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Advanced Diploma of Building Surveying

CPC60115

  • Prepare yourself to work as a Building Surveyor or Building Inspector with this Advanced Diploma of Building Surveying (CPC60115)
  • No previous experience needed – start your career here!
  • Delivered entirely online - enjoy the flexibility of studying where and when you want

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Provider

OTEN – Open Training & Education Network (RTO 90004)
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Recognition

Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards

Prerequisites

Access to building sites & a General Construction Induction Card
If you pay using VET FEE-HELP you need to provide a Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or complete a Language Literacy & Numeracy test.

Location

Online

Course length
Self-paced (e.g. 25 hrs a week = finish in 1 year, 13 hrs a week = finish in 2 years). Complete within 2 years.
Study mode

Online


Online

Study from anywhere, when it suits you best and graduate with the identical qualification as an on-campus student.

Blended

Study part of the course online. Combine your online learning with classes or practical sessions on-campus at a college or university.

In-class

Attend classes on-campus at a university, TAFE or college and interact face-to-face with teachers and fellow students.

Assessment
Assignments & online quizzes
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OTEN – Open Training & Education Network (RTO 90004)

TAFE NSW - OTEN - Open Training and Education Network (RTO 90004) is the largest online TAFE provider in Australia.

You can study OTEN’s accredited online TAFE courses at your own pace, and start anytime.

OTEN’s flexible courses are developed in consultation with relevant industry groups – to ensure you build the skills that are valued by employers.

Many OTEN courses are VET FEE-HELP approved so you can study now and pay later.

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Prerequisites

  • Access to building sites of a number of types of buildings, for example, a factory
  • A General Construction Induction Card or to obtain one prior to entering any worksite for assessment purposes. You will need to provide a JP Certified copy of this Induction Card to OTEN for validation before entering any building sites.

If you pay for the course using a VET FEE-HELP government loan, you need to:

  • provide a Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (from an Australian agency), OR
  • successfully complete a Language Literacy & Numeracy (LLN) test.

What you'll learn

In this course, you will learn about:

  • Traditional, new and emerging construction methods and materials
  • Providing advice on preparation of planning and building approval applications
  • Inspecting class 1 and 10 buildings and structures up to three storeys and not more than 2000 square metres for compliance
  • Researching and analysing construction industry information
  • Accessing, interpreting and applying building control legislation
  • Monitoring construction work and providing advice to clients

Course structure

17 units

Core units

  1. CPCCBS6003 - Apply legal & ethical requirements to building surveying functions


    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to access, interpret and apply building control legislation, as well as industry and organisational codes of practice, to building surveying activities and communications. 

    The unit supports identifying and applying the requirements of particular geographic and climatic areas, local planning schemes and codes. It also involves carrying out the building surveying function with consideration for the legal and ethical responsibilities of the role. 

    The unit supports the work of municipal and private building surveyors who operate in a highly regulated environment. 

    Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit in some States. Relevant state and territory regulatory authorities should be consulted to confirm those requirements.

  2. CPCCBS6005 - Assess & advise on compliance of design documentation for commercial buildings to three storey


    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to review proposed building design documentation for buildings included in Building Code of Australia (BCA) definitions for classes 2 to 9 (up to three storeys), during the design process. It applies to providing advice on the preparation of planning and building approval applications and on the compliance of proposed design documentation with the requirements of the building and planning legislation, regulations, codes and standards that apply to the nature and location of each project. 

    The unit supports the work of building surveyors providing advisory code-consulting services to building and construction professionals involved in developing building design documentation up to the building approval application stage. The building surveyor may provide advice concurrently on a range of building design projects in different locations. Building surveyors must operate within the regulatory constraints that govern the relationship between their advisory and statutory roles and ensure that no conflict of interest arises. 

    Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit in some States. Relevant state and territory regulatory authorities should be consulted to confirm those requirements.

  3. CPCCBS6004 - Assess & advise on compliance of design documentation for residential buildings to three storeys


    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to review proposed building design documentation during the design process for buildings and structures included in Building Code of Australia (BCA) definitions for class 1 and 10 up to three storeys and not more than 2000 square metres in floor area. It applies to providing advice on the preparation of planning and building approval applications and on the compliance of proposed design documentation with the requirements of building and planning legislation, regulations, codes and standards that apply to the nature and location of each project.

