Certificate IV in Building Design Drafting

National Code: CPP40115
TAFE SA Code: TP00855


This course provides building design drafters with the competencies required to support building designers and architects. The building design drafter may work on a wide range of building design projects, including high rise commercial projects, but always under the supervision and instruction of an appropriately licensed or accredited architect or building designer. The drafter also provides administrative support to the design team, including data collection and storage, and file management.

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Up to 18 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements, however, students wishing to access subsidised training will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 18 month course
$1,010 - $1,224
$3,031 - $3,672
$589 - $714
$1,768 - $2,142

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place during the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

Subsidised Training Eligibility
Full Fee

Student Services Fee (SSF) applies. Full-time student $20. Part-time student $10.

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

    • External study is available with on campus workshops.
    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Draftsperson to a design or architectural business, Assistant to building designer, Assistant to an architect.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate IV in Building Design Drafting (CPP40115)
    This qualification covers materials, compliance, software and files, structural integrity, transposing information, concept drawings and design drawings. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 9 core units and 6 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Collect, apply and store building design project information 30
    Import and transpose information from external sources into digital building design drawings 40
    Produce 2-D drawings for building design projects using CAD software 40
    Produce digital building design concept drawings 90
    Research and apply compliance requirements to technical construction documentation 40
    Research and evaluate construction materials and methods for building design projects 95
    Review and report structural integrity of building designs 95
    Set up BIM-capable software and files for building design drafting projects 40
    Store and retrieve building design documentation 30


    Name Nominal Hours
    Assess timber-framed designs for one and two storey buildings 36
    Prepare documentation for building approval 100
    Prepare documentation for planning approval 120
    Produce and present 3-D models of small-scale building designs 60
    Use CAD applications to complete models and documentation for interior design projects 80
    Work Safely in the Construction Industry 6
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