Course Description

Tailored to meet licensing requirements in Western Australia, this in-depth Diploma will fully equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to plan, manage, supervise and complete the construction of medium rise buildings.

During your studies you will learn:

  • How to apply building codes and standards to job sites
  • Prepare contracts and evaluate project tenders
  • Produce cost estimates
  • Innovate in sustainable design and construction techniques
  • Manage medium rise construction projects
  • Manage subcontractors.

Open Colleges has partnered with TAFE NSW North Region to offer this Diploma, so you not only get a high quality education, but a nationally recognised qualification that you can use all across Australia.

The Diploma meets the nationwide education requirements for registration as a licensed builder. As licencing varies from state to state, there may be extra requirements necessary to register. Chat to an Open Colleges’ Enrolment Consultant for more information on how to meet the requirements for your state.

The course is delivered online, so there are no classrooms and no deadlines. You simply study where you want, when you want.

Potential career outcomes

  • Builder
  • Construction Manager
  • Foreman
  • Site Supervisor
Course number E1128
Qualification name CPC50210 Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)
Course duration Maximum 24 months
Delivery Method Online
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Case studies, Demonstrations, Knowledge tests, Portfolio, Presentations, Projects
Awarded by
  • TAFE NSW North Region (Provider number: 90010)

Education

There are no formal education entry requirements for this course.

Experience

It is recommended that you have had some exposure to building and construction work.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 18 years old.

English

This course involves reading and undertaking a range of written assessments, as well as engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 10 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher; or
  • 2 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.

Computing

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Printer and associated software
  • Scanner and associated software
  • File compression software
  • Digital audio or video recording capability
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher
  • Telephone
  • Calculator
  • Photocopier (this could be a feature of printer/scanner).

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7, 8 or higher (Windows 10 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processor (2GHz recommended).

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processor (2GHz recommended).

Digital equipment

You will need access to:

  • A digital video recording device and/or a digital camera and associated software to save and upload video, image and audio files to OpenSpace. Many mobile phones and smart phones include this technology.
  • Software to view online videos and images. Software such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer etc. are available as a free download from the internet.

Skills

To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:

  • Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents
  • Accessing and searching the internet
  • Downloading and saving documents from websites
  • Uploading documents through websites
  • Participating in online discussions
  • Compressing image files
  • Recording, compressing and uploading videos.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

 

Note: Courses offered by Open Colleges on behalf of TAFE NSW North Region may include Units of Competency that are graded by TAFE NSW. Students studying through Open Colleges are not subject to TAFE NSW grading criteria, receiving an ungraded outcome for Units of Competency and Qualifications successfully completed.

Plans and specifications

You will receive a Statement of Attainment for this unit.

  • Identify types of drawings and their purposes.
  • Apply commonly used symbols and abbreviations.
  • Locate and identify key features on a site plan.
  • Identify and locate key features on drawings.
  • Correctly read and interpret specifications.
  • Identify non-structural aspects to the specification.

Building codes, standards and structural principles for low rise constructions

  • Access and interpret relevant code and standard requirements.
  • Classify buildings.
  • Analyse and apply a range of solutions to a construction problem for compliance with the BCA.
  • Apply fire protection requirements.

Structural principles for low rise constructions

  • Apply structural principles when planning the erection or demolition of a structure.
  • Analyse and plan for the structural integrity of Class1 and Class 10 buildings.
  • Plan, coordinate and manage the laying of footings.
  • Plan, coordinate and manage the laying of floor system.
  • Plan, coordinate and manage the building of structural and non-structural wall systems.
  • Plan, coordinate and manage the building of roof system.
  • Plan, coordinate and manage the external wall cladding of structure.

Building codes and standards for medium rise constructions

You will also receive a Statement of Attainment for the following unit: CPCCBC4014A Prepare simple building sketches and drawings

  • Apply structural principles to planning the erection or demolition of a structure.
  • Coordinate and manage site and job set-up assessment.
  • Coordinate and manage construction of footing systems.
  • Coordinate and manage structural elements of the construction process.

Structural principles for medium rise constructions

  • Access and interpret relevant code and standard requirements.
  • Classify buildings.
  • Analyse and apply a range of solutions to a construction problem to ensure compliance with the BCA.
  • Apply fire protection requirements.

