If you’ve been intending to take the plunge and become a registered builder, its certainly a great investment in your career path and overall future. Unfortunately, it’s not just a case of applying for and receiving a license – there are actually a few steps you will need to take before you can officially be considered a registered builder. Because it might not necessarily be clear, in this article we take a look at what you actually need to do to obtain your builders license.
The first steps to becoming a registered builder
Before you take the steps to start a Certificate IV in Building and Construction from scratch, considering whether an RPL assessment in building and construction is a better choice for you might be a good idea. Through this, you’ll be able to demonstrate that you have the skills required to obtain a building and construction outright, rather than needing to start studying again from scratch. If you don’t have the experience necessary but still want to become a registered builder at some stage, taking a Certificate IV in Building and Construction and Diploma of Building and Construction will provide you with all of the knowledge necessary to successfully become a Registered Builder. With this certification under your belt, you can then properly apply. This involves going to the relevant building authority in your state and completing the registration application form. This application form includes a section about your relevant builder’s experience and also requires the person registering to include referees that can back up their relevant experience. It’s also a good idea to keep in mind that there are a variety of different building licenses you can go for, with these including Commercial Builder, Domestic Builder and Demolisher.
The next steps
After you’ve completed and submitted your registration application form, you will then be required to sit an examination. This examination is another way to guarantee that you have all of the knowledge, experience and skills that are required of a registered builder. The examination takes the form of an online computer exam that includes a total of 53 multiple choice questions and tests related to plan reading. The questions in the exam are directly based on the National Construction Codes, Australian Standards for Building and Construction, Acts and Regulations, so those with a proper understanding of these should have no problem at all. The final step to becoming a registered builder is by sitting an interview with an assessor from the relevant building authority in your state. It is a detailed interview and will typically last between 2 and 4 hours. The interview will also be made up of more plan reading tests and additional questions about your experience in the building and property construction industry.
Ready to become a registered builder?
Although it might seem like a lot of trouble, if you have the skills and experience these steps should be a breeze. To make the whole process a bit simpler, preparing a portfolio consisting of support documents and checklists can help you stay on top of everything you need to know when it matters most. you might want to also consider any site plan, working drawings and detailed construction schedules and estimates to make your portfolio even more comprehensive.