National code: CPP40121

    Certificate IV in Residential Drafting

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    OverviewAbout 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.

    OutcomesWhat 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

    SuitabilityIs 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

    Completion requirements

    During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

    • A general construction induction card (commonly known as a white card) – you will need this before you can enter a construction site. You can gain your white card during this course in the specialty unit CPCCWHS1001, or at a TAFE NSW campus that has an accredited work cover assessor.

    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.

    PathwaysFuture 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 study0 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 study1 Course

    Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

    Related study0 Courses

    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.

    UnitsUnits 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.

    Please note, not all specialty units are offered at every TAFE NSW location. It is highly recommended that you check with your preferred campus for information about the specialty units offered at that location.

    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.

    • Work effectively in a building design environmentCPPBDN4101

    • Analyse building design drawingsCPPBDN4102

    • Use CAD software to produce drawings for building design projectsCPPBDN4103

    • Apply compliance requirements to Class 1 and 10 building design documentationCPPBDN4104

    TAFE NSW servicesFacilities 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

    • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

    • 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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