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CRICOS Course Code 0100498

22477VIC Advanced Diploma of Building Design

This qualification The Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) is the required qualification building designers applying for registration in Victoria with the Building Commission in the category of Building Design.

Program Content: The training program covers 20 units of competency taken from the Qualification. To be awarded a certificate for the Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural), participants are required to successfully complete all 20 core units.

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156 weeks

Model & Delivery

Full-time & Face-to-face


Only 20 Core Units


Every month 15th

Application Fee

AUD $500*

Total Course Fee

AUD $40,722**

Resources: Students are issued with learning materials and handouts relevant to each unit.

Recognition: This course holds national accreditation under the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF).

Assessments: A range of assessment strategies is employed for this qualification and the choice of strategy is dependent on the nature of the unit of competency. Strategies may include but not limit practical application and demonstration of skills, oral presentations, written assignments, tests and projects, work-based projects including the maintenance of log books, action research projects, case studies and log books.

Career Opportunities: Following an appropriate period of employment, a graduate can apply to the Building Practitioners Board for registration as a draftsperson (architectural).

Reassessment: Students can have three reassessments of NYC (Not Yet Competent) free of charge provided that the submission of assessments has been done on time. Further, if a student fails more than three times in the unit, the student will have to repeat that unit and charges will be AUD$350.00 per unit (GST will not be charged).

Eligibility/ Entry requirements: This qualification requires a minimum of year 12 completion or equivalent. Oceania Polytechnic requires students to be a minimum of 18 years of age and to demonstrate that they have sufficient English Language, Literacy, and Numeracy (LLN) through satisfactory completion of OPIE’s pre-enrolment LLN test. International students may be required to provide evidence of their English Language Proficiency to the minimum level of 5.5 in IELTS or equivalent. (Please check the Department of Home Affairs website on for student visa requirements).

Unit Listings

Unit Code Unit Name Core Elective
VU22455 Apply structural and construction technology to the design of residential buildings Core
BSBPMG415 Apply project risk management techniques Core
VU22469 Undertake complex architectural projects Core
VU22466 Integrate digital applications into architectural workflows Core
VU22454 Undertake site survey and analysis to inform design process Core
VU22462 Produce preliminary and working drawings for residential buildings Core
VU22458 Comply with relevant legislation in the design of commercial buildings Core
VU22470 Conduct, interpret and apply a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) assessment Core
VU22459 Design safe buildings Core
VU22464 Select construction materials for building projects Core
VU22465 Provide design solutions for residential and commercial buildings Core
VU22463 Produce preliminary and working drawings for commercial buildings Core
VU22460 Design sustainable buildings Core
VU22457 Comply with relevant legislation in the design of residential buildings Core
VU22461 Integrate services layout into design documentation Core
BSBSMB404 Undertake small business planning Core
CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry Core
VU22468 Manage architectural project administration Core
VU22467 Present architectural designs Core
VU22456 Apply structural and construction technology to the design of commercial buildings Core

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