Diploma of Building Design

Duration (incl. holidays) 102 weeks
Teaching Duration80 weeks
(2 Semesters is 1 academic year)
CRICOS Code078979G
National CodeCPP50911
Course TypeTraining Package Qualification
Example Career ProfileBuilding DesignerBuilding Designer
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This qualification 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.


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    Course Admission Requirements (for International Applications)

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    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Diploma of Building Design (CPP50911)
    Skills covered include safety, materials, compliance, sustainability, design concepts, working and design drawings. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 7 core units and 10 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.

    Credit Transfer

    You will only receive a joint offer for TAFE SA and University if you apply for a Packaged University Program. If the University course that you have selected is not part of a Packaged University Offers, you will need to apply separately to the University for your selected degree program.

    Studying at TAFE SA is one of the easiest pathways towards a University Degree. Credit Transfer is the formal recognition that parts of a TAFE SA course are equivalent in content and level to parts of some University courses.

    Find other TAFE SA Credit Transfer Agreements

    Diploma of Building Design

    Credit Gained
    UniversityUniversity CoursePointsTime Equiv.Details
    TAFE SA Higher EducationAssociate Degree in Civil and Structural Engineering (Design Drafting)4.5 points  Details
     Associate Degree in Civil and Structural Engineering (Site Management)4.5 points  Details
    University of AdelaideBachelor of Architectural Design18 points 6 months Details
     Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil and Structural)15 points  Details
    University of South AustraliaBachelor of Built Environment18 points 6 months Details
     Associate Degree in Built Environment (ITBG)18 points 6 months Details
     Bachelor of Construction Management and Economics18 points 6 months Details


    These course fees are for international students only.

    Tuition FeesIncidental Fees
    Semester 1AUD $6500-
    Semester 2AUD $6500-
    Semester 3AUD $6500-
    Semester 4AUD $6500-
    Fee TotalsAUD $26000-
    Total Course CostAUD $26000

    Note: TAFE SA does not commit to any fees shown. Charges vary between courses and subjects and are based on a rate per hour. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

    Overseas Students Health Cover

    All overseas students are required to have Overseas Students Health Cover (OSHC) insurance for the entire duration of the course. The health cover rate will vary depending on the personal circumstances and duration of stay in Australia. Read more about Overseas Students Health Cover.

    Contact us

    TAFE South Australia International

    Level 1, 120 Currie Street
    Adelaide, South Australia, 5000