Graduate Diploma in Building Surveying

VU course code: NGBS | Level of study: Postgraduate
1 year full time or longer for part time
Online Real Time

Fee type for this course: Full fee

Online Real Time
29 July 2024
21 July 2024
Graduate diploma in building surveying


Become a building surveyor – with in-demand expertise in building regulations, construction compliance and inspection processes – with a Graduate Diploma in Building Surveying from Victoria University.

Building surveyors are responsible for assessing plans, conducting inspections, issuing building permits such as occupancy permits, and interpreting building and construction regulations for buildings of any size and complexity.

To work in this role, you need knowledge of building legislation and auditing, building codes, sustainable construction techniques and materials, fire-safety design, inspection procedures, building services and professional practice.

By the end of the course, you'll have the expertise to carry out the following tasks:

  • plan, implement and manage the delivery of efficient and effective building surveying strategies over the course of the approval and construction process
  • interpret the appropriate building documentation and regulations
  • assess building construction documentation for compliance with building legislations, codes and standards
  • communicate with technical professionals such as builders, architects and engineers regarding design objectives. 

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your education, work experience, current 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 different course. We call this a ‘pathway’.

For PhD applicants, we offer a related ‘Integrated PhD’ which allows you to establish relevant skills before beginning your research.

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.

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.

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).




On graduation, you will have a wide range of employment opportunities, in both the private and public sectors.

You can start your own business, offering building surveying services, or apply for roles with:

  • building proprietors
  • contractors
  • developers
  • government bodies
  • consultancy practices
  • self-employed entrepreneurs.

As a key professional in the construction industry, you will work closely with other professional disciplines, industry groups and development authorities.

Professional Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS) to meet the educational requirements for Building Surveyor (unlimited) Level 1 registration with AIBS. 

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