Associate Degree of Building Surveying

Rank thresholdATAR: 66 SR: 66
Duration4 years part-time
Next start termTerm 2, 2024
Study modeOnline
Course codeCB99
First-year fee
$8,944 (Indicative) (CSP)


If you are looking to upskill, or are a tradesperson wanting to enhance your qualifications to a paraprofessional level, the Associate Degree of Building Surveying is an ideal course. You will develop skills that are highly desired by employers across a range of areas such as building legislation and auditing, fire safety design and inspection procedures, construction and building materials. Upon completion you will fulfil the educational requirements for a Level 3 licence with the Australian Insittue of Building Surveyors (AIBS). Learn directly from professionals working in building and construction to gain up-to-date skills and benefit from the flexibility to study this course part-time alongside your current role. 

The Associate Degree of Building Surveying provides you the skills and qualification to pursue a career as an Assistant Building Surveyor.

This course will teach you how to assess building documentation for code and standards compliance and inspect staged works for domestic and residential buildings including class 1 to 10 buildings, not exceeding two stories in height and a total floor area of 500 square metres, as defined by the Building Code of Australia (BCA). Upon completing this course you will fulfil the educational requirements for a Level 3 licence by the Australian Insitutue of Building Surveyors (AIBS).

Available to study part-time and online, this courses provides you the flexibility to work in the industry while you study and apply what you are learning in a professional setting. To grow your expertise further and become a building surveyor, this course provides you an ideal pathway into the Bachelor of Surveying and Certification.

Study experience

Career Opportunities

The Associate Degree of Building Surveying prepares you for a role as an Assistant Building Surveyor and will allow you to pursue employment opportunities within:

  • local government, state and federal authorities
  • licensing and code boards
  • private certifiers.

As a graduate of this course, you will be capable of assessing building documentation for code and standards compliance and inspecting staged works for domestic and residential buildings, not exceeding two storeys in height and a total floor area of 500 square metres.

Structure & Availability

Course structure

You are required to complete a total of 16 core units.

Unit information

For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

Credit transfer information

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer

Online Availability

Term 1, 2023Available Online
Term 2, 2023Available Online
Term 1, 2024Available Online
Term 2, 2024Available Online
Term 1, 2025Available Online
Term 2, 2025Available Online

Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.

This course has no residential schools.

Professional Practice - Australian Institute of Building Surveyors

The CB99 Associate Degree of Building Surveying course is accredited by the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS)


To be eligible

For your application to be considered, you must meet the following entry requirements. 

Rank Threshold
ATAR 66.00 | SR 66.00
A rank threshold is the minimum competitive rank that applications will be considered for entry to this course.
Recommended StudyOptional
English and Mathematics
Studying these subjects in school may help you understand more about the topics you'll study in this degree.

Student and Course Profiles

View the student and course profiles for this course and learn about CQU's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2023 via our Institute Profile. 

Institute Profile

During your study

While not needed to apply, you'll need to meet the following requirements throughout your studies. 

Fees & Scholarships

Indicative First-Year Fee

Indicative first-year CSP place

The Indicative First-Year Fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in this course for one full-time academic year (eight units over two terms) for a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP). Your actual fees may vary, depending on the units you select to study and your study load. Fees are reviewed each year and are subject to change. Understanding your fees.

Commonwealth Supported Places

This course has Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) available, and as a domestic student, you'll be offered a CSP, provided you meet CSP eligibility requirements. CSPs are subsidised by the Australian Government, meaning you are only required to pay the student contribution rather than full tuition fees.


You may be eligible for a HECS-HELP government loan if you are offered a CSP. HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that assists you in paying your student contributions. Provided you meet the HECS-HELP eligibility criteria, you may use HECS-HELP to defer part or all of your student contribution fees. 

Learn more about paying for university.

Part of your course costs will include Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). SSAF is charged in addition to your student contribution or tuition fees and is used to help enhance your study experience. There may also be other costs as part of your studies, such as textbooks, technology expenses, travel expenses, professional certifications, uniforms, or vaccinations. Explore other study costs.

We believe a quality education can be for everyone – regardless of background, location, or life circumstances. That's why we offer a variety of scholarships and bursaries that can give you a helping hand with a range of expenses and enhance your employability.

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How to apply

How to apply

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Extra admission information

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