Diploma of Building Design

Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT)

This qualification is part of the Property Services Training Package. It applies to building designers who undertake building design projects covered by the Building Code of Australia (BCA), except Construction Type A buildings. Building designers may specialise in residential projects, including new buildings, heritage restorations and additions or renovations; or they may also undertake commercial and industrial projects, such as factories, motels, offices, restaurants, retail or service outlets and warehouses.

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; or experience and/or qualifications are indicative of success


17 units: 7 core and 10 elective

Subjects you can Study:

Core: Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry; Research construction materials and methods for small-scale residential building design projects; Research compliance requirements for small-scale residential building design projects; Recommend sustainability solutions for small-scale building design projects; Develop concepts for small-scale building design projects and finalise solutions with clients; Produce compliant client-approved designs for small-scale building design projects; Produce compliant client-approved working drawings for small-scale residential buildings. Electives: Prepare specifications for all construction works; Apply principles of energy efficient design to buildings; Produce 2-D architectural drawings using CAD software; Research construction materials and methods for small-scale non-residential building design projects; Research compliance requirements for small-scale non-residential building design projects; plus more.

Accepts International Students:


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Architectural Draftsperson, Builder,
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The Canberra Institute of Technology is a large multi-campus provider of a wide range of vocational education and training programs. CIT offers over 230 programs at different levels through five campuses across Canberra.

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