    The unit supports the work of building surveyors providing advisory code-consulting services to building and construction professionals involved in developing building design documentation up to the building approval application stage. The building surveyor may provide advice concurrently on a range of building design projects in different locations.

    Building surveyors must operate within the regulatory constraints that govern the relationship between their advisory and statutory roles and ensure that no conflict of interest arises.

    Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit in some States. Relevant state and territory regulatory authorities should be consulted to confirm those requirements.

  4. CPCCBS6016 - Assess & advise on performance-based solutions for buildings up to three storeys


    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to advise on the application of National Construction Code (NCC) performance requirements for performance-based solutions for buildings up to three storeys, and to apply approved assessment methods to determine whether a proposed solution is compliant. 

    The unit applies to assessing architectural drawings and specifications for performance-based solutions and analysing them in relation to the relevant sections of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and the Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA). 

    The unit supports the work of building surveyors who:

    • provide advice to architects and building designers on compliance requirements and options for performance-based solutions, or
    • act in the statutory role with responsibility for assessing the compliance of performance-based solutions and certifying those that are compliant. 
    Under legislation the building surveyor is responsible for ensuring that there is no conflict of interest between the two roles. The building surveyor cannot advise on, and then certify, the same performance-based solution. 

    Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit in some States. Relevant state and territory regulatory authorities should be consulted to confirm those requirements.

  5. CPCCBS6015 - Conduct & report on advanced & final inspections of commercial buildings up to three storeys


    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to conduct inspections that occur after constructing the structural elements of buildings included in classes 2 to 9, as defined in the Building Code of Australia (BCA), limited to buildings up to three storeys. 

    The unit supports the work of private or municipal building surveyors or certifiers who conduct mandated inspections of buildings included in classes 2 to 9 at the advanced and final stages of construction. Inspections include those specified in the building approval documentation for the project, including the final inspection required prior to the issuing of occupancy permission. It applies to planning and conducting inspections, reporting on issues of non-compliance, preparing certificates of compliance, and issuing occupancy permissions according to legislative and regulatory requirements. The building surveyor or certifier must be satisfied that remedial work required in cases of non-compliance is understood by the building contractor and is completed within required timeframes. This involves developing and maintaining professional and cooperative relationships with building contractors throughout a highly regulated process. 

    Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit in some States. Relevant state and territory regulatory authorities should be consulted to confirm those requirements.

  6. CPCCBS6014 - Conduct & report on advanced & final inspections of residential buildings up to three storeys


    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to conduct advanced and final inspections that occur after constructing the structural elements of class 1 and 10 buildings and structures. These class 1 and 10 buildings and structures are as defined in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and are up to three storeys and not more than 2000 square metres in floor area. 

    The unit supports the work of private or municipal building surveyors or certifiers who conduct mandated inspections of class 1 and 10 buildings and structures at the advanced and final stages of construction. Inspections include those specified in the building approval documentation for the project, including the final inspection required prior to the issuing of occupancy permission. It applies to planning and conducting inspections, reporting on issues of non-compliance, preparing certificates of compliance, and issuing occupancy permissions according to legislative and regulatory requirements. The building surveyor or certifier must be satisfied that remedial work required in cases of non-compliance is understood by the building contractor and is completed within required timeframes. This involves developing and maintaining professional and cooperative relationships with building contractors throughout a highly regulated process. 

    Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit in some States. Relevant state and territory regulatory authorities should be consulted to confirm those requirements.

  7. CPCCBS6011 - Conduct & report on building surveying audits of commercial buildings up to three storeys


    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to audit commercial buildings in classes 2 to 9, up to three storeys, as defined in the Building Code of Australia (BCA), against current requirements of the BCA and local planning policies. 

    The unit supports the work of private and municipal building surveyors providing advisory code-consulting services, who carry out building surveying audits and advise on building compliance. 

    The unit supports the conduct of commercial building surveying audits required as part of a sales process to inform planned works or upgrades to existing commercial buildings, where advice on compliance requirements related to the proposed change of use of a commercial building or as part of an insurance assessment is required. The audit is primarily concerned with the compliance implications of the building. 

    Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit in some States. Relevant state and territory regulatory authorities should be consulted to confirm those requirements.