Sketches and drawings

  • Prepare to make sketches and drawings.
  • Create simple sketches and drawings.
  • Notate and process drawings.

Site surveys and set-out procedures

  • Perform setting out, measuring techniques and associated calculations
  • Set up and use levelling devices
  • Mark out and determine levels on a grid for contouring and volume calculations
  • Construct longitudinal sections and determine associated grades and levels in typical drainage and pipeline situations

Cost estimates

  • Read and interpret plans and specifications.
  • Identify and calculate labour costs.
  • Identify and establish physical resource requirements.
  • Develop estimated project costs.

Your legal obligations

  • Comply with the laws relating to establishing and licensing a building or construction contractor.
  • Engage personnel for the project.
  • Administer the regulations relating to OHS, welfare, workers' compensation, noise abatement and working hours.
  • Implement rehabilitation arrangements for employees returning to work.
  • Comply with taxation and insurance requirements of federal, state and territory legislation.
  • Administer all obligations in a conscientious manner and observe fair trading practice.
  • Comply with environmental legislation and its intent.

Scheduling

  • Identify and apply all contract conditions to the schedules.
  • Produce material and labour schedules, overlays and orders.
  • Prepare site files.
  • Monitor and report on project costs.
  • Maintain data files of standard costs.

Tenders

  • Evaluate contract risk.
  • Prepare tender documentation.
  • Identify and attach appropriate supporting documentation.
  • Evaluate completed tender documentation.
  • Obtain tender approval or endorsement.

Construction contracts

  • Identify and analyse the essential elements, sections and clauses of a business contract.
  • Select an appropriate contract for the works to be undertaken.
  • Prepare the contract.

Project quality

  • Determine quality requirements
  • Implement quality assurance processes
  • Implement project quality improvements

WHS management

  • Access sources of information and data to identify hazards
  • Analyse the work environment to identify hazards
  • Assess risk associated with hazards
  • Control risk associated with hazards
  • Maintain hazard identification and risk control processes
  • Monitor and review risk management processes

Risk management

  • Determine project risks
  • Monitor and control project risks
  • Assess risk management outcomes

Manage contractors

  • Manage the determination of subcontractor requirements.
  • Manage the review of subcontractor performance.
  • Establish terms and conditions for subcontractor engagement.
  • Manage the selection and engagement of subcontractors.
  • Evaluate subcontractor performance and compliance with contract requirements.

Costing systems

  • Supervise the identification and classification of project costs.
  • Manage the preparation of a schedule of project expenditure.
  • Prepare curves showing projected cash flow and payments.
  • Maintain continuous checks on expenditure and evaluate outcomes.
  • Prepare final cost report.

Construction management part A

  • Appraise the contractual documentation and delegate the planning of operational requirements as necessary.
  • Initiate strategies and delegate the implementation of medium rise construction operations, as necessary.
  • Supervise the preparation of project schedules.
  • Ensure the provision of all resources required for project.
  • Review existing on-site buildings or structures.
  • Supervise staff and maintain an effective work environment.

Construction management part B

  • Establish site communication processes.
  • Establish and review OHS, welfare and risk management procedures.
  • Manage supply of materials and installation of equipment.
  • Manage on-site operations.
  • Manage the processing of progress claims and payments.

Sustainability

 

 

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Find out more

Jeffrey Halpin

Jeffrey Halpin has been delivering training and assessment to the construction and WHS industries for over 10 years and been in the construction industry for nearly 40 years. He brings with him a wealth of experience covering all aspects of the construction industry including design, construction, energy rating and building compliance. 
As a practising Building Contractor and Consultant, Jeffrey delivers the very highest quality standards to his clientele. 
Jeffrey is tremendously honoured to be part of the Open Colleges team as a Trainer and Assessor. He feels privileged to have the opportunity to impart his experience and knowledge to the students. 

Ted Smith

A Licensed Builder in NSW with many years of teaching and assessing in the building industry, Ted has a vast experience in carpentry and joinery, post-trade education, scaffolding, explosive handling, powered tool operation, elevated work platform, pre-apprenticeship, WHS induction, building and construction, etc.
More recently, Ted has been conducting pre-purchase building inspection and is a volunteer Trainer of nationally accredited courses for the NSW Rural Fire Service.
 
Open Colleges offers this qualification in association with TAFE NSW North Region (Provider number: 90010). The testamur will be issued by TAFE NSW North Region.

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