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Undertake practical training for building inspection and surveying work with an Advanced Diploma of Building Surveying at Victoria University Polytechnic.

Building surveyors are responsible for interpreting and enforcing laws and regulations controlling building and construction. This course provides training in building theory and surveying related to residential, industrial and commercial buildings of up to three storeys.

You’ll learn about building surveying procedures and practices, and develop specialist skills and knowledge in:

  • plan assessment
  • construction methods, technology and materials
  • inspection
  • regulatory laws & compliance requirements
  • business management.

With a current shortage of registered building surveyors, you’ll be well placed for a career in Australia’s growing construction industry.

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Eligible students won’t pay tuition fees for this course in 2021.

Free TAFE courses align with skills and jobs that are in high demand from Victorian employers.

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Everything you learn at Victoria University Polytechnic has direct links to the real world. You’ll learn practical skills with special purpose equipment at our Construction Hub, giving you the chance to test out your theoretical knowledge.

You’ll also learn from teachers who have valuable industry contacts and the latest industry-standard skills.  Learning with us means you’ll get the hands-on learning to be job-ready when you graduate.

You’ll learn at our $44 million state-of-the-art trades hub at our Sunshine Campus. Our ‘Construction Futures’ hub is a sustainable training facility with a six-Star Green rating. It provides modern high-tech labs and dynamic workshops including:

  • concrete laboratory
  • survey laboratory
  • engine laboratory
  • soldering/construction laboratories
  • power systems laboratory
  • computer workstations with simulation and modelling software.

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses. We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

TAFE resources

Learn about building surveying procedures & practices, and develop specialist skills for a career in the construction industry.

Careers in building surveying

The building industry has seen significant growth due to factors such as a rising population. Career opportunities for building surveyors have grown in recent years and are forecast to keep growing (Job Outlook). The industry currently faces a challenge in addressing a shortage of registered building surveyors.

You could work as a limited or assistant building surveyor or building inspector, or in various roles in the building and construction industry. Our graduates find work in both the public and private sector.

Work undertaken by building surveyors varies by state but can include:

  • advice to clients on the compliance requirements for proposed building developments
  • processing planning and building applications,
  • conducting mandatory construction inspections
  • auditing buildings
  • following up on areas of non-compliance
  • issuing certificates of occupancy.

This course satisfies the knowledge requirements for registration as a Building Surveyor (Limited) or Building Inspector (Limited) with the Victorian Building Authority.

Course structure

To be awarded CPC60115 Advanced Diploma of Building Surveying, a student must successfully complete a total of seventeen (17) units of competency, comprising of:

  • fourteen (14) core units, and;
  • three (3) elective units of which:
  • all three (3) units may be selected from the elective units listed in the CPC60115 Advanced Diploma of Building Surveying qualification;
  • up to two (2) units may be chosen from other Advanced Diploma or Graduate Diploma qualifications in the CPC Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package or another current training package or accredited course, provided they do not duplicate the outcome of another unit chosen for the qualification.

The elective units must ensure the integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.




Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers

Previous completion of units at the Polytechnic or any other Registered Training Organisation and/or previous attainment of skills and knowledge may be credited towards this course. Units must satisfy the completion rules of the qualification and be assessed as appropriate by the Polytechnic.

This qualification reflects the role of building surveyors who apply knowledge of compliance requirements and construction methods and materials to the implementation of statutory building surveying requirements or to the provision of advisory building surveying services. The scope of work/learning undertaken in this course will allow graduates an opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge to varying roles across jurisdictions and can include:

- providing code-consulting advice to clients on the compliance requirements for proposed building developments;

- processing building applications and issuing building permits;

- conducting mandatory inspections;

- auditing buildings and following up on areas of non-compliance, and;

- issuing occupancy and final permits (temporary and permanents).

Building Surveyors work in a highly regulated environment and must carry out their role ethically and according to legislative requirements.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type definitions

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full fee-paying place.

Students who enrol in a:

  • government subsidised place pay subsidised tuition fees (the government contributes the rest), and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee along with any material fees
  • full fee-paying place pay the full fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

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Entry requirements

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

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

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

You will be credited for up to 144 credit points of study.

You will be credited for up to 120 credit points of study.

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How to apply

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

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