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    All the information you need to get a licence or certificate in kitchen, bathroom and building renovation. Use the menu on this page to find what you need.

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

    Kitchen, bathroom and laundry renovation is work involved in the installation, refurbishment, restoration and on-site repairs of or to a kitchen, bathroom or laundry. It does not include work affecting any internal or external load bearing part of the building that is essential to the stability of the building or any part of it, including things such as foundations, floors, walls, roof, columns and beams.

    Any contract for kitchen, bathroom or laundry renovations can include any specialist work that needs to be done as part of the overall job, and any specialist work can be appropriately subcontracted. However this work must be carried out by the holder of an endorsed contractor licence or qualified supervisor certificate in that specialist category.

    Licence types

    There are different types of licences available in NSW depending on whether you want to contract 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. You can choose to have a contractor licence issued for one or three years.

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

    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:

    • details of any 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 checklist have more information about each of these items.

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

    Fees

    These fees are for individual licences. See company and partnership licence fees.

    Licence typeLicence fee*Processing feeTotal
    Building contractor licence - 1 year $389$296$685
    Building contractor licence - 3 years $986$296$1282
    Building qualified supervisor certificate - 3 years $161$88$249

    *Licence fees are refundable if your application is refused or withdrawn. Processing fees are not refundable.

    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

    These fees are for individual licences. See company and partnership licence fees.

    Add a building category to:Licence fee*Processing feeTotal
    Building contractor licence -$296$296
    Trade or specialist contractor licence-$296$296
    Building qualified supervisor certificate -$88$88
    Trade or specialist supervisor certificate-$88$88
    Add a trade or specialist category to:Licence fee*Processing feeTotal
    Building contractor licence -$151$151
    Trade or specialist contractor licence-$151$151
    Building qualified supervisor certificate -$88$88
    Trade or specialist qualified supervisor certificate-$88$88
    Tradesperson certificate -$88$88

    *Licence fees are refundable if your application is refused or withdrawn. Processing fees are not refundable.

    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. Conditions may be imposed for a number reasons and limit the scope of work you are able to do, or place other requirements on the licence or certificate holder. They may be as a result of 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 kitchen, bathroom and laundry renovation work, you must hold one qualification from Group A and one from Group B, 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.

    Group A

    An endorsed contractor licence or qualified supervisor certificate in the category of:

    1. carpentry; or
    2. joinery; or
    3. plumbing; or
    4. wall and floor tiling;

    which is current on the date you lodge your application, or a qualification approved for the time being under section 33D(1) of the Home Building Act for the issue of for such a licence or certificate.

    Group B

    You must also hold one of the following six Group B qualifications:

    1.  Complete the following units of competency:

    • CPCCBC4001A / BCGBC4001A Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for low-rise building projects; and
    • CPCCBC4002A/ BCGBC4002A Manage occupational health and safety in the building and construction workplace; and
    • CPCCBC4003A/ BCGBC4003A Select and prepare a construction contract; and
    • CPCCBC4004A/ BCGBC4004A Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects; and
    • CPCCBC4005A/ BCGBC4005A Produce labour and material schedules for ordering; and
    • CPCCBC4006A/ CPCCBC4006B/ BCGBC4006A Select, procure and store construction materials for low-rise projects; and
    • CPCCBC4007A/ BCGBC4007A Plan building or construction work; and
    • CPCCBC4008A/ CPCCBC4008B/ BCGBC4008A Conduct on-site supervision of the building and construction project; and
    • CPCCBC4009A/ CPCCBC4009B/ BCGBC4009A Apply legal requirements to building and construction projects

    OR

    2.  Complete the following units of competency:

    • MSFFT4001 / LMFFT4001A/ LMFFT4001B Coordinate on-site installation of furnishing products; and
    • MSFFT4009/ LMFFT4009A/ LMFFT4009B Match furnishing style/materials to customer requirements; and
    • MSFGN3002/ LMFGN3002A/ LMFGN3002B or Estimate and cost job; and
    • MSFFM3011/ LMFFM3013A/ LMFFM3013B or Measure and draw site layout for manufactured furniture products; and
    • MSFFM3005/ LMFFM3005A/ LMFFM3005B or Fabricate custom furniture; and
    • MSFFM3006/ LMFFM3006A/ LMFFM3006B or Install furnishing products

    OR

    3.  Complete the following modules from Course 3477 Certificate IV in Building:

    • ABC005  Materials 1; and
    • ABC069 Cost Control and Planning 1; and
    • ABC077 Building Quantities and Estimating 1B; and
    • ABC082 Building Site Supervision; and
    • ABC091 Business Management for Building Industry 1A; and
    • ABC092 Business Management for Building Industry 1B; and
    • ABC102 Residential Site Safety; and
    • ABC088 Building Technology 1;