  8. CPCCBS6010 - Conduct & report on building surveying audits of residential buildings up to three storeys


    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to audit residential class 1 and 10 buildings and structures against current requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and local planning policies. These class 1 and 10 buildings and structures are as defined in the BCA and up to three storeys and not more than 2000 square metres in floor area. 

    The unit supports the work of private and municipal building surveyors providing advisory code-consulting services, who carry out building surveying audits and advise on building compliance. The unit supports the conduct of residential building surveying audits required as part of a sales process to inform planned works, including demolishing existing structures, or to inform planned upgrades to existing buildings. 

    Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit in some States. Relevant state and territory regulatory authorities should be consulted to confirm those requirements.

  9. CPCCBS6013 - Conduct & report on initial construction inspections of commercial buildings up to three storeys


    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to inspect for compliance the site preparation, foundations, footings and structural provisions of buildings included in classes 2 to 9, as defined in the Building Code of Australia (BCA), up to three storeys. 

    The unit supports the work of private or municipal building surveyors or certifiers who conduct mandated inspections of commercial buildings up to three storeys at the initial stages of construction. It applies to planning and conducting inspections, reporting on issues of non-compliance, and preparing certificates of compliance according to legislative and regulatory requirements. The certificate of compliance for each stage must be completed and processed before the next stage of construction may commence. The building surveyor or certifier must be satisfied that remedial work required in cases of non-compliance is understood by the building contractor and completed within required timeframes. This involves developing and maintaining professional and cooperative relationships with building contractors throughout a highly regulated process. 

    Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit in some States. Relevant state and territory regulatory authorities should be consulted to confirm those requirements.

  10. CPCCBS6012 - Conduct & report on initial construction inspections of residential buildings up to three storeys


    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to inspect for compliance the site preparation, foundations, footings and framing of class 1 and 10 buildings and structures, as defined in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and up to three storeys and not more than 2000 square metres in floor area. 

    The unit supports the work of private or municipal building surveyors or certifiers who conduct mandated inspections of class 1 and 10 buildings and structures at the following initial stages of construction:

    • site preparation, foundations and footings
    • framing
    It applies to planning and conducting inspections, reporting on issues of non-compliance, and preparing certificates of compliance according to legislative and regulatory requirements. The certificate of compliance for each stage must be completed and processed before the next stage of construction may commence. 

    The building surveyor or certifier must be satisfied that remedial work required in cases of non-compliance is understood by the building contractor and completed within required timeframes. This involves developing and maintaining professional and cooperative relationships with building contractors throughout a highly regulated process. 

    Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit in some States. Relevant state and territory regulatory authorities should be consulted to confirm those requirements.

  11. CPCCBS6017 - Monitor & advise on construction & compliance upgrade work on buildings up to three storeys


    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to monitor construction work and provide advice to clients, including architects, buildings designers and construction contractors, on meeting compliance requirements for construction work on both new and existing buildings of all classes, defined by the Building Code of Australia, and up to three storeys. It involves arranging and conducting site visits during construction. 

    The unit supports the work of private building surveyors who provide consultancy services during the construction phase of a project and who assist in finding solutions to problems, including construction faults and compliance issues. Building surveyors must operate within the regulatory constraints that govern the relationship between their advisory and statutory roles and ensure that no conflict of interest arises. 

    Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit in some States. Relevant state and territory regulatory authorities should be consulted to confirm those requirements.

  12. CPCCBS6009 - Process building applications for commercial buildings up to three storeys


    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to process building applications for buildings included in Building Code of Australia (BCA) definitions for:
    • classes 2 to 9 (up to three storeys), and
    • three-storey class 1 buildings.
    The unit covers gathering and assessing documentation that supports the building application process, which if successful, results in the issuing of a building permit. The unit supports the work of private and municipal building surveyors carrying out the statutory role of ensuring that proposed commercial building projects meet relevant compliance requirements prior to commencement of construction. 

    Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit in some States. Relevant state and territory regulatory authorities should be consulted to confirm those requirements.

  13. CPCCBS6008 - Process building applications for residential buildings up to three storeys


    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to process building applications for residential buildings in classes 1 and 10 as defined in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and up to three storeys and not more than 2000 square metres in floor area.

    The unit covers gathering and assessing documentation that supports the building application process which, if successful, results in the issuing of a building permit.

