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VTP220 BIM Fundamentals


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Estimated completion time: 0.5 year/s

The length of time to complete this qualification will depend on the location, study mode and selected units.
Refer to the relevant course information flyer for further information.

CDU Reference
Vocational Education & Training
Industry groups
Occupation types
Architectural Draftsperson

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is changing how buildings, infrastructure, and utilities are planned, designed, built, and managed.

3D Architectural Modellers use Building Information Modelling (BIM) software and processes to support building designers and architects.

Using contemporary tools and industry-specific software, drafters carry out a range of tasks that typically include:

  • installing BIM-capable design software
  • set up digital project files
  • applying its functions and options to create, name and save project files and templates for different types of building design projects
  • import drawing files and transpose information from drawings prepared by external sources
  • applying functions and options of drawing software for different methods of importing files
  • managing elements in imported drawings

Career opportunities

Occupations relevant to this qualification in industry include:

  • 3D BIM Operator

Credit transfers & pathways

Skills recognition

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
RPL is the acknowledgement of a person's skills and knowledge acquired through previous training, work or life experience, which may be used to grant status or credit in a subject regardless of how and where they were attained, including overseas.
This can include skills from:

  • Previous study excluding courses at another VET/TAFE institution, but including courses at school or college, through adult education classes or training programs at work;
  • Work experience (including both work that is paid and unpaid); and/or
  • Life experience (for example leisure pursuits or voluntary work).

RPL is a form of assessment. It is used to determine whether a person has acquired, through formal or informal learning, the skills and experience consistent with the stated competency standards that comprise a qualification. RPL is not time referenced, so there are no parameters on how or when the skills are acquired. However, the skills that have been acquired through life experience etc., must be current and must match the elements and performance criteria contained in the individual unit.

Students seeking RPL need to indicate this on their enrolment form at the time of enrolment.

For further information please refer to the Applicant's Guide to the Recognition of Prior Learning or contact VET RPL Enquiries on 1800 238 838 or email

Credit Transfer
Charles Darwin University as a Registered Training Organisation recognises the Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications and Statement of Attainments issued by any other Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Students are encouraged to submit any requests for credit from previous studies at the time of enrolment, to ensure they are not enrolling in units they may not need to undertake.
In order to apply for exemption/credit transfer from units completed at another training organisation, you will need to complete an Application for Exemption Form available from any campus, centre, or team, or a copy of the form can be obtained from the web.

Your completed Application for Exemption form together with attached documentary evidence (certified copy of Qualification/Statement of Attainment) to support your request for exemption/credit transfer should be submitted directly to the University either in person or by mail. Requests without documentary evidence will not be processed and will be returned to students. There are no fees attached to Credit Transfers.


VET to Higher Education Pathway Mapping for completed Awards in the same field or discipline


Pathways from the qualification

CPP40115 Certificate IV in Building Design Drafting

Course information flyer(s)

Entry requirements

CDU Entry Requirements - 2018

To gain entry into VTP220 BIM Fundamentals candidates require:

  • Successful completion of English and Maths to a year 12 standard or equivalent
  • Confident computer literacy
  • Confident 2D CAD software use
  • Understanding of architectural drafting conventions
  • Understanding of building construction systems

Students need to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment to show that they have an appropriate level of LLN skills to participate successfully in the course and to identify any additional support needs.

Course fees

Fee for Service: as per fee for service agreement

The following Fees are applicable to this course:

Domestic Students

Fee for service

In some circumstances this course may be available as fee-for-service. Please contact the relevant team to discuss delivery charges for this program.

  • This is a non-award course and a Statement of Attainment will be issued for nationally recognised units of competency successfully completed.

  • VET for Secondary Students (VSS)

    Select VSS for more detail about this program.

    Location and study mode

    Delivery at all locations is subject to sufficient demand and resources.

    Locations: Casuarina

    Study Mode: Face to face
    Some components of this qualification may be available in other modes of delivery and not all modes are available at all locations.

    Subject to demand other locations and modes may become available throughout the year.

Contact details

Building Technology
Location: Casuarina Campus
Phone: 08 8946 7508


Course structure

To achieve the Vocational Training Program - VTP220 BIM Fundamentals a total of TWO (2) units of competency must be completed as listed below. Students will be issued with a 'Statement of Attainment' upon the successful completion.

The total Nominal Hours for the sequence listed below is 80

Code Module/Unit of Competency Hours
CPPBDN4004 Set up BIM-capable software and files for building design drafting projects 40
CPPBDN4006 Import and transpose information from external sources into digital building design drawings 40
  Total nominal hours for this qualification 80

These units are sourced directly from the CPP40115 Certificate IV in Building Design Drafting qualification.