Course Title: Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for low rise building projects

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C4274 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)

Course Title: Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for low rise building projects

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


130T Vocational Engineering

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term1 2012,
Term1 2014,
Term2 2014,
Term1 2016


City Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term1 2017

Course Contact: Thierry Demathieu, Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 8359

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to access, interpret and apply relevant building codes and standards applicable to the construction processes of residential and low rise commercial buildings (low rise’ licensing classification with reference to Class 1 and 10 construction and Classes 2 to 9 with a gross floor area not exceeding 2000 square metres, not including Type A or Type B construction). To successfully construct low rise buildings requires a thorough knowledge of the purpose and content of the Building Code of Australia (BCA), coupled with the ability to interpret other codes and standards related to a specific building.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CPCCBC4001A Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for low rise building projects


1. Access and interpret relevant code and standard requirements.   1.1. Relevant performance requirements from the BCA that apply to individual projects (described as low rise ) are identified.   1.2. Requirements of relevant BCA deemed-to-satisfy (DTS) provisions are determined.   1.3. Requirements of relevant Australian standards referenced in the BCA are accessed and interpreted accordingly.

2. Classify buildings.   2.1. Nature of a building is determined according to its use and arrangement.   2.2. BCA criteria to determine the defined classification are applied.   2.3. BCA requirements for multiple classification are identified and interpreted.


3. Analyse and apply a range of solutions to a construction problem for compliance with the BCA.   3.1. Range of criteria that will ensure that construction methods comply with BCA performance requirements is determined.   3.2. Alternative solutions to a design or construction problem that will comply with BCA requirements are discussed and proposed in accordance with company policies and procedures.   3.3. Performance-based solutions are identified and documented in accordance with BCA requirements.   3.4. Assessment methods  referenced in the BCA to determine whether a building solution complies with performance requirements  or DTS provision of the BCA are analysed and applied.   3.5. Relevant documentation is identified and completed in accordance with BCA requirements.

4. Apply fire protection requirements.   4.1. Passive and active fire control elements for low rise building required by the BCA and other legislation are identified and applied.   4.2. Level of fire resistance required for the construction of various low rise buildings is determined.   4.3. Check of existing buildings for compliance with passive and active fire protection requirements is carried out in accordance with BCA requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including written, oral, practical tasks and activities.Students will be asked to personally demonstrate to the teacher/assessor the practical skills gained during this course to the relevant industry standards. Assessment activities will occur throughout this course and feedback will be provided at regular intervals. 

Assessment Tasks

Students must pass each of the following assessment tasks to demonstrate competent. 


Assessment 1

Pre-Activity (Knowledge Based Assessment)

Assessment 2

Activity 1 (Product Based Assessment)

Assessment 3

Activity 2 (Product Based Assessment)