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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Building Designer
  • Employment Outcomes

    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.

    * 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 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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