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Introduction to the Building Code of Australia

Learn how the Building Code of Australia - including state and territory variations - applies to the design and construction of buildings.
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Learn how the Building Code of Australia - including state and territory variations - applies to the design and construction of buildings.

The Building Code of Australia (BCA) guides construction in each state and territory. Understanding how to apply the BCA in everyday work situations ensures structures are safe and comply with the law.

In this introductory self-paced course, you'll learn how to interpret the BCA and its role in the design and construction of buildings. You'll become familiar with the BCA sections that relate to various construction disciplines, such as civil, structural, hydraulics, mechanical and fire.

Using examples and case studies, you'll cover:

  • how the law is structured in Australia
  • variations to the BCA in each state and territory
  • how to meet performance requirements under the BCA
  • subordinate regulatory documents (known as reference documents).

By the end of the course, you'll be able to apply relevant BCA resources to your project. You'll also be better informed to discuss the BCA with building certifiers and other engineers involved in your project.

This course is delivered in partnership with the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE):

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8 Hours, self-paced

This course is not open for registrations just yet. To be the first to know when it opens, please submit an enquiry.

We can arrange a bulk corporate registration for 10 or more learners.

This course can also be customised to align to your business objectives or L&D needs.

Find out how we can help you and your team by completing an enquiry form or calling us on +61 3 9321 1700.

Learning outcomes
  • Explain the hierarchy of building laws and legislation and how they are created
  • Identify and navigate relevant building legislation
  • Identify the Building Code of Australia (BCA) as a part of the National Construction Code (NCC) written by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB)
  • Acknowledge the BCA as a performance-based code consisting of performance requirements that can be complied with in multiple ways. 
  • Understand the application and relevance of state variations within the BCA
  • Determine the right BCA year and related reference documents for a project, including determining the significance of storeys and effective height
  • Navigate various and describe the various sections of the BCA, including State variations, performance requirements, verification methods, DTS provisions and reference standards
  • Describe instances where performance solutions are required, including assessment methods and approval processes
Is this course for you?

Is this course for you?

This course suits engineering and construction professionals, including:

  • design engineers
  • builders
  • project managers
  • architects

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Topics we'll cover

Topics we'll cover

  • Introduction to law
  • Building regulatory framework
  • Understanding the National Construction Code (NCC) 
  • Understanding the BCA and its structure
  • Developing performance solutions
Darin Evans
James Skubevski
Vish Gopakumar
Thomas Wise
How you'll learn

This course is delivered through EEA Online, our new digital learning platform.

You'll learn using a mix of practical case studies, quizzes and reading, audio and video materials. You'll also apply your knowledge in practice with a variety of assessment tasks.

It will take approximately 8 hours to complete.

As it is self-paced, you can start anytime and save your progress as you finish each module.

Once you start the course, you have 90 days to complete it.

EEA Online access

EEA Online is powered by leading Learning Management System (LMS), Canvas by Instructure.

Once you register for a course, you will be provided with access to the EEA Online Canvas platform to start this course.

If you are registering for your first EEA Online course, you will receive an email from inviting you to set up your EEA Online account. 

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Mobile access

EEA Online is mobile friendly, however desktop is preferred. Please read through the following information on mobile access via Canvas:

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