How to become an Architectural Draftsperson

Architectural draftspeople complete architects' and other designers' concepts by preparing documents (drawings or plans) and liaising with builders and contractors.

Personal requirements of a Architectural Draftsperson

  • Able to visualise ideas in three-dimensional form
  • Enjoy technical drawing and working with technology
  • Able to draw neatly and accurately
  • Good concentration and attention to detail
  • Some artistic talent in freehand drawing

Education & Training for a Architectural Draftsperson

To become an architectural draftsperson you usually have to complete a VET qualification in building design or residential drafting. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information.

Additional Information

Graduates of certificate and diploma courses are eligible for membership of Building Designers Australia. Students are eligible for student membership. Visit their website for more information. Building designers who act as sole traders in Queensland,Tasmania and Victoria, including architectural draftspeople, must be registered with the appropriate body in their state. Relevant qualifications and sufficient practical experience must be gained in order to be eligible for registration.

Duties & Tasks of a Architectural Draftsperson

Architectural draftspeople:

  • prepare architectural drawings for development and construction applications
  • analyse architects' and building designers' concepts, and prepare preliminary sketches and detailed drawings
  • produce designs, detailed drawings and documentation
  • prepare drawings showing site layouts, proposed site layouts, site analysis, floor plans, elevations, sections, three-dimensional images, materials and finishes
  • select quality of materials needed
  • prepare building specifications for building documentation to suit individual clients and tendering purposes
  • represent or assist architects or building designers on building sites to ensure plans and specifications are followed
  • liaise with relevant public sector organisations and specialist consultants (such as engineers, town planners and building surveyors)
  • examine relevant Acts, regulations, codes, standards and bylaws in the course of undertaking project documentation.

Working conditions for a Architectural Draftsperson

Architectural draftspeople spend some time outdoors inspecting sites.

Employment Opportunities for a Architectural Draftsperson

Most architectural draftspeople are employed by licenced architects, building designers and planners in private practice or in various departments of state, territory and federal governments. Firms of consulting engineers, building companies and manufacturers of building materials and components also offer opportunities. Demand for architectural draftspeople is dependent on the level of activity in the building and construction industry and may vary over short periods. There are opportunities for self-employment as a contractor.


Building Designer

A building designer an independent architectural draftsperson who designs and prepares plans for buildings on behalf of a client. They manage the building design process from design brief to completion. This includes liaising with other designers and specialists throughout the building process, such as structural and civil engineers; electrical, mechanical and hydraulic consultants; builders; surveyors; and landscapers.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT 1.4%

NSW 30.6%

NT 1%

QLD 21.1%

SA 5.9%

TAS 1.6%

VIC 25.5%

WA 12.8%

Hours worked:



Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 89%

Female 11%

Education level:

Not completed Year 12: 11.5%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 9.2%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 41.1%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 21.2%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 15.4%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 4.9%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.1%

20-24 - 6.1%

25-34 - 26.8%

35-44 - 22.6%

45-54 - 19.5%

55-59 - 8.2%

60-64 - 7.1%

65 and Over - 9.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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