Certificate IV in Building and Construction - Estimating

TAFE South Australia (TAFE SA)

This qualification is part of the Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package. It is designed to meet the needs of estimators and schedulers in the building and construction field.

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At a glance

Type of Institution: TAFE Institute/Polytechnic (Govt)
Level: Preparatory/Industry
Campus/Location: Tonsley
Institution CRICOS: 00092B


  • Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for low-rise building projects
  • Produce labour and material schedules for ordering
  • Apply structural principles to commercial low-rise constructions
  • Prepare and evaluate tender documentation
  • plus more. Electives: Select and prepare a construction contract
  • Prepare simple building sketches and drawings
  • Administer a construction contract
  • Build thermally efficient and sustainable structures
  • Resolve business disputes
  • Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Contribute to the implementation of strategies to control OHS risk
  • plus more.

AT TAFE SA, you will develop the skills employers want. We have strong relationships with business and industry, ensuring our courses are relevant and up-to-date. 

Our lecturers are all highly experienced and they are active in their fields of expertise. Our teaching methods blend theory with hands-on, practical learning using industry-standard facilities and technology, so when you complete your course, you are job-ready.

Many of our courses include industry work placements as part of the course program. These work placements give you first-hand experience of the workplace, allowing you to test your skills and make valuable industry contacts. 

At TAFE SA, our lecturers are accessible and supportive, and our classes are mostly between 15 and 20 students. These small class sizes mean more personal assistance and attention, and a more rewarding study experience. 

Studying at TAFE SA gets results — research by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) in 2017 showed that 89 per cent of graduates were satisfied with the overall quality of training and 87 per cent find jobs or continue studying.


You will study at one of seven main campuses in or close to the centre of Adelaide. TAFE SA campuses and centres of excellence are equipped with state-of-the-art specialist facilities, including restaurants, kitchens, studios, workshops, nursing wards, dental clinics, automotive workshops, animation and production suites, and fashion workshops. Our facilities allow students to learn in real-life environments, making their skills immediately transferable to employment.

All TAFE South Australia campuses offer a range of facilities to help you make the most of your studies, including:

  • prayer rooms (on selected campuses)
  • access to public transport
  • cafeteria
  • student common areas and food preparation facilities.

Many of TAFE South Australia's courses offer credit pathways to university. For more information, visit tafesa.edu.au/international.


TAFE South Australia offers more than 120 courses to international students, from certificates, diplomas and advanced diplomas to higher education level qualifications and accredited university pathway programs across many disciplines.

Study areas include:

  • accounting and finance
  • aged care and early childhood care
  • arts, design and photography
  • automotive
  • building and interior design
  • business and management
  • dental
  • biomedical, civil and structural, electrical and electronic engineering
  • English language
  • fashion
  • hair and beauty
  • horticulture
  • hospitality and tourism
  • IT
  • marketing and advertising
  • massage and natural therapy
  • nursing
  • veterinary and laboratory.

Real industry experience for a real career

Practical, professional skills and hands-on learning are at the centre of your education with TAFE SA. Industry work placements are a key element of many of our courses so that you can build your professional skills while you study and be employment-ready upon graduation.

Work placements allow you to develop your skills in a professional environment, gain new skills and real experience and develop valuable industry knowledge.

University pathway programs

Our packaged programs with the University of South Australia, the University of Adelaide and Flinders University offer you an alternative way of achieving your end goal of a bachelor degree.

Successful completion of a TAFE SA diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree guarantees* your entry into a connected undergraduate program at one of Adelaide’s finest universities. It also reduces the length of time you are required to study at university and therefore the cost of your bachelor degree. 

By applying for a University Packaged Program, students receive a joint offer from both TAFE SA and a South Australian university and may apply to the Department of Home Affairs for a single visa for the duration of the whole study program.

*Guaranteed only if the students meet the minimum requirements to transfer to the applicable university.


The support you need

TAFE SA provides you with a range of support services both before and after you arrive in South Australia. Once you have enrolled in your course, we offer information on airport pickups, accommodation and orientation.  

Once you have arrived in Adelaide, you will receive a comprehensive orientation from the international office, as well as English language support and counselling if you need it. During the study terms there are a variety of student events and activities for you to participate in and interact with your fellow students. 

  • Transport
  • Accommodation
  • Pre-departure and orientation
  • English language support
  • Counselling
  • Student events/activities.

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