Residential Footing Design & Detailing based on Australian Standards AS/NZS

Create Your Local Design Portfolio
Australian Standards + Codes
Professional Certificate + CPD
Practice on Local Softwares
Live Site Inspections

Course Overview

This course is a comprehensive educational journey into the world of footing design and detailing, aligned with the Australian Standards (AS2870). This module equips you with the technical expertise to design and draft various footing systems (subfloor, waffle raft footing and stiffened raft footing) for two real-life residential projects, tailored for different site conditions. Through direct, step-by-step instruction on real-life projects, access to essential software tools, and interactive learning resources, you will gain a deep understanding of the critical aspects of footing design, based on Australian Standards and Codes, considering architectural aspects and construction challenges.
  • Comprehensive Footing System Design: Learn to design various footing systems like stiffened raft slabs, waffle slabs, timber subfloors, and strip footings. This includes understanding the specific requirements of each system as per AS2870, and applying these in two hands-on real-life projects.
  • Geotechnical Report Analysis: Gain expertise in reading and interpreting Geotechnical reports. Extract crucial factors such as soil reactivity, controlled and uncontrolled fill, which are essential for starting the footing design process.
  • Understanding Site Conditions and AS2870 Terminology: Learn about different site conditions, including the impact of trees on footing design, and familiarize yourself with the terminology used in AS2870 and Geotechnical reports, crucial for designing footings according to Australian Standards.
  • Practical Application in Real-Life Projects: Apply your knowledge in designing and drafting footing systems through two real-life projects. This practical experience is enhanced with step-by-step guidance from your instructor.
  • Drafting with AutoCAD: Develop skills in drafting detailed footing plans and specifics using AutoCAD. Learn the importance of providing comprehensive detailing and notes on structural drawings to ensure clarity and compliance.
  • Interactive Learning Tools: Access essential tools like Structural Toolkit and AS/NZS codes, and deepen your understanding of construction fundamentals through engaging with on-site residential construction simulations and interactive training videos.

Who Should Take This Course?

  • Graduates Seeking Local Experience: Perfect for recent Civil or Structural Engineering graduates eager to learn about AS/NZS standards and start their career in Australia.
  • Undergraduates Preparing for the Future: Great for Civil or Structural Engineering students who want to get ahead by learning about AS/NZS standards before entering the Australian workforce.
  • International Engineers Aiming for Australian Market: Tailored for Civil or Structural Engineers from overseas seeking to understand AS/NZS standards and break into the Australian industry.
  • Experienced Engineers Shifting to Residential Design: Ideal for Structural & Civil Engineers in roles like Estimators, Site Engineers, or Draftspersons, looking to enhance their design skills in the Australian residential sector.


$690 AUD
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10 Hours
Module 6
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Course Overview

Residential Footing Design and Detailing based on Australian Standards AS/NZS
You will learn how to design and draft footing systems (stiffened raft slab, waffle slab, timber subfloor, strip footings, etc.) while working on two real-life projects (step by step) with your instructor throughout the module. You will have access to all the essential software packages and resources (i.e. Structural Toolkit and relevant AS/NZS codes) you need to complete this module successfully. You will also learn about buildability and construction points by watching on-site real-life residential construction simulations and interactive training videos and images.
Module Overview:
  • Learn about different footing systems used in residential projects in Australia and discussing the code requirements (AS2870) for each system.
  • Learn the terminology used in AS2870 and geotechnical reports in order to design footings based on Australian Standards.
  • Learn about site conditions, such as the presence of trees, and how they can affect footing design and detailing. 
  • Learn to read Geotechnical Reports (using real-life reports) to extract all necessary factors, such as reactivity, controlled fill, uncontrolled fill, etc., that are needed to start footing design.
  • Design footing systems (stiffened raft slab, waffle slab, timber subfloor, and strip footings) based on AS2870.
  • Draft footing plan and details for three real-life projects, using AutoCAD. Learn about the importance of providing thorough detailing and notes on structural drawings.

