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"Building biology is the evaluation and control of health hazards in the built environment. This involves assessing the residential dwelling for allergens, toxicants, electromagnetic fields and biotoxins unique to a water-damaged building, and providing strategies to address exposure and/or source control and abatement". Nicole Bijlsma.

 

 

The nationally accredited Advanced Diploma of Building Biology (10194NAT) is the first and only government accredited course of its kind in Australia that provides the knowledge and the skills to work as a professional Building Biologist at the highest level. The course is a two year full time (equivalent 3 days per week) or four year part time course consisting of ten core subjects and one elective subject which is approximately 1,800 hours in duration. Students are trained to identify and address health hazards in the built environment (residential) from mould and electromagnetic fields to allergens, chemical, gas and particulates using the latest technology. Students are also trained to provide advice to architects and building designers on how to design healthy homes to cater for people with allergies, electrical and chemical sensitivities. 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.
Career opportunities: 
As a result of the growing awareness amongst the medical and scientific community about the impact of mould, wireless technologies and toxicants in everday products on human health, the demand for our graduates has grown significantly in the past two years. Most graduates work in private practice conducting assessments in electromagnetic fields, mould, allergen and chemical testing in residential dwellings, and obtain referrals by aligning themselves with integrative doctors, health practitioners, mould remediators and building designers. Some of our graduates have been employed as expert witness' in legal disputes (VCAT, supreme court etc) including a landmark court case at the Supreme Court, which resulted in a multi-million dollar payout in favour of the tenant and changes to the Commercial Tenancy Agreements Act for water-damaged buildings. 

Entry requirements:
Most of our students are aged between 25 and 60 and do not have a science, health or building background. Whilst candidates are not required to have any formal qualifications or relevant vocational practice to do the course, they are expected to have a high level of language, literacy and numeracy skills, sufficient to analyse and interpret documents, comprehend video lectures, participate in practical workshops, adapt spoken language to a range of clients, analyse laboratory reports, conduct research online, prepare written reports to provide precise meaning which meets audience purpose, use scientific terms and symbols, interpret graphs and tables, and use computer software. Most of these skills will be taught in the course.

Pathways:
This course provides the opportunity for a professional development pathway for current Practitioner Member of the Australasian Society of Building Biologists (ASBB). 

Course structure & timetable: 
The course consists of seven online subjects and four on-campus subjects. Online subjects can be started at any time of the year and provide all of the resource materials (learner guide, manual, videos of the lectures and access to a trainer). Each subject is approximately 120 hours in duration, so students should expect to set aside around ten hours in study time per week in order to complete a subject in the required time frame of 12 weeks (which begins from the day of enrolment). The on-campus subjects are held in Melbourne (one week in May and one week in August). Mould testing is also available in Sydney, Gold Coast, Perth, Melbourne and Auckland, New Zealand. Part-time students are expected to complete a minimum of three subjects per year and complete the course within 4 years, whilst full time students are expected to complete six subjects per year and complete the course within 18 months/2 years. Applicants can enrol in one or more subjects. The course accreditation subject and mapping guide can be found HERE. Click here for the Timetable.  

Subject 10 Core / 1 Elective Cost Online /On campus Learning Guide Prerequisite
Air Pollution Core $795 Online Download No
Air Sampling Core $1,495 On campus (3.5 days) Yes (Air Pollution)
Design a Healthy Home Elective $795 Online Download Yes (Building Materials)
Building Materials Core $795 Online Download No
Business Skills Elective $795 Online Download No
Children's Environmental Health Core $795 Online Download No
Electricity Fundamentals Core $795 Online Download No
Electrobiology Core $1,495 On campus (3 days) Yes (Electricity Fundamentals)
Feng Shui Foundations Elective $795 Online Download No
Geobiology Elective $795 On campus (2.5 days) Download No
Research Methods Core $1,495 On campus (3 days) Download No 
Manage Work Priorities Core $495 Online Download No
Mould Testing Core $1,495 On campus (4 days) Download No
Water Pollution Core $795 Online Download No

Assessments:
The assessments have been specifically designed to ensure graduates have the necessary templates to work effectively as a recognised building biologist. These include questionnaires, checklists and reports. In order to gain the knowledge to work as a competent building biologist, you will be required to write essays, assignments, complete online quizzes and conduct research of scientific papers, medical journals, and government websites. There are no exams in the course. In order to gain the necessary skills, you will be required to attend field trips to inspect properties, conduct demonstrations and undergo practical assessments.

Investment:
We do not accept upfront payment for the entire course, rather students pay as they enrol in each subject. Online subjects are $795 each, whilst on-campus subjects are $1495 each. The total cost of the course is $11,245. We accept credit card and direct deposit  (EFT). Whilst online subjects must be paid in full before gaining access to the course materials, part payment options are available for on-campus subjects. As a private registered training organisation we do not receive government funding, as such there are no discounts available. 

Books and equipment required:
Students are required to purchase five books: Healthy Home Healthy Family (Nicole Bijlsma) ($40), Chemical Maze Bookshelf Companion (Bill Statham) ($20) and Electrical Principles (Peter Phillips) ($99) which are available at ACES. The remaining two texts required for the Mould Testing subject are the IICRC R520-2015 Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation (3rd ed) and the IICRC S520-2015 Standard for Professional Mold Remediation (3rd ed). The remaining resources are provided by the college and can be downloaded free on the internet.
The college will provide all equipment during the on-campus training program for the electrobiology, air sampling and mould testing subjects. Students are required to purchase their own full face mask (P3 respirator) which has been fit tested before attending the Mould Testing workshop. Please contact the college for advice on recommended brands. Students will also be required to purchase an inexpensive hygro-thermometer (~$30) from their local electronics store (such as Jaycar...) for the Air Pollution subject.