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CA34 - Associate Degree of Building Surveying

About Building Surveying

If you want to learn about the laws, processes, science and management involved in the construction industry, then building surveying may be for you. Learn industry safety standards, codes of practice, as well as how to interpret building and construction regulations, and prevent potential problems within buildings or structures. 

CQU’s built environment field of study is designed with students’ needs in mind.  Offered exclusively by distance education mode, programs are completed part-time while you are working or seeking employment in the industry.  Exemptions have been established from programs due to previous study, TAFE qualifications or professional experience.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Career Opportunities

Building surveyors enforce, advise on and interpret laws and regulations controlling building and construction and find jobs with local government authorities, Public Works departments, and Builders' Registration Board.

Course Overview At A Glance

Program at a glance
Duration 4 years part-time 
Availability/Campus Contact Domestic - External(International students must study outside of Australia.)
International - External(International students must study outside of Australia.)
Courses/Units of Credit 16 courses/96 units of credit
Faculty Engineering and Physical Systems
How to Apply QTAC
Entry Requirements
Professional Accreditation This program is regularly reviewed by the accrediting body, the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors.
Residential School not applicable
Practicum/Work placement not applicable
Exit Awards not applicable
Interim Awards not applicable
Post Nominal ADBldgSurv 
Be What You Want To Be Phone: 13CQUni (132786); Enquire: Admissions
CRICOS Codes

Program Aims

This program produces graduates capable of assessing building documentation for code and standards compliance and inspecting staged works on all classes of buildings not exceeding 3 storeys in height and a total floor area of 2000 square metres.

Prospective students are encouraged to talk to the Program Coordinator about exemptions from the program based on previous study or professional experience. The Faculty has established sets of exemptions for holders of selected TAFE qualifications. Students should actively seek employment in the building industry.

Students should note prerequisite requirements and course availability (in this Handbook) when constructing their program. Courses are offered once annually. It is suggested that courses be studied as shown in the Recommended Study Schedule. The loading may be varied to balance work and family commitments. If assistance is required, contact the Program Coordinator.

Career options

Building inspector, building certifier level 2, building site manager

Program Structure

To satisfy the requirements of the award, students must complete 16 courses or 96 units of credit as outlined below:
  • 8 compulsory courses (Level 1)
  • 8 compulsory courses (Level 2)

Courses Offered

Course Code Course Name
Level 1: 8 compulsory courses which are:
BLAR11032 Structural Forms & Analysis (NC)
BLAR11033 Building Materials 1 (NC)
BLAR11039 Building Law & Regulations (NC)
BLAR11043 Building Systems and Services 1 (NC)
BLAR11045 Built Environment 1 (NC)
BLAR11048 Construction 2 (NC)
BLCN11033 Construction 1 (NC)
COMM11003 Professional and Technical Communication
Level 2: 8 compulsory courses which are:
BLAR12034 Building Legislation 1 (NC)
BLAR12038 Building Industry Contracts (NC)
BLAR12052 Geotechnical Studies (NC)
BLAR12053 Professional Practice (NC)
BLAR12054 Structural Design Processes (NC)
BLSV12020 Building Infrastructure Audits (NC)
BLSV12023 Fire Safety Design (NC)
BLSV12024 Inspection Procedures (NC)
Recommended study schedule
The following is a recommended progression only. Students are encouraged to determine their own program based upon credit transfers granted  and work and family commitments.
Course Code Course Name
Year 1 - T1
BLAR11033 Building Materials 1 (NC)
BLCN11033 Construction 1 (NC)
Year 1 - T2
BLAR11043 Building Systems and Services 1 (NC)
BLAR11045 Built Environment 1 (NC)
Year 1 - T3
BLAR11039 Building Law & Regulations (NC)
Year 2 - T1
BLAR11032 Structural Forms & Analysis (NC)
BLAR12052 Geotechnical Studies (NC)
Year 2 - T2
BLAR11048 Construction 2 (NC)
COMM11003 Professional and Technical Communication
Year 2 - T3
BLSV12020 Building Infrastructure Audits (NC)
Year 3 - T1
BLAR12053 Professional Practice (NC)
BLSV12023 Fire Safety Design (NC)
BLSV12024 Inspection Procedures (NC)
Year 3 - T2
BLAR12054 Structural Design Processes (NC)
BLAR12038 Building Industry Contracts (NC)
Year 4 - T1
BLAR12034 Building Legislation 1 (NC)

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