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  • Learning MethodOnline + Work Placement
  • IntakesStart anytime
  • LocationsAustralia Wide
  • DurationSelf-paced
    Max 30 months
Nationally Recognised Training

Please note that Open Colleges is a private institution and it is unlikely any government funding will be available for this course. This course will not qualify for Free TAFE. 

Course Overview

The Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) offered by Open Colleges is a comprehensive program designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary for coordinating building projects. Throughout this two-year course, students delve into various aspects of the construction industry, gaining expertise in overseeing the entire construction process from project inception to successful delivery.

Key focus areas include understanding the principles, techniques, and regulations applicable to medium-rise and wide-span buildings (up to 25 meters high). Practical learning is emphasized, with students engaging in hands-on work and project-based activities. Site excursions provide valuable field experience through visits to residential and commercial construction projects.

Flexible learning options, including day and evening classes, accommodate students’ work schedules and other commitments. Graduates of this diploma can explore further education opportunities in construction, project management, or property services. Industry relevance is emphasized through assignments that simulate real-world conditions, including site visits and workshops. Additionally, students are required to obtain the Construction Induction Card (CPCCWHS1001A) for site visits and associated assessments.

For those passionate about construction and eager to build a successful career, this diploma provides a solid foundation and opens doors to exciting opportunities in the dynamic world of building and construction.

Upon completion of this course, you will be issued a CPC50220 Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) by Open Colleges (RTO: 90197).

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Job Outcomes

  • Builder
  • General Foreperson
  • Building Inspector

Prerequisite & Entry Criteria

There are no mandated education entry requirements for this qualification, per the CPC Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package. There are no mandatory Open Colleges entry requirements. It is also recommended that students: 

  • Are 18 years old (note: students under 18 will need permission from a parent or guardian to enrol) 
  • Have language, literacy and numeracy skills that ensure the ability to work independently and use own familiar support resources, communicate effectively via email, and identify relevant information from a range of written texts. These skills are equivalent to those that would be required to successfully complete 
  • Year 12 or ACSF Level 3, or 
  • Certificate III level or higher 
  • Have access to a modern computer with video / audio playback capabilities and high-speed internet
  • Have access to Microsoft Office or equivalent 
  • Have basic computing skills, including ability to make a short video 
  • Have access to a digital video recording device to save and upload video/image files to OpenSpace, e.g., mobile phone/smartphone.
  •  Intermediate communication and math skills 
  •  Problem-solving skills and high attention to detail

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Have language, literacy and numeracy skills that ensure the ability to work independently and use own familiar support resources, communicate effectively via email, and identify relevant information from a range of written texts. These skills are equivalent to those that would be required to successfully complete: 

  • Year 12 or ACSF Level 3, or 
  • Certificate III level or higher,
  • or 3 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

Physical requirements

Learners need to have a reasonable level of fitness, as the role may involve a variety of physical tasks, such as: 

  • Handling and moving heavy items safely. · Using construction equipment that requires physical control and coordination. 
  • Standing, bending, or crouching for extended periods during construction activities.
  • Safely ascending and descending to work at heights.
  • Moving around construction sites that may have irregular surfaces or obstacles.

Tools and equipment required

Access to others – this course includes a requirement to record video and/ or audio roleplays. These will require participation by 1-2 other people sourced by you. 

Tools and equipment – to be advised

IT requirements 

  • Operating system Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 10 recommended) 
  • Mac OS 10.11 (El Capitan) or higher 

o Note: (Microsoft Office 365 can only guarantee support on the current release of Mac OS, plus two previous versions. Older versions may work but may have issues 

  • Processor – 2 GHz or faster, 2-core 
  • Memory – 4GB of RAM or higher
  • Hard Drive Space – 2 GB free disk space 
  • Browser – Chrome is the preferred browser for students
  • Software – Acrobat Reader Microsoft Office 2017 or later (including MS Office 365) 

o Note: if using an equivalent office software (such as Open Office or Apple Pages etc), ensure that documents can be formatted correctly and exported to common file formats Audio recording Software (Voice recorder app, Garageband, or Audacity) Video editing software (iMovie, Video Editor app) 

