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CPP50921 | 108107C

Diploma of Building Design

Advance your career in building design with this high-level qualification. This course is perfect for people interested in becoming a draftsperson or building designer and who need a Low Rise or Medium Rise Building Design licence.

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NEXT INTAKE On campus: South Bank Start date: 23 Jan 2023 Duration: 1 year
STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane Gold Coast Sunshine Coast
WAYS TO STUDY On campus Online International
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Concession
$11,815
Subsidised
$13,195
Full Fee
$17,765
International
$19,500
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Course overview

Progress your career as a building designer or draftsperson with this advanced qualification from TAFE Queensland. This course meets the technical requirements for you to apply for a Building Design - Low Rise or Building Design - Medium Rise licence.

According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service, the number of people working as building and surveying technicians grew very strongly over the past five years and is expected to see stable growth in the future. Employers are looking for qualified candidates who are reliable, work well in a team, and have a strong work ethic. 

In this course you will learn specialist skills in building design for residential and small-scale commercial projects. You will learn to understand client needs to develop building design concepts and create sustainable design solutions. Utilising a suite of software programs for computer-aided drafting (CAD) and presentation, you will produce and present drawings and models. Our industry-expert teachers will ensure you develop the theoretical and practical skills to produce high quality work that complies with occupational health and safety and building code requirements.

Successful completion of this course will give you the practical skills and knowledge to enter the building design industry and allow you to apply for your Low Rise and Medium Rise Building Design licences.

What can I do?

  • Draftsperson
  • Building Designer

Course outcome:

CPP50921 Diploma of Building Design

University pathways

TAFE Queensland's partnerships with Australia's top universities means you may be credited for your time with us if you decide to upgrade your qualification. Graduates of the Diploma of Building Design may be eligible for advanced standing/credit in relevant university degree programs.

What you will study

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 3 elective units from the list below.

  • UNIT CODE
  • UNIT NAME

  • UNIT CODE
  • BSBESB402
    Establish legal and risk management requirements of new business ventures
    UNIT CODE :
    BSBESB402
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify and comply with legal and risk management requirements of the business or new business venture, including negotiating, creating and planning for legal contracts used within the business, where required.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Establish legal and risk management requirements of new business ventures

  • UNIT CODE
  • CPCCBC4015
    Prepare specifications for all construction works
    UNIT CODE :
    CPCCBC4015
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency specifies the skills and knowledge required to prepare clearly understood specifications for construction works that may range from an outline to a more detailed specification
  • UNIT NAME
  • Prepare specifications for all construction works

  • UNIT CODE
  • CPPBDN5101
    Produce digital 3-D models of building designs
    UNIT CODE :
    CPPBDN5101
    Unit description :
  • UNIT NAME
  • Produce digital 3-D models of building designs

  • UNIT CODE
  • CPPBDN5102
    Produce compliant designs for Class 1 and 10 buildings
    UNIT CODE :
    CPPBDN5102
    Unit description :
    This unit specifies the skills and knowledge required to produce compliant designs for Class 1 and 10 buildings as defined by the National Construction Code (NCC).
  • UNIT NAME
  • Produce compliant designs for Class 1 and 10 buildings

  • UNIT CODE
  • CPPBDN5103
    Produce compliant designs for Class 2-9 buildings up to two storeys
    UNIT CODE :
    CPPBDN5103
    Unit description :
    This unit specifies the skills and knowledge required to produce compliant designs for Class 2-9 buildings to a maximum floor area of 2000m2, except construction Type A buildings.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Produce compliant designs for Class 2-9 buildings up to two storeys

  • UNIT CODE
  • CPPBDN5104
    Prepare drawings for planning and building approval for Class 2-9 buildings up to two storeys
    UNIT CODE :
    CPPBDN5104
    Unit description :
    This unit specifies the skills and knowledge required to prepare drawings that comply with planning and building approval requirements for Class 2-9 buildings to a maximum floor area of 2000m2, except construction Type A buildings as defined by the National Construction Code (NCC).
  • UNIT NAME
  • Prepare drawings for planning and building approval for Class 2-9 buildings up to two storeys

