Built Environment

CPP50911 Diploma of Building Design

CPP50911 Diploma of Building Design is part of the Property Services Training Package. It applies to building designers who undertake building design projects covered by the Building Code of Australia (BCA), except Construction Type A buildings. Building designers may specialise in residential projects, including new buildings, heritage restorations and additions or renovations; or they may also undertake commercial and industrial projects, such as factories, motels, offices, restaurants, retail or service outlets and warehouses.

The aim of this course is to provide training for those persons wishing to become building designers for residential and small commercial construction projects.

The course provides an integrated knowledge of construction systems and design processes as they pertain to building design, as well as an understanding of the legal and administrative processes necessary in achieving the desired outcomes for residential and small commercial development.

Students should be working in or have access to a building design office or access a simulated or practice environment.

Career Opportunities

The Diploma of Building Design is the qualification required to become an accredited Building Designer.  It may lead to work in a firm that specialises in Building Design, Architecture or to being self-employed as a Building Designer.

Dates and Times

Australia wide  – Online – Information Booklet

  • Online:  20 February – 26 October 2017

Clarence Campus

  • Rolling Intake (Online only)
  • Information sessions for 2018 intake:
    • Wednesday, 22 November 2017 – 5.30pm to 7.30pm
    • Venue: Clarence Campus, C Block, Room C2.07, 4A Bounty Street, Warrane
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

Alanvale Campus

  • Rolling Intake (Online only)
  • Information sessions for 2018 intake:
    • Tuesday, 21 November 2017 – 11am to 1pm
    • Venue: Alanvale Campus, A Block, Room A2.39, 54a Alanvale Road, Newnham
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

Burnie Campus

  • Rolling Intake (Online only)
  • Information sessions for 2018 intake:
    • Monday, 20 November 2017 – 5.30pm to 7.30pm
    • Venue: Burnie Campus, 41-43 Mooreville Road, Burnie
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

Learning Options

Depending on your needs, learning may be on-the-job, off-the-job, online or by eLearning or a combination of learning options that will include:

  • On-the-job – training in your workplace.
  • Learner Guides –education resources that contain information to help with your learning.
  • On-line learning with Fronter –an internet learning tool, which you may access from home or at a TasTAFE campus.
  • Demonstrations – to show you how to do things via Podcasts, Videos and You Tube postings – Resources that give you extra support and information.

Staff from the Built Environment team, are available to advise you on which units best suit certain career paths.

All of our teaching staff have had extensive work experience within and in conjunction with building design. In addition to this, our staff also hold a variety of professional and technical qualifications relevant to building design.

Assessment Process

Assessment options include:

  • Short written assessment – question and answer style sheet.
  • Projects – group or individual, may be practical or research based.
  • Assignments – research topic and provide a written response.
  • Practical – you will provide evidence of doing tasks.
  • Assessed in the workplace.


For further details please refer to www.tastafe.tas.edu.au/future/recognition/

Fees and Payments

This course is eligible for a VET Student Loan
For further details on Fees and Payments please refer to www.tastafe.tas.edu.au/future/fees-and-payments/

Qualification Requirements

The qualification consists of 17 units, 7 core units and 10 elective units.

Areas of Study

  • Design
  • Construction of buildings
  • Sustainable building design
  • 2D CAD and 3D CAD
  • Building Codes
  • Construction materials
  • Working drawings
  • Client Briefs
  • Building Information Management (BIM)
  • Client interaction
  • Workplace Health and Safety


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