  • Internet Connection – DSL, Cable, or Satellite with at least 2mbps upload speed. Note: it is strongly recommended that you have access to the Internet from home. Expecting to access your course from your work internet or a public network like a library or coffee shop may be impractical due to your average weekly study hours. 
  • Printer/Scanner – Access to printing/scanning devices or facilities may be required for certain course activities
  • Peripherals – Speakers or headset for audio playback. Microphone for audio recording. Webcam or equivalent (such as a smartphone with video recording capability)
  • E-Mail Capability – Access to e-mail through an e-mail program or web-based e-mail system (e.g., Gmail, Hotmail, Mail for Android or Mail for iOS apps)

Workplacement/ Worksite visit

While there is no mandatory workplacement, it is recommended that any students who are not currently employed at an appropriate workplace find a host organisation to undertake worksite visits.

Students will need to find a Workplace Mentor with an appropriate Host Organisation. An experienced and appropriately qualified Workplace Supervisor can act as a Workplace Mentor. 

A Workplace Mentor provides an opportunity to bridge the gap between studying a course and real world experience. It provides an opportunity to observe workplace environments and use the experience and knowledge of the Workplace Mentor to help complete the assessment activities. It also gives the student the prospect of linking up with others working in the same role. 

While undertaking their training and assessment in industry, the student must abide by the policies and procedures of the workplace. 

The mentor and organisation needs to be able to provide the student with access to equipment and resources necessary to undertake roleplays and projects. Students will need to complete a worksite permission form which will be approved or rejected by the CSM (EM) based on its suitability for the course projects.


CPCCBC4001 Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Class 1 and 10 building
CPCCBC4053 Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Class 2 to 9 Type C
Worksite Permission and White Card
CPCCBC5001 Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for Type B construction
BSBOPS504 Manage business risk
CPCCBC4014 Prepare simple building sketches and drawings
CPCCBC4012 Read and interpret plans and specifications
CPCCBC4004 Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects
CPCCBC4003 Select, prepare and administer a construction contract
CPCCBC4013 Prepare and evaluate tender documentation
CPCCBC4005 Produce labour and material schedules for ordering
CPCCBC4010 Apply structural principles to residential and commercial constructions
CPCCBC5018 Apply structural principles to the construction of buildings up to three storeys
CPCCBC5007 Administer the legal obligations of a building and construction contractor
CPCCBC4008 Supervise site communication and administration processes for building and construction project
CPCCBC5010 Manage construction work
CPCCBC5011 Manage environmental management practices and processes in building and construction
BSBPMG532 Manage project quality
BSBPMG536 Manage project risk
CPCCBC5003 Supervise the planning of on-site building and construction work
CPCCBC5005 Select and manage building and construction contractors
CPCCBC4009 Apply legal requirements to building and construction projects
CPCCBC4018 Apply site surveys and set-out procedures to building and construction projects
BSBWHS513 Lead WHS risk management
CPCSUS5001 Develop workplace policies and procedures for sustainability
CPCCBC5013 Manage professional technical & legal reports on building & construction projects
CPCCBC5002A Monitor costing systems on medium rise building and construction projects
CPCCBC5019 Manage building and construction business finances


PLEASE NOTE – Open Colleges is a privately-run Registered Training Organisation (RTO), not government-run like a TAFE. Therefore, Open Colleges cannot offer government funding. Please check eligibility requirements before beginning an enrolment with Open Colleges.

Fees for this course depend on the payment method and any existing promotions available with Open Colleges.

Always remember to enquire about any:

  • Discounts
  • Payment Plans

which may be available.


About the Institution

Open Colleges (RTO 90796) is an Australian education market leader with over 125 years of experience. Now an online learning market leader, Open Colleges focuses on supporting individuals to learn at their own pace.