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Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)

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  • Objectives
    Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) will equip you with relevant and comprehensive skills and knowledge to successfully enter the building and construction industry. Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) covers the technical, managerial and environmental aspects of building projects, and provides students with skills and knowledge required for a successful career in the building industry. The course covers the theory of residential, industrial and commercial construction. Successful completion of this course meets the minimum academic requirements for legislation with the Building Practitioners Board as a Domestic Builder (Unlimited) and Commercial Builder (Unlimited). The course is based at the Gordon’s East Geelong Campus, East Geelong and is delivered by the School of Building and Construction.
  • Entry requirements
    All applicants for the Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) must apply through VTAC and complete a Gordon Building Application Form. Part time applicants to study the Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) must fill in a Part time Gordon Building Application Form. For non Year 12 full-time applicants, the Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) requires applicants to be at least 18 years of age and to have been out of full-time study for at least 12 months. There are no minimum tertiary entrance requirements for current Year 12 full-time applicants. You will be expected to have suitable language, literacy, numeracy and communication skills needed to undertake your course. Applicants may be required to attend an information session.
  • Academic Title
    Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)
  • Course description
    Modules / Units of Competency
    There are a number of Modules / Units of Competency that form the Diploma of Building and Construction (Building). The Modules / Units of Competency and hours listed below are included in the current Gordon course structure and are subject to change.
    Title     Approx. Hours

    Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) Core     
    Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for medium rise building projects     200
    Supervise the planning of on-site medium-rise building or construction work     200
    Apply structural principals to the construction of medium-rise buildings     300
    Apply principles of OHS risk management     30
    Manage project quality     40
    Manage project risk     40
    You will also need to complete six units of competency from selected electives. Possible electives will be known prior to enrolment.
    Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) is a full-time* two year course. Students can expect approximately 20 hours of class attendance each week. Student intakes are generally in February.

    * Selected units may be available on a part time basis. To check availability please contact Course Information.

    Selection Criteria
    If you apply to study the Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) you may be required to attend an interview. At this interview you must demonstrate your interest in building or related fields and also meet any entry requirements listed above.

    If there are more applicants than course vacancies selection will be based on responses from the Gordon Building Application Form.

    Links and options exist between various levels of study. Accredited pathways exist enabling students to move between courses within the Gordon and to other higher education institutions.

    Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)

        * Building works supervisor
        * Estimator
        * Registered Building Practitioner (builder’s registration)
        * Project Manager

    Bachelor of Construction Management OR Bachelor of Facilities Management
    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience. For further information refer to the RPL brochure that can be found under Downloads & Forms.
    Gordon Institute Support Services

    The Gordon offers a range of support services to assist prospective students with course, career or fee advice. For enrolled students, the Gordon provides general education support, counselling and careers advisors, disability support services and an Indigenous Education Unit. The Gordon also offers an on-campus Student Residence for students living away from home. If you need assistance in any of these aspects please let a Gordon staff member know so that we can arrange assistance where appropriate.

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