In, Footing Design and Detailing, you'll master designing and drafting residential footing systems in Australia. This hands-on learning involves two real-life projects under your instructor's guidance, with access to essential software like the Structural Toolkit and AS/NZS codes.
Key topics covered include understanding various footing systems and their AS2870 code requirements, grasping AS2870 terminology and geotechnical report interpretation for compliant footing design. You'll learn to assess site conditions, including the impact of trees, and extract critical factors from Geotechnical Reports for initiating designs.
Practical skills development includes designing footing systems like raft slabs, waffle slabs, subfloors, and strip footings, all based on AS2870. You'll also gain proficiency in drafting footing plans using AutoCAD while emphasizing comprehensive detailing on structural drawings.
This course equips you to excel in footing design and detailing, providing practical experience, software competence, and construction insights to navigate the residential construction field effectively.

Career Opportunities

Completing this course will significantly enhance your skills and knowledge, specifically in Roof Design and Drafting based on Australian Standards (AS/NZS), making you a more competitive candidate. However, to gain the full knowledge and skillset required to confidently Design and Draft residential dwellings from the Beginning to the End, you must successfully complete any of the below training programs listed:
Completing any of the above will significantly improve your chances of securing interviews and a job as a Structural Engineer by providing valuable industry-specific skills, hands-on experience, and a Design Portfolio, making you a highly desirable candidate in the job market. Our programs have a strong track record, with 98% of trainees securing jobs within three months of program completion. Your commitment and dedication will play a crucial role in your success.


  • Minimum second year of Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering or Structural Engineering
  • IELTS 6.0 score overall with no less than 6.0 in each skill, or equivalent if applicable
  • Abide by the LearnPedia Student Code of Conduct, including maintaining professional standards and at the host company
  • Be 18 years of age or older

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

At Learnpedia, we offer the opportunity to grow your career through Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points. CPD is a requirement of the National Engineering Register (NER) and includes anything that helps you expand your knowledge, maintain up-to-date technical skills, and progress your engineering career. CPD is required to achieve and maintain Chartered status in Engineers Australia and to maintain NER registration. It is an integral element of a successful engineering career.

Online learning space & what you need

LearnPedia is the Only Australian Institute providing Project Based Learning (PBL); giving you the opportunity to learn while working on real-life projects from Start to End with a support channel and highly structured internships.

This course is delivered by experts in the field through designing and drafting real-life projects based on AS/NZS, and pre-recorded site inspections of residential construction sites (videos & photos) in which the trainer explains the construction aspects you need to consider in your designs.

Students can study at their own pace, from anywhere, at any time, provided they have a personal electronic device and internet access. Required programs are provided through the course.


Which software packages and resources will I have access to throughout the course and internship?

At various times students get access to Structural Toolkit, SpaceGASS, AutoCAD, Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, LearnPedia Loading Excel Sheet, LearnPedia Project Checklist, and Relevant Australian Standards & Codes to be able to practice and design real-life projects.

Will I have the chance to participate in On-Site Inspections and observe a residential project during its construction phase?

Absolutely! At LearnPedia, we blend online educational resources with practical experiences to ensure a high-quality learning journey. Understanding the link between design and construction is crucial. After all, if you're not aware of how a building is constructed, how can you design it effectively? To address this, we include simulations of on-site residential construction and interactive training materials – like videos and images – in most of our course modules. This approach helps you gain a clear visual understanding, along with the essential knowledge you need.
Moreover, we organize Live In-Person Site Inspections during construction phases, with student excursions scheduled every few months. These excursions are thoughtfully crafted to complement the curriculum and are valuable for all trainees across various subject areas, enriching your educational experience.

Will I get to design any real-life projects throughout the courses?

Students/trainees will design and draft the footing systems for two real-life residential projects throughout the course, from the Beginning to the End, based on Australian Standards and Codes. As a result, students/trainees will create their very own Australian portfolio.

