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Architectural draftsperson

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Summary of occupation

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.

ANZSCO description: Completes architects' concepts by preparing drawings and plans, liaises with builders and contractors.
Alternative names: Architectural Associate, Architectural Technicians, Residential Draftsperson
Specialisations: Building Drafting Officer
Job prospects: Average
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

An architectural draftsperson needs:

  • technical drawing and presentation skills, computer skills
  • spatial awareness
  • artistic ability
  • a keen eye for detail and accuracy
  • excellent computer skills
  • to be able to work, liaise and negotiate with other people
  • good time management skills and the ability to meet strict deadlines.
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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.

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Salary details

On average, architectural draftspersons, classified under architectural, building and surveying technicians, can expect to earn between $1 500 and $1 999 per week ($78 000 and $103 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience. As an architectural draftsperson develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.

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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.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

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.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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