Important: The Building and Development Certifiers Act and Regulation commenced on 1 July 2020.
This new legislation has been created to regulate the certifier industry. It also brings changes in key areas that certifiers need to understand.
To become a registered certifier in NSW, you must apply to Fair Trading. Including all required information will help us process your application more quickly.
Email your completed application form to email@example.com and pay the fee by electronic funds transfer/bank deposit.
On this page:
- Apply for individual registration
- Apply for corporate registration
- Apply for mutual recognition (for certifiers outside NSW)
- Change your registration details
- Renew registration
- Reinstate registration that expired less than three months ago
- Change your details
Apply for individual registration
All applicants need to submit the registration application form (PDF, 465.05 KB) plus the following as needed (not all documents are needed for all classes of registration):
Building surveying applicants
Submit the information/documents as explained in our guides:
- building surveyor—unrestricted: knowledge, skills and experience guide
- building surveyor—restricted (all classes of building): knowledge, skills and experience guide
- building surveyor—restricted (class 1 and 10 buildings): knowledge, skills and experience guide
Building inspector applicants
Download the building inspector guide to find out the requirements for becoming a building inspector.
Submit the below template to demonstrate attendance at critical stage inspections required for class 1 and class 10 buildings.
All other applicants
Applicants except swimming pool inspectors and building inspector pathway 2 students, submit a report demonstrating how you satisfy the knowledge and skills requirements.
Download the relevant guide to help prepare your report:
- certifier—energy management
- certifier—fire safety
- certifier—hydraulic (building)
- certifier—hydraulic (specialty)
- certifier—hydraulic (stormwater)
- certifier—location of works
- certifier—road and drainage
Apply for corporate (company) registration
Apply for mutual recognition
If you are a registered certifier in another State/Territory, you can apply for registration in NSW under mutual recognition laws:
Changing your registration details
To add, change or remove a class or condition of registration:
Renew registration every 1, 3 or 5 years
If your renewal form is received by Fair Trading before your registration expires, your registration will continue even if your form is still being processed after the expiry date.
Even if you renew every 3 or 5 years, you must still submit evidence of professional indemnity insurance every year to Fair Trading.
Registration that expired less than 90 days ago
If your registration expired within the last 90 days, complete an application to reinstate your registration. If it expired more than 90 days ago, you must complete a new application.
You can't carry out any certification work until you've been advised of your application's outcome.
Change your details
It’s important that Fair Trading have your current details.
If you need to let us know of a change to your personal, business, employment or insurance details, complete and submit the Change of Details PDF, 105.24 KB form form within 14 days of the change.