Becoming a Building Designer

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What is a Building Designer?

A building designer is a professional who designs buildings - they may work for builders or work directly for the consumer.

Building Designers have gained a reputation of providing practical designs, understanding and listening to the client, and designing what the client actually wants.

How to become a Building Designer

Your first step to becoming a Building Designer is studying. 

You've got a few options between TAFE and University, which will determine which licence class you can apply for once you've graduated.

Applying for a Licence via the QBCC

Once you've graduated from Uni or TAFE, you'll need to get to work gaining experience before applying for your own licence.

You need two years of experience working on projects within the scope of whichever licence class you'd like to apply for.

There are a couple of ways to do this - you can go and work for a builder or work under a licenced Building Designer.

Low Rise Licence
  • Prepare plans and specifications for a class 1 or class 10 building (PDF)

  • Prepare plans and specifications for classes 2 to 9 buildings (PDF) with a gross floor area of not more than 2000m², but not including Type A or Type B construction

  • Contract administration in relation to building work designed by the licensee.

Find out more via QBCC.

Medium Rise Licence
  •  Prepare plans and specifications for buildings to a maximum of three storeys above a storey used for the parking of vehicles but not including a Type A construction other than class 2, 3, or 9 buildings

  • Contract administration in relation to building work designed by the licensee.

Find out more via QBCC.

Open Licence
  • Prepare plans and specifications for buildings of any height or floor area

  • Contract administration in relation to building work designed by the licensee.

Find out more via QBCC.

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