV in Building and Construction RPL program is designed to enable potential builders and industry professionals to formally recognise their skills in business, their technical knowledge and managing building and construction projects. Before making any training decisions we recommend you find out everything you need to know about becoming a licenced Builder from NSW Fair Trading.

Career benefits:

  • Start and grow your building and construction business
  • Expand your business capabilities
  • Be on the pathway to a building licence
  • Manage small to medium sized building and construction businesses
  • Spend less time on the tools and focus on business

Occupations may include:

  • Builder
  • Construction Manager
  • Business Manager
  • Business owner

The qualification has core units of competency requirements that cover common skills for the construction industry. The industry requires general employability skills such as:

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Problem-solving
  • Initiative and enterprise
  • Planning and organising
  • Self-management
  • Technology
  • Learning

Master Builders applies the following entry requirements:

  • a minimum of five (5) years full-time (or equivalent) experience in the building and construction industry working under a licenced builder (experience must be within the last 10 years) in one of the following roles;
  • Construction Supervisor
  • Site Manager / Supervisor / Leading Hand

OR

  • You have held a qualification or Contractor Licence as a Carpenter or Bricklayer for at least five (5) years or provide evidence of employment in one of the above roles for at least five (5) years, including recommended six (6) months supervisory experience

AND

  • reference from licenced builder you have worked for at least 12 months that confirms your employment history
  • a valid White Card (General Construction Induction card)
  • access to building projects up to two storeys for;
    - Class 1 and 10 buildings, and
    - Class 2 to 9, Type C buildings
  • able to answer at least 80% of the technical industry questions correctly during your application process.

This RPL program has been designed to meet part of the NSW Fair Trading criteria to apply for a Building Licence. NSW Fair Trading have specific criteria in addition to this qualification. Visit the NSW Fair Trading website for further information

Apply for your USI prior to application.

Enrolment Conditions

Master Builders has enrolment conditions to help you progress through your training:

  • Students cannot enrol in more than one online qualification and/or program at the same time.
  • Students cannot undertake more than two programs in total at a time.
  • This does not include our online Professional Development, CPD Made Easier, or short 1 or 2 day courses.

This RPL program is designed to be completed within 6 months.

To achieve this, the knowledge based assessment is required to be completed and submitted within 2 months and all evidence is to be submitted within 5 months.

We recommend committing 10-15 hours per week on the course to complete within the 6 months.

At the end of the 6 months, our Customer Service team will work with you to provide an online learning option for any units of competency that you are unable to achieve in the RPL process.

 

Here is a list of the full units of competency in this course:

CODE

UNITS OF COMPETENCY

Participants must undertake the following mandatory core units:

CPCCBC4001

Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Class 1 and 10 Buildings

CPCCBC4002

Manage work health and safety in the building and construction workplace

CPCCBC4007

Plan building or construction work

CPCCBC4008

Supervise site communication and administration processes for building and construction projects

CPCCBC4009

Apply legal requirements to building and construction projects

CPCCBC4010*

Apply structural principles to residential and commercial constructions

CPCCBC4012

Read and interpret plans and specifications

CPCCBC4014

Prepare simple building sketches and drawings

CPCCBC4018

Apply site surveys and set-out procedures to building and construction projects

CPCCBC4021

Minimise waste on the building and construction site

CPCCBC4053

Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Class 2 to 9, Type C Buildings

Participants are also required to undertake the below eight (8) elective units:

BSBPMG422

Apply project quality management techniques

CPCCBC4003

Select, prepare and administer a construction contract

CPCCBC4004

Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects

CPCCBC4005

Produce labour and material schedules for ordering

CPCCBC4006

Select, procure and store construction materials for building and construction projects

CPCSUS4002

Use building science principles to construct energy efficient buildings

CPCCBC4024

Resolve business disputes

BSBESB407

Manage finances for new business ventures

FEES*

$3,500 / $3,850

*Member/Non-member
Subsidies Available

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When

Available Now


Location

Recognition of Prior Learning from your workplace


Duration

6 months


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