Qualification details

CPP80113 - Graduate Certificate in Building Design (Release 1)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 17/Jan/2014

Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to CPP80111 - Vocational Graduate Certificate in Building DesignNew qualification replacing superseded equivalent CPP80111 16/Jan/2014

Training packages that include this qualification


SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 312111 Architectural Draftsperson 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3121-13 Architectural Associate 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0401 Architecture And Urban Environment 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 221 Graduate Certificate 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Building Design 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Senior Building Designer 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 312111 Architectural Draftsperson 02/May/2014 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3121-13 Architectural Associate 02/May/2014 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0401 Architecture And Urban Environment 02/May/2014 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 221 Graduate Certificate 17/Jan/2014 
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Modification History

This version first released with CPP07 Property Services Training Package Version 14.

New qualification replacing superseded equivalent CPP80111

Qualification recoded and renamed to meet the revised Australian Qualifications Framework (January 2013)


This qualification applies to senior building designers who undertake building design projects covered by the Building Code of Australia (BCA), including the design of both Type A and Type B constructions.

Senior building designers typically design Type A constructions as defined within the BCA. They may specialise in the full range of residential, commercial, public or industrial projects, including new buildings or renovations.

This qualification provides a direct pathway to the Graduate Diploma of Building Design and contains a number of units in common with that qualification. It offers an early exit point from that higher qualification

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Employability Skills Summary

Employability skill 

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include: 


  • consult with and engage industry colleagues, staff, customers and others who may be internal or external to the organisation
  • research, prepare and present high-level reports and plans pitched appropriately to the needs of the audience
  • use clear and insightful verbal and non-verbal communication
  • read and interpret a range of information relevant to job/role, including industry reports, regulations, Acts, legislation and policies
  • present information to others at briefings and via other forms of communication
  • negotiate with stakeholders, staff and customers
  • foster change
  • negotiate effectively
  • establish and maintain consultative processes


  • manage teams
  • lead team effort towards identified goals
  • liaise with relevant personnel

Problem solving 

  • review and interpret policy initiatives in order to identify threats and opportunities for the organisation
  • identify customer needs and match service delivery responses to address these needs
  • resolve work-related problems
  • form and test assumptions in an effort to resolve problems
  • implement conflict- resolution strategies
  • quantify the benefits of options and perform calculations to assist in solving problems

Initiative and enterprise 

  • identify business opportunities
  • think and act proactively to solve problems and generate new and improved work practices and productivity
  • identify relevant sources of information and use them effectively
  • adjust quickly to changing situations
  • drive change within the organisation

Planning and organising 

  • lead project and related business planning processes
  • manage risks
  • plan and organise own work tasks and those of a team
  • plan and organise resources to meet deadlines
  • determine schedules to ensure work is completed on time
  • coordinate tasks and processes
  • undertake relevant research and evaluation to support work objectives


  • demonstrate capacity to be a self- starter and self- motivated
  • monitor own work and adjust accordingly to meet agreed standards and expectations
  • manage own work area


  • undertake self- development opportunities
  • contribute to learning in the workplace
  • maintain up- to- date knowledge of policies, procedures and legislation
  • obtain feedback to identify ways to improve ongoing activities


  • use technology relevant to the job/role, which may include:
  • conducting online research
  • using software applications to manage and undertake projects
  • using applications to manage finances and planning and reporting processes
  • adapt to the use of new technology as appropriate

Due to the high proportion of electives required by this qualification, the industry/enterprise requirements described above for each employability skill are representative of the property services industry in general and may not reflect specific job roles. Learning and assessment strategies for this qualification should be based on the requirements of the units of competency for this qualification.

This table is a summary of employability skills that are typical of this qualification and should not be interpreted as definitive.

Packaging Rules

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in:

  • 4 units of competency:
  • 3 core units
  • 1 elective unit.

The elective unit is to be chosen as follows:

  • 1 unit from the elective units listed below or from a qualification in CPP07 or another current Training Package or accredited course, provided the integrity of the AQF alignment is ensured and it contributes to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.

Core units 


Research and evaluate construction materials and methods for complex building design projects


Research compliance requirements for complex building design projects


Manage the design of Type A constructions

Elective units 


Plan and manage complex projects


Scope and initiate large and complex building design projects

Custom Content Section

Not applicable.

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