Advanced Diploma of Building Surveying

This qualification is designed to meet the needs of senior surveyors in the building and construction industry.

Occupational titles may include:

Building surveyor

Building certifier.

The qualification has core unit of competency requirements that cover specialist surveying skills for the construction industry. 24 core units in this qualification are also included in the CPC50108 Diploma of Building Surveying.

The construction industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units of competency to be delivered in this context.

Completion of the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007) is required before entering a construction work site. Achievement of unit CPCCOHS1001A covers this requirement.


Packaging rules

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in 43 units of competency.

Core units

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Assess the construction of domestic scale buildings

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Evaluate materials for construction of domestic scale buildings

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Produce working drawings for residential buildings

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Apply legislation to urban development and building controls

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Apply footing and geomechanical design principles to domestic scale buildings

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Assess construction faults in residential buildings

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Undertake site surveys and set out procedures for building projects

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Apply building control legislation to building surveying

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Assess the impact of fire on building materials

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Interact with clients in a regulated environment

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Apply building codes and standards to residential buildings

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Assess timber-framed designs for one and two storey buildings

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Apply principles of energy efficient design to buildings

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Apply building surveying procedures to residential buildings

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Assess structural requirements for domestic scale buildings

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Assess the construction of buildings up to three storeys

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Produce working drawings for buildings up to three storeys

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Assess construction faults in buildings up to three storeys

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Apply footing and geomechanical design principles to buildings up to three storeys

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Evaluate services layout and connection methods for residential and commercial buildings up to three storeys

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Evaluate the use of concrete for residential and commercial buildings up to three storeys

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Assess structural requirements for buildings up to three storeys

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Apply building codes and standards to buildings up to three storeys

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Implement performance-based codes and risk management principles for buildings up to three storeys

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Apply fire technology to buildings up to three storeys

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Apply legal procedures to building surveying

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Facilitate community development consultation

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Coordinate building refurbishment

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Manage and plan land use

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Analyse and present building surveying research information

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Apply building surveying procedures to buildings up to three storeys

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Manage business document design and development

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Maintain business technology

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Manage people performance

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Use targeted communication skills to build relationships


Develop, implement and promote effective communication techniques

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Operate a personal computer

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Operate a word processing application

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Operate a spreadsheet application

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Operate a database application

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Send and retrieve information using web browsers and email

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Apply ecologically sustainable development principles to the built environment

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Identify and calculate production costs


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Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

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Employability Skills


Employability skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Communicates effectively with a range of people, including staff, contractors and clients

Conducts community consultation

Articulates complex ideas clearly

Attends court and presents information

Understands relevant definitions, terminology, symbols and language

Analyses and evaluates reports and reference materials

Communicates effects of planning and construction to others

Records building planning and construction information

Reports data, findings, recommendations and strategies

Prepares a range of documentation, including research journals for producing building drawings, notices and information materials

Interprets a range of complex and technical documents, including relevant:

Produces drawings

Carries out complex calculations and measurements

regulatory, legislative, licensing and organisational requirements

codes and standards

plans and specifications


Works collaboratively with relevant stakeholders

Works with others to action tasks

Works with diverse groups and individuals

Problem solving

Applies problem solving strategies across a range of areas, including evaluating materials and determining alternative solutions to construction problems

Conducts tests and uses results to make decisions

Uses and analyses complex data in decision making

Analyses problems and applies appropriate remedial solutions

Identifies complex faults and problems and takes necessary remedial action

Reviews feedback and takes appropriate action

Validates community consultation procedures

Initiative and enterprise

Provides a leadership role in community consultation

Makes recommendations and strategies

Develops compliant, alternative solutions to construction problems

Identifies and evaluates environmental issues and impacts

Identifies and implements appropriate and diverse strategies for interacting with diverse communities.

Applies managerial principles, including quality assurance

Planning and organising

Develops project scheduling

Collects, analyse and organises information

Schedules and conducts consultations

Manages time and priorities

Plans and organises resources

Coordinates activities with subcontractors

Self management

Articulates own ideas and vision

Organises and completes daily work activities

Takes responsibility as required by work role, ensuring all legislative and organisational policies and procedures are followed

Manages own performance to ensure required levels of service standards, work quality and professional competence

Seeks and acts on feedback from stakeholders

Manages work priorities


Uses information effectively to improve work performance

Identifies and assesses legislative, organisational and environmental requirements that impact on work system

Maintains knowledge of products and services


Works with technology safely and according to workplace standards

Uses testing technology

Uses computers and relevant software for information gathering and analysis and completion of drawings, documentation and calculations

Uses and operates a range of tools and equipment correctly and safely

Uses technology, such as videos and computer simulations to present information

Uses technology to improve efficiency and effectiveness of managing work

Uses calculators