Course Description

This in-depth Diploma will fully equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to plan, manage, supervise and complete the construction of medium rise buildings. The course is delivered online, so there are no classrooms and no deadlines. You simply study where you want, when you want.

During your studies you will learn how to:

  • Apply building codes and standards to job sites
  • Prepare contracts and evaluate project tenders
  • Produce cost estimates
  • Innovate in sustainable design and construction techniques
  • Manage medium rise construction projects
  • Manage subcontractors

Perfect for busy people, this nationally recognised TAFE Diploma is delivered online so there are no classes to attend, meaning you study where you want to at a time that is convenient to you.

Open Colleges has partnered with TAFE NSW North Region  to offer this Diploma, so you not only get a high quality education, but a nationally recognised qualification that you can use all across Australia.


The Diploma meets the nationwide education requirements for registration as a licensed builder. As licensing varies from state to state, there may be extra requirements necessary to register. Chat to an Open Colleges’ Enrolment Consultant for more information on how to meet the requirements for your state.

Potential career outcomes

  • Builder
  • Construction Manager
  • Foreman
  • Site Supervisor
Course number E1127
Qualification name CPC50210 Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)
Course duration 24 months
Delivery Method Online
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Case studies, Demonstrations, Knowledge tests, Portfolio, Projects
Awarded by
  • TAFE NSW North Region (Provider number: 90010)


There are no formal education entry requirements for this course.


It is recommended that you have had some exposure to building and construction work.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 18 years old.


All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Printer and associated software
  • Scanner and associated software
  • File compression software
  • Digital audio or video recording capability
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher
  • Telephone
  • Calculator
  • Photocopier (this could be a feature of printer/scanner).

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7, 8 or higher (Windows 10 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processor (2GHz recommended).

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processor (2GHz recommended).

Digital equipment

You will need access to:

  • A digital video recording device and/or a digital camera and associated software to save and upload video, image and audio files to OpenSpace. Many mobile phones and smart phones include this technology.
  • Software to view online videos and images. Software such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer etc. are available as a free download from the internet.


To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:

  • Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents
  • Accessing and searching the internet
  • Downloading and saving documents from websites
  • Uploading documents through websites
  • Participating in online discussions
  • Compressing image files
  • Recording, compressing and uploading videos.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

Note: Courses offered by Open Colleges on behalf of TAFE NSW North Region may include Units of Competency that are graded by TAFE NSW.

Module 1

  • Identify types of drawings and their purposes.
  • Apply commonly used symbols and abbreviations.
  • Locate and identify key features on a site plan.
  • Identify and locate key features on drawings.
  • Correctly read and interpret specifications.
  • Identify non-structural aspects to the specification.

Module 2

  • Access and interpret relevant code and standard requirements.
  • Classify buildings.
  • Analyse and apply a range of solutions to a construction problem for compliance with the BCA.
  • Apply fire protection requirements.

Module 3

  • Apply structural principles when planning the erection or demolition of a structure.
  • Analyse and plan for the structural integrity of Class1 and Class 10 buildings.
  • Plan, coordinate and manage the laying of footings.
  • Plan, coordinate and manage the laying of floor system.
  • Plan, coordinate and manage the building of structural and non-structural wall systems.
  • Plan, coordinate and manage the building of roof system.
  • Plan, coordinate and manage the external wall cladding of structure.

Module 4

  • Access and interpret relevant code and standard requirements.
  • Classify buildings.
  • Analyse and apply a range of solutions to a construction problem to ensure compliance with the BCA.
  • Apply fire protection requirements.

Module 5

  • Apply structural principles to planning the erection or demolition of a structure.
  • Coordinate and manage site and job set-up assessment.
  • Coordinate and manage construction of footing systems.
  • Coordinate and manage structural elements of the construction process.

Module 6

  • Evaluate commonly used methods of water storage supply and layouts.
  • Evaluate methods of sewerage and drainage disposal and their layouts.
  • Assess commonly used methods for mechanical ventilation and air distribution and their layout.
  • Evaluate the range of hot water systems.
  • Evaluate effective natural lighting for a range of situations.
  • Ensure fire protection standards are met.
  • Outline the requirements for general electrical and electronic service installation.

