To apply, you will need to decide which type of licence you need to acquire. The three types available in NSW are as follows (depending on whether you want to contract or supervise building work):
A contractor licence is issued for one or three years. You are allowed to do only the types of work described on your licence.
A qualified supervisor certificate is issued for three years and does not allow you to contract for work.
An endorsed contractor licence. If you apply for a contractor licence and also have the qualifications and experience needed for a qualified supervisor, you are eligible to get an endorsed contractor licence.
The following will be required when you apply to get the licence:
details of your employment and experience
an original copy of your qualification
details of any other licences or certificates you hold.
Be aware that this is not an exhaustive list of required documents. Please visit the Building (general building work) page on the NSW Department of Fair Trading website for full details.
When it comes to experience, you are required to have worked as an employee, a subcontractor or a nominated supervisor (who holds a certificate of a qualified supervisor).
Important note: to attain your Residential Builders Licence in NSW, you will also need to gain at least 24 months experience as a bona fide employee under a licensed builder (working on residential sites and in a range of building works). The employer must confirm your experience on the referee’s statement form. In addition, you must have been paid with money for the work you did.
It’s required that you meet one of the two qualification criteria below.
– a current bricklaying or carpentry contractor licence or qualified supervisor certificate;
– Bachelor of Housing from an Australian university or a degree in a related field from an Australian university.
A degree from an Australian university (in building, construction, construction project management, construction management, applied science (building), quantity surveying, or construction economics). The degree should require the applicant “to undertake the equivalent of four years’ full time study and a mandatory work placement”.
Here is a quick explanation in terms of limited and unlimited registrations.
A Domestic Builders Licence (limited) outlines a specific area where you are qualified to accomplish tasks. Your responsibilities may be limited to the bathroom, kitchen and laundry renovation, the construction of swimming pools and spas, waterproofing, earthworks and excavation work, the construction of private bushfire shelters, etc.
Conversely, when your licence card reads “Unlimited”, it means your work is not limited by any specific area in building construction. Check the website’s What is Domestic building work page for more details.
The Registration Process
Here is a chart that represents the process of registration: from submitting your qualifications and technical referee reports to presenting police check and declarations. This process varies across categories but the main steps are as follows:
To assist you with the registration process, the VBA conducts free registration information seminars. You are encouraged to book into a relevant seminar and attend it before submitting your application.
Required Qualification and Experience
To qualify for registration as a domestic builder (unlimited), you will need the following qualification:
The successful completion of one of the qualifications below:
a Bachelor of Construction Management and Economics from Holmesglen,
a Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) from Deakin University,
For domestic builder (limited), the qualification and experience requirements vary depending on the component or class of domestic building work. The necessary information for each specific case is outlined in Experience Statements available on Victorian Building Authority’s page. Download the pdfs for further details.
To apply for registration as a building practitioner, you must complete the application form for the chosen set. There are five sets, each with different requirements. Carefully study the specifics of each and pick the one that suits your qualifications and experience most.
To apply for registration as a building contractor, first of all make sure you have checked the registration details and application guidelines.
Note that registered practitioners and contractors must renew their registrations every three years.
Want to get a builders’ licence or renew the existing one? Need a specific qualification to meet the requirements?
No matter which state you reside in and what type of licence you need to acquire, you will have to successfully complete a training program with a Registered Training Organisation that issues formal qualifications. With this, you will make sure your licence is not delayed or rejected.
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