Underpinning and 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.

Qualifications

Complete:

  1. RI131215/ RI131213/ RI131209 Certificate III in Civil Foundations

Go to the building licensing courses page to find a Registered Training Organisation that provides the qualification listed above.

Previous licence and supervisor certificate holders

If you have ever held a licence or supervisor certificate in the current prescribed categories (Home Building Regulation 2014, clauses 13 and 14, excluding clause 13(a)(ii)) that was not subject to restrictions or conditions and you apply for a new licence or supervisor certificate, your previous licence or certificate will be accepted in lieu of the current qualification requirements.

If you have held a licence or supervisor certificate in the last five years that was subject to restrictions or conditions in the prescribed categories (Home Building Regulation 2014, clauses 13 and 14, excluding clause 13(a)(ii)), 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.

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