Building and Construction License
If you have a wide range of experience as a builder and want to get licensed, your licensing body may require you to complete a nationally recognised VET qualification through a registered training organisation. For many experienced tradies with on the job experience, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can be a faster option to achieve a nationally recognised qualification without the need of leaving your work. RPL focuses on assessing workplace evidence collected and skills demonstrated to achieve a certificate in building and construction so you can apply for a building contractor license.
Get your RPL Qualification in
You need to have current and valid industry experience in order to qualify for an RPL program. It’s important to complete an initial skills assessment to determine whether an RPL program is right for you. As a rule of thumb depending on the type of work you hav completed, if you have more than 2 years experience in your field, then you are likely to be eligible.
Upon the successful completion of an RPL program through a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), the RTO will award you with a nationally recognised qualification in building and construction.
RPL & Skills Recognition
Turn your experience or overseas qualification into a nationally recognised qualification. Fill in any knowledge gaps with our easy & fast RPL Process. Once your skills are certified by a Qualify Me! partner provider, your career will fly.
SCOPE OF WORK
Any work that is residential building work under the Home Building Act 1989 which involves construction of a dwelling, or alterations or additions to a dwelling. It also includes repairing, renovating, decorating or applying protective treatment to a dwelling.
For licensing purposes, works considered to fall within the class of building include, but are not necessarily limited to:
- garage, carport and shed construction/erection (including kits)
- bathroom, kitchen or laundry renovations
- swimming pool building and structural landscaping
- screened, glass or pool enclosures
- atriums, conservatories
- house lifting (ie. permanently raising the height of an existing structure)
- removal and resiting of dwellings
- saunas and steam rooms.
Any contract for general building work can include any specialist work that is integral to the overall work, but such work must be carried out by the holder of an endorsed contractor licence or qualified supervisor certificate in the relevant category of specialist work.
Applicants must show at least 2 years relevant industry experience in a wide range of building construction work where the majority of the experience was obtained within 10 years of the date on which the application is made.
“Experience” means experience gained by the applicant as:
|a)||an employee of, or|
|b)||a holder of a supervisor certificate and as a nominated supervisor for the contractor licence held by, or|
|c)||a holder of an endorsed contractor licence contracted to, or|
|d)||a holder of a supervisor certificate in the capacity of a nominated supervisor for a contractor licence held by an individual, partnership or corporation contracted to,|
the holder of a contractor licence authorising the holder to do the class of residential building work in which the experience was gained (“the Work”), where the applicant, during the relevant period, was:
- supervised and directed in the doing of the Work by the holder of an endorsed contractor licence or supervisor certificate authorising its holder to supervise the Work, and this is verified in the Relevant Application Form; and
- remunerated with money in accordance with law for the Work which the applicant carried out.
Certificate IV in Building and Construction including (BCGBC4001A or CPCCBC4001A Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for low rise building projects, BCGBC4002A or CPCCBC4002A Manage occupational health and safety in the building and construction workplace, BCGBC4003A or CPCCBC4003A Select and prepare a construction contract, BCGBC4004A or CPCCBC4004A Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects, BCGBC4005A or CPCCBC4005A Produce labour and material schedules for ordering, BCGBC4006A or CPCCBC4006A or CPCCBC4006B Select, procure and store construction materials for low rise projects, BCGBC4007A or CPCCBC4007A Plan building or construction work, BCGBC4008A or CPCCBC4008A or CPCCBC4008B Conduct on-site supervision of the building and construction project, BCGBC4009A or CPCCBC4009A or CPCCBC4009B Apply legal requirements to building and construction projects, BCGBC4010A or CPCCBC4010A or CPCCBC4010B Apply structural principles to residential low-rise constructions, BCGBC4011A or CPCCBC4011A or CPCCBC4011B Apply structural principles to commercial low-rise constructions, BSBSBM406A or BSBSMB406A or BSBSMB406 Manage small business finances, BCGBC4012A or CPCCBC4012A or CPCCBC4012B Read and interpret plans and specifications, BCGBC4018A or CPCCBC4018A Apply site surveys and set out procedures to building and construction projects, BCGBC4024A or CPCCBC4024A Resolve business disputes.)
PLUS any one of the following:
- a current Carpentry or Bricklaying contractor licence qualification
- Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) CPC50210 including the following units (CPCCBC5004A Supervise and apply quality standards to the selection of building and construction materials, CPCCBC5005A Select and manage building and construction contractors, CPCCBC5007A or CPCCBC5007B Administer the legal obligations of a building and construction contract, CPCCBC5009A Identify services layout and connection methods in medium rise construction projects.)
- Bachelor of Housing from an Australian University or a Degree in Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, Architecture, Housing, Construction, Construction Management, Construction Economics, Applied Science (Building), Quantity Surveying from an Australian University.
Accessed on 1/8/16 from: DFT contractor’s licence
Can I Apply?
The RPL and trade skills recognition programs are available to tradesmen with local experience or have completed partial studies in Australia. In some cases these programs can also help migrants fast-track their qualifications providing they have relevant experience, qualifications and well aware of the Australian standards and requirements.