Do you want to build a career from the foundations up to the ridge flashing?
When you complete the Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) you will be ready for a career as a construction site manager, or (with additional experience) registered building practitioner.
This course covers the academic requirement for registration as a builder with Building Services Board.
- coordinate the construction of residential buildings
- building and contract law
- quantities and estimating
- site safety
- timber code
- project management
- building contracts
- workplace health and safety
- Communicating within a team
- Leadership and management abilities
- Able to plan and be organised
- Good written and digital skills
- Technically proficient
- Can work in an office and produce paperwork
This qualification is directly aligned with priority industry areas where the jobs are today, and into the future. As part of the state government Lower fees, local skills initiative, from 1 January 2020 through to 31 December 2025 you'll only pay half the course fees, capped for each year at $1,200; or $400 (plus resource fee) if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more
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Prospective applicants should already have (or have by course completion date) 7 years or more experience in the building industry.
You will need to be able to apply knowledge of structural principles, risk and financial management, estimating, preparing and administering building and construction contracts, selecting contractors and overseeing work in addition to being able to use estimating software, library databases, research skills, building and construction terminology; and have access to ‘live’ or real building sites.
If you are unable to demonstrate 7 years or more experience in the building industry, you will be encouraged to enrol in the first module of units to demonstrate your ability to complete the units before being allowed to proceed to Module 2.
Online and on-campus study
Course study is completed over seven modules (3 units per module). Students will need to attend three days (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) of on-campus workshops each month as per the delivery schedule. Assessments must be submitted within six months of the unit start date.
To study online and on campus, you should be prepared to commit to independent study and to attend our campuses. To help you understand what it takes to study online and on campus at SM TAFE, download our info pack below.
Online and on campus study info pack (337 KB) (PDF document - opens in a new tab)
Students of this course will need to study online, with some attendance on-campus for orientation and then practical assessment. Your study will use online software, with access provided to you after enrolment.
You will need to have the basic technical requirements for at-home study. If you don’t have access to a computer and WiFi at home, we recommend using our library computers during library hours.
It is also recommended you are able to use headphones or a headset and a microphone to be able to engage with online discussions.
The nature of online study can involve a significant investment of time and the ability to be a focused, self-motivated learner. You should consider your personal circumstances and past study history before committing to study online. To help you understand what it takes to study online at SM TAFE, download our info pack below.
Online study info pack (334 KB) (PDF document - opens in a new tab)
Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.
Work placement is mandatory for completion of this course. SM TAFE will arrange a suitable work placement within industry for you which will involve your attendance at a workplace.
To access free career planning and job search assistance, visit the Jobs and Skills Centres page.
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