how to become a licensed builder (NSW)

Building and construction industry generates over $360 billion in revenue and producing around 9% of Australia’s Gross Domestic Product. There is a huge demand on qualified and skilled builders across Australia. In NSW, you need a building licence before you can do any residential building work valued at more than $5000 (incl GST) in labour and materials*.

$250k – $350k

The average salary for a Construction Manager*

$100K – 1 Million

Most Self-Employed Construction
Contractor Business*

5 – 10%

Average salary increase when switching jobs within similar industries*

Trending Skills

Project Management, Communication Skills, Leadership

*information from MichaelPage Australia Salary Benchmark 2020

  • Providing quotes or submitting tenders for building projects
  • Interpreting plans or organizing for plans to be drawn that meet building code regulations and client specifications
  • Coordinating administrative tasks such as payment, calculating quantities and costs
  • Sourcing of building materials and labour
  • Inspect building work on a regular basis
  • Ensuring that plans are submitted to local authorities for approval
  • Organizing specialist contractors such as carpenters, electricians, plumbers and painters to complete building projects
  • Supervising contractors or employees to ensure that safety standards are maintained and that targets are met
  • Undertaking some building work personally as needed
  • Team Management and leadership skills
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good planning and organisational skills
  • Good co-ordination skills
  • Multi-tasker


Qualification Requirements

Pathway 1CPC40110 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) with required units of competency + A current Carpentry or Bricklaying contractor license or supervisor certificate.

Pathway 2 – CPC40110 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) + CPC50210 Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) with required units of competency.

Pathway 3 – A degree in building, construction, construction management, construction project management, construction economics, applied science (building), or quantity surveying from an Australian university which requires the applicant to undertake the equivalent of four years’ full time study and a mandatory work placement.

Experience Requirements

A minimum of 2 years relevant industry experience under a builder’s supervision, obtained within the last 10 years.

*For more information for the current licensing requirements in New South Wales, visit

CPC40110 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)

CPC50210 Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)

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