2 years full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face with eLearning
Start dates:
29 January 2024
15 July 2024
Application due dates:
Applications for this course are currently being accepted.


Develop expert knowledge to qualify as a Building Surveyor (Level 2) with an Advanced Diploma of Building Surveying CPC60121 at Victoria University (VU).

As a building surveyor, you’ll play a vital role in the growing construction industry’s ability to improve functionality and safety in our built environment.

In this specialised building surveying course, you’ll become an expert in the compliance requirements, regulations and laws for constructing residential and commercial buildings up to three storeys.

If you’re a building surveyor or certifier already working in the construction industry, this course will allow you to expand your skills, get qualified as a Building Surveyor (Level 2) and join the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors, the national professional organisation for building surveying.

With nearly every construction job needing building surveyors to ensure compliance with important safety and quality standards, your skills will be in high demand. 

All of your teachers are experienced industry professionals dedicated to supporting you to:

  • apply building codes and industry standards
  • interpret plans and specifications
  • research and evaluate construction methods and materials
  • apply legal and ethical requirements necessary for residential and commercial constructions
  • process building applications
  • conduct building surveying audits and initial construction inspections.

You can be sure you’ll learn the most relevant information through course content that has been designed in collaboration with industry and based on student and teacher feedback.

Information sessions

Find out more about starting a career in construction. Attend an information session, presented by our industry experts.

Registration is not required.


  • when: every Thursday, 2pm–3pm.
  • where: Sunshine Campus, Building C, Room C206.

For more information, email: [email protected].

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Careers in building

With an Advanced Diploma of Building Surveying, you'll be a qualified Building Surveyor (Level 2) and can join the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS), the national professional organisation for building surveying.

According to the AIBS, building surveyor students can earn $80,000 and fully qualified building surveyors can earn up to $250,000.

Other job titles you might achieve include:

  • building certifier
  • assistant building surveyor
  • local authority building manager.


Course structure

The course structure comprises the following core and elective units. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback.
To be awarded the CPC60121 Advanced Diploma of Building Surveying, a student must successfully complete a total of 22 units of competency, comprising of:

  • 19 core units and;
  • 3 elective units, of which;
  • up to 3 units may be selected from the elective units listed below
  • up to 2 units may be selected from any currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course at Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma level.

VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).

Core Units

Elective Units

Throughout this course, learners will develop the skills and knowledge they need to apply legal and ethical requirements to building surveying functions, and assess and advise on the compliance of design documentation for residential and commercial buildings of up to three storeys. They will also learn to research and evaluate construction methods and materials for residential and commercial buildings, and assess and advise on performance-based solutions for buildings up to three storeys.Other areas of study for residential and commercial buildings of up to three storeys will focus on planning and building applications, building surveying audits, and construction and final inspections. Building surveyors work in a highly regulated environment and require an understanding of relevant compliance requirements as well as traditional, new and emerging construction methods and materials. They make a significant contribution to the development and construction of the built environment, often working in collaboration with specialist consultants to assess and verify that proposed and actual building works are compliant and to ensure the safety of building occupants.The scope of work undertaken by building surveyors applies to all Classes of residential and commercial buildings as defined in the National Construction Code (NCC), up to three storeys and not exceeding 2,000 square metres in floor area.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type for this course: VET

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.

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Entry requirements

As part of the application process, applicants must complete a Pre-training Review (PTR) and undertake a literacy and numeracy (LN) assessment to determine suitability for admission.

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.

Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you could get towards your course, based on your previous study.

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 120 credit points of study.

Find out more about our study pathways to VU

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.

Available start dates:

  • 29 January 2024
  • 15 July 2024

Before you apply

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