Also known as:
- Architectural associate
Specialisations include: Building drafting officer
Architectural draftspersons work in offices when drafting plans and designs, but are often required to meet with clients at construction sites (locally, interstate, overseas). Work conditions can be stressful due to strict project deadlines.
Tools and technologies
Architectural draftspersons use drawing and measuring instruments and materials, as well as computer-aided design (CAD) and modelling software. They may also use a variety of stands, materials and equipment for making and displaying 3-D models of their plans. They often use cameras during site visits.
How do I become one?
Education and training
To become an architectural draftsperson, you usually need to complete a formal qualification in residential drafting or building design.
The Certificate IV in Residential Building Drafting and the Diploma of Building Design are offered at TAFE Colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Western Australia.
Apprenticeships and traineeships
As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer, enabling you to complete training towards a nationally recognised qualification. You spend time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider.
You can do an apprenticeship or traineeship if you are a school-leaver, re-entering the workforce or as an adult or mature-aged person wishing to change careers. You can even begin your apprenticeship or traineeship while you're still at school.
If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.