Offering Info

Diploma of Building Design

  • National Course Code: CPP50911
  • TAFE NSW code: CPP50911-01V03-21NIR-207

Location – Nirimba


Part Time



Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

15 Hours per week


18 Months

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer
  • VET Student Loans Available

Course Details

The nationally recognised Diploma of Building Design will teach you sought-after technical skills and allow you to work as an architectural draftsperson or building designer. Specialise in residential projects such as new buildings or renovations, or undertake commercial and industrial projects.


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

  • Produce 3D rendered model animations and recommend sustainability solutions for small-scale building design projects
  • Research construction materials and methods to use in building design
  • Produce industry-standard documentation that supports client requirements
  • Apply WHS requirements based on policies and procedures in the construction industry


Develop the attributes to get ahead:

  • Creativity
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Spatial awareness
  • Attention to detail
  • Effective communication skills
  • An interest in the building design industry


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Diploma level
  • A professionally developed portfolio of work
  • Gain in-demand CAD knowledge

Career opportunities:

  • Building designer
  • Architectural draftsperson
  • CAD technician
  • Building information modeller

This course is superseded.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.

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 knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol now.


You need to be registered with the accrediting body, Building Designers Association of Australia (BDAA) to apply for jobs in the industry.

In NSW, the Environmental Planning Assessment Act Regulation requires that an architect or an accredited building designer who designs or immediately directs the design of the development is required to follow the Low Rise Housing Diversity Code requirements for complying with development.


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

  • Successfully completed the NSW Higher School Certificate (or equivalent) to ensure you have the literacy, numeracy, visual and computer skills necessary to study at this level
  • A computer that can run a 3D CAD software program, such as Revit or ArchiCAD and basic computer skills (with the potential to develop CAD skills)
  • An interest in the building design industry
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Great spatial awareness
  • The ability to solve complex problems
  • Good time management skills

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


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To successfully complete this course, you will need access to the internet and a computer with word processing and spreadsheet programmes & the ability to dedicate yourself to your studies.

You are required to provide evidence prior to enrolment of:

1: This is a Smart and Skilled government subsidised course. To be able to enrol students must be eligible for Smart & Skilled and provide one of the following: Australian birth certificate or citizenship papers or passport that shows you are either: an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, a humanitarian visa holder or a New Zealand citizen

2: To be able to enrol and obtain a student loan you must be academically suited to the course, and satisfy one of the following:

  • provide a valid copy of your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education showing satisfactory completion of year 12 or
  • achieve an exit level 4 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) assessment in both reading and numeracy (provided free for applicants)
  • provide a copy of an Australian qualification at AQF level 4 or higher or an overseas qualification verified as being equivalent by an approved agency, and that the course was delivered in English

If you indicated you would like a VET Student Loan we will be in touch with you soon to assess your eligibility and to explain how to proceed.

If you do apply for the VET Student Loan you will need to have your Tax File Number (TFN) handy. If you do not have a TFN you can apply for one through most Australia Post outlets, and obtain a Certificate of Application for the TFN. Once you receive your TFN from the Australian Tax Office (ATO) you MUST contact your college so they can arrange for you to enter it into your VET Student Loan application.


To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session.

Date Time Location

Tuesday, 1 June 2021 | 5:00pm to 6:30pm | via Microsoft Teams -
Tuesday, 22 June 2021 | 5:00pm to 6:30pm | Nirimba Campus, Building T1C, Level 1, Room 10 (T1C. 1.10)

If unable to attend Microsoft Team Meeting sessions please contact admin support on 9208 7428 for further information.


This is a part time course. You will need to attend approx 10.5 hours of class, 3 days a week, for 72 weeks (18 Months). As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 4.5 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 7.5 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including self directed learning includes private research, assessment preparation, review of learning, and private study.


This course offering is designed for people who have a desire to work as a building designer or work in affiliated industry areas such as facilities management & property development. Success in this course can faciltate entry into most architectural courses at university.


Attendance is generally face to face in the classroom. Additionally once classes are running students will have the option to participate via online classes delivered online using Microsoft Teams, i.e. students will have the option of either blended delivery online or face to face classes. Staff are able to guide students in how to access and use Microsoft Teams software effectively.


We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Monday to Wednesday from 5:00pm to 9:30pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.

This is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


This course is approved for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan (VSL). If you meet the VSL eligibility and academic suitability requirements, you are able to apply to the Commonwealth for a loan to cover all or part of your course fee. We will ask you whether you would like to apply for a VET Student Loan when you enrol and advise you of the process.

