Frequently Asked Questions
Can I do the entire course online?
Whilst most of our courses can be completed online, some subjects in the Building Biology and Feng Shui course require you to attend live online zoom sessions and on-campus field training. The timetable for the Building Biology course can be found HERE. The timetable for the Feng Shui course can be found HERE. All online subjects come with a downloadable comprehensive manual, videos of the lectures and access to a trainer (email support).
Do I need to buy equipment to attend the field training in the Building Biology course?
No, you are not required to buy any meters in order to complete the Advanced Diploma of Building Biology. All equipment will be provided for students to use during the mould and EMF field training.
What support will I receive during my training?
You will have access to a trainer for the duration of each subject (12 weeks). You will obtain the trainer’s details when you enrol in a subject and they will keep in touch to see how you are progressing through the subject. If you habe any questions regarding the content or assessments, your trainer wil be the one to ask. Alternatively, you can ring the college during business hours and our staff will be able to answer most questions regarding course content. Some students choose to contact their tutor on a regular basis, whilst other students only make contact when they submit their assessments.
Are there any prerequisites to do the course?
You must be at least 18 years of age to enrol in our courses. Apart from that, there are no other prerequisites. Basic mathematics of at least year 10 standard is helpful (but not necessary) to do the calculations in the sampling methods subject in the Building Biology course. Students should be motivated and able to dedicate at least 10 hours of time per week to complete a subject within a 12-week timeframe.
Can I do a subject out of interest rather than enrol in the entire course?
Yes. You can do whatever subject you like (providing there are no prerequisites) and are not required to submit any assessments, however you will not receive a formal Statement of Attainment or qualification.
Do I need to buy equipment or books?
Comprehensive manuals, access to relevant reports and papers and videos are provided in most subjects which will significantly reduce the amount of texts required in the course. Building Biology students will be required to purchase 4 books, whilst Feng Shui students will be required to purchase two books. With regards to equipment, Feng Shui students will be required to buy a compass ($40) and feng shui template ($70) available at the college whilst Building Biology students will be required to purchase a combined hygro-thermometer for the Air Pollution subject (available at electronic stores). The equipment required to conduct mould testing, air sampling and electromagnetic field testing will be provided by the college during the field training. We do not recommend you purchase any equipment until you have attended the field training.
How much homework is involved?
Students should set aside at least 10 hours of homework every week to complete each subject within the required time period of 12 weeks. Please take this into consideration when enrolling. If you intend to apply for Austudy, you will be required to do a 3/4 or full time load and should expect to set aside up to three days per week over one year (Certificate IV in Feng Shui) and two years (Advanced Diploma of Building Biology) to complete the course in the required time frame.
I have not studied for many years. Will I be able to cope?
We attract mature age (predominantly female) students many of whom have not studied for many years, or even decades. We have addressed this issue by providing a student handbook and videos which contains essential information on college policies and procedures, as well as how to write an essay and Referencing Guide. Writing essays and referencing can be challenging the first time round, so students are free to discuss any concerns with their trainer. We can give you examples of good essay writing and steer you in the right direction. Remember we are here to help you succeed!
Do I need computer skills?
The course is primarily offered online which means you can start any time of the year. Apart from accessing the course materials and communicating with your trainer online, you will be required to search the internet, develop questionnaires, checklists, essays and submit reports as part of your assessments. If you are not familiar with how to use a computer, we suggest you do a course at a Tafe or Neighbourhood house before you enrol in the course.
Can I apply for credits for prior learning?
Business Skills: Students who have completed the unit BSBSBM404 Undertake (small) business planning from a Tafe or Registered Training Organisation may receive an automatic exemption from the Business Skills subject at no cost. Students who have studied a business related subject at Tafe or University or have run their own small business AND can supply a comprehensive business plan, are encouraged to apply for a Recognition of Prior Learning.
Electricity Fundamentals: Electricians and electrical engineers may wish to apply for an exemption from the Electricity Fundamentals subject and will be required to submit their current license, academic record and resume as evidence of their knowledge / experience. Click here for the Recognition of Prior Learning Form and send it along with your documentation along with a $350 fee. This is non-refundable regardless of the outcome.
How does this course differ to other international courses?
Unlike most courses offered in other countries, the Feng Shui and Building Biology courses are the first government (nationally) accredited courses of their kind in Australia and attract students internationally. We have close ties to industry and are required to ensure graduates have the knowledge and the skills required to competently conduct assessments in their field.
What does it mean to be accredited?
National accreditation was initially developed for the Feng Shui course to set a benchmark in the high quality and delivery of Feng Shui training with extensive field experience. Consequently, our graduates were instrumental in establishing both the Association of Feng Shui Consultants and International Feng Shui Association industry groups.
National accreditation was also developed for the Building Biology course as an increasing number of our graduates were being asked to provide comments on tenant/landlord related disputes, VCAT disputes, the effectiveness of post mould remediation, advice from architects and draft persons to implement healthy building design and referral from integrative physicians to identify potential health hazards in patients homes with idiopathic multi-morbidities such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
- Graduates of the college receive a government qualification that is recognised in a court of law, by ASQA the Australian national regulator for vocational education and training, and by all tertiary institutions Australia wide.
- Lecturers and trainers are industry experts with formal teaching qualifications.
- Extensive field training to complement the theory is what stands us apart from our competitors.
- Funding may be available for eligible students.
- Students are eligible to join the associations at the highest levels.