2 years full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face with eLearning, Online
Start dates:
29 January 2024
15 July 2024
Study off-campus:
Available for Traineeship.
Contact VU Polytechnic for more information
Application due dates:
Applications for this course are currently being accepted.


Become a highly-skilled building project manager with a Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) CPC50220 at Victoria University (VU).

Gain specialist skills and knowledge from experienced industry professionals and equip yourself to run a successful construction business in residential, industrial or commercial.

At VU, everything you learn in your building and construction course has direct links to the real world, from the latest industry-standard knowledge to practical on-site projects.

You’ll learn about all aspects of running a small-to-medium construction business, including:

  • quantity surveying
  • planning and scheduling of labour and materials
  • selecting contractors
  • managing project risk and quality
  • supervising work sites
  • construction technology
  • managing workplace safety
  • applying business codes and standards
  • structural principles for residential and commercial constructions
  • interpretation of plans and specifications
  • small business finance.

If you’re already working in the construction industry or undertaking a traineeship, you can study this course full-time or part-time alongside your work.

Choose from either:

  • full time: two years on-campus, three days a week 9am–5pm on weekdays
  • part time: four years online, two to three nights a week 5pm–8pm on weeknights.

The Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) is a highly practical course that integrates with your work in the construction industry, so you must have access to active building sites while you’re studying. 

At VU, you’ll learn from teachers who have the latest industry-standard skills and years of experience on job sites. Plus, get industry and professional experience through:

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

You’ll develop your skills at our unique construction hub, a multi-million-dollar trade training centre with a six-star green rating on our Sunshine Campus.

The modern high-tech labs and dynamic workshops include:

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

Need some advice?

Request a call back from one of our experienced Victoria University Polytechnic course advisers to get your questions answered.

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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].

Careers in building

With a Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) from VU, you’ll be equipped to take on greater responsibility in building and construction.

Take advantage of working within one of Australia’s largest industries, with 10% further growth expected by 2026. You could take on roles such as:

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

Course structure

To be awarded the CPC50220 Diploma of Building and Construction (Building), a total of twenty-seven (27) units must be achieved, comprising of:

  • twenty-four (24) core units, and;
  • three (3) elective units, of which:
  • a maximum of one unit may be from any training package or accredited course as long as it ensures the integrity of the qualification’s Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) alignment and contributes to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.

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.

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



Students who commenced prior to 2023

Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers:

Previous completion of units at the VU 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 professionals who apply knowledge of structural principles, risk and financial management, estimating, preparing and administering building and construction contracts, selecting contractors, overseeing the work and its quality and managing construction work in building projects including residential and commercial with the following limitations: - Residential construction limited to National Construction Code Class 1 and 10 buildings to a maximum of 3 storeys. - Commercial construction limited to National Construction Code Class 2 to 9 buildings, Type C and B construction.

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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Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

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.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

As part of the application process, applicants must:
complete a Pre-training Review (PTR)
undertake a literacy and numeracy (LN) assessment to determine suitability for admission
attend an interview
In addition, practical demonstration of skills on a building and construction site will/may be required for some units of competency, near the completion of the course. Students will/may need to have access to a building and construction site. However, if the student is not working in an appropriate industry, VU Polytechnic can support the student with veer simulation activities.
Traineeship applicants only
In addition to the above requirements, trainee applicants must be:
- must have an active employer
- must be registered as a trainee and have an active Epsilon number prior to commencing the course.

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.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this course. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

Bachelor of Building Design

Builders Academy Australia, Australia

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

Bachelor of Building Surveying

Builders Academy Australia, Australia

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

Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours)

Builders Academy Australia, Australia

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of 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 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

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

Before starting your application, please read through the step-by-step VU Polytechnic application process to make sure you have all the necessary documents and information ready to successfully complete your application.

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

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