Will I be able to follow the online material? Is it clear and explained properly for me to understand and learn?

The modules are explained in detail using Simulations and Interactive Training Videos; you will be taken through a smooth learning process step by step. Everything is summarised and organised so that students won't be bombarded by too much information. And while working on real-life projects with trainer guidance throughout the course, you'll get to see how your trainer implements the information provided in the course. You will also have the chance to implement them by shadowing the trainer and working on the projects simultaneously.

Will I be job-ready as a Structural Engineer after finishing the short course or the 3-month Traineeship?

Completing the course alone may not guarantee immediate employment as a Structural Engineer, but it will significantly enhance your skills and knowledge, making you a more competitive candidate. However, if you successfully complete our 3 months traineeship program (6 modules), you will significantly improve your chances of securing interviews and a job as a Structural Engineer. Our traineeship program provides valuable industry-specific skills, hands-on experience, and a Design Portfolio, making you a highly desirable candidate in the job market. Our program has a strong track record, with 98% of trainees securing jobs within three months of program completion. Your commitment and dedication will play a crucial role in your success.

Do you offer any financial assistance or payment plans for your courses?

Yes, we understand that investing in upskilling can be a significant commitment, and we want to make it accessible to everyone. We offer multiple payment plan options, including our "Learn Now Pay Later" program, which allows you to start your training with a low weekly payment. Our payment plans are designed to be flexible and accommodating, with options starting from as low as $125 per week. Whether you're an Australian citizen or not, we have options that can suit your needs. For more detailed information and to explore our payment plans, please click on this link [insert link here].

What is the required score to pass the final exam and how many attempts do I get?

To pass the final exam, you must score at least 90 out of 100 points. You have a total of three attempts to pass the exam.

How long will I have access to complete my course or individual module?

Students have 2 months from their enrollment date to complete their studies and submit all assessments and exams for this course. (Students may extend the duration of their enrollment on a month-by-month basis – extra fees apply). We recommend a minimum of 10hrs of study per week.

Moly Ashtari
Senior Structural Engineer

Moly is a Senior Structural Engineer with over 10 years of experience, leading the structural design team, forensic team, and R&D department. Her deep knowledge and expertise span a broad array of areas, with a particular focus on residential engineering. Moly works hand-in-hand with engineers, graduates, and interns daily, fostering a supportive environment that cultivates practical knowledge and essential skills for budding engineers to thrive in their careers.
Known for her professional and friendly demeanor, Moly is dedicated to mentoring and inspiring the upcoming generation of engineers, sharing her experience and insights to help them navigate their professional journeys with confidence.

Trainee Success Stories: Transforming Careers with LearnPedia

LearnPedia is committed to empowering structural and civil engineers, architects, and building designers in the Australian industry. Our goal is to equip them with the knowledge, practical experience, and essential skills needed for career excellence.
We help graduates and newcomers secure their first job by providing the latest in-demand skills, ensuring they stand out. Additionally, we support established professionals in upskilling to advance in their careers.

Madhukar - NSW

3-Month Traineeship Program - Structural Engineer
"The course provides you with knowledge and skill about Australian residential dwelling design that I feel would require 5 years of experience to gain within a very short period of time which has been made possible by our very knowledgeable course trainer, Moly, by delivering the course very professionally and with her heart in an exceptionally detailed manner. As a student enrolled in the Design of Single Storey Dwelling Course, I feel the course not only clearly explains about the basics of structural engineering design of single-storey designing but also teaches you to tackle the real-life complications that will be experienced by you in your future workplace. The tricks that Moly teaches in this course will make you more effective and productive, which will enhance your performance at the workplace and help you stand out."
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Jacqueline - VIC 

3-Month Traineeship Program - Structural Engineer
"The Single Storey Design Course has been a valuable learning experience for me. It covered all the fundamentals of the structural design of single-storey residential buildings including both theoretical and practical aspects of engineering. Moly delivered the course in an exceptionally detailed manner and was generous in sharing her knowledge and experiences in the local industry. She has been supportive throughout the course and was patient to answer all our questions. I enjoyed the whole learning experience and I’m grateful to meet wonderful people in the process."

