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Diploma of Building Design

CPP50911

  • Get qualified to work as a Building Designer or Architectural Draftsperson with this nationally recognised Diploma of Building Design (CPP50911) (except in VIC)
  • No previous experience needed - start your career here!
  • Flexibility of studying online

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At a glance

Study mode

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Provider

OTEN – Open Training & Education Network (RTO 90004)
Career Opportunities
  • Building Designer
  • Draftsperson
Recognition

Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.
Qualifies you to work as a Building Designer across Australia, except in VIC.

Prerequisites

No prerequisites for this course.
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. 32 hrs a week = finish in 1 year, 16 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
Start date

Enrol anytime.

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Provider
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.

TAFE NSW - Open Training & Education Network (RTO 90004) trading as Open Training & Education Network

Payment options

Study now pay later – VET FEE-HELP

12-month interest free payment planTerms & conditions apply

Upfront payment

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Price
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What you'll learn

In this course, you will learn about:

  • Producing compliant client-approved designs for small-scale building design projects
  • Producing compliant client-approved working drawings for small-scale residential and non-residential buildings
  • Recommending sustainability solutions for small-scale building design projects
  • Researching compliance requirements for small-scale residential and non-residential building design projects
  • Researching construction materials and methods for small-scale residential and non-residential building design projects
  • Developing concepts for small-scale building design projects and finalising solutions with clients
  • Inspecting and analysing sites and produce measured drawings for small-scale building design projects
  • Producing and presenting rendered animations of 3-D models of small-scale building designs
  • Applying OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

Resources required

  • Good graphics capability to suit CAD/BIM software
  • Capacity to download and run 3D CAD software programs
  • A range of software to produce drawings, presentations, specifications and briefs

Course structure

17 units

Core units

  1. CPCCOHS2001A - Apply OHS requirements, policies & procedures in the construction industry


    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to carry out OHS requirements through safe work practices at any on or off-site construction workplace. It requires the performance of work in a safe manner through awareness of risks and work requirements, and the planning and performance of safe work practices with concern for personal safety and the safety of others.

  2. CPPBDN5006A - Consult with clients to produce approved small-scale building project design briefs


    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to consult with clients to identify and clarify parameters, such as their vision for service level and requirements, preferences and budget for new building design projects covered by the Building Code of Australia (BCA), except construction Type A buildings. It also covers researching and presenting information that may affect the clients' requirements, preferences and budget; applying knowledge of construction materials and methods; offering and negotiating creative design solutions; and developing a client-approved design brief for the new building design project.

  3. CPPBDN5014A - Contribute to construction & building design project finalisation processes


    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to finalise small-scale building design projects covered by the Building Code of Australia (BCA), except construction Type A buildings. It also covers supporting the construction process, conducting defect inspections of buildings, and communicating with the builder regarding defects on behalf of the client. It also covers finalising and archiving the design project and reviewing processes and outcomes to inform improved quality assurance.

  4. CPPBDN5008A - Develop concepts for small-scale building design projects & finalise solutions with clients


    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to integrate design briefs and site analyses, apply knowledge of construction materials and methods, and use creativity and innovation skills to produce concept sketches for small-scale building design projects covered by the Building Code of Australia (BCA), except construction Type A buildings. It also covers presenting concepts to clients, negotiating changes, and preparing client approved concept sketches and models as a basis for the ongoing design process.

  5. CPPBDN5007A - Inspect & analyse sites to produce measured drawings for small-scale building design projects


    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to inspect sites for commercial, industrial and residential building design projects covered by the Building Code of Australia (BCA), except construction Type A buildings. Site inspections are conducted to determine contours and measurements; existing conditions, structures, features and services; and neighbourhood characteristics. The unit also covers analysing sites; determining orientation and layout of building, access and egress points, and existing utilities and services infrastructure; and producing measured drawings.

  6. CPPBDN5010A - Negotiate & finalise planning approval for small-scale building design projects


    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to consult with a planning authority regarding planning approval requirements for small-scale buildings covered by the Building Code of Australia (BCA), except construction Type A buildings; and to prepare and collate documentation for planning approval applications. It also covers negotiation with the authority and the client regarding changes or additional requirements, and finalisation of the planning approval process.

