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How to Become a Builder in Australia

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If you’re interested in a rewarding career in the construction industry, we have plenty of options available to help you get started. You can learn on the job, earn while you learn, and receive qualifications. Alternatively, if your chosen pathway requires special skills and experience which must be learned through formal training, then it’s important for you to find out about the training opportunities that suit your needs best.

There are multiple pathways to a career in the construction industry

One of the best ways to get started in the construction industry is by earning while you learn. There are many careers that allow you to build up your skillset and experience before applying for a more senior role. For example, it is possible to learn on the job as an apprentice or trainee carpenter, painter and decorator or builder’s labourer. At Everthought, apprenticeships are structured training programs that include both formal classroom learning and practical work activities such as site visits and observation of tradespeople at work.

Some tradespeople may have an apprenticeship under their belt or may have completed a Certificate III in Construction (Building). Others may have worked in the industry for many years before deciding to pursue formal qualifications. In addition, Everthought offers short courses that give you an introduction to the industry.

A builder is someone who has been trained as a construction worker in building buildings from scratch or repairing existing buildings with minimal supervision. To become one, you will need some sort of experience, and the most important thing is that there are different ways through which one can become a builder.

Certificate I, II, III or IV in Construction

To become a builder in Australia, you will need a CPC40120 Certificate IV in Building and Construction, as well as a Builder’s License.

Certificate I and II are entry-level certificates that provide students with the basic skills required in the construction industry. Students will learn how to use hand tools and equipment safely, including project management skills and workplace relationships.

Our CPC40120 Certificate IV in Building and Construction program at Everthought helps you advance your career and get access to better job opportunities. With Everthought’s training, not only do you gain industry-leading knowledge, but we can also help create a pathway towards a builder’s licence.

Everthought is a premier registered training organisation within Australia that offers several qualifications and certificates that are here to help our students develop the competency they need to work on any type of building project.

The CPC40120 Certificate IV in Building and Construction course is only one of several options for further education and professional development that we provide. A wide variety of our courses, like CPC30220 Certificate III in Carpentry and others, are geared towards helping professionals in the construction business improve their skills and reach higher levels of excellence.

We emphasise our commitment to serving all types of educational needs. As one of the few RTOs in Australia to provide online construction courses, we are proud to offer flexible learning options for our students.

Pre-Apprenticeship and Apprenticeship

If you’re at the beginning of your career and looking to jump directly into a trade, or if you’re already working in another field but want to make the leap, there are two options:


Pre-Apprenticeships are for those who have completed school but haven’t yet finished their VCE or equivalent. They’re a great way to get an introduction to the industry and learn more about what working as a tradie is like before committing yourself to years of full-time study.


If you’re already working in another field, but want to make the leap into a trade, then an apprenticeship is for you. You’ll learn skills on the job while earning a wage.

Special skills and experience

Some construction jobs require special skills and experience, which must be learned through formal training.

There are seven trades that you can study to gain the necessary qualifications for employment as a builder in Australia: bricklaying, carpentry, concreting, painting, tiling and waterproofing (also known as tiling). These are all trades that require a Certificate III or IV in Construction.

Build your network and gain experience

If you’re interested in this field, you can find out about it by speaking with people who have experience in the building industry, like your mentors and instructors at Everthought. They can advise you on getting a job in the construction industry. You can also speak with people who are currently working in this field, such as contractors or building inspectors. Having a mentor is essential if you want to build an effective network and gain experience. They will be able to give you some information about what they do and what qualifications are required to work in the industry.

But what if you don’t know anyone who’s currently working as a builder aside from your teachers? Well, you’ll be able to meet people of all backgrounds and cultures at Everthought. Meeting new individuals in an environment where everyone actively contributes to the greater good is a win-win for everyone involved.

So, if you’re looking to kick-start your career in construction and be part of Everthought’s success story, there are plenty of pathways for you to explore. You can choose from apprenticeships, pre-apprenticeships or formal qualifications from Certificate III level to Advanced Diploma. The important thing is that you do it with the right people – an employer who will support you and an RTO who has experience in delivering training in this sector.

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