Building biology is an emerging and rapidly developing field that explores the health hazards in the built environment from indoor air quality issues like chemicals in building materials and household products, to particulates, allergens (house dust mites, moulds and pollens) and electromagnetic fields. The extensive practical and theoretical training enable graduates to work as building biologists conducting audits in electromagnetic fields, allergens, drinking water, chemical, gas and particulate sampling in addition to providing advice to build healthier homes. The qualification is highly sought as more of our graduates are being utilised by health practitioners, integrative general physicians, mould remediators, building designers and architects and as expert witnesses in legal disputes.
Established in 1999, the Australian College of Environmental Studies (RTO No. 21740) is the first and only college to provide government accredited training in Building Biology. Our graduates are used as expert witnesses in legal situations with a recent win at the Australian Supreme Court in a mould-related case resulting in changes to the Tenancy Law Act for commercial landlords. Consequently we attract students from around the globe.
The Advanced Diploma of Building Biology (10194NAT) course is a two year full time (four year part time) course of 1,800 hours duration that is primarily conducted online. In order to fulfil the practical component of the course, students are required to attend two one week intensives in Melbourne.
The course content suits the needs of a range of health and allied professionals including general practitioners, naturopaths and nutritionists; building and construction professions such as architects, design consultants, interior designers and builders; trades such as electricians, mould remediators and loss assessors and for anybody seeking a meaningful career change.