How to Apply for A Builders License in NSW (Part 1 – Education Requirements)

Published on August 20, 2020
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Living Planit is a market leading Project & Leadership Management, Building and Construction training and consultancy specialist. Living Planit is also an Australian Registered Training Organisation (RTO 40552).

With the government creating more incentive for first home buyers and home owners looking to renovate their existing homes, there has never been a better time for tradespeople to become licenced to service this growing market.

Not only does holding a builders licence allow you to contract for residential building works, it also allows you to potentially:

  • increase your scope of work and,
  • increase your revenue & earnings

Navigating through all the steps and understanding all the requirements you need to meet when applying for a builders licence can be complex. To help you better understand, we’ve broken it down to the key facts for Education and Experience requirements that you will need to qualify.

Lets go over the Education requirements first. 

Obtain a Trade Qualification through TAFE or through a Registered Training Organisation

A large number of tradespeople have achieved their qualifications through TAFE or through a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). The reasons why this pathway is popular are:

What qualifications do I need?

The Department of Fair Trading requires you to hold the following qualifications:

Mandatory

Certificate IV in Building and Construction.

This qualification is designed to meet the needs of builders & managers of small to medium sized building businesses.

Supplementary

In addition to the Certificate IV in Building and Construction, you will also need to hold any one of the following:

  • a current carpentry contractor licence or qualified supervisor certificate, or an approved qualification that would allow the issue of such a licence
  • a current bricklaying contractor licence or qualified supervisor certificate, or an approved qualification that would allow the issue of such a licence
  • Diploma of Building and Construction

You can also use any one of the following Bachelors/Degrees to supplement your Certificate IV in Building and Construction, as long as they’ve been obtained at an Australian university:

  • Bachelor of Housing,
  • Degree in Civil Engineering,
  • Degree in Structural Engineering,
  • Degree in Architecture,
  • Degree in Housing,
  • Degree in Construction,
  • Degree in Construction Management,
  • Degree in Construction Project Management,
  • Degree in Construction Economics,
  • Degree in Applied Science (Building),
  • Degree in Applied Science (Quantity Surveying)

 

Hold a University degree? You may also be eligible to apply for a builders licence?

If you studied at university, there is a chance that you may not need the above qualifications!

Holding any one of the degrees below will help you meet the qualification requirements with the Department of Fair Trading of New South Wales

  • Degree in Building
  • Degree in Construction
  • Degree in Construction Management
  • Degree in Construction Project Management
  • Degree in Construction Economics
  • Degree in Applied Science (Building)
  • Degree in Applied Science (Quantity Surveying)

Please note: the degrees must have been obtained from an Australian University, must have taken 4 years to complete and you must have completed mandatory work placement. A “degree” excludes an associate’s degree or an honorary degree.

What else should I know about my qualification requirements?

Some IMPORTANT FACTS to know when considering whether your qualification is relevant:

Qualifications must have been completed within the last 10 years. 

If you have any doubt whether the qualification you hold is eligible, please contact The Department of Fair Trading of NSW to verify whether your qualification is suitable for your application. (Note: some additional university degrees may meet Fair Trading licencing requirements)

I used to hold a builders licence but it has since expired.  Do my qualifications still count?  

It is important to visit Services NSW to renew your licence before it expires. IF you’re trying to renew your licence:

Within 3 months of it expiring: you can apply to restore your licence and your qualifications may still be valid.

After 3 months of it expiring: depending on when you obtained your qualifications, you may be asked to update them to current requirements.

I don’t hold any of these trade qualifications, how can I get them?  

Contact your local Registered Training Organisations for more information on how to get started. For those who have been in the industry for many years, you may be able to get yourself qualified by providing proof of your experience and taking an on-site assessment to verify your skills. 

This process is called Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

As a Registered Training Organisation, Living Planit (RTO #40552) offers students the opportunity to complete both the Certificate IV in Building and Construction and Diploma of Building and Construction.

Can I study the Certificate IV in Building and Construction with other RTOs?

Yes. Certificate IV in Building and Construction offered by all RTOs in Australia are the same. They are all designed to meet the national training package requirements. However, when you choose your preferred RTO, please make sure the Certificate IV in Building and Construction meets the requirements of the Department of Fair Trading NSW. There are several specific units of competency which are mandatory, so make sure the course you choose includes that.

Visit our course page to find out more information about CPC40110 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building). Contact us now for more information on how Living Planit can assist you to meet the trade qualifications required for a builders licence.

In our next update information blog, we will discuss and outline Experience that you will need to have and provide evidence of when applying for a builders licence.


*Disclaimer: all information shared in this article is based off the current licencing requirements set by the Department of Fair Trading of New South Wales.  Please consult the governing body in your state for any information regarding the issue of builders licences.

For more information on builders licences, please visit the Department of Fair Trading NSW website:  https://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/trades-and-businesses/licensing-and-qualifications/general-building-work

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