Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)
DurationFull-time 2 years, Part-time 5 years
In this program, you'll examine the principles, techniques and regulations of the building and construction industry for all types of medium-rise and wide-span buildings up to 25 metres high.
Construction is not just about building sites; it’s about building a bigger picture: the planning, coordination, and control of a project from inception to delivery.
This practical program incorporates hands-on work and project-based learning. You'll experience many aspects of building projects and understand how these relate to each other. You’ll go on site excursions to gain hands-on experience in the field, which will include visits to residential projects and commercial construction projects.
Graduates of the course have the option to continue further studies in construction, project management, or property services with RMIT.
*Students require a Construction Induction Card (CPCCOHS1001A Work Safely in the Construction Industry) to take part in required site visits and or/associated assessment.
This program emphasises project-based learning where your assessment will be based on real or simulated industry conditions.
Your studies will include site visits, field exercises and workshops.
You'll learn all aspects of the building industry, including:
- project planning and management
- project estimating
- project monitoring
- structural principles both residential and commercial
- occupational health and safety requirements
- office management/administration skills
- thermal principles
- building regulations
- building services
April 2018 intake
Students will complete 4 courses over 9 weeks. Students will also have the opportunity to load up to 25 hours per week in the Semester 2, 3 and 4 to complete by 2019. Semester 1 classes will be for approximately 20-22 hours per week.
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Program code: C5256
National curriculum code: CPC50210
Completing the Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) gives you a stronger chance of gaining employment in the building industry.
Career opportunities include roles in the following areas:
- building construction, supervision and management
- contracts administration
You may also find employment in other related fields, either on a building site or in a head office environment.
While studying you are eligible to apply for Student membership with the Australian Institute of Building. On graduation this membership can be upgraded to Associate membership.
Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent.
You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school qualification) with a minimum 50% average (check calculator below).
Equivalent qualifications may also include completion of the RMIT Foundation Studies program or a recognised post-secondary diploma in the relevant discipline with the required grades.
Meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee entry. Your application will still need to be assessed and accepted.
If you don't meet the entry requirements, there may be other RMIT programs you are eligible for that can lead you to your preferred program. Explore your pathway options.
Form: Non-Year 12 applicants may submit additional information if they would like it to be considered.
- For semester 1 intake, this can be completed through the VTAC Personal Statement online.
- For semester 2 intake, this can be completed through the personal statement in the Apply Direct application.
SEAS Form: This is a gender under-represented program and awards SEAS bonus points to female applicants. To be eligible you must submit a VTAC SEAS application and select category 1.
To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:
- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 5.5 (with no individual band below 5.0)
- TOEFL (Paper Based Test): minimum score of 530 (TWE 3.5)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 50 (with minimum of 5 in Reading, 5 in Listening, 14 in Speaking and 15 in Writing)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 42 (with no communication band less than 36)
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 162 with no less than 154 in any component.
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an Upper Intermediate Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
On successful completion of the Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) you can gain entry to a range of other RMIT programs. The grades you achieve plus any other program requirements determine the programs you can get into and the amount of credit you will receive.
You may be eligible for three semesters of advanced standing (equivalent to 96 credit points) in the Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management) (Honours). Selection is based on academic merit and credit is not guaranteed.
You may be eligible for two semesters of advanced standing (equivalent to 96 credit points) in the following programs. Selection is based on academic merit and credit is not guaranteed.
When you successfully complete the Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) you are guaranteed entry to a range of other RMIT programs.
You will receive two semesters of advanced standing (equivalent to 96 credit points) in the following programs:
- Bachelor of Applied Science (Project Management) (Honours)
- Bachelor of Applied Science (Property and Valuation) (Honours)
The Victorian State Government has announced that from January 2019, that they will waive the tuition fee of 30 priority courses and 18 pre-apprenticeship courses at TAFE institutes, which includes this program.
This fee waiver will only be available for eligible students who will commence one of these qualifications in 2019.
Visit Free TAFE for priority courses for further information on what this means and whether it may affect you.
If you have any questions you can contact our Info Corner team.
- 2019 government subsidised place: AU$6,000* per annum
- 2019 full-fee place: AU$18,000* per annum
*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.
VET Student Loans
The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the VET Student Loans scheme(VSL), which allows eligible students in eligible programs to defer payment of their tuition fees, up to the maximum loan amount for their program.
How does a VET Student Loan work?
If your VSL application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT your tuition fees on your behalf, up to the maximum loan amount for your program.
If your program is eligible for the VSL scheme and has a loan cap that doesn’t cover the total amount of the tuition fees for your program, then you’ll need to pay RMIT the difference once you exceed the cap.
Your VET Student Loan becomes part of your Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debt. You will start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is adjusted each year (this also applies if you are still studying).
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2019 is $303.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.