Gain professional expertise in the latest fire-safety technologies and regulations, with a Graduate Diploma in Building Fire Safety from VU.
Our course is designed for engineering graduates, building surveyors, and building engineers from other disciplines, as well as fire-safety practitioners.
During your study, you'll become an expert in fire-safety engineering with a deep understanding of technologies that prevent and manage fire risks.
You will graduate will skills tailored to the industry, able to undertake the following at a professional level:
- create solutions to complex problems in building fire safety and risk management
- analyse fire-safety design solutions through advanced modelling tools
- interprete legislation, codes, regulations and standards relevant to building fire safety.
The Graduate Diploma in Building Fire Safety builds on our well-established Graduate Certificate in Performance-Based Building and Fire Codes. It meets the needs of a profession that has recently undergone considerable transformation. You'll graduate with an excellent understanding of the latest fire-safety science and new technologies that are crucial in the building industry.
The course units will be delivered in burst mode as follows.
Year 1 (2019)
- Risk Assessment and Human Behaviour (VQB5611): 18-22 February 2019
- Scientific Principles for Fire Professionals (VQB5612): 29 April - 3 May 2019
- Fire Safety Systems Design (VQB5641): 1-5 July 2019
- Performance Codes Methodology and Structure (VQB5642): 30 September - 4 October 2019
Year 2 (2020)
You'll study material that has been approved by relevant industries and fully endorsed by fire fighters, fire-safety consultants, state government bodies, building and construction managers.
Our staff and associates include partners CSIRO, Metropolitan Fire Brigade, Victorian Building Authority and consulting engineering firm Umow Lai, Noel Arnolds and Associates, SKIP consulting, Scientific Fire Services and many more.
This ensures you'll acquire up-to-date industry knowledge, and make valuable career connections.
In recent years, the building and engineering professions have undergone considerable transformation. This has been primarily driven by developments in fire-safety science and new technology. There are also changed legislative frameworks around building regulations and codes in Australia.
If you are an industry professional needing to upgrade your skills to meet these demands, this course caters to your needs.
You will gain hands-on experience that you can apply directly to future work scenarios. You will respond to an industry brief and present your findings following practical work, gaining feedback from experienced fire engineers.
We have fire-test facilities at Werribee with the following features:
- Various scenarios can be simulated using the detailed four-storey building model, including lift and stairwell involvement.
- Unique large-scale structural fire test furnace that is capable of testing structures under combined structural and fire loading.
- Calorimeters that provide a method of testing the reaction of materials to heat exposure.
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 can show you effective ways to study and manage your time.
Our programs include:
- drop-in sessions
- peer mentoring
- maths and writing resources
- resume and career guidance.
Our campus libraries have photocopying, computing and printing facilities as well as electronic and print resources.
You'll also have access to a rich collection of online resources at any time of the day or night, including:
- e-learning content for courses
- student email
- student software packages
- social networking tools.
On campus, we make sure that all of our students have access to digital resources. We offer:
- excellent WiFi networks
- more than 4000 computers (PCs and Apple Macs) across our campuses
- a central IT helpdesk for technical help.
As a graduate of this course, you'll be in high demand in the building industry. You'll be an expert in the approval process for performance-based building design and become familiar with the design concepts for fire safety systems, occupant safety and environmental sustainability.
The Graduate Diploma in Building Fire Safety produces graduates who have the skills and knowledge to become a Relevant Building Surveyor (RBS), capable of determining compliance of an alternative building design solution. It also provides opportunities for career progression in engineering and building, and lets you pursue further post-graduate study.
As a fire safety professional, you could gain employment in private business or the public sector, or work in the building industry. Many assessors and fire safety experts enjoy the benefits of self-employment and contracting.
Employment for building surveyors is expected to grow strongly (Job Outlook).
Building surveyors in Australia earn an average of A$80,465 per year (PayScale).
To attain the Graduate Diploma in Building Fire Safety, students will be required to complete:
- 96 credit points of Core studies.
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On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
|1.||Create solutions to a broad range of complex problems in building fire safety and risk management|
|2.||Analyse the effectiveness of proposed fire safety design solutions through advanced modelling tools|
|3.||Critically evaluate a broad range of fire science and technology topics contextualised for building fire safety|
|4.||Effectively communicate verbally and in writing with professional and community stakeholders|
|5.||Interprete legislation, codes, regulations and standards relevant to building fire safety|
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.
Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.
Fees & scholarships
Fee type: Full-fee
The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.
If you enrol in a:
- Commonwealth Supported Place, your fees are partly subsidised by the Australian Government.
- full-fee paying place, you’ll need to pay the full amount for all units you study.
To calculate the total cost of your course:
- Select which units you’d like to study.
- Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
- Add up the relevant amounts.
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.
Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline
Completion of an Australian Graduate Certificate (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
Applicants with a minimum three (3) years approved work experience will be considered for admission to this course.
If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.
Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.