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Underpinning piering 

Underpinning refers to the construction of a new support structure under a wall, column or footings of a building without removing the superstructure to: 

  • prevent collapse due to excessive settlement or any other failure condition; and/or
  • allow the loads on a building to be increased; and/or
  • enable the ground level inside or outside a building to be lowered
  • underpinning is often used in conjunction with shoring.

Piering refers to the installation of a column or post supporting a superstructure, such as beams or floor bearers.


Completion of:

  • RII31213 Certificate III in Civil Foundations or
  • RII31209 Certificate III in Civil Foundations.

If you have ever held a licence in the current prescribed classes (Home Building Regulation 2014, clauses 13 and 14, excluding clause 13(a)(ii)) and you apply for a new licence, your previous licence will be accepted in lieu of the current qualification requirements.

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

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