The Differences Between a BCM and a BCB Qualification


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What is a BCB qualification?

A BCB qualification is a Diploma of Building & Construction (Building). This is often confused with a BCM or Diploma of Building & Construction (Management).

Although the two qualifications are related to the same industry of building and construction, they are both very different qualifications. A BCB is a foundation-level diploma focusing on skills needed in building, whereas the BCM gives you the skills to fast track into the management side. A BCM is a better choice of the two if management is your long-term career goal.

Overview of BCB or building and construction (building)

You would complete the Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) as a foundational step to gain initial employment in the building industry.

Career opportunities include roles in the following areas:

  • Building construction and supervision
  • Estimating
  • Purchasing
  • Contracts administration

You would do a BCB to work in a junior role on a building site or head office environment. This qualification may also be relevant in a role such as a project management assistant.

A BCB gives you the fundamental skills required to build low-rise, medium-rise or wide-span construction projects. Core units teach building codes and standards, construction contracts, estimation, tendering and work health and safety. Electives include site surveys, legal obligations, services layout and connection, and environmental practices.

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Overview of BCM or building and construction (management)

You would undertake a Diploma of Building and Construction (Management) (CPC50320) qualification if you were interested in advancing your career into a managerial and senior manager role.

Occupational titles include:

  • Project manager
  • Construction manager
  • Estimating manager
  • Sales manager

The skills you learn in a BCM are related to communication, teamwork, problem-solving, initiative, planning and organising, self-management, and using technology.

Core units teach management skills such as budgets and financial plans, staff recruitment and induction, operations, work health and safety, and team effectiveness. A wide range of electives include customer service, databases and spreadsheets, people performance, project costing and quality, and asset management.

Why study a BCM qualification?

There are many situations where a BCM qualification may be a better choice than a BCB. The more common scenarios for studying BCM as a first diploma include:

  • You’ve achieved an apprenticeship in carpentry or a related trade and have a few years of job experience
  • You have advanced knowledge in building and construction
  • You are transitioning from self-employment in a related field

A BCM is the ideal second qualification in the following scenarios:

  • You’ve already obtained a BCB or similar qualification but now seek a role with more managerial responsibility and better salary pathways
  • You have a breadth of experience but have been injured or no longer want to do on-site, hands-on labour
  • Your first accreditation is not bringing the job satisfaction or career advancement opportunities that you expected

Why choose a career in construction management?

A construction management career is highly fulfilling and can offer continued pathways into very high-paying jobs such as senior project manager, quality auditor or general manager.

A good building and construction manager enjoys being part of a team and helps to bring out the best in people, thrives in managing projects to fruition, has well-rounded communication skills, and understands the many aspects of building and construction.

Choose a course that fits your vision

Today’s modern-thinking construction manager is looking for job security and job satisfaction. You understand that a life spent on the tools until retirement is not viable and you have the dedication to make a change in your career. You are willing to engage and apply your mind and skills to the betterment of others and take immense pride in your work.

CAL provides the Diploma of Building and Construction (Management) (CPC50320) to give you the skills necessary to further your career with a management position. We understand your vision and experience. We also provide competent and supportive learning coaches to keep you motivated, inspired and focused on your learning goals. Your journey to becoming a great building and construction manager begins from the moment you sign up.


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