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ABCB’s NCC CPD Courses help design practitioners build knowledge

Jan 14, 2022 Policy & Trends

There is a lot riding on a design practitioner’s knowledge, not only in terms of client satisfaction but also in terms of how safe a building will be for the occupants. In recent years, high-profile building defects have raised the stakes, as consumer confidence in the construction industry waned.

Four online NCC CPD courses for design practitioners are now available from the Australian Building Codes Board. These courses help design practitioners deepen their understanding of relevant requirements in the National Construction Code (NCC) and how to apply them in their day-to-day work.  

Developed in consultation with industry, subject matter experts, and government, NCC CPD courses focus on specific elements of practice that impact on quality, compliance, and innovation. The courses are designed to deliver practical insights and enhance expertise, supporting the industry as a whole to achieve greater innovation while reducing non-compliance. 

Pathways to Compliance explained 

The NCC CPD course on Pathways to Compliance will give design participants a thorough understanding of the function and application of the NCC and the different requirements of Deemed-to-Satisfy (DTS) and Performance Solution pathways. This includes explaining the function of key parts of the NCC, and verification required to demonstrate compliance. 

Designing for bushfire prone areas 

NCC CPD course on Designing in Bushfire Prone Areas helps participants understand the underlying behaviour of bushfire, how risk is assessed and what the requirements are for compliant design. This is not only relevant in terms of achieving the final Certificate of Occupancy, but also in terms of addressing wider concerns.  

By having a deeper knowledge of how buildings come under attack, the relevant provisions of the NCC and the relevant Australian Standard (AS 3959:2018), practitioners will gain greater expertise in designing buildings that can better protect occupants. 

Fire safety design 

NCC CPD course on Fire Safety focusses on the complex interaction of factors that contribute to fire safety. There are provisions in both Volumes One and Two of the NCC, which mean architects, building designers and others need to have a thorough and current understanding of this significant topic. This course equips design and construction practitioners with a thorough introduction to the relevant provisions. This includes a detailed exploration of the 15 critical factors and 25 main Performance Requirements to be addressed when developing a fire safety design. 

Housing energy efficiency 

Design practitioners have choice in which compliance pathway they follow to meet housing energy efficiency requirements in the National Construction Code (NCC). The NCC CPD course on Housing Energy Efficiency will enhance the understanding of those designing and delivering Class 1 residential buildings and some Class 10a buildings by deepening participant understanding of relevant provisions of Volume Two of the NCC. 

Learn anywhere at your own pace 

The ABCB has partnered with online industry training provider, Pointsbuild, to deliver NCC CPD for design practitioners as well as courses for compliance, engineering and construction practitioners. The courses are engaging, and combine written materials, videos, images and practical information. Being entirely online also means you can learn when and where it suits you and at your own pace. 

To find out more or purchase an NCC CPD course, visit the NCC CPD website.
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