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ABC of the Building Code of Australia

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

About this course

The Building Code of Australia is a uniform set of technical provisions for the design and construction of buildings throughout Australia. In this course you will receive a general overview of the BCA with a focus on the housing provisions (volume 2). The course will provide you the opportunity to apply your skills in a range of activities during practical workshops. 

“ The presenters were very knowledgeable and were top experience in the field. I like the practical nature of the course showing relevant examples applicable to day-to-day work projects.”

“Great delivery with a mix of speakers, explanatory information, videos and the like made it interesting and informative.“

If you would like to complete the course online in a distance-learning capacity, you might be interested in our ABC of the Building Code of Australia (online) short 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, which is what this course 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.

The following content will be covered during the course:

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 course you will have an understanding of:

  • The legislation impacting on construction in NSW.
  • 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.

In-house training solutions

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

Delivery style

This course will be delivered as an interactive workshop consisting of an instructor-led lecture, group and individual activities. This training approach allows participants to work through concepts introduced by the trainer in an application-focused teaching environment. Participants will challenge their understanding of the concepts and consider their application once back in their individual workplace.

If you are in search of online courses or distance learning, you might be interested in our ABC of the Building Code of Australia Course Online.


Full price: $685.00 (GST-free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase. 

Enrolment conditions

COVID-19 response 

Who is this course for?

This course is designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of the National Construction Code 2019 with a focus on the housing provisions (volume 2). The 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.


23 March




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Stephen Krimmer

Stephen Krimmer
Senior Building Surveyor

Stephen is an accredited certifier and supervisor with over twenty years' local government experience, with a specific focus on swimming pool assessment, inspections and education. He delivers engaging swimming pool training courses to assist both local government organisations and accredited certifiers.

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Craig Squires

Craig Squires
Environmental Health and Building Surveyor

Craig is an environmental health and building surveyor with almost twenty years' of experience in local government. He has taught at the University of Western Sydney and at TAFE and works at Penrith City Council.

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