How to become a Architectural Draftsperson

Architectural draftspeople complete architects' and other designers' concepts by preparing documents (drawings or plans) and liaising with builders and contractors.

Personal requirements of a Architectural Draftsperson

  • Able to visualise ideas in three-dimensional form
  • Enjoy technical drawing and working with technology
  • Able to draw neatly and accurately
  • Good concentration and attention to detail
  • Some artistic talent in freehand drawing

Education & Training for a Architectural Draftsperson

To become an architectural draftsperson you usually have to complete a VET qualification in building design or residential drafting. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. For further details, visit

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.7%

NSW 33.4%

NT 1.2%

QLD 17.7%

SA 7.2%

TAS 1.3%

VIC 22.5%

WA 15%

Hours worked:



below average

Gender split:

Male 89.6%

Female 10.4%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 13.1%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 8.6%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 36.3%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 19.9%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 14.8%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 7.2%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 29.1%

Above 35 years: 71%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

Additional Information
Graduates of certificate and diploma courses are eligible for membership of Building Designers Australia. Students are eligible for student membership. Visit their website for more information. Building designers who act as sole traders in Queensland,Tasmania and Victoria, including architectural draftspeople, must be registered with the appropriate body in their state. Relevant qualifications and sufficient practical experience must be gained in order to be eligible for registration.
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