To complete your VET Student Loan application, you will need to provide:

  • Your Tax File Number (TFN). If you dont have a TFN, click here for information on how to apply for one. You can complete your loan application with a Certificate of Application for a TFN, but must provide your TFN as soon as it is issued. If you dont provide your TFN before your first census day, you will need to pay the tuition fees for that unit of study.
  • Your Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN) ). If you have previously accessed a loan via the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), either at TAFE or university, you will already have a CHESSN. You must use the same CHESSN whenever you access a student loan. If you dont have CHESSN, we will allocate one on your behalf.
To be eligible for a VET Student Loan, you will need to be assessed as academically suitable to undertake high level VET study. You will need to provide:
  • A copy of your Australian Year 12 Certificate; OR
  • A copy of a certificate showing that you have been awarded a qualification at level 4 or above in the Australian Qualifications Framework (where the language of instruction was English). If you previously completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification at TAFE NSW, just let us know where and when you studied in your application; OR
  • Display competence at Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy through an approved Language, Literacy and Numeracy test. We will let you know if this is required once you apply.
If you intend to apply for a VET Student Loan, its important you know your student obligations.


Fees include access to Australian Standards and access to online notes videos and other materials.

You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:

It is recommended that students purchase three books costing approximately $35 each and sundry stationery costing approx. $70

Students will need a recent desktop or notebook computer that can open and save .doc files (Word) and to run the CAD software needed in the course. Graphisoft ArchiCAD is used and is available free to students. Minimium recommended computer specifications are:

  • System: Windows 10 (64-bit) / Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan
  • CPU: 64-bit processor with 4 or more cores. Note: Processors with 4-8+ cores are recommended to fully exploit ARCHICADs performance capabilities.
  • RAM: 8 GB RAM is recommended. 16 GB RAM is highly recommended.
  • Display: Resolution of 1440 x 900 is recommended.
  • Video Card: OpenGL 2.0 compatible graphics card with on-board memory of 1024 MB is recommended to fully exploit hardware acceleration capabilities.
  • Hard disk with 50GB available space

Students will need the following stationery

  • Mechanical Clutch Pencil 2mm
  • Carbon Leads Hb 2mm Tube 12
  • Carbon Leads 28 2mm Tube 12
  • Lead Pointer 2mm Sharpener
  • Combi Eraser & Pencil Ink
  • Hand Scales Double Sided Oval 300mm 62m
  • Set Square 320mm 45 Degree
  • Set Square 320mm 60 Degree
  • Compass Plastic
  • Template Circle
  • Rotring Tikky Graphic .2mm .4mm .8mm Set
  • Tracing Pad A3 90-95gsm 40 Sheets
  • Bond Pad A3 50 Sheets

Find out more about VET Student Loans

Direct payment by Unit of Study instalments is available for this course.

The Units of Study and associated fees for this course are detailed above. Fees are charged on the census day for each Unit of Study. To secure a loan for part or all of your course, you must be eligible and submit a valid application to the Commonwealth for a VET Student Loan. You may withdraw prior to the census date without incurring a fee.


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

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Core Units
Number Title
CPCCOHS2001A Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
CPPBDN5008A Develop concepts for small-scale building design projects and finalise solutions with clients
CPPBDN5009A Produce compliant client-approved designs for small-scale building design projects
CPPBDN5011A Produce compliant client-approved working drawings for small-scale residential buildings
CPPBDN5005A Recommend sustainability solutions for small-scale building design projects
CPPBDN5003A Research compliance requirements for small-scale residential building design projects
CPPBDN5001A Research construction materials and methods for small-scale residential building design projects
Elective Units
Number Title
CPPBDN5006A Consult with clients to produce approved small-scale building project design briefs
CPPBDN5014A Contribute to construction and building design project finalisation processes
CPPBDN5007A Inspect and analyse sites and produce measured drawings for small-scale building design projects
CPCCBC4015A Prepare specifications for all construction works
CPPBDN5017A Produce 2-D drawings for building design projects using CAD software
CPPBDN5012A Produce and present 3-D models of small-scale building designs
CPPBDN5016A Produce and present rendered animations of 3-D models of small-scale building designs
CPPBDN5015A Produce compliant client-approved working drawings for non-residential buildings
CPPBDN5004A Research compliance requirements for small-scale non-residential building design projects
CPPBDN5002A Research construction materials and methods for small-scale non-residential building design projects

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Building designer.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

Eastern Road, Quakers Hill
Phone 131 601

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