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International course:

Not available for international students.

Course code:


Start date(s):

March, July

Course length:

Full Time: 4 years , Part Time: 6 - 8 years



The Bachelor of Building Surveying is a four-year (equivalent) professional course designed to meet the needs of the building surveying industry.

The first three-years (equivalent) of the course focus on the provision of a foundation of knowledge and skills that prepares you for a wide range of possible graduate vocational occupations in the building industry, taking into account the high level of mobility, especially at mid-career stage, of professional and para-professional practitioners.

The program incorporates a syllabus and subject structure designed to demonstrate the interrelationships involved in the building process that you would expect to encounter in the building construction workplace.

You will develop an in-depth technical knowledge in building surveying and will be able to operate independently as a professional within this field. Its strong vocational and building discipline focus will assist you in meeting the academic requirements for membership of relevant professional bodies in the building sector.

All academic staff in the Bachelor of Building Surveying have extensive, relevant industry/professional experience and higher education teaching experience. The facilities used by students include dedicated computer labs.

The course is accredited and/or recognized by the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors and the Victorian Building Authority (VBA).

For details on the profile of students undertaking this course and ATAR-based offers, download the Bachelor of Building Surveying student profile summary (Word - 36kb) .

Course structure

Major studies
Building, Building (construction methods), Building (economics), Building (estimating), Building (surveying), Building contract administration, Building law and building practice, Construction, Construction management. Building acts and regulation, Building Surveying Procedures


Assessment may be a combination of written assignments, tests, quizzes, examinations and practical application projects.





Anatomy Of A Domestic Building


Sustainable Building Services


Construction Site Operations


Professional and cognitive skills


Total Building Performance


Professional And Legal Environment


Codes and compliance


Manage a domestic project


Anatomy Of A Tall Building


Measurement And Estimating


Managing Multiple Projects


Business Management For The Construction Industry


Building Maintenance And Refurbishment


Health And Safety In The Built Environment


Community And Industrial Relations


Construction Law


Medium Density Sub-division And Development


Sustainable Housing Development


High Rise Development And Procurement Methods


Large Scale Mixed-Use Sustainable Development


Enhancing Value In Project Procurement


Urban Development And Planning


Risk Assessment And Management


Advanced Building Surveying


Project Inception And Feasibility Analysis


Buildability And Constructability


Design Cost Planning


Fire Engineering Fundamentals And Modelling


Performance Based Regulatory Systems


Performance Of Structures And Materials


Improving Contract And Cost Management Performance


Building Evaluation: Costs-in-Use


Risk Management For Construction And Cost Management

For a detailed summary of credit points, learning outcomes, weekly contact hours, assessments and pre-requisites, download the Bachelor of Building Surveying subject summary (Word - 54kb).

Entry requirements

Applicants with Recent Secondary Education (within the past two years)
Selection is based on ATAR

For Applicants with Higher Education Study and Vocational Education and Training Study, the following selection criteria apply:
- your entire academic record will be considered
- you need to fill out a VTAC personal statement which provides details about your past educational history and work experience.
- if you have qualifications from institutions where the instruction language is a language other than English, you may be asked to complete an English Language Assessment Test.

Applicants with Work and Life Experience
- your entire academic record will be considered
- you need to fill out a VTAC personal statement which provides details about your past educational history and work experience.
- if you have qualifications from institutions where the instruction language is a language other than English may be asked to complete an English Language Assessment Test.
- you may be required to attend an interview. If you are, you will be contacted by mail or email. Applicants who do not have the necessary academic requirements (e.g. VCE or equivalent, minimum Certificate IV or equivalent) will be asked to attend an interview to assess their suitability for higher education.

Bridging and/or Enabling Courses
Applicants who do not meet normal admission requirements but have demonstrated a reasonable case to warrant special consideration may be offered the opportunity to undertake an admission program which could consist of up to 2 first year subjects. In addition an appropriate bridging course may be required or conditions imposed on admission.

Advanced Standing
Graduates of the Advanced Diploma of Building Surveying CPC60115 may receive advanced standing of up to 36 credit points.

Articulation pathways are also available from other related diplomas and advanced diplomas such as the Diploma of Building and Construction and the Diploma of Building Design (Architecture).


You may be able to shorten the length of your studies by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training, or work and life experience. Read more about gaining advanced standing and credits.



On completion of the 27 core subjects (i.e. a total of 192 credit points), students will achieve the Bachelor of Building Surveying.

Students choosing to exit the program after successful completion of the core 19 subjects (Stages 1-6), will be eligible for the award of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Built Environment).

Graduates of the Bachelor of Building Surveying are eligible to register as a Building Practitioner with VBA when the minimum experience has been acquired.


Bachelor of Building Surveying graduates can apply for entry to any relevant post-graduate courses.


Graduates of this qualification may choose a career in the building and construction industry as:
• Building Inspector
• Private Certifier
• Building Surveyor
• Building consultant.

How to apply


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Visit How to Apply for more information on the application process.


Apply through VTAC for the February intake for full-time study.


Holmesglen may engage third parties to recruit students on behalf of the institute. Third party recruiters receive a commission and this will not impact on your fees.

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Full Fee


The above fees are per annum. These are indicative fees only.
Individual subject tuition fees are available for higher education courses.

Find out what financial assistance is available for higher education students.


Under the Higher Education Support Act 2003, Holmesglen Institute must meet tuition assurance requirements for persons, other than overseas students, who are enrolled in the higher education courses we offer in the event we cease to provide a course of study in which a student is enrolled. Overseas students refer to the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2002.

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Contact details

Building Surveying Open Days

Want to make sure buildings that go up, stay up? Building surveyors are often involved in projects from the early planning stages through to completion, and work closely with other allied professionals such as architects, builders, engineers and planners. Together, they ensure these buildings adhere to regulations. Visit us on Open Day for a formal a presentation at 6.30pm highlighting pathway options and career outcomes in the Building Surveying industry. Following the presentation you will have the opportunity to speak to industry experienced teachers who will give you the information and advise you about each entry stream. Registrations are essential for sessions to go ahead.

- , Thu, 09 May - bookings essential.

Holmesglen Chadstone Campus, Batesford Road Chadstone 3148 Australia

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