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  • CPP50911
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Diploma of Building Design

At a glance

At a glance

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.

JOB PROSPECTS
  • Architectural Technician
  • Draftsperson
  • Building Designer
COURSE OUTCOME

CPP50911 Diploma of Building Design

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Course overview

Course overview

Progress your career as a building designer, architectural technician 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.

Greater need for advanced technical skills in building and construction has resulted in high demand for architectural, building and surveying technicians. The number of job openings for qualified people in this area is expected to be up to 50,000 in the next five years.

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.

Units

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 10 elective units from the list below.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
CPCCOHS2001A
Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
CPPBDN5001A
Research construction materials and methods for small-scale residential building design projects
CPPBDN5003A
Research compliance requirements for small-scale residential building design projects
CPPBDN5005A
Recommend sustainability solutions for small-scale building design projects
CPPBDN5008A
Develop concepts for small-scale building design projects and finalise solutions with clients
CPPBDN5009A
Produce compliant client-approved designs for small-scale building design projects
CPPBDN5011A
Produce compliant client-approved working drawings for small-scale residential buildings

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
CPPBDN5006A
Consult with clients to produce approved small-scale building project design briefs
CPPBDN5007A
Inspect and analyse sites and produce measured drawings for small-scale building design projects
CPPBDN5012A
Produce and present 3-D models of small-scale building designs
CPCCSV5012A
Assess timber-framed designs for one and two storey buildings
CPPBDN5002A
Research construction materials and methods for small-scale non-residential building design projects
MSFID5014
Use CAD applications to complete models and documentation for interior design projects
CPPBDN5004A
Research compliance requirements for small-scale non-residential building design projects
CUVGRD504A
Create and manipulate graphics
CPPBDN5013A
Develop and collaborate on building information models for small-scale building design projects
CPPBDN5015A
Produce compliant client-approved working drawings for non-residential buildings
CPCCSV5012A
Assess timber-framed designs for one and two storey buildings
CPPBDN5012A
Produce and present 3-D models of small-scale building designs
CPPBDN5006A
Consult with clients to produce approved small-scale building project design briefs
CPPBDN5007A
Inspect and analyse sites and produce measured drawings for small-scale building design projects
MSFID5014
Use CAD applications to complete models and documentation for interior design projects
CPPBDN5002A
Research construction materials and methods for small-scale non-residential building design projects
CPPBDN5004A
Research compliance requirements for small-scale non-residential building design projects
CUVGRD504A
Create and manipulate graphics
CPPBDN5015A
Produce compliant client-approved working drawings for non-residential buildings
CPPBDN5013A
Develop and collaborate on building information models for small-scale building design projects
CPPBDN5006A
Consult with clients to produce approved small-scale building project design briefs
CPPBDN5017A
Produce 2-D drawings for building design projects using CAD software
CPCCBC4012B
Read and interpret plans and specifications
CPPBDN5007A
Inspect and analyse sites and produce measured drawings for small-scale building design projects
CPCCSV5012A
Assess timber-framed designs for one and two storey buildings
MSFID5014
Use CAD applications to complete models and documentation for interior design projects
CPPBDN5002A
Research construction materials and methods for small-scale non-residential building design projects
CPPBDN5015A
Produce compliant client-approved working drawings for non-residential buildings
CPPBDN5012A
Produce and present 3-D models of small-scale building designs
CPPBDN5004A
Research compliance requirements for small-scale non-residential building design projects
BSBSMB401
Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business
CPCCBC4015A
Prepare specifications for all construction works
CPPBDN5014A
Contribute to construction and building design project finalisation processes

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

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Ways to study

Ways to study

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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 will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

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.

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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. 

Selection criteria

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

Completion of Year 12 or equivalent. Mature aged students who are unable to provide a copy of their Year 12 certificate must submit a detailed work history or resume prior to enrolment. Students must have intermediate literacy, numeracy and computer skills. Students will need to produce a current White Card (CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry).

 

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.

Students should be a minimum of 18 years of age. Student visa applicants under the age of 18 will be accepted where they demonstrate that they will be accompanied by a parent, legal custodian or a suitable relative who is aged 21 or over. This arrangement requires the approval of the Department of Home Affairs.  For more information visit Department of Home Affairs - Welfare Requirements for Student Visa Applicants under 18.

Resources required

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. Minimum specifications can be found here;

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.

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.

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.

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 enrolments.

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How to apply

How to apply

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. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

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 will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland