Certificate IV in Residential Drafting

National Code: CPP40121
TAFE SA Code: TP01285


Become a draftsperson with the skills to work in a building design or architecture practice. With this nationally recognised qualification, you’ll be there supporting the building designers and architects. As a draftsperson you will be able to produce building drawings and documentation; you’ll also be skilled in using CAD software to draft and document designs for a variety of building projects.

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12 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course.

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Industry Conditions and Skills
Intermediate computer skills.

Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs
You are able to use the TAFE SA facilities and computer suites or you may choose to buy relevant software such as:

  • a SketchUp one (1) year Student Licence for approximately $93.50
  • Microsoft Project Student Licence (Cloud Base) $14.00 per month
  • Free Autodesk Student Licence is available on course registration for Revit and AutoCAD.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).

This course is part of the Fee Free TAFE initiative. Fee Free TAFE and vocational education is a joint initiative of the Australian and South Australian Governments providing tuition-free training places to students wanting to train, retrain or upskill. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place before the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. The number of Fee Free TAFE places that are funded is limited by the terms of the skills agreement signed by the Australian and South Australian Governments. Should all available Fee Free TAFE places be taken, subsequent applicants will be offered a subsidised place.

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  • Upfront Payment

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

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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 Residential Drafting (CPP40121)
    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 7 core units and 3 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.

    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2023 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • 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
    Analyse building design drawings 55
    Apply compliance requirements to Class 1 and 10 building design documentation 100
    Investigate construction methods for Class 1 and 10 buildings 45
    Investigate materials for construction of Class 1 and 10 buildings 50
    Prepare drawings for planning and building approval for Class 1 and 10 buildings 180
    Use CAD software to produce drawings for building design projects 40
    Work effectively in a building design environment 20


    Name Nominal Hours
    Design timber-framed buildings 90
    Produce digital 3-D models of building designs 60
    Set up BIM capable software and files for building design projects 40
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