Project: Building Surveying

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The Advanced Diploma of Building Surveying will be updated to ensure it complies with National Construction Code 2019 and reflect key developments in the construction industry.

The Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC) has also approved the deletion of CPC80215 Graduate Diploma of Building Surveying.

Summary of development

Building surveyors play a key role in ensuring the safety, energy-efficiency and accessibility of the built environment. Recent building failures and tragedies in Australia and overseas have highlighted the importance of the profession and of the need for rigorous and comprehensive training.  

Consequently, the Construction, Plumbing and Services IRC has appointed a technical advisory group (TAG) to review vocational education and training for building surveyors. The group has met on six occasions over the last few months, and its members have worked closely with their industry networks. They’ve made a number of recommendations.  

Key outcomes

Please note, this project is a review of vocational qualifications as listed on the national VET register. It does not encompass university qualifications. 

Deletion of graduate diploma

Currently, there are two qualifications for building surveying on the national register, an advanced diploma and a graduate diploma. The graduate diploma, however, has not been delivered by any training organisations for four years. It is recommended for deletion.

Changes to the advanced diploma

The current qualification consists of 14 core and 3 elective units. The proposed new qualification will consist of 19 core and 3 electives

Limiting the scope of the advanced diploma

Currently, buildings of up to three stories and 2000 m2 can be inspected, assessed and certified by someone with an Advanced Diploma of Building Surveying. For larger buildings, a university degree or higher qualification is required.

The TAG recommends that this delineation be adjusted to two storeys and 500 m2. The reasons are outlined below.

Performance solutions

Building that are larger than this size tend to have more reliance on performance solutions. Assessment of performance solutions requires higher-level engineering skills, skills that can only be partially addressed in an AQF6 qualification such as the advanced diploma. Poor application of performance solutions is routinely found to be a major cause of building deficiencies.

While the advanced diploma covers some aspects of performance solutions—and these are being strengthened—the proposed two-story and 500 m2 limit is designed to reduce the risk of building surveyors signing off on work without the required background knowledge and skills.

Regulatory requirements

Firefighting requirements become more stringent for buildings larger than 500 m2. At this size, commercial buildings require active firefighting provisions, including hydrants and hose reels. Hydrodynamic calculations of friction and flow rate are required. Again, these calculations are beyond what can be fully covered in an advanced diploma.

Regulatory requirements for disability access, energy efficiency and waterproofing also become more stringent for buildings over two storeys.

Assessor requirements

The existing qualification requires assessors to have 'current membership of a relevant industry association and have current registration on the National Building Professionals Register in the Building Industry Control category (level 1) or be accredited under the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS) National Accreditation Scheme at Building Surveyor level’. The TAG would like to know whether you feel this is an appropriate requirement.

Addition of construction units

Trainers and assessors report that some students enter this qualification without sufficient background in the construction industry. To address this issue, the TAG recommends that four units covering essential background skills and knowledge be added to the core. These units have been updated/developed as part of the Building and Construction Project and are awaiting endorsement by the AISC. The final versions of these units are available below:

It is expected that many students will already have these competencies and will be granted recognition of prior learning.

Other units added

Ethics and performance solution units have been added to the residential skill set, and elective units have been added encompassing bushfire attack levels, reading plans, energy efficiency and thermal performance.

NCC alignment

Unit content has been updated to align with the National Construction Code, and titles have been changed to align with appropriate building classes.

Consultation strategy

Our consultation strategy is based on the principles of:

  • open and inclusive industry participation 
  • allowing industry to drive and influence change
  • transparency in communicating changes and the reasoning behind them
  • transparent, fair and evidence-based systems for addressing conflicting views

We allow at least a four-week time frame for consultation on draft one (the current stage of this project) and at least two-weeks for the final (validation) draft.

Your feedback is being reviewed

Thank you to those who recently provided us feedback through our online consultation. Your feedback will be presented to the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) who will review and further advice us on the way forward. The next opportunity to provide feedback is likely to be at the validation stage, pending the outcome from the next TAG meeting.

Summary of development

The period to provide feedback on the second draft of training products for the building surveying national qualification review (VET) has now opened for validation. 

Industry experts have been consulted to review units of competency to ensure compliance with the National Construction Code 2019 and reflect other key developments in industry. 

The purpose of validation is to ensure the:

  1. content and structure of proposed training package products meets industry needs
  2. proposed changes made to the CPC60120 Advanced Diploma of Building Surveying and units are relevant to industry needs and fit for purpose
  3. stakeholders support the proposed qualification and units of competency being submitted for endorsement.

Proposed key changes

Proposed key changes are outlined below:

Component(s) Proposed change(s)
CPC60120 Advanced Diploma of Building Surveying Modifications to the packaging rules of the CPC60120 Advanced Diploma of Building Surveying have been undertaken to ensure it meets industry needs. Four Certificate IV units on building and construction have been included in the core. The qualification also includes imported units relating to bushfire attack levels, access and energy efficiency. The proposed qualification is non-equivalent.
CPC80215 Graduate Diploma of Building Surveying The CPC80215 Graduate Diploma of Building Surveying is being proposed for deletion due to low enrolments and lack of industry demand. This deletion has been directed by the Australian Industry and Skills and Committee (AISC).
Units of competency/Assessment requirements

The units of competency and assessment requirements have been updated to ensure alignment with the NCC and industry expectations. Key changes include:

  1. building size delineation – it was 2000m2 and now is 500 m2
  2. building storey limitation – it was three storeys and now is two storeys
  3. the removal of the following statement from the assessment conditions: “current membership of a relevant industry association and have current registration on the National Building Professionals Register in the Building Industry Control category (level 1) or be accredited under the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS) National Accreditation Scheme at Building Surveyor level”.
Skill set The CPCSS00004 Provide building surveying services for residential buildings up to three storeys has been updated to reflect the recent changes to the units of competency and assessment requirements.

To read about the changes that have been applied to these units, please download the Summary of Changes Document.

Thank you to those who participated in the recent validation survey. Your responses are being evaluated and will be presented to the TAG at their next meeting.

Please note: the qualification includes four draft units from the Certificate IV in Building and Construction as core. These units are expected to be endorsed before this qualification is finalised. To view the units see the project downloads below.

The project is expected to be considered for implementation by the Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC) at their meeting on 12 August 2020.

Project downloads
CPC60120 Advanced Diploma of Building Surveying
Skill Set - CPCSS00004 Provide building surveying services for residential buildings up to two storeys
Summary of Changes - Building Surveying Validation
TAG Composition and Meetings 13 May 2020
Units of Competency - Building and Construction
Units of Competency - Building Surveying
Project Contact
Contact: Charles Donnelly

Project last updated: June 2020
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