NCC-Compliant Stairways

13 December 2021

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has released a new NCC CPD course on Stairways for practitioners who design, construct and certify stairways in residential and commercial buildings.

National Construction Code (NCC) compliant stairways are important for safe movement to and within a building. To help construction practitioners who design, build and verify stairways, the Australian Building Codes Board has released a new one-hour CPD course on stairways in buildings. The new course looks at both residential and commercial buildings, and includes:

  • stairway features such as barriers, handrails, slip resistance and fire isolated stairways
  • steps to verify on-site compliance, including allowable construction tolerances; and
  • key terminology and clarifying common misconceptions.

It also walks through a scenario showing how requirements can vary based on the nature, volume and frequency of likely usage.

The ups and downs of stairway compliance

The purpose of this course is to help you to meet the minimum NCC safety requirements for stairways. But it’s important to take a step back and recognise why compliance is important in the first place.

Housing density in Australia is increasing, resulting in more multi-storey houses, town houses and apartment buildings. With more multi-storey buildings with stairways, the risk of slips, trips and falls increases, as well as a greater potential for falls from heights.

Stairway safety is crucial to minimise the risks from slips, trips and falls – these types of accidents can be a large and costly public health problem.

If you are working in residential or commercial construction, chances are you or your staff are building a stairway in at least one of your projects.

Why complete this NCC CPD course?

NCC CPD courses provide a flexible learning experience with a mixture of written, video and interactive material. This course explores scenarios you may face in your day-to-day work so you can actually apply what you learn from the course.

This course takes roughly one hour to complete, but participants have the flexibility to stop and start it and complete it at their own pace.

The course is available online now at a special introductory price of $44. For more information, head to the ABCB’s NCC CPD website.