Vocational Graduate Certificate in Building Design

This qualification applies to senior building designers who undertake building design projects covered by the Building Code of Australia (BCA), including the design of both Type A and Type B constructions.

Senior building designers typically design Type A constructions as defined within the BCA. They may specialise in the full range of residential, commercial, public or industrial projects, including new buildings or renovations.

This qualification provides a direct pathway to the Vocational Graduate Diploma of Building Design and contains a number of units in common with that qualification. It offers an early exit point from that higher qualification.


To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in:

4 units of competency:

3 core units

1 elective unit.

The elective unit is to be chosen as follows:

1 unit from the elective units listed below or from a qualification in CPP07 or another current Training Package or state accredited course, provided the integrity of the AQF alignment is ensured and it contributes to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.

Core units

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Research and evaluate construction materials and methods for complex building design projects

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Research compliance requirements for complex building design projects

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Manage the design of Type A constructions

Elective units

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Plan and manage complex projects

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Scope and initiate large and complex building design projects


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


consult with and engage industry colleagues, staff, customers and others who may be internal or external to the organisation

research, prepare and present high-level reports and plans pitched appropriately to the needs of the audience

use clear and insightful verbal and non-verbal communication

read and interpret a range of information relevant to job/role, including industry reports, regulations, Acts, legislation and policies

present information to others at briefings and via other forms of communication

negotiate with stakeholders, staff and customers

foster change

negotiate effectively

establish and maintain consultative processes


manage teams

lead team effort towards identified goals

liaise with relevant personnel

Problem solving

review and interpret policy initiatives in order to identify threats and opportunities for the organisation

identify customer needs and match service delivery responses to address these needs

resolve work-related problems

form and test assumptions in an effort to resolve problems

implement conflict-resolution strategies

quantify the benefits of options and perform calculations to assist in solving problems

Initiative and enterprise

identify business opportunities

think and act proactively to solve problems and generate new and improved work practices and productivity

identify relevant sources of information and use them effectively

adjust quickly to changing situations

drive change within the organisation

Planning and organising

lead project and related business planning processes

manage risks

plan and organise own work tasks and those of a team

plan and organise resources to meet deadlines

determine schedules to ensure work is completed on time

coordinate tasks and processes

undertake relevant research and evaluation to support work objectives


demonstrate capacity to be a self-starter and self-motivated

monitor own work and adjust accordingly to meet agreed standards and expectations

manage own work area


undertake self-development opportunities

contribute to learning in the workplace

maintain up-to-date knowledge of policies, procedures and legislation

obtain feedback to identify ways to improve ongoing activities


use technology relevant to the job/role, which may include:

conducting online research

using software applications to manage and undertake projects

using applications to manage finances and planning and reporting processes

adapt to the use of new technology as appropriate

Due to the high proportion of electives required by this qualification, the industry/enterprise requirements described above for each employability skill are representative of the property services industry in general and may not reflect specific job roles. Learning and assessment strategies for this qualification should be based on the requirements of the units of competency for this qualification.

This table is a summary of employability skills that are typical of this qualification and should not be interpreted as definitive.