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ABC of the Building Code of Australia (online)

Know your code. The Building Code of Australia ensures all building work meets legal requirements and national construction standards. This online course guides you through the Building Code of Australia (BCA). In this BCA course online you will gain an expanded working knowledge of the Building Code, BCA hierarchy, general rules and legislation through presentations, workshops, case studies and videos.

About this course

The BCA is a uniform set of technical provisions for the design and construction of buildings throughout Australia. In this BCA course online, you will get a general overview of the BCA with a focus on the housing provisions (Volume 2). The online course will provide you the opportunity to apply your skills in a range of activities in an online learning environment.

At the completion of this online course you will be offered a 30 minute, one-on-one phone consultation with an expert presenter. This consultation will provide you the opportunity to seek individual support on any topics covered in the online program relevant to you and your workplace. If you are in search of a face-to-face Building Code of Australia course, you might be interested in our ABC of the Building Code of Australia Course.

Course structure

Building and construction is complex and there are many pieces of legislation that impact on the construction process. The BCA and Australian Standards take up the bulk of the technical requirements for construction and this is what this BCA course online concentrates on. Navigate your way through the Building Code of Australia with insight and expertise. Be able to use, refer and adhere to the code efficiently and effectively by learning from our industry experts.

This online course will cover the following content:

Introduction and Classification

  • Importance of building codes
  • Introduction to the classification system.


Part 1 of the Building Code of Australia

  • Linkage of legislation.
  • BCA Hierarchy and Governance requirements.
  • Format of housing provisions.
  • Navigating through the BCA.
  • BCA Language and clause structure.
  • Differences between BCA Volume 1 and Volume 2.


Performance Requirements and Part 2 of the National Construction Code

  • An overview of Part 2 of the BCA.
  • Discuss what a Performance Provision is.
  • How you can comply with a Performance requirement.
  • Assessing Performance Solutions.
  • Documenting decisions.


Part 3 of the National Construction Code

  • Earthworks.
  • Termite protection.
  • Storm water drainage.
  • Soil Classification.
  • Footings.
  • Reinforced Concrete Slabs.
  • Fire Resistance Levels (FRL’s).
  • Fire Separation.
  • Carports.
  • Smoke alarms.
  • Framing.
  • Light and ventilation.
  • Facilities.
  • Wet areas.
  • Stairs.
  • Barriers and handrails.


Learning outcomes

At the completion of this online BCA course you will have an understanding of:

  • The legislation impacting on construction.
  • The importance of Building Codes.
  • How to identify the format of Housing Provisions.
  • The language and clause structure.
  • Classifying buildings in accordance with the Code.
  • Acceptable construction and performance provisions.


In-house Training Solutions

This BCA course can also be customised and delivered in-house. Find out more.


Course Delivery

This Building Code of Australia course Online is designed as a self-paced online course. Participants will be able to work through the 6 modules and quizzes at their own pace and will be offered a thirty minute phone consultation with an expert instructor at the completion of the online course. Participants will additionally receive a certificate of completion.

If you are in search of a face-to-face Building Code of Australia course, you might be interested in our ABC of the Building Code of Australia Course.

Who is this course for?

This BCA course online is designed to provide people with a basic understanding of the National Construction Code 2019 with a focus on the housing provisions (Volume 2). This online course is especially suitable for:

  • Architects and designers
  • Council customer service staff
  • Councillors
  • Engineers
  • Environmental health officers
  • Planners
  • Rangers
  • Trainee and/or graduate building surveyors


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Meet the Expert

Stephen Krimmer

Stephen Krimmer
Senior Building Surveyor

Stephen Krimmer is an Accredited Certifier and Senior Building Surveyor with over twenty years of local government experience, with a specific focus on development assessments, inspections and education. Stephen provides a variety of engaging training courses to assist both local government organisations and accredited certifiers across NSW.

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Craig Squires

Craig Squires
Environmental Health and Building Surveyor

Craig Squires is an Accredited Certifier with over twenty years experience in local government certification. As well as teaching short courses at UTS for almost 10 years, he has taught at TAFE and has lectured in undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Western Sydney University. Craig is the coordinator of the Certification and Fire Safety team at Penrith City Council.

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