Anup - VIC

3-Month Traineeship Program - Structural Engineer
The practical knowledge and exposure that I got from this course have not only developed the proper skill set for single storey dwelling design but also opened a broader view of how engineering and construction are done in Australia. I am pretty sure that this course will always put me one step ahead of other competitors out there not only now but also in my future career.
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Steven - VIC

3-Month Traineeship Program - Structural Engineer
"An insightful learning experience executed flawlessly by our course trainer Moly. "Her expertise in structural engineering designing was evident throughout training as she provided material that was familiar yet highlighted common real-life problems associated with designs. "Her extensive knowledge and exposure to all these challenges presented me with a different perspective of tackling single storey dwelling designs. I thoroughly enjoyed my involvement and would highly recommend this advantageous single storey dwelling design course and Learnpedia as the best Structural Engineering Institute in Australia."

Lasantha - VIC

3-Month Traineeship Program - Structural Engineer
"I was a complete beginner in design and drafting as per Australian standards. LearnPedia's Internship changed that. I got hands-on experience, learning from the ground up - from roofing to footings. The course was clear, engaging, and practical, far exceeding my expectations. Our instructor Moly was a standout, making complex topics easy and practical. Her friendly, experienced teaching made a huge difference. I also got to use key tools like Structural Toolkit and SpaceGASS, boosting my confidence. This program isn't just theory. It's about real-world skills, making me job-ready. Now, I'm skilled in using Australian standards and codes, ready to tackle real projects. If you're new to this field, I highly recommend LearnPedia. It's a game-changer!"
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Sunit - VIC

3-Month Traineeship Program - Structural Engineer
"Moly is highly professional. She is incredibly responsive and worked diligently to solve most complicated problems. Completing designing single storey dwelling course taught me so much about residential structural engineering designing projects. Her method is simple, efficient and practical. She took her time to explain every step of the way to make sure that they were understandable. I highly recommend using her method of implementing theoretical knowledge to practical solutions."
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Kim - VIC

3-Month Traineeship Program - Structural Engineer

"Having recently finished my degree and never got a chance of working on any real-life projects after graduated. This course had provided the knowledge and skills that able to fill the gap between the fresh graduate structural engineer and the workplace. The contents of the course were well organized and explained. She also shared some of her work experiences during the course. I would highly recommend anyone with the same issue as me to take this course."

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Arsalan - WA

3-Month Traineeship Program - Structural Engineer
"The content was very good, organised and well explained. I specifically like the way in which Moly tries to explain the reason behind various aspects rather than just following code provisions. This has helped me to put some strain in my brain and think of the probable reasons. She is very friendly, enjoys teaching and has a lot of patience to re-explain topics which are confusing. For a person like me who has newly migrated to Australia and is new to timber construction, this course would help a lot. I enjoyed a lot participating in this course."
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Ahmad - VIC

3-Month Traineeship Program - Structural Engineer

"Moly is a great teacher. She really cares for her students/trainees. She relates everything that she teaches to actual practice in the field of Structural Engineering.

This course has boosted my confidence to successfully complete real life projects from start to the end based on Australian Standards and Codes."

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Maryam - ACT

3-Month Traineeship Program - Structural Engineer

"The experience and knowledge gained from this course were above all expectations. The course was well structured and detailed. The steps created to design a single storey were clear and reinforced throughout the course.  The most impressive part of the course was the ability of the trainer to tie together the construction and design knowledge. She was able to provide insightful details about common designing mistakes that inexperienced engineers can make because of the lack of knowledge about common construction materials and architectural limitations."

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