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Architectural Draftsperson

VOC Course Subject Prerequisites

Also known as Draftsperson.

Architectural draftspersons complete architects' and other designers' concepts by preparing documents (drawings or plans) and liaising with builders and contractors.

Architectural draftspeople spend some time outdoors inspecting sites.


    Architectural draftspeople may perform the following tasks:

  • prepare architectural drawings for development and construction applications, showing internal and external layouts of new and proposed buildings
  • analyse architects' and building designers' concepts, and prepare preliminary sketches and detailed drawings
  • produce designs, detailed drawings and documentation using manual or computer-aided technology
  • prepare drawings showing site layouts, proposed site layouts, site analysis, floor plans, elevations, sections, three-dimensional images, materials and finishes, as well as other aspects such as joinery detailing, construction details, lighting layouts, plumbing, drainage, car parking and landscaping
  • select quality of materials needed, taking into consideration the material and labour costs, as well as construction completion dates
  • prepare building specifications for building documentation to suit individual clients and tendering purposes
  • represent or assist architects or building designers on building sites to ensure plans and specifications are followed
  • liaise with relevant public sector organisations and specialist consultants (such as engineers, town planners and building surveyors)
  • examine relevant Acts, regulations, codes, standards and by-laws in the course of undertaking project documentation


  • able to visualise ideas in three-dimensional form
  • enjoy technical drawing and working with technology
  • able to draw neatly and accurately
  • good concentration and attention to detail
  • some artistic talent in freehand drawing
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Building Designer - an independent architectural draftsperson who designs and prepares plans for buildings on behalf of a client. They manage the building design process from design brief to completion. This includes liaising with other designers and specialists throughout the building process, such as structural and civil engineers; electrical, mechanical and hydraulic consultants; builders; surveyors; and landscapers.


VOC Course Subject Prerequisites

To become an architectural draftsperson you usually have to complete a VOC qualification in building design or residential drafting. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You may be able to study through distance education.

Additional Information

    Graduates of certificate and diploma courses are eligible for membership of Building Designers Australia. Students are eligible for student membership. Visit their website for more information.


Most architectural draftspeople are employed by licenced architects, building designers and planners in private practice or in various departments of state, territory and federal governments. Firms of consulting engineers, building companies and manufacturers of building materials and components also offer opportunities. Demand for architectural draftspeople is dependent on the level of activity in the building and construction industry and may vary over short periods. There are opportunities for self-employment as a contractor.

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