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"Building biology is the evaluation of health hazards like allergens, toxicants and electromagnetic fields in the built environment, and provides 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. The course is a two year full time / four year part time course consisting of ten core subjects and one elective subject that is primarily conducted online in addition to 7 days of field training (total of 1,800 hours). Students are trained to identify and address health hazards in the built environment (residential) from mould and electromagnetic fields to allergens and chemicals using the latest technologies. 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 surveyors, architects, design consultants, interior designers and builders; trades such as electricians, restorers, mould remediators, pest controllers and anybody seeking a meaningful career.
Career opportunities:
Demand for building biologists has increased significantly since the Parliamentary Inquiry into Biotoxin Illness in 2018. In addition, more clinicians are becoming aware of the growing body of scientific literature associating exposure to everyday chemicals, allergens and wireless technologies with adverse health effects, and this is driving demand for our services. 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 remediator, realtors 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 s
tudents 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 (total of 7 days field training). All online and on campus subjects are 12 weeks in duration (Manage Work Priorities is 6 weeks). Students should set aside around ten hours per week in study time in order to complete a subject within the 12 week time frame. An online subject can be started at any time of the year. On-campus subjects involve live online meetings (zoom) with an instructor, followed by 12 weeks of self-directed training AND a field trip (held in Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast and Perth). Click HERE for the dates of the zoom meetings and field training.  The training will be offered in New Zealand from 2022. Part-time students are expected to enrol in a minimum of three subjects per year and complete the course within 4 years, whilst full time students should enrol in six subjects per year and complete the course within two years. Applicants can enrol in one or more subjects. The course accreditation subject and mapping guide can be found HERE.

Subject 10 Core / 1 Elective Cost Online /On campus Learning Guide Prerequisite
Air Pollution Core $795 Online Download No
Air Sampling Core $1,695 Two day live (zoom) meeting followed by 12 week self directed online training AND two day field trip 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 $1,695 Three day live (zoom) meeting followed by 12 week self directed online training AND one day field trip Yes (Electricity Fundamentals)
Feng Shui Foundations Elective $795 Online Download No
Geobiology Elective $795 Two day live (zoom) meeting followed by 12 week self directed online training AND 1/2 day field trip Download No
Research Methods Core $1,695 One day live (zoom) meeting followed by 12 week self directed online training AND three day field trip Download No
Manage Work Priorities Core $495 Online (6 weeks) Download No
Mould Testing Core $1,695 Three day live (zoom) meeting followed by 12 week self directed online training AND one day field trip 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 as a building biologist. These include questionnaires, checklists, reports and online quizzes (there are no exams). In order to gain the knowledge to work as a competent building biologist, you will be taught the skills to critically think, undertake research of scientific papers, medical journals, and government websites, and reference your work. In order to gain the necessary skills, you will be required to attend field trips to inspect properties and undergo practical assessments.

Investment:
Total cost is approx. $12,500. 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 $1695 each. We accept credit card and direct deposit. Whilst online subjects must be paid in full before gaining access to the course materials, part payment options are available for on-campus subjects. No government subsidies exist for this course.

Books and equipment required:
Students need to purchase four books: Healthy Home Healthy Family (Nicole Bijlsma), Electrical Principles (Peter Phillips), the IICRC R520-2015 Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation and the IICRC S520-2015 Standard for Professional Mold Remediation. The remaining resources are provided by the college and can be downloaded from the internet. The college will provide all equipment during the on-campus training program for the electrobiology, air sampling and mould testing subjects, however students are exptect to purchase their own full face mask (P3 respirator) which has been fit tested before attending the Mould Testing course. 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.

 

Contact
By appointment only
Unit 4 / 653 Mountain Hwy, Bayswater. VIC. 3153

POSTAL ADDRESS
PO Box 188, Warrandyte. VIC. 3113
Contact Info
1300 889 845
0417 310 002
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