  • UNIT CODE
  • CPPBDN5105
    Evaluate construction materials and methods for Class 2-9 buildings up to two storeys
    UNIT CODE :
    CPPBDN5105
    Unit description :
    This unit specifies the skills and knowledge required to evaluate traditional, contemporary and emerging construction materials and methods for the design of Class 2-9 buildings to a maximum floor area of 2000m2, except construction Type A buildings.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Evaluate construction materials and methods for Class 2-9 buildings up to two storeys

  • UNIT CODE
  • CPPBDN5106
    Determine compliance requirements for Class 2-9 buildings up to two storeys
    UNIT CODE :
    CPPBDN5106
    Unit description :
    This unit specifies the skills and knowledge required to determine compliance requirements for the design of Class 2-9 buildings to a maximum floor area of 2000m2, except construction Type A buildings.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Determine compliance requirements for Class 2-9 buildings up to two storeys

  • UNIT CODE
  • CPPBDN5107
    Manage contracts for small-scale building design projects
    UNIT CODE :
    CPPBDN5107
    Unit description :
    This unit specifies the skills and knowledge required to manage contracts for small-scale building design projects involving residential, commercial and industrial projects up to 2,000m² floor area.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Manage contracts for small-scale building design projects

CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Classroom
  • Concession: $11,815
  • Subsidised: $13,195
  • Full fee: $17,765
South Bank
10 Jul 2023
up to 3 years
Part time 3 days per week
Online
  • Concession: $11,815
  • Subsidised: $13,195
  • Full fee: $17,765
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Nambour
10 Jul 2023
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $11,815
  • Subsidised: $13,195
  • Full fee: $17,765
START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD WHAT YOU'LL PAY
10 Jul 2023
up to 3 years
Part time 3 days per week
  • Concession: $11,815
  • Subsidised: $13,195
  • Full fee: $17,765
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Classroom
  • International: $19,500
South Bank
10 Jul 2023
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Classroom
  • International: $19,500
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Coomera
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Mixed mode
  • International: $19,500
Coomera
10 Jul 2023
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Mixed mode
  • International: $19,500
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Nambour
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Mixed mode
  • International: $19,500
Nambour
10 Jul 2023
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Mixed mode
  • International: $19,500
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Classroom
  • Concession: $11,815
  • Subsidised: $13,195
  • Full fee: $17,765
South Bank
10 Jul 2023
up to 3 years
Part time 3 days per week
Online
  • Concession: $11,815
  • Subsidised: $13,195
  • Full fee: $17,765
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Nambour
10 Jul 2023
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $11,815
  • Subsidised: $13,195
  • Full fee: $17,765
START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD WHAT YOU'LL PAY
10 Jul 2023
up to 3 years
Part time 3 days per week
  • Concession: $11,815
  • Subsidised: $13,195
  • Full fee: $17,765
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Classroom
  • International: $19,500
South Bank
10 Jul 2023
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Classroom
  • International: $19,500
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Coomera
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Mixed mode
  • International: $19,500
Coomera
10 Jul 2023
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Mixed mode
  • International: $19,500
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Nambour
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Mixed mode
  • International: $19,500
Nambour
10 Jul 2023
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Mixed mode
  • International: $19,500
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Classroom
  • Concession: $11,815
  • Subsidised: $13,195
  • Full fee: $17,765
South Bank
10 Jul 2023
up to 3 years
Part time 3 days per week
Online
  • Concession: $11,815
  • Subsidised: $13,195
  • Full fee: $17,765
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Nambour
10 Jul 2023
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $11,815
  • Subsidised: $13,195
  • Full fee: $17,765
START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD WHAT YOU'LL PAY
10 Jul 2023
up to 3 years
Part time 3 days per week
  • Concession: $11,815
  • Subsidised: $13,195
  • Full fee: $17,765
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Classroom
  • International: $19,500
South Bank
10 Jul 2023
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Classroom
  • International: $19,500
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Coomera
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Mixed mode
  • International: $19,500
Coomera
10 Jul 2023
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Mixed mode
  • International: $19,500
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Nambour
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Mixed mode
  • International: $19,500
Nambour
10 Jul 2023
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Mixed mode
  • International: $19,500

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Diploma of Building Design (CPP50921)
Payment Options

How can I pay for this course?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what’s right for you, get in touch. We’re here to help. 

