Building Design

CPP50911 Diploma of Building Design

Education In Building is recognised as one of the leading providers of the Building Design qualification. We offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)  pathway to obtain this Nationally Recognised Qualification.

This qualification applies to building designers who undertake building design projects covered by the Building Code of Australia (BCA), except Construction Type A buildings.

Suitable for Building Designers who wish to obtain a Medium Rise or Low Rise Licence in Queensland.

 Building Design

This qualification is suitable for a Building Design licence…..

Who is this course for?

This qualification applies to building designers who undertake building design projects covered by the Building Code of Australia (BCA), except Construction Type A buildings.

Building designers may specialise in residential projects, including new buildings, heritage restorations and additions or renovations; or they may also undertake commercial and industrial projects, such as factories, motels, offices, restaurants, retail or service outlets and warehouses.

Building Designers who carry out a broad range of roles in the design process, including pre-design services, site analysis, schematic design, design development, contract documentation, and are involved in contract administration.


Students typically should have more than four years of hands-on experience as a building designer.

The minimally qualified candidate typically:

  • Has a working knowledge of, and preferably hands-on experience, using AutoCAD software or equivalent
  • Has experience with reading and extracting information from plans, drawings and specifications for residential buildings
  • Be able to use a personal computer, including basic word processing, spreadsheet, and email programs and internet search engines.
  • Have a demonstrated capacity in literacy and numeracy.

Career Pathways

One of the requirements for an appropriately licensed person within the building industry is holding the relevant technical qualification. This qualification is Nationally Recognised and can be used in all States and Territories of Australia.

The most common use of obtaining the qualification in CPP50911 Diploma of Building Design through Education In Building is for obtaining a licence  in Queensland.

Equivalency Assessment

If you have moved from overseas you may already have a qualification, but it’s not the exact qualification you need for the licence class you want, you can apply for an equivalency assessment.

We will assess your skills, knowledge and experience, and compare your qualification with the one you need for your licence class.

The facts about this course

What’s the price?

At Education In Building we believe that formal training should be affordable. As such, we offer the lowest prices guaranteed.

To ensure you are given the most suitable and economical fee possible we will give you an individual quote.

As a guide, here is an example of our fee:

Our RPL fee

For our students who are granted full RPL for all units of competency for a Building Design Medium Rise License their fee is just……


For our students who are granted RPL for units of competency for a Building Design Low Rise License their fee is just……


Important notes:

  • Our fee for this course is GST free
  • The Recognition of Prior Learning price, above, is based on RPL of the full qualification. The reason for the price differentiation is due to the fact that RPL is an assessment only pathway. In other words, the training component is not provided where a learner is applying for RPL.
  • The total price per student may vary from the prices specified above, in instances where a portion of the qualification (measured in Units of Competency) is completed via a combination of Learning Pathway and RPL.
  • Our RTO does not accept upfront payments of more than $1,500.
  • For you convenience monthly Payment Plans are available

RPL Assessment

Please note we only offer this course by Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), we do not offer this course by classroom or online training.

The objective of the RPL assessment process is to ensure that an individuals prior learning achieved through formal and informal training, work experience or other life experience is appropriately recognised which enables you to forego training and move directly to having your skills assessed, thus avoiding the need for unnecessary training that brings with it additional costs, including time and effort.

The exciting concept of our skills assessment service means that all the work required to complete the assessment is done at home or in your work environment. The assessment tools are easy to access in any location you may be working or living.

Competency is granted if you are able to verify that you have achieved the elements of competency standards being assessed. For example, you may have completed some or all units of competence in another course or gained experience in a job.

When can I start?

Enrolments can be made at anytime of the year with an immediate start.

To get your enrolment underway, simply get in touch with us using our Contact Form. Once we receive your notification of interest, a member of our team will contact you to explain everything in good detail.

The Award

Following the successful completion of this course you will be awarded a Nationally Recognised Diploma and a Statement of Results bearing the unit codes you were assessed against. Awards are issued by Education In Building.

Nationally Recognised Training                                            


This qualification is delivered and assessed by Paul Kearney & Associates Pty Ltd, trading as, Education in Building.

  • RTO Code: 32418
  • ABN: 16 601 505 837


To participate in nationally recognised training, government legislation stipulates that all students must have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Once you have a USI, you will be able to use it for all future nationally recognised training you undertake.

Creating a USI is quick and easy. In fact, you can create one right now. To create your own USI, simply click onto the external links below. If you need our assistance, please get in touch with Education in Building. We will be happy to assist:

The Units of Competency are

This course contains 17 Units of Competency. Click to Show.

This nationally recognised qualification consist of 17 units of competency, as itemised below:

  • CPCCOHS2001A Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
  • CPPBDN5001A Research construction materials and methods for small-scale residential building design projects
  • CPPBDN5003A Research compliance requirements for small-scale residential building design projects
  • CPPBDN5005A Recommend sustainability solutions for small-scale building design projects
  • CPPBDN5008A Develop concepts for small-scale building design projects and finalise solutions with clients
  • CPPBDN5009A Produce compliant client-approved designs for small-scale building design projects
  • CPPBDN5011A Produce compliant client-approved working drawings for small-scale residential buildings
  • CPCCBC4015A Prepare specifications for all construction works
  • CPCCSV5013A Apply principles of energy efficient design to buildings
  • CPPBDN5006A Consult with clients to produce approved small-scale building project design briefs
  • CPPBDN5007A Inspect and analyse sites and produce measured drawings for small-scale building design projects
  • CPPBDN5010A Negotiate and finalise planning approval for small-scale building design projects
  • CPPBDN5014A Contribute to construction and building design project finalisation processes
  • CPCCSV5012A Assess Timber-Framed designs for one and two storey buildings
  • BSBSMB401A Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business
  • CPCCBC5005A Select and manage building and construction contractors
  • CPPCMN4002B Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices


(C) – 7 Core units; (E) – 10 Elective units

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