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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 course you will gain an extended working knowledge of the Building Code, BCA hierarchy, general rules and legislation through presentations, workshops, case studies and videos.

About this course

The Building Code of Australia (BCA) is a uniform set of technical provisions for the design and construction of buildings throughout Australia. In this online course you will get 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 in an online learning environment.

At the completion of this 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 the focus of this online course. 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
  • 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 course can also be customised and delivered in-house. Find out more.

Course delivery

This course is designed as a self-paced, online course. Participants will be able to work through the six 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 content. Participants will also 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.

Enrolment conditions

COVID-19 response 

Who is this course for?

This short course is designed to provide people 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.


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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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