Subject focus: Building and Construction programmes in Australia

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This subject focus looks at courses in different building and construction that are available at colleges in Australia. Retrain in an internationally recognised trade, and gain a new, sought-after skill.

Tradespeople are in high demand all over the world at the moment, including in Australia and New Zealand. These trades courses provide the practical and theoretical training that will allow you to work in your chosen trade. You need to be physically fit for these courses, and be prepared to spend a lot of time on your feet – but it’ll all be worth it, particularly when you think of the job prospects available when you qualify.

The Australian building and construction industry employs approximately 10 per cent of the Australian workforce (Australian Government: Department of Industry, Innovation and Science). There are numerous careers associated with the construction industry, as there are many separate tasks and specialised work for construction projects.  Careers in construction include project managers and construction managers, who coordinate and plan the work to be done by construction workers and skilledlabourers, and oversee the overall operations of the site and project.

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Certificate IV in Building and Construction at TAFE Western Australia

While studying in the modern facilities with TAFE Western Australia, students will use ArchiCAD software to produce residential contract documents and Autodesk Revit software used to produce commercial contract documents. Comprehensive training in the Residential Planning Codes, the Building Code of Australia and Australian Standards are a key component of the course. Upon graduating, students will have skills in will 3D Modelling, contract documentation, residential and commercial construction, design and presentation.  To successfully complete this course, students will be required to undertake work placement in the building industry.

Graduates of the Certificate IV in Building and Construction may work as project planners, estimators, project administrators or as technical sales representatives. They sometimes work as building inspectors, ensuring that construction is going to plan, or a site manager on large commercial projects.

Tasks include:

  • constructing domestic buildings such as houses;
  • providing skilled assistance to builders and construction managers by interpreting and carrying our directions for planning and organising building projects;
  • interpreting building plans, regulations and codes of practice to direct progress of the work, ensuring that specifications and regulations are followed and proper methods and materials are used;
  • calculating costs and estimating completion times to prepare tenders (bids for contract work), and supporting contract bids and variations;
  • directing and recording building progress and variations from design drawings or specifications; and
  • negotiating with subcontractors and reporting to builders and architects.

Graduates of the Diploma of Building and Construction, which is similar to training as an Architectural Technician in the United Kingdom, are able to work as a Builder, Building Site Manager and Construction Supervisor.    Professionals in the building and construction industry must work with a variety of stakeholders, including the client, government authorities, planners and designers, and building code and regulation inspectors. 

Whether you are employed in the domestic or corporate sector, you will have a set of skills which are transportable both across Australia and internationally.

Course details

Tuition Fees: AU$6,720 per semester + AU$218 resources + AU$225 materials

Duration: 1 year (2 semesters)

Intake: Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (July)

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