  7. CPCPCM4003A - Produce 2-D architectural drawings using CAD software


    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to produce two-dimensional (2-D) architectural drawings using computer-aided design (CAD) software under limited supervision.

  8. CPPBDN5012A - Produce & present 3-D models of small-scale building designs


    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to produce three-dimensional (3-D) models for building design projects covered by the Building Code of Australia (BCA), except construction Type A buildings. It also covers demonstrating and discussing the representations with clients and stakeholders.

  9. CPPBDN5016A - Produce & present rendered animations of 3-D models of small-scale building designs


    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to produce rendered and animated fly-bys and walk-throughs of three-dimensional (3-D) models for small-scale building design projects covered by the Building Code of Australia (BCA), except construction Type A buildings. It also covers demonstrating and discussing the rendered animations with clients and stakeholders.

  10. CPPBDN5009A - Produce compliant client-approved designs for small-scale building design projects


    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to prepare, consult on and refine designs for building design projects, covered by Building Code of Australia (BCA), except construction Type A buildings, to produce client-approved drawings that comply with planning approval requirements. It also covers the application of creative design skills, knowledge of human lifestyles and cycles, knowledge of safe and sustainable construction materials and methods, and includes consultation and collaboration with technical experts such as structural engineers.

  11. CPPBDN5015A - Produce compliant client-approved working drawings for non-residential buildings


    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to produce detailed working drawings of designs for commercial and industrial buildings covered by the Building Code of Australia (BCA), except construction Type A buildings. The drawings are required for submission to the relevant authority for building approval and for use by construction personnel in the building process. The unit also covers liaising with the client and relevant authority to finalise the building approval process.

  12. CPPBDN5011A - Produce compliant client-approved working drawings for small-scale residential buildings


    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to produce detailed working drawings of designs for residential buildings covered by the Building Code of Australia (BCA), except construction Type A buildings. The drawings are required for submission to the relevant authority for building approval and for use by construction personnel in the building process. It also covers liaising with the client and relevant authority to finalise the building approval process.

  13. CPPBDN5005A - Recommend sustainability solutions for small-scale building design projects


    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to research current and incoming legislative requirements for environmental sustainability of buildings covered by the Building Code of Australia (BCA), except construction Type A buildings; and to clarify client preferences and budget. It also covers reviewing site conditions, evaluating sustainability options, and recommending cost-effective options for sustainability to clients in order to meet compliance requirements and client preferences.

  14. CPPBDN5004A - Research compliance requirements for small-scale non-residential building design projects


    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to research compliance requirements in different locations that apply to commercial and industrial building design projects covered by the Building Code of Australia (BCA), except construction Type A buildings. It covers research into local, state and federal government legislation and policies relating to planning and the environment, including zoning and analysis of requirements in relation to client preferences and prospective design proposals.

  15. CPPBDN5003A - Research compliance requirements for small-scale residential building design projects


    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to research compliance requirements in different locations that apply to all residential building design projects covered by the Building Code of Australia (BCA), except construction Type A buildings. It covers research into local, state and federal government legislation and policies relating to planning and the environment, including zoning, and analysis of requirements in relation to client preferences and prospective design proposals.

  16. CPPBDN5002A - Research construction materials & methods for small-scale non-residential building design projects


    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to research and evaluate existing, new and emerging construction materials and methods for all commercial and industrial building design projects covered by the Building Code of Australia (BCA), except construction Type A buildings. It also covers the development of an understanding of the range of construction materials and methods available and their application, performance and interaction.

  17. CPPBDN5001A - Research construction materials & methods for small-scale residential building design projects


    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to research and evaluate existing, new and emerging construction materials and methods for all residential building design projects covered by the Building Code of Australia (BCA), except construction Type A buildings. It also covers the development of an understanding of the range of construction materials and methods available and their application, performance and interaction.

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

This diploma is recognised by the Building Designers Association and qualifies you to work as a Building Designer anywhere in Australia except Victoria. If you would like to be qualified in Victoria, speak to a SEEK Learning consultant about your education options. 

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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