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Can I do the entire course online?Whilst most of the Certificate IV in Building Biology can be completed online, in order to fulfill the practical component (electromagnetic field and air sampling testing), you will be required to attend a seven day intensive in Melbourne. All online subjects come with a comprehensive manual, DVDs of the lectures and access to a tutor (email support). As our students come from all over Australia and abroad, we do not offer any other mode of delivery.

Is the practical intensive held in any other capital city apart from Melbourne?The Melbourne venue has been specifically chosen to conduct the Building Biology training for three reasons: our lecturers are based in Melbourne, the venue is ideal to replicate a real case indoor air quality scenario, and lastly the college is required to hire a range of technical air sampling equipment from a variety of companies - all based in Melbourne.

What support will I receive during my training? You will have access to a tutor for the duration of the subject (14 weeks). This is largely self directed - you will initiate contact as the need arises. Some students choose to contact their tutor on a regular basis, whilst other students only make contact when they submit their assessments. Our administrative staff will touch base during your studies to see how you are progressing with the subject. In addition, we recommend that you join the Australasian Society of Building Biologists as a student member to keep abreast of upcoming expos, events, news and building biology related information.

Are there any prerequisites to do the course? You are required to be at least 18 years of age to study our courses. Apart from that, there are no prerequisites to do the course however basic mathematics of at least year 10 standard is helpful (but not necessary) to do the calculations in the air sampling subject. Students will be provided with the appropriate learning tools and plenty of case studies from the tutors to ensure they are competent to analyse laboratory findings. Students should be motivated and willing to put the time required to successfully complete their studies.

Can I do a subject out of interest rather than enrol in the entire course? Yes. You can do whatever subject you like (providing there are no prerequisites) and are not required to submit any assessments, however you will not receive a Statement of Attainment or formal qualification.

Do I need to buy equipment or books? Comprehensive manuals and videos  are provided. These manuals along with the student learning guides, will provide an extensive list of useful websites which will significantly reduce the amount of texts required in the course. Furthermore, the DVDs of the lectures will enable you to review your lectures over and over again. You will be required to purchase four books (Electrical Principles by Peter Philips; Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity by Michael Bevington; Healthy Home Healthy Family by Nicole Bijlsma and the Chemical Maze by Bill Statham), which are available from the college shop. Some students also prefer to purchase a hard copy of the beautifully illustrated Your Home Technical Manual by the Australian Government rather than downloading the free copy on their website. Of course there are many more books available from the college shop which students may chose to purchase out of interest. In regards to equipment, you will be required to purchase a combined hygro-thermometer (~$50) for the Air Pollution subject which is available from electronic stores such as Jaycar and Dick Smith. All equipment will be provided in the on-campus subjects: Electrobiology and Air Sampling subjects so you will not be required to buy any instruments in order to complete the course. 

How much homework is involved? Students should set aside at least 8 hours of homework every week to complete each subject within a 14 week time frame. Therefore if you have enrolled in two subjects, you will need to set aside at least two days per week to complete them in the 14 week time frame. Extensions of up to 4 weeks maybe granted. Please take this into consideration when enrolling. If you intend to apply for Austudy, you will be required to do a three quarter or full time load and should expect to set aside three to four days per week over one year (Certificate) and eighteen months to complete the Diploma course in the required time frame. The week long intensive only covers the practical component of the Electrobiology, Air Sampling and Geobiology subjects. As such students should expect to allocate 120 hours correspondence work for each subject after they have attended the intensive. Depending upon how quickly students wish to complete the course, we expect students to work on at least one subject at a time and complete it within 14 weeks after the intensive, followed by the next one for 14 weeks and so on. 

I have not studied for many years. Will I be able to cope? We attract mature age students many of whom have not studied for many years, or even decades. We have addressed this issue by providing you with a student handbook outlining what is required. The student handbook contains essential information on college policies and procedures, as well as how to write an essay and use the Harvard referencing system. Writing essays and referencing can be challenging the first time round, so students are free to discuss any concerns with their lecturer or tutor. We can give you examples of good essay writing and steer you in the right direction. With each subject you will be assigned a tutor with whom you can ask questions. Remember we are here to help you succeed!

Do I need computer skills? The course is primarily offered online. As such, apart from accessing the course materials and communicating with your tutor online, you will be required to search the internet, develop questionnaires, checklists, essays and submit reports as part of your assessments. If you are not familiar with how to use a computer, we suggest you do a course at a Tafe or Neighbourhood house before you enrol in the course.

Can I apply for credits for prior learning? Students who have completed the unit BSBSBM404A Undertake business planning from a Tafe or recognised training provider, may receive an automatic exemption from the Business Skills subject at no cost. Students who have studied business related subjects at a Tafe or University OR have run their own small business AND can supply a comprehensive business plan, are encouraged to apply for a Recognition of Prior Learning. Students who have a background in building or architecture may want to apply for an exemption from the building design subject if they can provide as evidence a building project that specifically addresses the health hazards in the home as evidence of their knowledge / experience. Electricians and electrical engineers may want to apply for an exemption from the Electricity Fundamentals subject and maybe required to do some tutorials as evidence of their knowledge / experience. Contact administration for an RPL form and send it along with your documentation along with a $250 fee. This is non-refundable regardless of the outcome.

How does this course differ to other international building biology courses? This course is the first full time government accredited building biology course of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. As a nationally accredited course, we ensure that graduates have the knowledge and the skills required to conduct audits in electromagnetic fields, indoor air quality, mould and allergens. Consequently our graduates have been used as expert witnesses in legal disputes. Furthermore, graduates of the college receive a formal government qualification that is recognised in a court of law, by ASQA the Australian national regulator for vocational education and training, and by all tertiary institutions Australia wide. Lecturers and tutors are industry experts with formal teaching qualifications. Students are provided with extensive field training to complement the theory which stands us apart from all of our competitors. Government funding (Austudy) maybe available for eligible students. Students are eligible to join the associations at the highest levels.

 

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