Bricklaying

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    Information on bricklaying licences or certificates. Use the menu on the right to find what you need.

    You must have a licence before you do any residential building work in NSW, including bricklaying, that is valued at more than $5000 (incl GST) in labour and materials.

    Bricklaying means erecting structures (such as buildings) by putting together ‘individual masonry units’ known as bricks or blocks.

    A brick is a solid or perforated masonry unit used for building purposes such as walling or paving.

    Bricks are generally a rectangular shape and small enough to be picked up with one hand.

    A block is a component made from concrete, clay, gypsum or similar materials that is used to build walls or partitions. A block is usually larger than a brick.

    Blocks are generally perforated (have holes in them), have hollow cores or are made of autoclaved aerated concrete to reduce their weight.

    Bricklaying work includes:

    • brick fences and footings for freestanding brick fences where the footings will not have to bear loads other than the completed brickwork, gates or decorative features
    • brick retaining walls that do not require approval under the Local Government Act 1993 (retaining walls that need this approval are, for licensing purposes, considered to be structural landscaping)
    • flashing associated with bricklaying work
    • concreting works that are minor and provide needed support for bricklaying work.

    To learn more about what is considered bricklaying see the definition in schedule 4 of the Home Building Regulation 2014.

    The licensing categories of bricklaying and stonemasonry does not include concreting work that is structural or that provides structural support (eg concrete slabs, concrete footings).

    This is except for footings for free standing fences or walls that are only going to bear the weight of the parts that make up the fence or wall.

    For example, bricklaying does not include concrete footings for dwelling walls or retaining walls.

    Licence types

    Bricklaying is Trade Work.

    There are different types of licences available in NSW depending on whether you want to contract for another party or supervise work.

    A contractor licence allows you to contract and advertise to do work. You can only do the types of work described on your licence card. Contractor licences can be issued to individuals and to companies and partnerships.

    From 1 July 2020, you can apply for a 1, 3 or 5 year licence.

    A qualified supervisor certificate allows you to supervise and do the work described on your certificate. Qualified supervisor certificates are only issued to individuals. A qualified supervisor certificate does not allow you to contract for work.

    From 1 July 2020, you can apply to have a Qualified Supervisor Certificate issued for 1, 3 or 5 years.

    An endorsed contractor licence is issued to individuals who apply for a contractor licence and who also have the qualifications and experience needed to be a qualified supervisor. Endorsed contractor licence cards have ‘contractor licence (Q)’ printed on them to show they are also equivalent to a Qualified Supervisor Certificate.

    Apply for a licence or certificate

    This information is for individuals. See information for companies and partnerships.

    Once you know what licence type you want, and you have checked you have the right qualifications, you can apply for a licence or certificate.

    How to apply

    You must lodge your application and payment in person at a Service NSW centre.

    What you need

    Forms you will need:

    You will also need:

    • an original copy of your qualification/s, such as your certificate. See Qualifications for more information on what you need to have
    • details of any past or current licences or certificates you hold
    • details of your employment and experience
    • details of any past compliance issues, insolvency matters, or criminal offences (if applicable)
    • one passport size photo
    • proof of identify
    • payment

    The application form and checklist have more information about each of these items.

    You can also ask at your nearest Service NSW centre for these forms.

    Fees

    Find out what fees apply for 2020-2021 on our Home Building fees page.

    Vary your licence or certificate

    The information on this page is for individuals. See information for companies and partnerships.

    Add a category to your licence or certificate

    If you gain more qualifications that allow you to do more types of work, such as other building work, trade work or specialist work, you can apply to add a category to your individual contractor’s licence and/or your qualified supervisor’s certificate.

    How to apply

    You must lodge your application in person at a Service NSW centre.

    What you need

    Forms you will need:

    You will also need:

    • details of past or current licences or certificates you hold
    • an original copy of your qualification/s, such as your certificate. See Qualifications for more information on what you need to have
    • details of your employment and experience
    • details of any past compliance issues, insolvency matters, or criminal offences (if applicable)
    • one passport size photo
    • proof of identify
    • payment

    The application form and checklists have more information about each of these items.

    You can also ask at your nearest Service NSW centre for these forms.

    Fees

    Find out what fees apply for 2020-2021 on our Home Building fees page.

    Change a condition on your licence

    Your licence or certificate allows you to do and/or supervise the work described on your licence card, subject to any specified conditions. These conditions may be imposed for a number reasons that limit the scope of work you are able perform, or place other requirements on the licence or certificate holder. They may be as a result mutual recognition processes, disciplinary action, bankruptcy, external administration or other factors.

    If circumstances change, and this affects your ability to do the work described on your licence card, you must let us know within seven days. If you wish to have your licence or certificate updated to remove limitations on your category of work, you will need to make an application to vary your licence or certificate. Refer to the Add a category to your licence or certificate section above.

    Qualifications needed

    To get a licence or certificate to do bricklaying, you must complete one of the qualifications listed below.

    To find organisations that deliver nationally recognised training, go to training.gov.au and search via the course code or name.

    If you are currently an apprentice or trainee, you cannot apply for a licence or certificate. You must apply as soon as you finish your apprenticeship or traineeship to be able to keep working.

    If you hold a licence from interstate or New Zealand, and want to work in NSW, see Mutual Recognition.

    If you trained overseas, see Overseas Trained Applicants.

