National code: CPC50210

Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)

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Overview About this course

Make your mark as a qualified builder and work on exciting new or existing projects. Watch plans and specifications come to life as you use your current industry experience and develop the leadership skills to ensure projects are completed on time and in budget.

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Plan low to medium rise building projects using structural principles

  • Identify and produce estimated project costs

  • Prepare and evaluate tender documents

  • Manage project quality, risks, contracts and contractors

  • Apply building codes and standards to the construction process

Course Outcomes

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

  • Real-world experience through 400 hours of work placement in industry

  • Experience in supervising the progress of projects and managing staff

  • Skills to select building materials for a variety of constructions

  • Eligibility to apply for an NSW builders licence (with additional requirements)

  • Strong pathways to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

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

  • This course is offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.

  • You'll need to provide a transcript of your Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)

  • You'll need to provide evidence of your valid general construction induction card (commonly known as a white card)

  • You'll need to be currently employed in the building and construction industry as evidenced by a letter of support from your employer

Entry recommendations

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

  • Relevant employment with access to a range of sites across at least 3 classes of building

  • Excellent organisational abilities to co-ordinate construction

  • Great problem solving skills

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: Builder, Construction manager, Building site manager/supervisor, Trade contractor, Contract administrator and Estimator


To be qualified as a licensed builder in NSW, you need to apply for a builders licence. This course meets one of the requirements to apply for your NSW Builders Licence. Visit NSW Fair Trading for licensing requirements and guidelines before you apply.

Study pathways

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Previous study 1 Course

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The Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) does not have any post-graduate courses.

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The Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) 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 Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 18 Units of competency, including 13 core and 5 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 building codes and standards to the construction process for medium rise building projects CPCCBC5001B-UNGRADED

  • Apply structural principles to the construction of medium rise buildings CPCCBC5018A-UNGRADED

  • Apply structural principles to residential low rise constructions CPCCBC4010B-UNGRADED

  • Monitor costing systems on medium rise building and construction projects CPCCBC5002A-UNGRADED

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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