Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) - CPC50210
DurationFull-time 2 years, Part-time 5 years
In this diploma course, 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, but about building a bigger picture: the planning, coordination, and control of a project from inception to delivery.
This practical course incorporates hands-on work and project-based learning. You'll experience many aspects of building projects and understand how they all relate to each other. You’ll go on site excursions to gain hands-on field experience which will include visits to residential and commercial construction projects.
Graduates 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.
RMIT offers three modes of delivery for this diploma course:
Students currently working in industry may attend classes two days per week (typically Monday and Tuesday), with approximately 20 contact hours per week.
School leavers and those not working in industry can attend daytime classes three days per week, to a total of approximately 20 contact hours per week.
Evening classes for school leavers and those not working in industry run Monday to Thursday between 5.30pm and 9.30pm.
Students are able to mix day and evening courses according to personal circumstances and class availability.
Studying this course full time should take approximately two years. Enrolling in fewer classes will result in a longer course duration, up to six years.
You'll learn all aspects of the building industry, including:
- project planning, management, estimation and monitoring
- structural principles (residential and commercial)
- occupational health and safety requirements
- thermal principles
- building regulations
- building services.
Choose a program structure
Choose a program structure
Program code: C5256
National curriculum code: CPC50210
Graduates of this course can explore career paths in:
- building and construction labouring, supervision and management
- estimating and purchasing
- contracts administration.
You may also find employment in other related fields, either on a building site or in a head office environment.
To improve your employability after graduation, the Job Shop can offer you specialist workshops, and Career Hub can provide pathways for volunteer work to help add experience to your resume. You can also explore the VBA registration process, and sign up with RMIT Mentoring to be matched with an industry professional.
If you’re interested in further study in this field, completing this course can give you up to three semesters’ credit toward the Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management) (Honours), or up to two semesters’ credit toward either the Bachelor of Applied Science (Project Management) (Honours) or the Bachelor of Applied Science (Property and Valuation) (Honours).
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 (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 English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Upper Intermediate Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
This course offers pathways into further study at RMIT
Undertaking a certificate, diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree can help you meet the entry requirements for your preferred degree. These qualifications often provide credit, reducing the duration of your bachelor degree and helping you get the degree you want.
Graduates of this course will be eligible for exemptions from the courses below, subject to meeting each course’s entry requirements. For more information, explore our Pathway finder, or contact Study@RMIT.
Credit and recognition of prior learning
Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience. Find out if you might be eligible.
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)
Free TAFE for priority courses
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.
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 Study@RMIT.
The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place. To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at How to check if you are eligible.
- 2020 government subsidised place: AU$6,250* per annum
- 2020 full-fee place: AU$18,500* 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.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$308 maximum fee for 2020.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
VET Student Loans
The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the VET Student Loans scheme, 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 VET Student Loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT your tuition fees on your behalf, up to the maximum loan amount for your program.
Your VET Student Loan becomes part of your VETSL debt. You will start repaying your accumulated VETSL 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.
Vet Student Loan cap
If your program is eligible for the VET Student Loan 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 by the due date once you exceed the cap.
It’s easy for you to keep track of your VET Student Loan debt, and you can choose to make upfront payments at any time before the census date.
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 2020 is $308.
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.