Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)

National Code: CPC50220
TAFE SA Code: TP01345


Start now and gain the valuable skills needed to manage medium-rise construction projects in the residential and commercial sectors. This qualification is for people entering the construction industry in the commercial sector and for those already working in the sector as builders, site managers, and building supervisors. It’s ideal if you’re seeking career advancement within your existing employment. You will learn about building practice, codes and structures, estimates and tendering, contract management, risk and financial management, and project planning, as well as costing systems for medium rise construction, energy efficiency and sustainability, quality control, and managing client relationships. This Diploma may also be suitable for licensed builders seeking the managerial, technical skills, and knowledge needed to upgrade to medium rise construction.

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30 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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Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs
Students will be required to hold a current White Card or obtain one in the first term of the course.
Currency must be maintained throughout your studies to enable access to live worksites where required. Personal protective equipment including:

  • hi-visibility clothing
  • safety helmet
  • safety shoes or boots
  • safety glasses
  • a metric tape measure.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 30 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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    VET Student Loan

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Commercial construction manager.

    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

    Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) (CPC50220)
    This course covers safety, project quality and risk, building codes and standards, contracts, costing, structural principles and tender documentation. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 24 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
    Administer the legal obligations of a building and construction contractor 100
    Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Class 1 and 10 Buildings 18
    Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Class 2 to 9 Type C buildings 22
    Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Type B construction 200
    Apply legal requirements to building and construction projects 50
    Apply site surveys and set-out procedures to building and construction projects 40
    Apply structural principles to residential and commercial constructions 200
    Apply structural principles to the construction of buildings up to three storeys 300
    Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects 60
    Lead WHS risk management 40
    Manage building and construction business finances 50
    Manage business risk 60
    Manage construction work 150
    Manage environmental management practices and processes in building and construction 150
    Manage professional technical and legal reports on building and construction projects 40
    Monitor costing systems on complex building and construction projects 60
    Prepare and evaluate tender documentation 20
    Prepare simple building sketches and drawings 40
    Produce labour and material schedules for ordering 40
    Read and interpret plans and specifications 30
    Select and manage building and construction contractors 40
    Select, prepare and administer a construction contract 50
    Supervise site communication and administration processes for building and construction projects 40
    Supervise the planning of on-site building and construction work 200


    Name Nominal Hours
    Manage energy efficient building methods and strategies 70
    Manage project quality 40
    Supervise and apply quality standards to the selection of building and construction materials 60
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