Get registered as a licensed builder in as few as six months via this fast tracked course.
Designed for those seeking formal registration as a builder after at least three years of industry experience, you'll examine the principles, techniques, and regulations of the building and construction industry primarily related to residential construction.
This course is offered in a blended teaching model via workshops and tutorials, and is recognised by the Victorian Building Authority (VBA), the registration body for builders in Victoria.
*Programs may change as training packages are updated.
This is a free TAFE priority course. Check your eligibility.
Each cluster in this course includes at least one workshop involving industry speakers and facilitation. You’ll also have access to ongoing online and face-to-face support.
Assessments include reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects,practical assignments and quizzes.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches, including seminars, workshops, presentations, and group discussions. You'll have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
This course offers learning organised into specialised clusters.
Each cluster is entirely independent of the others, and they can be completed in any order, allowing students to enter the program at any stage of the year.
Major clusters include:
- understanding contracts
- project estimating
- project planning
- building codes and standards
- occupational health and safety requirements
- business management.
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Program code: C4274
National curriculum code: CPC40110
On completion of this course, you will be eligible for registration as a licensed builder with the VBA.You may then find roles including:
- building construction
- supervision and management
- contracts administration.
You may also find employment in related fields, either on a building site or in a head office environment. You may also start your own business.
This program is currently recognised as a learning pathway for domestic builder registration through the VBA, subject to meeting their licencing, knowledge, and application requirements.
On completion of this program you may apply to the VBA to be granted qualifications as a Registered Building Practitioner (domestic builder and/or commercial builder). This is subject to you meeting their application requirements.
Free TAFE for priority courses
From January 1 2019, the Victorian Government is waiving tuition fees for this program, as well as other priority government-subsidised non-apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs.
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.
The tuition fees below will apply if you are not receiving a Free TAFE fee waiver.
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 (with concession): AU$1,000* per annum
- 2020 government subsidised place: AU$5,000* per annum
- 2020 full-fee place: AU$16,750* 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.
Eligibility criteria waver
**The Victorian Government is currently waiving two (2) eligibility criteria around prior qualifications. This means that more people who want to study a vocational education program at RMIT, and already have a qualification, will be able to access a government subsidised place in a program. Find out how to check your eligibility.
If your application for a fee concession is approved, you will be charged 20% of the standard government subsidised tuition fee for your program. You will also be charged a lower rate on your student services and amenities fee (SSAF).
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.