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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.

Approved qualifications and experience

The current qualification and experience requirements, outlined below, commenced on 22 April 2016.

If you have previously held a licence in the prescribed class of 'building' and you reapply for an endorsed contractor licence or qualified supervisors certificate within 2 years of the former licence's expiry, your previous licence or qualified supervisors certificate will be accepted in lieu of the current qualification requirements. No additional evidence of practical experience is required to be supplied with the application.

All other applicants must submit acceptable evidence of practical experience and qualifications as outlined below.

Practical experience requirements

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;

 

NOTE TO APPLICANTS:

Applicants must provide their experience on relevant application forms which is the approved 'Referee Statement' form along with as many 'Applicant's Residential Building Experience' forms required to demonstrate the minimum of 2 years full-time equivalent relevant building experience.

The requirement for practical experience in a wide range of building construction work may include but is not limited to: experience that demonstrates the ability or capacity to competently manage the construction of residential building work on site in accordance with the Building Code of Australia, including dealing effectively with sub-contractors, consumers and other parties.

Relevant experience to meet the 2 year requirement may be obtained over an extended period depending on an applicant’s circumstances. Applicants must be aware that the experience that will be assessed by Fair Trading is in respect of the work performed on sites to a 2-year full-time equivalent under the supervision of a fully licensed builder (as detailed in the approved qualifications and experience above).

The majority of the sites must be for periods of time within 10 years of the application date to ensure the applicant meets the current requirements. Fair Trading will assess individual sites and will determine if the work performed is relevant and meets the requirements. When calculating two years’ site-based experience, overlapping sites can be considered but will be assessed as the one period of time.

To enable assessment of their total experience, the application should be lodged with complete information regarding all of the applicant's relevant industry experience in a wide range of building construction work. This may include as many Referee's Statement Forms and as many job sites required to reflect the full extent of the applicant’s experience.

Experience predominantly in singular trade work will not meet the experience requirements. Applicants should demonstrate experience across all stages of construction to satisfy that they have the capacity to do, coordinate and supervise general building work in the construction of a residential dwelling.

Experience as an Owner Builder or for the holder of an Owner Builder Permit is not acceptable to meet the requirements for an endorsed licence or certificate as a Builder.

The referee must have held a Qualified Supervisor Certificate or Individual Contractor Licence (Q) in the class of General Building Work issued by NSW Fair Trading during the period of time of the stated experience.

Failure to provide all relevant site based experience in a wide range of building construction work may result in the application being refused on initial assessment if the information provided does not demonstrate the necessary industry experience.

Current qualification requirements

1. Certificate IV in Building and Construction (BCG40106 or CPC40108 Building or CPC40110 Building) or (BCG40206 or CPC40208 Contract Administration) or (BCG40306 or CPC40308 Estimating) or (BCG40506 or CPC40508 Site Management) including all of the following units:

  • 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 of the following:

  • a current Carpentry or Bricklaying contractor licence or supervisor certificate, or an approved qualification that would allow the issue of such a licence (for details of approved qualifications, see Carpentry or Bricklaying)
  • Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) BCG50206 or CPC50208
  • 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.

2. Degree in Building, Construction, Construction Management, Construction Economics, Applied Science (Building), or Quantity Surveying from an Australian University which requires the applicant to undertake the equivalent of 4 years’ full time study and a mandatory work placement.

Note: A “degree” excludes an associate’s degree or an honorary degree.

To find a Registered Training Organisation that provides the qualification listed above, refer to the information on building licensing courses.

Transitional qualification arrangements

The following courses or qualifications will be accepted for the issue of a supervisor certificate or endorsed contractor licence for general building work if you either commenced or completed the course prior to 18 August 2008.

Any of the following superseded qualifications:

  1. Certificate IV in Building (3477) conducted by a Registered Training Organisation or TAFE and:
    1. a Carpentry, Carpentry & Joinery or Bricklaying Trade Course from TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation or
    2. a current Carpentry or Bricklaying endorsed contractor licence or supervisor certificate, or an approved qualification that would allow the issue of such a licence (for details of approved qualifications, see Carpentry or Bricklaying).
  2. Diploma in Building (3475) conducted by a Registered Training Organisation including TAFE.
  3. Advanced Diploma in Building (3471) conducted by Registered Training Organisation including TAFE.
  4. Certificate IV in Building Studies (1261) from TAFE and
    1. a Carpentry, Carpentry & Joinery or Bricklaying Trade Course from TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation or
    2. a current Carpentry or Bricklaying endorsed contractor licence or supervisor certificate, or an approved qualification that would allow the issue of such a licence (for details of approved qualifications, see Carpentry or Bricklaying).
  5. Diploma in Building Studies 90945NSW (1262) from TAFE.
  6. Advanced Diploma in Building Studies 90946NSW (1263) from TAFE.
  7. Advanced Diploma in Structural Engineering 91155NSW (6443) from TAFE.
  8. A Diploma from an Australian University or a body controlled by an Australia University which is a bridging or pathway course entitling the holder to enrol in a Degree in: Building; Construction; Construction Management; Construction Economics; Applied Science (Building); Structural Engineering; or Quantity Surveying at an Australian University, but only if the applicant has attained the Diploma before 26 March 2012, or commenced the Diploma course before, but did not complete it until after, 26 March 2012.
  9. Certificate of Registration as an Architect under the Architects Act 2003.
  10. Degree in Civil Engineering, or Architecture from an Australian University regardless of when it was attained PLUS Certificate IV in Building (3477 or TAFE Course 1261).
  11. Diploma of Structural Engineering (2992) from TAFE.
  12. Associate Diploma in Applied Science 15114NSW (Building) (5185) TAFE.
  13. Certificate in Building (5102) TAFE.
  14. Certificate in Building Foreman & Clerk of Works (135) from TAFE.
  15. Certificate in Building Supervision (5108) from TAFE.
  16. Advanced Certificate in Building Supervision (5189) from TAFE.
  17. Advanced Building Studies Course – Diploma in Building Studies Level V (2183) from TAFE.
  18. Advanced Building Studies Course – Certificate IV in Building Studies – Residential Level IV (2182) from TAFE PLUS either a Carpentry, Carpentry & Joinery or Bricklaying Trade Course from TAFE or a registered training organisation.
  19. Certificate IV in Contractors Management Program conducted by Back to Basics Business Training Pty Ltd ACN 077 042 490 AND a Carpentry, Carpentry & Joinery, or Bricklaying Trade Course from TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation.

 

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