Building and Construction (Building) Diploma


1.5 years




Building and Construction (Building) Diploma – CPC50210

(Release 6)

This qualification is designed to meet the needs of builders, including selecting contractors, overseeing the work and its quality, and liaising with clients.

The builder may also be the appropriately licensed person with responsibility under the relevant building licensing authority in the State or Territory. Builder licensing varies across States and Territories and additional requirements to attainment of this qualification may be required.

Occupational title may include:

  • Builder

The qualification has core unit of competency requirements that cover common skills for the construction industry.

The construction industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all included units of competency to be delivered in this context.

Completion of the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007) is required before entering a construction work site. Achievement of unit CPCCOHS1001A covers this requirement.

Additional units of competency may be required to meet builder registration requirements in various States and Territories.

Pathways Information

Not Applicable

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Occupational licenses are required nationally.

Refer to Description

Entry Requirements

Not Applicable

Employability Skills Summary

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include: 


  • Analyses, evaluates and interprets a range of complex and technical documents, including relevant regulatory, legislative, licensing requirements, codes and standards, plans, drawings and specifications, contracts, reports, reference materials, building approvals, awards and workplace agreements
  • Maintains and reports records and information
  • Understands relevant definitions, terminology, symbols and language
  • Communicates effectively with a range of relevant parties and provides expert testimony
  • Establishes site communication procedures
  • Prepares complex business documents, including project expenditure schedules and reports, such as technical and legal reports, drawings and project briefs
  • Advises others regarding their obligations as well as company procedures
  • Negotiates dispute resolution
  • Sketches service layouts
  • Implements feedback systems


  • Demonstrates leadership within work teams and business units
  • Collaboratively and effectively develops and implements operational plans
  • Supervises work processes and systems, and delegates to others as required
  • Works with others to overcome problems and achieve outcomes
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships
  • Seeks advice from senior management as required
  • Works collaboratively with relevant stakeholders
  • Relates to people from diverse social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with varying physical and mental abilities

Problem solving 

  • Analyses construction, environmental management, and energy conservation problems and applies appropriate and compliant remedial solutions
  • Assesses structural integrity of medium rise buildings
  • Ensures processes that identify faults and required remedial action
  • Develops strategies to address project delays
  • Performs various complex calculations relating to cost-benefit analysis, rise and fall amounts, pessimistic overdraft requirements, statistical analysis, costs, set out of construction work, structural analysis and service installations
  • Analyses reasons for cost variations and takes remedial action
  • Establishes and implements dispute resolution procedures
  • Maintains site safety and manages risks
  • Provides advice on dispute resolution
  • Uses and analyses data in decision making

Initiative and enterprise 

  • Develops and initiates strategies to use resources effectively
  • Ensures effective systems’ development
  • Implements effective project quality management and continuous improvement processes
  • Recommends improvements to environmental management and energy conservation plans
  • Develops strategies that maximise resource effectiveness
  • Develops and reviews workplace sustainability policy

Planning and organising 

  • Supervises planning processes and organisation of on-site building or construction work projects, including instituting procedures and systems
  • Develops sound and safe practices in relation to structural procedures on site
  • Coordinates and manages construction and demolition processes
  • Monitors building or construction costing systems
  • Manages preparation of project expenditure schedules
  • Supervises materials’ procurement systems
  • Manages selection, engagement and performance of building and construction contractors
  • Administers legal obligations of building or construction contracts
  • Establishes construction work policies, practices and procedures
  • Prepares and implements environmental management and energy conservation plans, including workplace sustainability policy
  • Advises and coordinates design process and obtains planning approval


  • Manages own performance to ensure required levels of service standards, work quality and professional competence
  • Manages work priorities and professional development
  • Uses feedback to improve own performance
  • Takes responsibility as required by the work role
  • Uses discretion and judgement when required in complex environment
  • Deals with contingencies
  • Is open to new ideas and techniques
  • Seeks feedback on personal performance
  • Uses information effectively to improve work performance
  • Learns from colleagues as part of effective teamwork
  • Manages induction and pre-engagement training processes


  • Operates office equipment
  • Uses computer equipment and relevant software
  • Understands building construction materials and technologies
  • Understands construction equipment and its use
  • Operates and tests levelling equipment
  • Uses technology to improve efficiency and effectiveness of managing work

Packaging Rules

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in 18 units of competency:

  • 13 core units
  • 5 elective units


1.5 years