    OR

    4.  Complete the following modules from the TAFE Certificate IV in Building Studies (1261):

    • 2182L  Cost Control and Planning 1; and
    • 2182F Building Quantities and Estimating 1B; and
    • 2182H Building Site Supervision; and
    • 2182G Business Management for Building Industry 1A; and
    • 2182GG Business Management for Building Industry 1B; and
    • 2182J Residential Site Safety; and
    • 2182C Building Technology 1; and
    • 2182B Construction 1;

    OR

    5.  Complete the following module from the TAFE Certificate IV in Plumbing Technology (8081) with the following units:

    • 1496A  Plumbing contracting principles; and
    • BCGBC4001A / CPCCBC4001A Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for low-rise building projects; and
    • BCGBC4004A / CPCCBC4004A Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects; and
    • BCGBC4006A / CPCCBC4006A or B Select, procure and store construction materials for low-rise projects; and
    • BCGBC4007A / CPCCBC4007A Plan building or construction work;

    OR

    6.  Complete the following modules from the TAFE Certificate IV in Plumbing Technology (8081) and course 3477 Certificate IV in Building or TAFE Certificate IV in Building Studies (1261):

    • 1496A  Plumbing contracting principles; and
    • ABC005 Materials 1 or 2182A Materials 1; and
    • ABC077 Building Quantities and Estimating 1B or 2182F Building Quantities and Estimating 1B; and
    • ABC088 Building Technology 1 or 2182C Building Technology 1.

    Previous licence or supervisor 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 kitchen, bathroom or laundry renovation 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 kitchen, bathroom or laundry renovation in the last five years that was subject to 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.

    If your application is approved, you will be issued the same licence or qualified supervisor number you had before.

    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 form/s (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.

    Renewal fees

    These fees are for individual licences. See company and partnership licence fees.

    A discount of 10 per cent or $5 (whichever is more) applies to the processing fee when you renew your licence online.

    Licence typeLicence fee*Processing feeTotal
    Building contractor licence - 1 year $408$51$459
    Building contractor licence - 3 years $1051$51$1102
    Building qualified supervisor certificate - 3 years -$51$51

    *Licence fees are refundable if your application is refused or withdrawn. Processing fees are not refundable.

    Late renewals

    If you do not renew on time and your licence expires, you may have to apply to have your licence restored and pay a restoration fee. You have three months from the date of expiry to restore your licence or certificate. You can use the details on your renewal form to apply to restore your licence at a Service NSW centre.

    Restoration fees

    These fees are for individual licences. See company and partnership licence fees.

    Licence typeLicence fee*Processing feeTotal
    Building contractor licence - 1 year$461$51$512
    Building contractor licence - 3 years$1105$51$1156
    Building qualified supervisor certificate - 3 years-$51$51

    *Licence fees are refundable if your application is refused or withdrawn. Processing fees are not refundable.

    If your licence expires and you do not apply to have it restored within three months, you will have to apply for your licence to be reissued. Follow the steps in ‘Apply for a licence or certificate’. Having your licence reissued takes time and you cannot trade until you have it.

    Our assessment process

    Once we have your completed application form, supporting documents, and fee payment, we will assess your application.

    If your application for a new, renewed, updated or replacement licence is approved, we will send you a licence card.

    Sometimes we do not approve applications. Reasons for this can include:

    • you have not met the qualification or experience requirements
    • you failed to provide details requested by Fair Trading
    • you have been disqualified from holding a licence
    • you owe money to Fair Trading as a result of a judgement
    • you hold a provisional licence or certificate
    • you are an apprentice or trainee
    • you have not complied or are unable to comply with insurance requirements
    • you are bankrupt or were bankrupt within three years before the date of the application
    • you are or were a director or a person concerned in the management of a company:
      • that is or was the subject of a winding up order or
      • for which a controller or administrator has been appointed or
      • when a controller or administrator was appointed (within three years prior to your application for licence). This includes where you stop being a director or a person concerned in the management of a company within 12 months prior to the external administration.
    • you are subject to an unsatisfied tribunal order
    • you have had an unreasonable number of:
      • complaints
      • penalty notices
      • formal cautions
      • paid insurance claims
    • you used false information in your application
    • a close associate (who is not a fit and proper person to hold a licence) has significant influence over you or the operation and management of your business
    • you are considered to be an unfit or improper person to hold a licence or certificate.

    It is an offence to make a false statement or leave out information when applying for a licence. If it is found that your licence has been issued on misleading grounds, you may be prosecuted and your licence may be cancelled.

    If we refuse your application, only part of the fee may be refunded, the rest is to cover processing costs.

    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

    Licence typeLicence fee*Processing feeTotal
    Replacement contractor licence or supervisor certificate-$47$47

    *Licence fees are refundable if your application is refused or withdrawn. Processing fees are not refundable.

    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

    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), and if we grant an authority and it is a contractor licence, it may come with the condition: 'Only for contracts up to $20,000'.

    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 conditions.

    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.