CPP50911 - Diploma of Building Design

Have experience in building design? Get recognised.

Your work in Building Design may qualify you to achieve formal recognition based on what you already know. Show your competency in skills like design projects, materials and methods choices, and sustainability solutions for small-scale residential buildings to gain this qualification.

An ideal path for those who wish to gain certification, expand employment options, or enter the field of Building Design, skills in ergonomic, accessible, and environmentally sustainable building work, and 3-D modelling receive credit.

Draft your career plans in Building Design and watch your professional structure take shape.

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RPL Cost Traditional study cost Your savings
$3,500* $11,000 $7,500

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* RPL cost includes all assessment services and issue of your nationally recognised qualification.

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Yes. All of our qualifications are issued by RTOs which have been approved by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to deliver nationally recognised qualifications that meet national quality assurance requirements. This means that they are recognised by industry and educational institutions in all Australian states and territories as conforming to the required competency standards.

Yes. Because all of our qualifications are issued by reputable RTOs and contain the nationally recognised training logo, they each verify that a candidate has met the Units of Competency required to work in their industry occupation. These qualifications do not indicate how you have obtained the qualification (i.e. through RPL), and are exactly the same as a qualification received from a training provider through any other means.

Get Qualified Australia allows you up 3 months to complete the RPL process, however the actual duration is dependent on the length of time it takes you to provide your evidence. While this is generally 4 weeks, the quicker you submit your evidence, the sooner the process will be completed.

Once all the required evidence has been submitted and your evidence has been assessed, the RTO will then review and issue your qualification within 2-4 weeks, provided that no further evidence is required. This makes it possible for you to achieve your qualification in as little as 1 month, and up to 3 months.

Requests for extensions beyond the allotted 3 month period will be considered on an individual case basis.

While our Customer Service Agents will determine the best evidence for your portfolio, evidence generally takes the form of:

  • Resume/CV
  • References
  • Performance Appraisals
  • Portfolio/work samples
  • Photographic and video evidence
  • Education, training and qualifications
  • Job Description
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Workplace communication
  • Bookkeeping and financial records

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The options are really endless. Most people use qualifications to enhance their careers, from achieving a promotion or pay rise, to climbing organisational ranks and getting new job opportunities. In fact, qualifications have shown to increase employability by 11%, and result in promotions 42% of the time.

Other people might use their qualification to improve visa or migration prospects, access postgraduate study, open up their own businesses, meet regulatory requirements, or obtain a licence in their industry or occupation.

Please note that while our qualifications may help you meet minimum licensing requirements, only your state’s relevant licensing authority may issue you your licence. For more information about trades licensing, click here.

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in:

  • 17 units of competency:
  • 7 core units
  • 10 elective units.

The elective units are to be chosen as follows:

  • all 10 units from Group A


  • a choice of elective units making up the required 10, consisting of 6 or more units from Group A and:
  • between 1 and 4 units from Group B
  • up to 2 units from qualifications in CPP07 or another current Training Package or accredited course, provided the integrity of the AQF alignment is ensured and they contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome
  • CPPBDN8007A Manage the design of Type A constructions from CPP80113 Graduate Certificate in Building Design, in order to accept projects in jurisdictions where there is no licensing limitation on the types of construction projects to which building designers may contribute.

Core units 



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


Group A elective units 



Prepare specifications for all construction works


Apply principles of energy efficient design to buildings


Research construction materials and methods for small-scale non-residential building design projects


Research compliance requirements for small-scale non-residential building design projects


Consult with clients to produce approved small-scale building project design briefs


Inspect and analyse sites and produce measured drawings for small-scale building design projects


Negotiate and finalise planning approval for small-scale building design projects


Produce and present 3-D models of small-scale building designs


Develop and collaborate on building information models for small-scale building design projects


Contribute to construction and building design project finalisation processes


Produce compliant client-approved working drawings for non-residential buildings


Produce and present rendered animations of 3-D models of small-scale building designs


Produce 2-D drawings for building design projects using CAD software


Group B elective units 



Manage quality customer service


Contribute to the systematic management of WHS risk


Write complex documents


Manage personal work priorities and professional development


Select and manage building and construction contractors


Apply ergonomic principles to accessible building design and fitout


Prepare a concept design for accessible building work


Prepare a design brief for accessible building work


Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices


Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers


Use CAD applications to complete models and documentation for interior design projects

Not applicable.

Check with relevant state and territory licensing and regulatory authorities. State and territory jurisdictions may have different regulatory requirements.


Visit Get Qualified Australia’s Trade Licensing page for more information surrounding licensing

Did you know that the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) perfectly aligns certificate and diploma level qualifications with higher education? This means that it’s now possible to receive exemptions and fast track university degrees using diploma and above level qualifications.

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