CPC40308 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Estimating)


This accredited course is delivered and assessed by Master Builders Association of Victoria (RTO no. 3935)

This  training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

Designed For

The CPC40308 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Estimating) is designed for Building schedulers, project managers, trade contractors, forepersons and those seeking to become a full-time estimator in the building and construction industry.

Course Overview

During this course the role of an estimator will be explored through project scheduling, contract knowledge, tendering, quality and OHS system management, environmental management and financial monitoring.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will have gained the skills and knowledge to:

  • Develop customer service strategies
  • Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
  • Evaluate and select appropriate construction materials
  • Establish risk analysis methods, techniques and tools
  • Use spreadsheets, applications and documentation to estimate the cost of physical and human resources required for building and construction projects
  • Prepare construction specifications according to the project’s contractual obligations
  • Produce construction project, materials and labour schedules
  • Arrange resources and prepare for the building or construction project
  • Prepare a detailed construction file for project managers and site supervisors
  • Prepare purchase orders and obtain quotes for suppliers and contractors
  • Implement contingency strategies.

Mode of Delivery

This course is delivered through a blended model. This includes attending both face-to-face classes and simulated scenarios.

The course is delivered over 38 weeks which includes the equivalent of 30 days face to face attendance. It is expected that learners will need to allow 12 hours per week on average outside class time to complete training and assessment tasks to attain this qualification.

The course includes assessment workshops and a simulation session held at the Building Leadership Simulation Centre. There are 8 non attendance weeks that do not require face to face attendance. These are included to allow learners time to undertake pre-reading activities, structured independent learning and assessments.

Simulation Learning Component

Master Builders have now incorporated an exciting session at our state-of-the-art Building Leadership Simulation Centre (BLSC) into this short course. You’ll be able to practice some of the skills learnt in this course, first hand in a simulated workplace environment, which has been proven to be one of the most effective ways to learn new skills. The technology and learning methods used in this facility are so realistic that you will feel like you are actually on a real construction site. This is unique to Master Builders, as the BLSC facility is one of only three centres of this type in the world.

Master Builders Entry Requirements

It is a Master Builder’s requirement for those wishing to undertake this course, that they:

  • be successful at a Language, literacy and numeracy (LLN ) assessment & a pre-enrolment interview


  • have three (3) years work experience in the Building and Construction industry


  • have Construction Induction Training (White Card or equivalent), if working on a building and construction site prior to course commencement.


  • Prepare to work safely in the construction industry (White Card) if working on a building and construction site prior to course commencement.

At the Pre-Training Review, we need to verify that you have the amount and type of work experience that will enable you to successfully complete the Master Builders course.

For further course, approximate government contribution and fee details click on the  Course Information Sheet.

Successful participants will be issued with a Certificate by Master Builders Association of Victoria, RTO no 3935.

Certificate IV Building and Construction (Estimating)