Architectual draftsperson

What they do

Architectural draftspersons interpret architects’ and designers’ concepts by preparing drawings and plans. They use architects’ sketches and designs to draft complete drawings, often into final working plans or physical and computerised 3-D models. Architectural draftspersons contribute an important part to the building process as their work is often used for building approvals, pricing estimates and construction.

Working conditions

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 gain a 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 throughout Western Australia. Browse courses through Jobs and Skills WA and search on the My Skills website to find a registered provider near you.

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.