National code: CPP40121

Certificate IV in Residential Drafting

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Overview About this course

Build your ability to use popular CAD software and produce compliant documentation for Class 1 and 10 buildings as a draftsperson or architectural assistant. After this course, you can complete further studies to become an accredited building designer.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Use CAD software like Revit and ArchiCAD to support building designers and architects in producing drawings for Class 1 and 10 building designs

  • Identify appropriate construction methods and materials

  • Apply compliance, planning and building requirements for building design documentation

  • Review and apply National Construction Code (NCC) compliance regulation around building and construction in various settings

  • Sketch and annotate structural components

Course outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Experience producing drawings and documentation for Class 1 and 10 buildings

  • Confidence using industry CAD software

  • Exposure to simulated, realistic building design and drafting workplaces and settings

  • An understanding of National Construction Code (NCC) regulations and legislation pertaining to Class 1 and 10 buildings

  • A professional portfolio of work

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • Attend a pre-enrolment interview with your teacher who will evaluate your skills to determine how we can best support your success or if an alternative pathway is recommended

  • Undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test to assist us in designing your individualised plan that supports your study success and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Strong communication

  • Problem-solving skills and attention to detail

  • Planning and organisational skills to coordinate construction

  • Maths skills at a Year 12 or equivalent level

  • Confidence using a computer

  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 12 high school level

  • TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test.

  • This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: Draftsperson (supporting building designers and architects).


Licensing requirements regarding building design apply in some states and territories. For further information check with the relevant regulatory authorities in your state. Your teacher can also provide further information.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 0 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

The Certificate IV in Residential Drafting does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 1 Course

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Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

The Certificate IV in Residential Drafting does not have any related courses.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate IV in Residential Drafting qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 10 Units of competency, including 7 core and 3 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Apply compliance requirements to Class 1 and 10 building design documentation CPPBDN4104

  • Investigate construction methods for Class 1 and 10 buildings CPPBDN4107

  • Investigate materials for construction of Class 1 and 10 buildings CPPBDN4106

  • Work effectively in a building design environment CPPBDN4101

TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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