Course Title: Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects

Part A: Course Overview

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

Course Title: Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects

Portfolio: Vocational Education

Nominal Hours: 60

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


130T Vocational Engineering

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term1 2013,
Term1 2014,
Term2 2014,
Term1 2016


City Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term1 2017


City Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Face-to-Face or Internet or Workplace

Term1 2019

Course Contact: Matthew Sweeney

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4105

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to establish the estimated costs associated with the acquisition of materials and labour on building and construction sites, together with the application of relevant overhead costs and margins. Knowledge of physical resource and supplier identification, assessment of the availability of and requirements for skilled labour and application of appropriate codes, regulations and approvals gaining processes is essential.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CPCCBC4004A Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects


1. Read and interpret plans and specifications.   1.1. Appropriate plans and drawings are correctly identified.   1.2. Project plans and specifications  are read and understood.   1.3. Levels, heights, gradients and other measurements are interpreted.   1.4. Measurements are made and quantities identified from plans and specifications that conform to standard industry practice.


2. Identify and calculate labour costs.   2.1. Types and numbers of appropriate on-site personnel are identified and the time required on site is estimated.   2.2. Labour hours for non-contract elements of on-site work are calculated.   2.3. Costs or rates for required on-site work are calculated.

3. Identify and establish physical resource requirements.   3.1. Physical resource requirements are identified.   3.2. Lists of materials are produced and quantities calculated.   3.3. Quantities are established against project or standard construction contracts.   3.4. Supplier prices for materials and consumables are obtained.   3.5. Plant or equipment requirements are identified and costed.


4. Develop estimated project costs.   4.1. Appropriate labour rates and material costs are selected and applied.   4.2. Estimates of unit costs  are determined and applied as appropriate.   4.3. Costs to the project of WorkCover, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements, seeking approvals, waste management site fees and other statutory or additional costs are identified and applied.   4.4. Company overhead recovery and margins are applied.   4.5. Completed estimated project costs  are calculated for inclusion in a tender or bill.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above 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

To be deemed competent in this course, you must achieve a satisfactory (S) result in each of the following assessments.

Assessment 1: Online Quiz

Assessment 2: Project 1

Assessment 3:  Project 2

Assessment 4:  Project 3