Certificate IV in Building Design Drafting


A brand new qualification, specialising in Building Design Drafting - this could be the beginning of a beautiful career. Our Certificate IV in Building Design Drafting will get you ready for a career supporting building designers and architects

Build, Design and Draft – about this course

The Certificate IV in Building Design Drafting offers you the ability to support building designers and architects. You may work on a wide range of building design projects, including high-rise commercial projects, under the supervision and instruction of an appropriately licensed or accredited architect or building designer.

Your role as a draftsperson includes using building information modelling (BIM)-capable current industry standard building design software to produce drawings and documentation required by clients and stakeholders. As a draftsperson you will be involved in researching and applying relevant information, including drawings and reports from other construction professionals and compliance requirements relevant to specific projects.

You will also provide administrative support to the design team, including data collection and storage, and file management.

Licensing and Legislation

Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to building design drafting in some states. Relevant state and territory regulatory authorities should be consulted to confirm those requirements.

Industry connections and resources

The course is a stepping stone to other qualifications in fields such as architecture, project management, town planning, or interior design. You may also consider going on to study our 22268VIC Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural).

Be taught by the best

Our teachers are fully qualified and industry experienced, well able to lead you through building design drafting studies. The department uses up-to-date computer-aided programs to ensure you are working in line with industry needs and our teachers focus on your progress throughout the course, providing quality personal attention to ensure you are industry ready.

Employment outcomes

Career opportunities for building design drafting professionals, could include:

  • building design draftsperson
  • support role in building design
  • support role in architecture
  • architect assistant

Look forward to working in a variety of offices, including the Building Design, Architectural, Builders and even Engineering industries.


You will be assessed using a variety of methods, including project-based assessment, theory-based tests, completion of practical assignments/folio work, and targeted oral questions.

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Part-time: 2 years
One night per week and on Saturday. You may be required to attend classes at more than one campus through the course of your studies

Class Schedule: *

6pm - 9.30pm one night per week (night TBC)
9am - 4.30pm Saturdays

*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Course Advisor

Modes of Delivery

Face-to-face, Classroom



Enquire now to find out if you are eligible for government funding and other forms of help paying for fees. The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an annual Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250

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Assessment Methods

Variety of assessment methods, including project-based assessment, theory-based tests, completion of practical assignments/folio work, and targeted oral questions


Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department

Entrance Requirements

There are no formal entrance requirements for this course

Pathways to further study

As a graduate, you will have guaranteed entrance to the 22268VIC Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)

Career Pathways

Gain work as an assistant draftsperson, assistant architect and in other support roles within the building design and drafting industry. Those roles could help lead you onto further study and an increase in employment responsibilities

Enrolment Intake

  • April

Units Of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subjects Hours
CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry 6
CPPBDN4001 Research and evaluate construction materials and methods for building design projects 95
CPPBDN4002 Research and apply compliance requirements to technical construction documentation 40
CPPBDN4003 Collect, apply and store building design project information 30
CPPBDN4004 Set up BIM-capable software and files for building design drafting projects 40
CPPBDN4005 Review and report structural integrity of building designs 95
CPPBDN4006 Import and transpose information from external sources into digital building design drawings 40
CPPBDN4007 Store and retrieve building design documentation 30
CPPBDN4008 Produce digital building design concept drawings 90
CPPBDN4009 Analyse building design drawings and review findings 55
CPPBDN4010 Prepare documentation for planning approval 120
CPPBDN4011 Prepare documentation for building approval 100
CPPBDN4012 Provide support to project building designers 50
CPPBDN4013 Produce construction detail drawings 100
CPPBDN5007A Inspect and analyse sites and produce measured drawings for small-scale building design projects 60
CPPBDN5017A Produce 2-D drawings for building design projects using CAD software 40

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.