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CPP50921 Diploma of Building Design

National ID: CPP50921 State ID: BGI3
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Build on the skills obtained in the Certificate IV in Residential Drafting

The Diploma of Building Design builds on the skills obtained in the Certificate IV in Residential Drafting and provides more drafting and design experience in Revit (CAD software) for residential and commercial small-scale building projects.

You will cover principles of energy efficient design and sustainability for design projects and occupational health and safety requirements for this booming industry.

Once you've completed this Diploma you will be able to apply your skills to diverse building design projects which may incorporate residential, commercial, public or industrial projects including new buildings and renovations.

  • Identify and produce estimated costs
  • Prepare concept designs and specifications
  • Produce and present 3-D models
  • Research and create client approved designs and drawings that are compliant
  • Research the best construction materials and methods for building and construction projects

I have the following attributes:

  • Spatial awareness and creativity
  • A keen eye for detail and accuracy
  • Comfortable working with computers
  • Good time management skills
  • Analytical skills and critical thinking 
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Free in 2023

This course will be FREE from 1 January 2023. The course fees are 100 per cent subsidised by the WA State Government.

Some eligibility conditions apply for the free training, and other fees may apply for some courses. Please see the FAQs on our Free in '23  page for further information.

Completion of Certificate IV in Residential Drafting or equivalent.
Demonstrated relevant vocational experience, skills and knowledge commensurate with the scope of work covered in the core units within Certificate IV in Residential Drafting.

You'll be able to access your personal timetable (find out how here), once you have paid your fees. In the meantime the information below provides an indication of the time commitment required to complete this course, depending on your study option.

On campus full-time

The typical timetable is 4 days per week.
All classes are delivered between 9:00am - 6:00pm.

On campus - reduced load 

You must have completed either 52757WA Certificate IV in Residential Building Drafting or CPP40121 Certificate IV in Residential Drafting.

Below is the order in which units need to be studied to ensure you meet the entry requirements for each unit and stage, you must complete each stage before progressing to the next stage.
All classes are delivered between 9:00am - 6:00pm.

Stage 1  Hours per week/notes
CPPBDN5110 Inspect & analyse sites to inform building design process
2 hrs
Credit is given for this unit for students who have completed CPP40121 Certificate IV in Residential Drafting
CPPBDN5102 Produce compliant designs for Class 1 & 10 buildings
5.5 hrs 
Credit is given for this unit for students who have completed CPP40121 Certificate IV in Residential Drafting
CPPDN5105 Evaluate construction materials and methods for Class 2 - 9 buildings up to 2 storeys
6 hrs
CPPBDN5104 Prepare drawings for planning and building approval for Class 2 - 9 buildings up to 2 storeys 
9 hrs
CPPBDN5105 must be completed or studied concurrently
CPPBDN5106 Determine compliance requirements for Class 2 - 9 buildings up to 2 storeys
2 hrs
Stage 2  
CPPBDN5109 Recommend suatainability solutions for small-scale building design projects
3.5 hrs
CPPBDN5101 Produce digital 3D models of building designs
2.5 hrs
CPCCBC4015 Prepare specifications for all construction works
1.5 hrs
CPPBDN6106 Produce building information modelling for building design projects
2.5 hrs
CPPBDN5103 Produce compliant designs for Class 2 - 9 buildings up to 2 storeys
6 hrs
CPPBDN5107 Manage contracts for small-scale building design projects
2.5 hrs
Can be studied in Stage 2 or 3 as an extra unit if available
BSBESB402 Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business
1.5 hrs
Can be studied in Stage 2 or 3 as an extra unit if available
Timetable information is indicative only and subject to change.

Bring your own device (BYOD) is encouraged but not essential. If you don’t have access to a computer and WiFi at home, we recommend using our library computers during library hours

Study outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, and research will be required to successfully complete your course.

As a student you will also have additional costs associated with your study, for example text books and stationery, printing and other materials required for your assignments.

This list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.

Please note You can visit one of our four Jobs and Skills Centres located at NMT's Balga, Joondalup, Midland and Perth campuses for free career planning advice and job search support.

Study options and next steps

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Semester 1, 2023

Perth - On Campus

Duration 2 Semesters
When Semester 1, 2023
Where Perth
How On campus
Course fee
Tuition fee* Resource fee Total fee
General $0.00 $55.00 $55.00

*Fee disclaimers

The fees quoted are estimates only and are for the entire course for students enrolling on a full-time basis in 2022. Please view the full list of Fee disclaimers.

Please note fees listed include all units required to gain this qualification.  If you're a continuing student and have successfully completed a lower-level qualification that is a prerequisite for this course, you'll only pay for the units that you need to enrol in, to complete this course.

Enquiries regarding fees can be made by calling us.

T 1300 300 822

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