Payment plan

If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Upfront payment

This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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VET Student Loan - $16,788 cap

This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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International student payment

Our preferred payment method is telegraphic transfer or credit card using Convera Global Pay for Students or the Flywire Payment Portal. Convera and Flywire both allow you to complete your payment in your own currency using a telegraphic transfer with no processing fees or delays. 
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Important Information

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Entry requirements

As part of the entry requirements for this program you must meet at least one of the below requirements:

 

  • CPP40115 Certificate IV in Building Design Drafting, or
  • CPP40121 Certificate IV in Residential Drafting, or
  • 52757WA Certificate IV in Residential Building Drafting, or
  • Demonstrated relevant vocational experience, skills and knowledge commensurate with the scope of work covered in the core units of CPP40121 Certificate IV in Residential Drafting.
Selection criteria

Domestic students
The following Selection criteria requirements apply only to domestic students:

It is highly recommended that you have:- 

  • completed Year 12 (or equivalent) or have relevant experience and/or qualifications or are of mature age;
  • have sound literacy and numeracy skills; and
  • have sound computer skills.

International Students
The following Selection criteria requirements apply only to International Students:

  • English Language Proficiency: Academic IELTS 5.5 (no individual band less than 5.0) or ISLPR 2+ on all skills or other - For a list of all English Language test accepted by TAFE Queensland International
  • Academic Requirements: Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent). Non school-leavers must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion. For more information on the international education achievement levels equivalent to Year 10 and 12.

Applicants should be a minimum of 17 years of age and turning 18 during the first year of study with TAFE Queensland. International students who are under 18 years of age and are applying for a student visa are required by the Australian Department of Home Affairs to have adequate welfare arrangements in place.

Resources required

Domestic students

It is recommended that you have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

You must also have access to a CAD or gaming quality computer. Windows machines are ideal as Autodesk programs are not available native to Mac machines. A dual boot system may be used, but there are known issues and no technical support offered for this by TAFE Queensland. Autodesk programs (Revit and AutoCad) can be downloaded for free as educational version. Required Adobe programs and Sketchup are available on campus, but it is recommended that you purchase your own copies to assist in completion of project and assessment work. More information will be supplied after enrolment or during orientation, as this software can be purchased after enrolment to access a student discount price.

You will be provided with a recommended reading list and/or required textbooks during orientation or at the start of each unit. The purchase of these resources may incur additional costs, or you may be able to borrow them from the TAFE Queensland library network.

You will also be required to have access to and bring to class some building design resources and a portable external hard drive (no USBs). Details will be provided after enrolment or during orientation. Please note: the purchase of these items may incur additional costs of approximately $640.

International students

It is recommended that students have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

There are additional costs associated with this course, that are not included in your tuition fees. All information on Resources will be given at orientation;

  • USB Memory Stick
  • Textbooks and other related supplies are generally not included in the cost of the course. More advice regarding books and materials will be supplied at orientation

Courses may require different resources, depending on your study location.

Need to know

When studying online it is strongly recommended students follow the order of study and enrol in no more than two units per intake or the units required to complete a cluster/stage, unless otherwise advised.

 

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Pathways

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about University Pathways

  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland

How to Apply

Direct application

If you're ready to get started, simply hit the Apply Now button on your preferred course information page and get your application underway online. 

Apply through QTAC

You can apply to study this course through the Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC). You will need to submit your application on the QTAC website. It will be assessed, and if you are successful you will receive an offer directly through QTAC. You will need to accept your offer from QTAC before enrolling with TAFE Queensland.

For International students

International students can either apply directly through our TAFE Queensland International Application portal, or through one of our education agents. Our registered agents can assist you with your visa application and guide you through the enrolment process. If you are from this list of countries, you will need to apply through an agent.
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Course Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers

Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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