Course Update: The Latest Certificate IV and Diploma of Building and Construction

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Capital Training Institute’s popular Certificate and Diploma in Building and Construction qualifications have received major updates. The Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) have updated units and implemented new ones to ensure that these qualifications meet the construction & management standards of 2022.

 

By October 2022, Australia’s Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) must update their building and construction qualifications to the latest version. The easiest way to check which version you are studying is to check the unit code.

 

Old Qualification

New Qualification

CPC40110 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)

CPC40120 Certificate IV in Building and Construction

CPC50210 Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)

CPC50220 Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)

Here are the main things that have changed for CTI regarding these updated courses.

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The Two-Year Work Experience Requirement is Removed

Before 2022, only people with two years of experience working in the construction industry could study CTI’s building and construction courses.

With the new units and design of the qualification, students enrolling from 2022 onwards no longer need to have two years of industry experience to study the course.

Now that eligibility has been changed, we are no longer considered ‘accelerated’ as we do not directly recognise your previous experience e.g., required third party reports from managers and videos.

In saying this, CTI has developed the construction programs with a blended delivery method. Both programs are incredibly competitive, with our durations being considerably less than our competitors:

Course

CTI’s Duration

CPC40120 Certificate IV in Building and Construction

36 weeks (about 9 months).

CPC50220 Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)

58 weeks (about 14 and a half months).

According to myskills.gov, the average durations for these courses are 12 months for the CPC40120 Certificate IV in Building and Construction and 18 months for the CPC50220 Diploma of Building and Construction (Building).

CTI’s construction units take 1-2 weeks to complete on average. However, the duration is dependent on how complicated the content is. As a result, there have been changes to the number of units and the qualifications’ length.

Extra Units/Duration

As the needs of the industry change and grow, the length and units of the qualification also change.

For example, CTI previously offered the CPC40110 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building). The ‘(Building)’ is the specialisation of the course; there was also a ‘(Management)’ version of the program. However, the updated version of the CPC40120 Certificate IV in Building and Construction has combined both specialisations into one qualification; students can learn management and building-specific units.

As a result, the overall course takes longer to complete. We price our qualifications on the number of units to cover the cost of the trainers and resources. 

We will continue to keep our pricing competitive and offer payment plans. In addition, we are constantly applying for funding positions in NSW, QLD, and the ACT. You can contact a learning consultant to get on the funding waiting list by filling out an enquiry form at the end of this blog.

The Latest Industry Skills

Both updated qualifications provide the newest construction skills to prepare you for success in 2022 and onwards.

For example, 14 of the 19 units of the Certificate IV in Building and Construction (CPC40120)  introduce new concepts that provide students with a relevant and diverse skillset. These new units include:

  • Manage building and construction business finances (CPCCBC5019).
  • Apply project quality management techniques (BSBPMG422).
  • Select, procure and store construction materials for building and construction projects (CPCCBC4006).
  • Apply structural principles to residential and commercial constructions (CPCCBC4010).
  • Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Class 2 to 9, Type C Buildings (CPCCBC4053).
  • Select, prepare and administer a construction contract (CPCCBC4003).

The CPC50220 Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) has 10 new units, including:

  • Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Type B construction (CPCCBC5001)
  • Monitor costing systems on complex building and construction projects (CPCCBC5002)
  • Supervise the planning of onsite building and construction work (CPCCBC5003)
  • Manage professional technical and legal reports on building and construction projects (CPCCBC5013)
  • Apply structural principles to the construction of buildings up to 3 storeys (CPCCBC5018)
  • Develop and use emotional intelligence (BSBPEF502)
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These units combine the skills to work both as a licenced builder and to successfully manage a business.

12 of the units in the CPC50220 Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) are also part of the CPC40120 Certificate IV in Building and Construction. In some states, students need to complete both courses to earn their builder’s licence. So, if you study and complete the Certificate IV with CTI, you will have completed almost half of the Diploma.

We can acknowledge the completed units through our credit transfer program. However, if you’re looking for a streamlined and faster way to study both qualifications, you may want to consider CTI’s dual qualification program.

Dual Qualification

CTI’s dual qualification program removes overlapping units and extra credit transfer forms. Dual qualification students can graduate for a lower fee and in a more efficient timeframe.

CTI’s construction qualification applies to students who study both courses described in this blog:

Students who study this dual qualification program can open more doors in the construction industry and diversify their skill portfolio. Check out the program’s course page for class start dates, fees, units, etc.

 

Students in certain states will need both qualifications to apply for their builder’s licence. You can contact a CTI learning consultant to learn more about our course or the builder’s licence requirements in your state. However, we still recommend contacting your state construction body for specifics.

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Two construction workers walking through a construction site

How can I check that I’m studying the latest version of a VET qualification?

We recommend studying the latest version of a qualification to get the most out of your education. The skills earned will be relevant for today’s workforce. If a new version of a qualification is released, the government will mark the old qualification as ‘Superseded’.

Here’s how you can check if a qualification is current or superseded.

  1. Go to myskills.gov.au
  2. Under the ‘Search All Courses’ search bar, type in the name of the relevant course.
  3. Check the search results. On the right of the qualification’s course code (e.g., CPC40110), you can see the word ‘Superseded’ if a more recent version of the course is available.
  4. To find the updated version of a superseded course, hover your mouse over the word ‘Superseded’ in the search result. The website will display the qualification and course code of the most up to date version of the qualification (e.g., CPC40120). We have included an example of this below.

You can also check with one of CTI’s expert learning consultants if you have any questions about our available qualifications.

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Myskills.gov screenshot with search results

Conclusion

Capital Training Institute has stepped into the new year with the most updated versions of our popular construction qualifications:

With these new changes, you no longer need a minimum of two years of onsite construction work experience to enrol in a CTI’s B&C qualifications. New units cover the skills to run small to medium-sized building businesses, oversee work, assess its quality, work with clients, and work on low to medium-rise construction projects.

Depending on your state, one or both courses may be a formal requirement for a builder’s licence. We also offer a dual qualification program to save time if you want to study both qualifications.

To learn more, check out the course pages or send us an enquiry below with any questions about these new construction courses.

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