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To get access to a competitive career in the construction industry, it’s important to get the qualifications you need for your builder’s licence NSW application. 

With Everthought, it doesn’t have to be difficult. We’re a registered training organisation (RTO) that offers different learning mediums from on-site, blending, and online construction courses, allowing you to get the skills and experience you need to successfully apply for a builder’s licence.

By applying with us today and getting started with our range of different builder’s courses, you can receive all the training you need to stand out from the competition and succeed in any type of work, whether you’re developing a housing project or drafting structural plans. 

Our professional trainers are all accredited with trade experience and possess the best builder’s qualifications to equip you with both the practical and technical skills for a career in building. We also offer pathways for international students looking to apply for a student visa and develop their careers in building.

Furthermore, we offer other certificate programs such as our Certificate III in Carpentry CPC30220 and our Diploma in Building and Construction (Management) CPC50320, which are great options for expanding your career through gaining specialised skills, further adding value to your NSW building licence.

Develop your career and gain knowledge to help you towards your commercial builder’s licence today with Everthought, a pioneer in building licence courses!


What is a builder’s licence, and why is it important?

A builder’s licence NSW is a requirement of the law, and it is mandatory if you want to work on any residential or commercial building project within the state of New South Wales that is valued at more than $5,000 AUD (which includes GST) in both labour and materials.

Your builder’s certificate or licence means you’ve been certified by your state to conduct formal building work, whether it’s a residential or commercial project. This means that any work that involves the construction, renovation, or repair of a house requires a builder’s licence NSW.

You are classified for a specific type of work, and there are more specialised licences that require more training, such as a renovation licence. Having a builder’s licence NSW gives you an edge as it makes you more recognised and attractive to employers in your state.

Additionally, with a builder’s licence NSW, you can offer your services and start your own construction business if you choose so. Being licensed means you’re allowed to pick and choose your projects as you’re suitably qualified and deemed to have the right competency to carry out different building tasks.


How do I qualify for a builder’s licence?

In general, eligibility criteria for a builder’s licence differ from state to state, and we recommend checking with your local authorities for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding the qualifications required within your state.

For a general reference, here is a guide to what may be required based on laws and classifications within NSW, gathered from the Fair Trading department:


Work experience

To qualify for your builder’s licence NSW, the local government requires a quantifiable two years of relevant industry experience that is obtained within the last ten years. Experience refers to your work across a wide range of building and construction work, usually undertaken as an employee under a licenced builder or paid contractor for small jobs.


Technical qualification

In addition to those two years of experience, you need to have a qualification for building and construction, which contains all the listed units of competency. Here are some of the courses/degrees that can serve as an adequate qualification for this specific requirement for your builder’s licence NSW:

  1. Certificate IV in Building and Construction (with an additional contractor licence for Carpentry or Bricklaying OR a Diploma for Building and Construction [Building] BCG50206 or CPC50208 or CPC50210. For CPC50210, you must complete additional units.)
    1. BCG40106 or CPC40108 Building or CPC40110 Building, or
    2. BCG40206 or CPC40208 Contract Administration, or
    3. BCG40306 or CPC40308 Estimating, or
    4. BCG40506 or CPC40508 Site Management.
  2. Degree in Building, Construction, Construction Management, Construction Economics, Applied Science (Building), or Quantity Surveying – from an Australian university
    1. You are required to undertake the equivalent of four years of full-time study and a mandatory work placement.
  3. Bachelor of Housing from an Australian university or a Degree in Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, Architecture, Housing, Construction, Construction Management, Construction Economics, Applied Science (Building), or Quantity Surveying from an Australian university 
    1. with an additional Certificate IV in Building and Construction (same course codes as previously mentioned)


How to apply for a builder’s licence in NSW?

To apply for your builder’s licence NSW, you simply need to lodge your application and documentation at a Service NSW centre. Do note that there may be a minimal fee required to process your application. To give you an easier time with your application, here’s a checklist of the builder’s licence requirements:

  • You will need the following forms:
    • application form – individual
    • application checklist – individual
    • referee’s statements and applicant’s on site-building experience form
    • additional details form/s (if applicable)
  • You will also need the following:
    • details of any past or current licences or certificates you hold
    • an original copy of your qualification/s, such as your certificate
    • 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 identity
    • payment

Now that you’re equipped with all the knowledge you need to start pursuing your builder’s licence NSW, you can formally begin your journey by enrolling in one of our courses at Everthought today! Visit our website for more information and our complete course catalogue for your perusal.

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