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The Certificate IV in Residential Drafting teaches you practical skills for working effectively in a building design environment.

In this exciting course, you’ll grow your confidence using popular building design technologies with help from TAFE NSW’s highly experienced teaching staff. This includes using computer-aided design (CAD) software to produce drawings and compliant documentation, using building information modelling (BIM) capable software, and creating digital 3-D models of building designs.

During this course, you will also benefit from simulated work environments where you can practise your new skills and develop your portfolio of work to take into the industry.

Graduates of this course can go on to draftsperson roles or pursue further study to become an accredited building designer.


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Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to: 

  • Use CAD (computer-aided design) 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 regulations around building and construction in various settings
  • Sketch and annotate structural components


Build your experience and get practical skills in:

  • Working independently and collaborating in a team environment
  • Adapting to outdoor work at different sites
  • Using CAD(computer-aided design) software to produce drawings for building design projects
  • Preparing Class 1 and 10 building drawings for planning and approval
  • Identifying appropriate construction methods and risk assessments for Class 1 and Class 10 buildings
  • Sketching and annotating structural details


Develop the qualities you need to get ahead in this industry:

  • The ability to work on your own and thrive in a team
  • Adaptability to work outdoors and at different sites
  • A commitment to high quality work
  • Confidence and proficiency in running CAD (computer-aided design)
  • Strong visual spatial skills


A career in building design and drafting services provides a broad range of employment options. The global drafting services market is forecast to grow from $4.69 billion in 2021 to $5.33 billion in 2022 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.6%. Furthermore, the drafting services market is anticipated to grow to $8.4 billion in 2026 at a CAGR of 12.0%.

Key facts, statistics and trends:

  • There is ongoing increasing demand for CAD (computer-aided design) services
  • 3D building modelling is a key trend gaining popularity in the drafting services market
  • Robotics and AI automation drafting and design is a maturing and evolving industry skill
  • Renewable energy drafting has gained traction, with an increased focus on carbon footprint reduction
  • The use of sustainable, organic materials is also becoming more popular


When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledgeand skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

Academic Requirements:

English Language Requirements:

TAFE NSW makes every effort to ensure your Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) needs are met. The level of support you need may be assessed via a review of your LLN skills with written tasks and a one-on-one interview. If you need to strengthen your LLN skills, an individual training plan will be created with you.

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
  • Confidence in using a computer

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

Licensing requirements apply to building design in some states or territories. For further information check with the relevant regulatory authorities in your state. Your teacher will be able to provide additional information during your studies.


From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from a range of courses offered at multiple campus locations across the state. Experience our vibrant spaces such as libraries, cafes and gyms as well as places you can network and socialise.

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Ultimo Feb , Jul A$11,875
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$11,875


Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from A$300 - $1,000 per course.


TAFE NSW offers you a range of on campus study environments you will have access to industry specific computer rooms, simulated workplaces, study and presentation areas as well as general student facilities to enhance your learning and student experience.

You’ll also receive access to CAD software such as ArchiCAD, Revit and Lumion.

Student facilities, amenities and support services include:

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor
  • LinkedIn Learning - an online resource that offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills


To receive this course students must complete all core units and a range of Additional units. 

Note: Additional units may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit at that location. TAFE NSW does not guarantee that speciality units listed will be offered at each location and semester. You will receive your timetable from the teaching section on commencement and speciality units offered will be provided at that time.

  • Packaging Rules
  • To achieve this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in 10 units of competency, consisting of 7 core and 3 elective units. Electives are to be chosen as follows:
  • all three units from the electives listed below, or two units from the electives listed below, plus one unit selected from:
  • the CPP50921 Diploma of Building Design qualification, or any current level 4 qualification or accredited course provided it contributes to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome and does not duplicate the outcome of another unit used to achieve this qualification.
  • Core Units
  • CPPBDN4101 Work effectively in a building design environment
  • CPPBDN4102 Analyse building design drawings
  • CPPBDN4103 Use CAD software to produce drawings for building design projects
  • CPPBDN4104 Apply compliance requirements to Class 1 and 10 building design documentation
  • CPPBDN4105 Prepare drawings for planning and building approval for Class 1 and 10 buildings
  • CPPBDN4106 Investigate materials for construction of Class 1 and 10 buildings
  • CPPBDN4107 Investigate construction methods for Class 1 and 10 buildings
  • CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
  • CPPBDN5101 Produce digital 3-D models of building designs
  • CPCCBC4015 Prepare specifications for all construction works


From certificates to diplomas, degrees to study packages, you can take your study further with us.


Whatever your career ambitions, we will help you get there with a range of courses to develop your skills, build your knowledge and prepare you for work.

TAFE NSW is here to create exceptional learner experiences and provide quality, personalised services to make sure you achieve your goals.

Explore your study options across a range of disciplines and talk to your TAFE NSW Education Agent or contact us.


Plan your study around your life with a TAFE NSW study package. Our study packages allow for multiple courses to be packaged together that can lead you to a TAFE NSW or an Australian University Bachelor Degree with credits. This gives you a one stop shop by completing your applications for the whole package through TAFE NSW allowing you to apply for one student Visa for the full duration of the package.