Higher Level Skills

Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) assists the Queensland Building and Construction Industry by providing funding to RTO’s for training and skills development of Queensland’s building & construction employees and employers.

If you are working in the Queensland Civil Construction Industry but don’t hold a formal qualification, the Higher Level Skills program can help you. Your skills and abilities learnt on the job may earn you a nationally recognised qualification.

Available Funded Courses

Higher Level Skills

CPC40110 - Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)

This qualification is designed to meet the needs of builders and managers of small to medium-sized building businesses.

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CPC50210 - Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to conduct civil construction skid steer loader operations in civil construction.

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CSQ Funding Information

What is an Existing Worker?

An existing worker is a current employee in the building and construction industry who has a one month or more employment relationship with their employer. The working relationship can be built up through full-time, part-time or casual employment or engagement as a contract worker.

What is the Building and Construction Industry?

(1) The building and construction industry is the industry of constructing, reconstructing, reconstructing, renovating, altering, demolishing, relocating, maintaining or repairing any of the following—

  •  buildings;
  • spa pools and swimming pools;
  • roads, railways, airfields or other works for the passage of anything;
  • breakwaters, docks, jetties, piers or wharves;
  • works for solid waste disposal;
  • works for subdividing or developing land;
  • works for the improvement or alteration of a harbour, river or watercourse for navigation purposes;
  • works for the storage or supply of water or for flood mitigation;
  • works for the irrigation of land;
  • works for the conveyance, treatment or disposal of sewage or of the effluent from any premises;
  • works for extracting, refining, processing or treating materials or for producing or extracting products and by-products from materials;
  • works for conveying products, by-products or materials;
  • works for the drainage of land;
  • works for the storage of liquids, other than water, or gases;
  • works for the generation, supply or transmission of electric power;
  • works for telecommunication or for the transmission of radio or television;
  • bridges, viaducts, aqueducts or tunnels;
  • chimney stacks, cooling towers, drilling rigs, gas holders or silos;
  • pipe lines;
  • navigational lights, beacons or markers;
  • pile driving works;
  • sporting or recreational facilities;
  • earthworks, other than for farming;
  • fences, other than fences on farms;
  • structures, fixtures or other works not included in paragraphs (a) to (x), but not including earthworks for farming or fences on farms.

(2) The building and construction industry also includes landclearing and site preparation, other than for farming.

(3) The building and construction industry also includes the industry of, whether on or off site—

  • constructing a thing, other than ordinary stock for sale, in accordance with working drawings; or
  • deconstructing, reconstructing, renovating, altering, demolishing, relocating, maintaining or repairing a thing, other than ordinary stock for sale, constructed in accordance with working drawings.

(4) The building and construction industry does not include the industry of performing maintenance or repairs of a minor nature to anything mentioned in subsection (1) or

(3) for a person not substantially engaged in activity mentioned in subsection (1), (2) or (3).


Funding is generally restricted to Existing Workers in the Building and Construction Industry. Beyond this, eligibility requirements differ between schemes, with varying degrees of detail and complexity. For this reason, Please check the eligibility criteria for the individual programs listed below by contacting RTO directly and speaking to one of our Education Advisors to see if you are eligible to receive CSQ funded training.

To see the full eligibility requirements, click here


Cost of Training

  • Given the increased benefits that you can gain from a nationally recognised qualification, you are required to contribute to the cost of your training through a student co-contribution fee, payable to the training provider.
  • The fee may be paid on your behalf by an employer or a third party but cannot be paid by the training provider.
  • Co-Contribution fees: Range from $50 – $150 depending on the course selected.