    It supports the work of private and municipal building surveyors carrying out the statutory role of ensuring that proposed residential building projects meet relevant compliance requirements prior to commencement of construction.

    Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit in some States. Relevant state and territory regulatory authorities should be consulted to confirm those requirements.

  14. CPCCBS6007 - Process planning applications for commercial buildings up to three storeys


    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to process planning applications for buildings included in Building Code of Australia (BCA) definitions for:
    • classes 2 to 9 (up to three storeys), and
    • three-storey class 1 buildings. 
    The unit covers gathering and assessing documentation that supports the planning application process required to obtain planning permission. It supports the work of private and municipal building surveyors carrying out the statutory role of ensuring that proposed commercial building projects meet relevant compliance requirements prior to issuing planning permits. 

    Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit in some States. Relevant state and territory regulatory authorities should be consulted to confirm those requirements.

  15. CPCCBS6006 - Process planning applications for residential buildings up to three storeys


    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to process planning applications for residential buildings in classes 1 and 10 as defined in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and up to three storeys and not more than 2000 square metres in floor area.

    The unit covers gathering and assessing documentation that supports the planning application process required to obtain planning permission.

    The unit supports the work of private and municipal building surveyors carrying out the statutory role of ensuring that proposed residential building projects meet relevant compliance requirements prior to issuing planning permits.

    Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit in some States. Relevant state and territory regulatory authorities should be consulted to confirm those requirements.

  16. CPCCBS6002 - Research & evaluate construction methods & materials for commercial buildings to three storeys


    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to develop an understanding of traditional, new and emerging construction methods and materials, including systems and components for services, for those buildings included in classes 2 to 9 as defined in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and up to three storeys. It applies to researching and analysing construction industry information, including research papers, engineering reports, material specifications and performance data, including fire performance of construction materials; and following information management procedures to ensure that construction methods and materials are evaluated using current and accurate information. 

    This unit supports the work of building surveyors who provide advisory code-consulting services or authorised statutory services relating to planning or building permit application assessment or building audit and inspection services for class 2 to 9 commercial buildings. 

    Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit in some States. Relevant state and territory regulatory authorities should be consulted to confirm those requirements.

  17. CPCCBS6001 - Research & evaluate construction methods & materials for residential buildings to three storeys


    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to develop an understanding of traditional, new and emerging construction methods and materials, including systems and components for services, for class 1 and 10 buildings as defined in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and up to three storeys and not more than 2000 square metres in floor area. It involves researching and analysing construction industry information, including research papers, engineering reports, material specifications and performance data; and following information management procedures to ensure that construction methods and materials are evaluated using current and accurate information.

    This unit supports the work of building surveyors who provide advisory code-consulting services or authorised statutory services relating to planning or building permit application assessment or building audit and inspection services for class 1 and 10 residential buildings.

    Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit in some States. Relevant state and territory regulatory authorities should be consulted to confirm those requirements.

Support and delivery

When you study online with OTEN, you can:

  • Study from anywhere, when it suits you best.
  • Graduate with the identical qualification as an on-campus student.
  • Get comprehensive support from teachers via phone and email.
  • Access course materials online.
  • Interact with teachers and fellow students via platforms like virtual classrooms, forums and video calls.

OTEN's online courses can also be referred to as distance education. Some hard-copy course materials and assessments may be accessed or submitted via post.

Recognition

As builder licensing varies across Australia, you might need additional requirements on top of this qualification. 

If you intend to rely on the Advanced Diploma of Building Surveying (CPC60115) in an application for accreditation as a building surveyor with the Building Practitioners Board (BPB) or the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS), you should make yourself fully aware of all the requirements needed for accreditation in your state, including the relevant experience requirements before commencing this course.

Payment options

There are 3 ways you can pay for this course:

1. Study now pay later – VET FEE-HELP

If you are eligible, you can pay for this course through the Australian Government’s VET FEE-HELP loan scheme.

This means you don’t need to pay upfront for the course if you:

2. 12-month interest free payment plan

Pay for your course over time by making weekly, fortnightly or monthly repayments.

This flexible payment plan requires no deposit, and you pay no interest for the first 12 months.

3. Upfront payment

You can pay for this course upfront via credit card or bank transfer.

To understand more about payment options or find out if you’re eligible for a funding entitlement, contact a SEEK Learning Consultant.

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