Bachelor of Building Surveying

VU course code: NBBS | Level of study: Undergraduate
3 years full time or longer for part time
Online Real Time
Online Real Time
29 July 2024
21 July 2024


Gain the vital skills and knowledge to become an in-demand building surveyor with a Bachelor of Building Surveying at Victoria University (VU).

Prepare for critical roles improving the safety and quality of our built environment at the only university in Victoria offering a Bachelor of Building Surveying.

In this unique specialised building surveyor degree, you’ll develop your skills and knowledge online and in real-time, without the need for traditional classrooms or labs.

Graduate ready to work as a registered building surveyor, accredited by the Victoria Building Authority (VBA) and the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS). As a degree-qualified building surveyor with three years of relevant work experience, you’ll be able to work on buildings of any size and height.

You’ll become a specialist in:

  • building and construction legislation and auditing
  • inspection procedures
  • building codes and regulations
  • industry standards in professional practice
  • building safety and design, including fire safety
  • sustainable construction techniques and materials.

Nearly every construction job needs building surveyors. With a current shortage of registered building surveyors in Australia’s growing construction industry, your in-demand skills will include:

  • assessing building plans and documents
  • providing independent oversight of construction work
  • checking that structures comply with legislation and relevant building codes
  • ensuring buildings are safe to occupy
  • confirming that buildings are energy efficient and accessible to all.

Enjoy the flexibility of studying this course 100% online, with just nine scheduled hours of classes per week.

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your educational achievements and work experience, as well as your skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a related course or unit(s). We call this a ‘pathway’.

You may also be eligible for course ‘credits’, where you are granted a unit or units towards your qualification for equivalent previous study or work experience, so you can graduate sooner.

ATAR requirements

No minimum ATAR required

This course does not have a minimum ATAR requirement for entry. Read the entry criteria for this course below.

Why ATAR is not applicable

You do not need an ATAR score to apply for this course. Instead, you need to have successfully completed secondary school and to meet any requirements outlined below. Our courses and support programs are designed to prepare students from diverse cultures for success, regardless of their ATAR, age, education or socioeconomic background.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Course Structure

To attain the Bachelor of Building Surveying students will be required to complete 288 credit points consisting of:

  • 96 credit points of First Year Core studies;
  • 192 credit points of Professional Core and Capstone studies.


Fees & Scholarships

University fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer (including our generous scholarship program).

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) is subsidised by the government, reducing it to the amount listed here. Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens will qualify for a CSP place. If your course is not Commonwealth supported, or you don't qualify, you'll pay full fees.

Learn more about Commonwealth Supported Places

10% discount for alumni

If you’ve previously completed a qualification with us, and you’re paying full fees for this course, you may be eligible for a 10% discount.

Find out how




By qualifying as a registered building surveyor, you’ll be helping to address the huge skills shortage facing Australia as our building and construction industry continues to grow.

With a Bachelor of Building Surveying, you’ll be ready to work in construction, professional, scientific and technical services, or public administration and safety. According to the AIBS, you could earn a starting salary of $80,000, and as a fully-qualified building surveyor, you could earn up to $250,000 per year.

Enjoy the benefits of independent self-employment or working in the private and public sectors for employers such as:

  • building proprietors
  • contractors
  • developers
  • local, state or national government bodies
  • consultancy practices.

With a Bachelor of Building Surveying, you can work as a registered building surveyor with Victorian Building Authority (VBA) registration in the building surveyor (unlimited) class, and graduate membership of the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS) with building surveyor (limited) registration. 

VU Stories

Violetta Jakielaszek in front of a construction site holding a hard hat and a mobile phone
Surveying the path ahead
Building Surveyor
"I love my job – it’s so rewarding to work on building projects and think, wow, I was involved in that!"
Violetta's story