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Start Date
February
July

Duration
0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code
ICBE

SATAC Code
4GC075 (External)

Study as
Part-time only

Degree overview

  • Develop the knowledge and skills to become a professional building surveyor in Australia.
  • Gain a strong understanding of the construction industry and its key stakeholders.
  • Focus on building processes and technology, construction law, and building regulations and codes.
  • Benefit from flexible study with the program delivered completely online.
  • A pathway into the UniSA Graduate Diploma in Building Surveying, which fulfils the educational requirements for Building Surveyor level accreditation.

Snapshot

Snapshot

Are you a professional in the construction and building industry looking to advance your career? This qualification will help you make the move into building surveying.

Your studies will deepen your understanding of the construction industry and its key stakeholders, and provide you with insight into building surveying. You will focus on building processes and technology, construction law, and building regulations and codes.

This qualification is available online only.

The graduate certificate is a pathway into the Graduate Diploma in Building Surveying which fulfils the educational requirements for Building Surveyor level accreditation by the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

In this graduate certificate you will develop a broad understanding of the construction industry and an insight into building surveying. Your courses will cover topics such as:

  • process and technology
  • the Australian legal system and key principles of construction law
  • assessment and analysis of structures in buildings and the behaviour of the materials used in these structures
  • building regulations and codes

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
The Constructed Environment BUIL 5036 4.5
Introduction to Construction Law BUIL 5035 4.5
Building Structures and Materials BUIL 5037 4.5
Building Surveying CIVE 3012 4.5

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • assignments
  • projects
  • examinations  

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Why Graduate Certificate in Building Surveying

Why this Degree

You will learn the fundamentals of building surveying, and practical skills that you can apply directly to your day-to-day work such as:

  • building process and technology
  • the Australian legal system and key principles of construction law
  • assessment and analysis of structures in buildings and the behaviour of the materials used in these structures
  • building regulations and codes, industry roles and responsibilities

Real-world connections

This qualification has been developed by academics and researchers with strong industry associations, in consultation with our industry partners. It is contemporary, relevant to today’s workplaces and respected by employers and industry.

The skills and knowledge you develop will have immediate practical application to your everyday working life.

Online study

Online study

This degree is offered online. This means that you:

  • will study online, including accessing access videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use discussion forums for team work and communication

With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment, you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. 

Please note that for some degrees, some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any applicable requirements will be detailed on the degree webpage.

Career outcomes

Your career

Careers to consider:

  • building surveyor: ensuring buildings are safe to occupy, energy efficient, accessible and meet all legal requirements as a statutory responsibility; assessing, certifying and inspecting building works; working in design, fire safety, energy efficiency and access solutions; supporting the legal process as educators and expert witnesses
  • estimator: compiling cost estimates based on variables such as labour, materials and equipment; working out how much a project is likely to cost and creating budgets; analysing different quotes from sub-contractors and suppliers
  • construction planner: developing time plans on construction projects so the project is completed safely, on time and within budget; thinking critically; working with managers and engineers to discuss progress and address issues that arise; organising the stages of construction development

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and areas that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services can make your life at university easier. We provide a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling. You can also access a range of services through our students association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

Mrs Debbie Frisby

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