Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)

CRICOS Code: 104672F
National Code: CPC50220


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. • The Fee Free TAFE allocation for this course has been exhausted for Semester 1 2024. Additional Fee Free TAFE places may be available in future semesters, subject to changes in TAFE SA’s Fee Free TAFE course list and changes to the Fee Free TAFE policy.

Duration (incl. holidays)
Teaching Duration
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130 weeks
100 weeks
Campus / Location
Study Mode
Contact Hours
Study Load

Course Admission Requirements
(for International Applications)

Course Notes

  • International students completing the Certificate IV in Building & Construction (Building) will receive 1 semester credit into this program. Therefore, the duration of the Diploma will be 4 semesters.


These course fees are for international students only.

Tuition Fees
Incidental Fees*
Semester 1
AUD $9474
AUD $90*
Semester 2
AUD $9474
Semester 3
AUD $9474
Semester 4
AUD $9474
Semester 5
AUD $9474
Fee Totals
AUD $47370
AUD $90*
Total Course Cost
AUD $47460

* Students may be required to purchase a scientific calculator at approx. $50-$90 if they don't already have one.

Note: TAFE SA course and other fees/costs are subject to regular increases and are reviewed annually. TAFE SA accepts applications for courses commencing beyond the year advertised and tuition and other fees/costs for these years will be higher. 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.

  • 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.

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

    * 2021 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

    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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