    Qualifications:

    • CPC30111/ CPC30108/ BCG30103 Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying
      or
    • BCG30698 Certificate III in General Construction (Bricklaying/Blocklaying), TAFE course #8064
      or
    • Qualification 4640 Certificate III in Bricklaying Trade TAFE course #2160
      or
    • Certificate III in Bricklaying Trade TAFE course #5159.

    Previous licence or certificate holders

    You do not need to show your qualifications if:

    1. You have ever held an endorsed contractor licence or qualified supervisor certificate in bricklaying that had no restrictions or conditions. If you apply for a new endorsed contractor licence or qualified supervisor certificate, we will accept your previous licence or certificate in place of the current qualification requirements.
    2. You have held an endorsed contractor licence or qualified supervisor certificate in the last five years in bricklaying that had restrictions or conditions. We will assess your application and reissue you a licence or certificate that reflects the scope of work that your licence or certificate covered. This may include some conditions or restrictions.

    You will be issued the same licence or qualified supervisor number you had before if your application is approved

    Renew or restore a licence or certificate

    This information is for individuals. See information for companies and partnerships.

    We will send you a renewal form in the mail several weeks before your licence or certificate is due to expire.

    How to renew

    You can use the details on the renewal form to renew your licence online at Service NSW. You can also renew in person at your nearest Service NSW centre.

    What you need

    • your licence number
    • renewal form
    • payment
    • additional details forms (if applicable)
    • details of any past compliance issues, insolvency matters, or criminal offences (if applicable)
    • details of change of any circumstances to the licence or certificate

    If we approve your application, we will post your new licence to you. Read reasons why an application may not be approved.

    If your licence is going to expire soon and you have not gotten your renewal form, contact us on 13 32 20. It is your responsibility to renew your licence on time.

    Fees

    Find out what fees apply for 2020-2021 on our Home Building fees page.

    Late renewals

    If you don't renew on time and your licence expires, you will have to apply to have your licence restored and pay a restoration fee.

    There is a uniform period of 3 months in which you can apply to have your expired licence restored.

    Visit Licence Restoration Fees for more information.

    You can use the details on your renewal form to apply to restore your licence at a Service NSW centre.

    Restoration fees

    Find out what fees apply for 2020-2021 on our Home Building fees page.

    Update your licence details

    This information is for individuals. See information for companies and partnerships.

    If you change your name, address or other contact details, you must let us know within seven days.

    Update your address, phone number or email address

    How to update

    You can update your details online at Service NSW. Your current email address and mobile phone number needs to be registered with Fair Trading to be able to update online.

    You can also update your details in person at a Service NSW centre.

    What you need

    • your licence number
    • your new contact details
    • completed notification of change of address form (only needed by individuals who want to update their details in person at a Service NSW centre rather than online).

    Update your name

    How to update

    You must lodge your application in person at a Service NSW centre.

    What you need

    Replace a licence

    If your licence or certificate has been damaged, lost or stolen, you can order a replacement at a Service NSW centre.

    What to do

    You must lodge your application form and payment in person at a Service NSW centre.

    Fees

    Find out what fees apply for 2020-2021 on our Home Building fees page.

    Interstate and New Zealand licences

    If you have a licence from interstate or New Zealand, and want to apply to work in NSW, see Mutual Recognition.

    Insurance requirements

    If you are a licensed builder or tradesperson in NSW, you need to get home building compensation (HBC) cover for each home building project over $20,000 including GST.

    HBC cover, which used to be called ‘home warranty insurance’, protects homeowners as a last resort if you cannot complete building work or fix defects.

    Visit the State Insurance Regulatory Authority's website for more information.

    Insolvency matters

    Current bankruptcy and external administration 

    If you are applying for a licence and are currently bankrupt or the director of a company that is under external administration (other than external administration resulting from a member's voluntary winding up of the body corporate), a contractor’s licence may be granted with the condition 'contracts not to exceed $20,000 in value'.

    Bankruptcy or external administration within three years 

    If you are applying for a licence and have been discharged from bankruptcy or were previously a director of a company in external administration (other than external administration resulting from a member's voluntary winding up of the body corporate), and if we grant you a contractor licence, it may come with the condition:

    • contracts not to exceed $20,000 in value, or
    • contracts not to exceed $20,000 in value except for subcontract to licensed contractor.

    Cancelled or suspended licences

    Your licence or certificate can be cancelled or suspended if you:

    • become involved in unlawful activity
    • get a licence by misrepresentation or fraudulent means
    • become bankrupt or subject to a winding up order

    Also, if the holder of a company or partnership licence goes more than 30 days without an acceptable nominated supervisor, without prior consent from Fair Trading, the licence will be cancelled.

    If your licence is cancelled, we will not refund any of the fees paid.

    Immediate action required

    If your licence or certificate has been cancelled or suspended you must immediately:

    • stop all business activity that relates to the licence or certificate
    • remove any sign or advertisement which indicates the conduct of business activity that relates to the licence or certificate
    • return the licence or certificate to NSW Fair Trading by mail or at a Service NSW centre.

    You should also let your clients know, either verbally or in writing, that your licence has been cancelled or suspended and you are unable to complete any unfinalised work.

    Automatic licence suspension

    Your licence will be automatically suspended if you do not comply with an order by a court or the NSW Civil or Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) to pay money for a building claim. Read more.