Diploma of Building Design

National Code: CPP50921
TAFE SA Code: TP01364


A Diploma of Building Design from TAFE SA will equip you for an exciting position in a building design studio or architectural practice or with a residential or commercial developer/building group or even as a self-employed consultant. Learn about the OHS requirements, develop concepts for small-scale projects, produce designs and drawings, including accessible design and researching and recommending commercial materials, methods, and sustainability solutions.

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18 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

Building Designer

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Course Admission Requirements

  • Certificate IV in Building Design Drafting CPP40115
  • Certificate IV in Residential Building Drafting 52757WA
  • Certificate IV in Residential Drafting CPP40121
  • Demonstrated relevant vocational experience, skills and knowledge commensurate with the scope of work covered in the core units of CPP40121 Certificate IV in Residential Drafting
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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Entry Recommendations
TAFE SA will contact you if you do not have a relevant Certificate IV to verify your equivalent skills and knowledge.

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.

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Total Fees for the 18 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

    This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Numerous career paths exist for building designers, including working for building design or architectural firms, consultancies, government departments, residential and commercial developers or self-employment.

    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 Design (CPP50921)
    This course covers safety, materials, compliance, sustainability, design concepts, working and design drawings. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 9 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
    Determine compliance requirements for Class 2-9 buildings up to two storeys 80
    Establish legal and risk management requirements of new business ventures 60
    Evaluate construction materials and methods for Class 2-9 buildings up to two storeys 100
    Manage contracts for small-scale building design projects 60
    Prepare drawings for planning and building approval for Class 2-9 buildings up to two storeys 260
    Prepare specifications for all construction works 20
    Produce compliant designs for Class 1 and 10 buildings 170
    Produce compliant designs for Class 2-9 buildings up to two storeys 170
    Produce digital 3-D models of building designs 60


    Name Nominal Hours
    Design for all ages and abilities 108
    Produce rendered animations of 3-D models of small-scale building designs 50
    Recommend sustainability solutions for small-scale building design projects 90
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