CPC50108 -

Diploma of Building Surveying

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Course essentials

This information is for Australian residents. View the international version of this course

Develop the specialist skills for a future as a building surveyor or building certifier.

This course provides training in building theory and surveying related to residential, industrial and commercial buildings.

You will learn:

  • plan preparation
  • estimating scheduling
  • construction technology occupational health and safety
  • site supervision
  • surveying
  • cost control
  • business management
  • development control
  • surveying procedures and practices.


  • Building surveyor
  • Building certifier

Study pathways

On completion of this course you will be guaranteed entry into the following Bachelor degree and in some cases receive credit for your degree:

Bachelor of Building (Construction Management)

You will be credited for 4 units (half a year) of study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Your existing skills obtained through previous work, education and life experiences may make you eligible to receive formal recognition towards your qualification through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

This process acknowledges that people learn in many different ways and that learning may have been obtained through formal or informal learning. To receive RPL, your skills, training and experiences are assessed against recognised qualifications.

Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling. To discuss RPL for this course please contact us on +61 3 9919 6100 and ask for the course manager of this course.

Course objectives

The course provides training in building theory and surveying related to residential, industrial and commercial buildings. Graduates will have developed specialist skills and knowledge in plan preparation, estimating scheduling, construction technology OH&S, site supervision, surveying, cost control, business management, development control, surveying procedures and practices.

Units and electives

24 compulsory units of competency are required for award of this qualification.

Compulsory Units of Study

Admission information

  • Successful completion of VCE/VCAL or equivalent

How to apply for this course

Apply direct to VU

Direct applications close on 3 July 2015.

Before applying:

Note that campus locations may offer different options (e.g. study mode, fee type).
You may wish to read our advice to applicants which provides information about how to apply for your course and what happens when you submit your application.

Also consider whether you wish to apply for:

  • Special consideration: For people with specific life circumstances, you can request these be taken into consideration when assessing your course application.
  • Extra credit for past skills and study (this is known as Skills recognition for VE/TAFE courses and Advanced standing for HE courses).

When you're ready:

Apply direct to VU

You will need to create an account (or use your existing VU one).

You'll be able to submit applications for one or more courses and track the progress of these whenever you like.

After you apply:

It is important that you check emails from us (remember to also look in the Spam folder) and complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered.

Transferring between VU courses

Want to swap into this course from another VU course? You can apply online at the Admissions centre .

Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current course.

You can also contact us directly:

  • Ring us on +61 3 9919 6100
  • Find answers and ask questions at GOTOVU

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Information about course fees, articulation and credit transfer, recognition of prior learning, admission and enrolment procedures, examinations, and services available to students can be accessed on the University’s website or by contacting the University directly on +61 3 9919 6100.