For International Students Only

Tradecraft Academy (RTO#46039, CRICOS #04157B) offers the nationally recognised CPC50220 Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) with high quality course materials and premium student support. We deliver training that is customised to meet the needs of our students and employers.

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There are currently no openings available for this course.

The CPC50220 Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) is the latest nationally accredited qualification for individuals who want to gain the skills and knowledge required to apply knowledge of structural principles, risk and financial management, estimating, preparing and administering building and construction contracts, selecting contractors, overseeing the work and its quality and managing construction work in building projects including residential (limited to National Construction Code Class 1 and 10 buildings to a maximum of 3 storeys) and commercial (limited to National Construction Code Class 2 to 9 buildings, Type C and B construction).

This course is perfect for learners who are or wish to work as a:

  • Builder
  • General Foreperson
  • Building Inspector

Training is delivered via Blended Learning (Face-to-Face + Online Distance).

Course Duration: This course is designed to be completed in up to 52 weeks (Including holidays).

Expected Study Hours: Typical learners are expected to spend 1,249 hours depending on existing knowledge, skills, and experience.

Note: Please read the Tradecraft Academy Student Handbook and other policies and procedures including Refund Policy, Complaints and Appeals Policy, RPL Procedure prior to enrolling.

This course is designed to develop your expertise in building and construction.
Many different topics will be covered including how to:

  • Read and interpret plans and specifications
  • Apply site surveys and set-out procedures to building and construction projects
  • Manage construction work
  • Manage project quality
  • Manage project stakeholder engagement

All learners will be assessed through the following methods:

  • Observation during role play/simulation
  • Questioning may include self-assessment, verbal answers, written questionnaires, activity modules or interview
  • Structured Activities may include Projects, Case studies, presentations, role play, demonstration, progressive tasks

Students must:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Be physically fit to conduct site monitoring and supervision
  • Have sound language and literacy skills (at least Year 10 English, or equivalent where suitability will be determined utilising Tradecraft Academy’s LLN Assessment Tool prior to enrolment*)
  • Have basic computer skills
  • Have finished CPCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry** or its successor and possess a valid White Card

*Learners who do not meet the LLN requirements may still be enrolled to a course if endorsed by the trainer/assessor, and corresponding additional support strategies are in place.
**This unit of competency may have additional entry requirements.

Overseas students must also:

  • Hold a current Student Visa
  • Provide any one of the following evidence of upper intermediate proficiency in English (if coming from a non-English speaking background):
    • IELTS total band score of at least 5.5 with no band less than 5.0, or equivalent.
    • Occupational English Test (OET), TOEFL iBT, Pearson Test of English, Cambridge English Advanced with scores equivalent to IELTS 5.5 and no less than 5.0 in each band***.
    • The English test must have been taken within two years before the application is made.

***The following table outlines the Minimum Test Scores of different English language tests equivalent to IELTS score of 5.5 and 5.0:

English Language Test Provider

Minimum Test Score (equivalent to IELTS 5.5)

Minimum Test Score (equivalent to IELTS 5.0)















Students must have obtained CPCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry or its successor prior to enrolling to this course.  This course is offered at Tradecraft Academy here.

Some units in this course also have their own prerequisite requirements. This course has been designed to meet these pre-requisite requirements in the way subjects/units are ordered.

The following units have prerequisite requirements:

Unit of Competency

Prerequisite requirement

CPCCBC5018 Apply structural principles to the construction of buildings up to 3 storeys

    • CPCCBC5001 Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Type B construction
    • CPCCBC4053 Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Class 2 to 9, Type C buildings

CPCCBC4010 Apply structural principles to residential and commercial constructions

    • CPCCBC4053 Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Class 2 to 9 Type C buildings
    • CPCCBC4001 Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Class 1 and 10 buildings

To support you in your new course with Tradecraft Academy, we will provide the following:

  • learner guide
  • assessment workbooks
  • a live building and construction workplace
  • a safe and suitable site for training and assessment activities, along with buildings and structures necessary for the course
  • construction plans, drawings and specifications and other quality documentation
  • project documentation used for quality management purposes
  • project records and financial documentation
  • various construction industry contracts, awards, and workplace agreements
  • relevant government building and construction and contract legislation
  • government building and construction regulations
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    • WHS legislation and regulations
    • current building and construction codes and standards
    • National Construction Code
    • relevant workplace policies and procedures
    • workplace incident data and incident reports
    • organisational style guides
    • organisational surveying, set-out and associated documents
    • manufacturer reports on materials
    • digital devices, applications and software relevant to the building and construction industry
    • levelling devices and survey equipment to enable site survey and set-out for a building and construction project
    • calculating technology
    • business and safety equipment and materials
    • office equipment and resources
    • opportunities to work as part of a team under direct supervision

To complete your course, you will need ongoing access to the following:

  • A computer or laptop with Internet access
  • Word and PowerPoint or equivalent applications
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader or equivalent application
  • Personal protective equipment, including:
    • Shielding hand gloves
    • Eye protection, e.g., safety glasses
    • Foot protection, e.g., boots
    • Hard hat
    • Hearing shield, e.g., earplugs
    • Respiratory shield, e.g., mask
    • Safety vest/coat/jacket

This course covers a total of 27 units of competency (24 core units and 3 electives).

The CPC50220 course is available for a total, all inclusive cost of $15,000 for International students consisting of an initial deposit of $1,500 including a non-refundable $250 enrolment fee + remaining balance to be paid in 10 monthly instalments of $1,350 prior to course completion.

Please see Fees and Refunds Policy for more information.


Learners may also consider additional training to complement their skills in construction, with courses such as:

  • CPC50320 Diploma of Building and Construction (Management)
    • Possible Occupational Outcomes: Project Manager (Building and Construction), Construction Manager, Sales Manager (Building and Construction), Estimating Manager
  • CPC60220 Advanced Diploma of Building and Construction (Management)*
    • Possible Occupational Outcome: Construction Manager

Learners who would like to conduct training in Building and Construction should complete the TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment*.

*These qualifications are not being offered by Tradecraft Academy and may have additional entry requirements.


Tradecraft Academy has a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy, to ensure that an individual’s prior learning, achieved through formal and informal training, work experience or other life experiences, is appropriately recognised. This recognition may assist Learners to progress faster through a unit of competency or allow the student full credit.

Prospective learners are informed of the RPL Policy and procedures prior to enrolment in the course and through a variety of means, including the Student Handbook and Tradecraft Academy’s website.