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Duration: 
2 years full time or longer for part time
Location: 
Industry
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face

Applications for next intake due 31 August 2018

Overview

Develop the skills to manage a wide range of building projects with a Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) at Victoria Polytechnic.

This course will teach you the principles, techniques and regulations of the building industry for all types of medium-rise and wide-span buildings, up to 25 metres high. You’ll learn to take responsibility for coordinating the complete construction of a residential, industrial or commercial building.

Learning from industry proessionals, you’ll develop specialist skills and knowledge to run a small-to-medium construction business. You’ll learn about:

  • quantity surveying
  • planning and scheduling of labour and materials
  • selecting contractors
  • managing project risk and quality
  • supervising work sites
  • construction technology
  • managing workplace safety
  • small business finance.

This qualification will also help you to meet the licensing/registration requirements to become a registered builder.

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.

Everything you learn at Victoria Polytechnic has direct links to the real world. You’ll learn practical skills at our Construction Hub, giving you the chance to test out your theoretical knowledge. Learning a trade with us means you’ll get the hands-on learning to be job-ready when you graduate.

You’ll learn from teachers who have valuable industry contacts and the latest industry-standard skills.  You’ll also develop links with industry and professional experience through:

  • site visits
  • industry projects
  • live work
  • industry endorsed workshops
  • industry simulation.

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.

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Already a VU student?

To transfer into this course from another apply online at our Admissions centre.

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

Careers in building

The building and construction industries are some of the largest industries for employment within Australia. The Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) from Victoria Polytechnic will give you the qualification and knowledge you need for roles of greater responsibility in the building industry.

Example job titles include:

  • registered builder 
  • estimator
  • building supervisor
  • construction manager.

The number of job openings for construction managers is expected to be high over the next five years (JobOutlook).

On completion of this course you will be guaranteed entry into the following degrees 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 96 credit points of study.

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

Find out more about our study pathways to VU

Course structure

To be awarded CPC50210 Diploma of Building and Construction (Building), a student must successfully complete a total of eighteen (18) units of competency, comprising of:

  • thirteen (13) core units, and;

  • five (5) elective units, of which:

  • a minimum of three (3) elective units must be from Group A units listed in the CPC50210 Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) qualification;

  • a maximum of two (2) further elective units may be from Group B units listed in the CPC50210 Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) qualification;

  • one (1) elective unit may be from Diploma level from the CPC08 Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package or another endorsed training package, provided that the industry context of the qualification is maintained

  • two (2) elective units may be from any Certificate IV in the CPC08 Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package;

  • one (1) elective unit may be from any Advanced Diploma in the CPC08 Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package.

Some units in this qualification may have prerequisite requirements, which must be met when packaging the qualification. Electives must be industry relevant as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.

Core units

Elective units

Group A

Group B

Recognition of Prior Learning

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 training package and be assessed as appropriate by the Polytechnic.

This qualification is designed to meet the needs of builders, including selecting contractors, overseeing the work and its quality, and liaising with clients.  This qualification is designed to assist in meeting the licensing/registration requirements of those wishing to become a registered builder.

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: VET

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

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place, you’ll pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution.
  • full-fee paying place, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Scholarships & assistance

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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.

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.

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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Direct applications due 31 August 2018.

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