After being in the industry for years your nerves probably tingle when you hear you need to sit an interview with the Consumer Business Services (CBS) to discuss your Building work supervisor knowledge. Before you read on, it's probably fair to point out that this article is for tradies apply for their trade contractors licence in South Australia only.
Well don't fret, with my little team here at Qualify Me! we've devised a short list for you to brush up on and calm your nerves. The interview itself is essentially an individual assessment of your knowledge and experience against a performance criteria that we will outline shortly. To be technical, this criteria is derived from the Building Work Contractors Regulations 2011. The assessment as you would expect is actually conducted by a person engaged by Consumer and Business Services.
There are 3 major sections to this interview, the first covers
1. Building Work Management,
2. Building Technology and
Below we've listed the performance criteria that you will be interviewed against. I would recommend that you answer each of these points in context of the building work that you are seeking a licence in.
it should be noted that a building work supervisor is NOT the same as independent building inspectors who perform building and pest inspections.
Planning and organising on-site building work:
Determining the need for coordination and installation of temporary structures and facilities for building work:
Preparing project schedules:
Managing on-site building work:
Applying the principles of building work practice:
Applying the requirements of legislation, standards and codes relevant to on-site building work:
Knowing your building classes is not essential, but why not brush up on it. They include the following:
Class 1 One or more buildings, which in association constitute
Class 1a A single dwelling being: (i) a detached house: or (ii) one of a group of two or more attached dwellings, each being a building, separated by a fire-resisting wall, including a row house, terrace house, town house or villa unit:
Class 1b (i) a boarding house, guest house, hostel or the like: (A) with a total area of all floors not exceeding 300m2 measured over the enclosing walls of the Class 1b; and (B) in which not more than 12 persons would ordinarily be resident, or (ii) 4 or more single dwelling located on one allotment and used for short-term holiday accommodation which are not located above or below another dwelling or another Class of building other than a private garage.
Class 2 A building containing 2 or more sole-occupancy units each being a separate dwelling
Class 3 A residential building, other than a building of Class 1 or 2, which is a common place of long term or transient living for a number of unrelated persons, including (a) a boarding-house, guest house, hostel, lodging-house or backpackers accommodation; or (b) a residential part of a hotel or motel; or (c) a residential part of a school; or (d) accommodation for the aged, children or people with disabilities; or (e) a residential part of health-care building which accommodates members of staff; or (f) a residential part of a detention centre.
Class 4 A dwelling in a building that is Class 5,6,7,8 or 9 if it is the only dwelling in the building
Class 5 An office building used for professional or commercial purposes, excluding buildings of Class 6,7,8 or 9
Class 6 A shop or other building for the sale of goods by retail or the supply of services direct to the public, including (a) an eating room, café, restaurant, milk or soft-drink bar; or (b) a dining room, bar area that is not an assembly building, shop or kiosk part of a hotel or motel; or (c) a hairdresser’s or barber’s shop, public laundry, or undertaker’s establishment; or (d) market or sale room, showroom, or service station.
Class 7a A building which is a car park.
Class 7b A building which is for storage, or display of goods or produce for sale by wholesale. Class 8 A laboratory, or a building in which a handicraft or process for production, assembling, altering, repairing, packing, finishing, or cleaning of goods or produce is carried on for trade, sale, or gain.
Class 9 A building of a public nature
Class 9A (a) a health-care building, including those parts of the building set aside as a laboratory; or
Class 9B (b) an assembly building, including a trade workshop, laboratory or the like in a primary or secondary school, but excluding any other parts of the building that are of another Class; or
Class 9C (c) an aged care building
Class 10 A non-habitable building or structure
Class 10A (a) a non-habitable building being a private garage, carport, shed, or the like; or
Class 10B (b) a structure being a fence, mast, antenna, retaining or free-standing wall, swimming pool, or the like; or
Class 10C (c) a private bushfire shelter.
Some other useful items to consider when preparing for your interview include:
Well I hope this was helpful, and get you on your way to passing your technical interview. If you have any more questions or would like more information leave us a comment below. If you need a particular qualification, be sure to check out our RPL Qualifications which can turn your trade skills into a Nationally Recognised Qualification in a matter of weeks.
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