Sustainable Built Environment

Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Built Environment

Prog. Code: 
7332
Duration: 
1 year part-time
Entry*

Suspended

Options

Part-time

Commonwealth Supported Places

No

Professional Recognition

No

The Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Built Environment is an advanced interdisciplinary coursework program which enables graduates from a wide range of backgrounds to develop and consolidate their knowledge and skills in the application of the principles of sustainable development to the planning, design, construction and management of the built environment. 

The program responds to the increasing demand for built environment and related professionals with the capacity to meet the growing challenges of sustainable development in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region and the expansion of specialised career opportunities in both the public and private sector.

*This program is suspended and the final intake will be T3 2020. From 2021, you will be able to study Sustainable Built Environment courses as electives in Architecture, City Planning, Construction Project Management, Landscape Architecture, and Property and Development.

Key Information

Program details

The Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Built Environment is a 0.7 year program consisting of 4courses (24 Units Of Credit/UOC).

The program includes:

  • 4 Core Courses

Key Areas of Study
Sustainability and Habitability
Resources, Materials and Sustainability
Energy and the Built Environment
Sustainable Development

Progression Pathway
The Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Built Environment is an articulated pathway to the Master of Sustainable Built Environment.

If you are considering progressing to the Master of Sustainable Built Environment and wish to undertake the Research Project, please replace one elective course in the diploma, with the Research Seminar. 

For course listing, descriptions and timetables please see the UNSW Online Handbook. 

Please note that the Graduate Certificate is not available to International students as it can only be undertaken on a part-time basis. 

Accreditation

Progression to the Master of Sustainable Built Environment attracts the following accreditations:

Environmental Auditor training
UNSW is an Exemplar Global Certified TPECS* Provider for the following competency units:

  • Exemplar Global – AU – Management Systems Auditing; and

  • Exemplar Global - EM - Environmental Management Systems.

Satisfactory completion of these competency units meets the training and examination requirements for certification with Exemplar Global as an Environmental Auditor.

The specific level of auditor certification initially achievable will depend on the applicant’s work experience and also prior auditing experience (if any).

*(TPECS =Training Provider and Examiner Certification Scheme)

Green Star Accredited Professional (GSAP) training

  • UNSW has embedded the Green Star Design & As Built Foundation course into SUSD0003 Energy and the Built Environment from second semester 2014 (UNSW pays the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) presenter the standard sessional lecture rate).

  • The course is taught over a day – half lecture, half workshop.

  • In order for students to take the exam to become a Green Star Accredited Professional (GSAP) at a discounted price ($99 instead of $150) GBCA proposes that students enrol in the Future Green leaders program (free of charge) which will give them access to a range of discounts if under the age of 30. Future Green Leaders will also give them access to the technical manuals they will need to review in order to sit the exam.

  • UNSW pay an accreditation fee to GBCA equivalent to membership fee.

Infrastructure Sustainability Accredited Professional (ISAP) training

  • Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) provides required training to students enrolled in BENV7732 Sustainable Infrastructure and Transport (UNSW pays the ISCA Trainer standard guest lecture rate for the lecturing component).

  • Students receive the IS Technical Manual as part of this training. Students can sit for the exam to become an Infrastructure Sustainability Accredited Professional (ISAP) by paying a discounted fee ($100). ISAPs become part of the ISAP network including the LinkedIn group.

  • UNSW Built Environment pays an accreditation fee to ISCA equivalent to membership (note that this membership relates to the Faculty, not the University, to save costs). So in addition to the ISAP training for students, the Faculty receives the usual benefits of ISCA membership.

Career opportunities

The program responds to the increasing demand for built environment and related professionals with the capacity to meet the growing challenges of sustainable development in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region and the expansion of specialised career opportunities in both the public and private sector. 

Related Degrees
Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Built Environment
Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Built Environment

Why UNSW Built Environment
  • UNSW ranks 25th in the world and 4th in Australia in Architecture/Built Environment (QS World Rankings 2019)
  • UNSW Sydney ranks in the top 100 universities worldwide (Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2019)

  • In the 2015 Excellence for Research in Australia (ERA) UNSW was rated as the equal-top university nationally in Built Environment and Design. Its rating in Urban Planning research was also the joint highest in Australia.

  • Professional accreditation for the Master of Sustainable Built Environment

  • Progression to Graduate Diploma and Master of Sustainable Built Environment

  • Specialised streams

  • Interdisciplinary projects

Entry requirements

To be eligible for this program you must have: 

  • A four-year undergraduate degree with a Credit average or above (WAM 65+ or equivalent) in a relevant field such as Built Environment disciplines or related areas such as environmental science or engineering.

In exceptional circumstances, we will consider relevant, professional experience of at least 5 years. Roles include building designer, environmental planner, construction project manager, environmental/sustainability project officer, building sustainability/energy efficiency assessor or built environment consultant with an environmental/sustainability focus. Applicants will need to demonstrate that they have achieved the same knowledge and skills (learning outcomes) through their formal or informal learning as the qualifications listed for entry for this program. 

Pathways

Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Built Environment students with a credit average or above may apply for entry into a Graduate Diploma or Master’s program with full credit for courses completed in earlier programs in the sequence.

How to apply

All domestic and international students can apply for postgraduate coursework online:

  • Apply online (International students must pay an application fee of $125.)

Application deadlines:

  • Term 1 (February) - apply by 30 November*
  • Term 3 (September) - apply by 31 July

Late applications may be accepted after the closing dates subject to the availability of places.

If you gain entry into a program at UNSW, you can then be assessed for transfer credit for courses (subjects) studied in your previous degree. 

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