Module 7

  • Identify and describe the properties of building materials.
  • Ensure suitable building materials are selected for application.
  • Supervise the acceptance, safe handling and storage of materials on site.
  • Supervise testing of materials on site for suitability and fitness for purpose.
  • Establish records of materials testing and report on testing process conformance or otherwise.

Module 8

  • Read and interpret plans and specifications.
  • Identify and calculate labour costs.
  • Identify and establish physical resource requirements.
  • Develop estimated project costs.

Module 9

  • Comply with the laws relating to establishing and licensing a building or construction contractor.
  • Engage personnel for the project.
  • Administer the regulations relating to OHS, welfare, workers' compensation, noise abatement and working hours.
  • Implement rehabilitation arrangements for employees returning to work.
  • Comply with taxation and insurance requirements of federal, state and territory legislation.
  • Administer all obligations in a conscientious manner and observe fair trading practice.
  • Comply with environmental legislation and its intent.

Module 10

  • Evaluate contract risk.
  • Prepare tender documentation.
  • Identify and attach appropriate supporting documentation.
  • Evaluate completed tender documentation.
  • Obtain tender approval or endorsement.

Module 11

  • Identify and analyse the essential elements, sections and clauses of a business contract.
  • Select an appropriate contract for the works to be undertaken.
  • Prepare the contract.

Module 12

  • Determine quality requirements
  • Implement quality assurance processes
  • Implement project quality improvements

Module 13

  • Access sources of information and data to identify hazards
  • Analyse the work environment to identify hazards
  • Assess risk associated with hazards
  • Control risk associated with hazards
  • Maintain hazard identification and risk control processes
  • Monitor and review risk management processes

Module 14

  • Determine project risks
  • Monitor and control project risks
  • Assess risk management outcomes

Module 15

  • Manage the determination of subcontractor requirements.
  • Manage the review of subcontractor performance.
  • Establish terms and conditions for subcontractor engagement.
  • Manage the selection and engagement of subcontractors.
  • Evaluate subcontractor performance and compliance with contract requirements.

Module 16

  • Supervise the identification and classification of project costs.
  • Manage the preparation of a schedule of project expenditure.
  • Prepare curves showing projected cash flow and payments.
  • Maintain continuous checks on expenditure and evaluate outcomes.
  • Prepare final cost report.

Module 17

  • Appraise the contractual documentation and delegate the planning of operational requirements as necessary.
  • Initiate strategies and delegate the implementation of medium rise construction operations, as necessary.
  • Supervise the preparation of project schedules.
  • Ensure the provision of all resources required for project.
  • Review existing on-site buildings or structures.
  • Supervise staff and maintain an effective work environment.

Module 18

  • Establish site communication processes.
  • Establish and review OHS, welfare and risk management procedures.
  • Manage supply of materials and installation of equipment.
  • Manage on-site operations.
  • Manage the processing of progress claims and payments.



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Find out more

Jeffrey Halpin

Jeffrey Halpin has been delivering training and assessment to the construction and WHS industries for over 10 years and been in the construction industry for nearly 40 years. He brings with him a wealth of experience covering all aspects of the construction industry including design, construction, energy rating and building compliance. 
As a practising Building Contractor and Consultant, Jeffrey delivers the very highest quality standards to his clientele. 
Jeffrey is tremendously honoured to be part of the Open Colleges team as a Trainer and Assessor. He feels privileged to have the opportunity to impart his experience and knowledge to the students. 

Ted Smith

A Licensed Builder in NSW with many years of teaching and assessing in the building industry, Ted has a vast experience in carpentry and joinery, post-trade education, scaffolding, explosive handling, powered tool operation, elevated work platform, pre-apprenticeship, WHS induction, building and construction, etc.
More recently, Ted has been conducting pre-purchase building inspection and is a volunteer Trainer of nationally accredited courses for the NSW Rural Fire Service.
Open Colleges offers this qualification in association with TAFE NSW North Region (Provider number: 90010). The testamur will be issued by TAFE NSW North Region.

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