Everthought is a registered training organisation (RTO) dedicated to equipping all types of learners with valuable skills and training related to becoming a better builder/contractor, allowing them to work towards a QBCC licence through our range of QBCC licence classes.
Not only do you learn trade-specific competencies you can easily apply to any work project, but all our builder’s courses are designed with both technical and practical knowledge that can genuinely help you further your career as a professional contractor.
In addition, Everthought offers a variety of learning programs that aren’t offered by other RTOs. For those with significant work experience, you can apply for our recognised prior learning Australia program, which turns your informal work experience and skills into a formal qualification (through an RPL assessment).
We also offer international students occupational pathways to Australia through a student visa. You can also truly be flexible with how you want to learn throughout the duration of your program as we offer on-site, blended, and even online construction courses.
Take advantage of our services today, whether you’re looking to gain the necessary certificate as requirements for your QBCC contractor licence or are simply looking to learn an additional set of skills to diversify what you know and expand your job options in the construction industry.
For more information about our building and construction courses and how they can help you achieve your QBCC licence, browse our website today.
What is a QBCC licence?
The QBCC licence, which is also known as a builder’s licence (for the state of Queensland), is a document that certifies you as someone who has undergone the necessary builder’s registration and has fulfilled the QBCC licence requirements. This licence gives you formal permission to work on specific building projects and do construction work.
Note that there are many different QBCC licence categories, each with its limitations and benefits. There are also specific licences for businesses and companies, and another one for individual practitioners or contractors. For instance, a carpenter licence is offered on an individual level and is needed to install fixtures such as doors and windows in a residential property.
These licences are regulated by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC), and with a QBCC licence, you can perform the following tasks:
- Building or renovation work on domestic properties that are over $3,300, which includes materials and labour
- Specialised work services, such as managing drainage, plumbing, gas fitting, and more
- Building projects (as a supervisor or builder) – low-rise, medium-rise, and open (depending on your QBCC licence class)
Without a QBCC licence, you might find it difficult to find bigger job prospects as there are several restrictions and hazards when you work unlicensed. Additionally, a QBCC licence can be a pathway to establishing your own business and gathering your team of contractors.
How to get a QBCC licence?
When it comes to getting your QBCC licence, there are a couple of steps involved in the process, which may take some time depending on your experience level and skill set. To guide you along the way, here’s a step-by-step guide to conducting a QBCC licence check and formally applying for it:
Find the right licence and take the appropriate courses.
With the many options available, you need to choose the appropriate licence type from the QBCC website and begin filling out the forms. Note that each licence type requires different qualifications, so we recommend carefully checking the qualifications before enrolling to ensure the right accreditation.
For example, for a low-rise builder licence from the QBCC, you’ll need to have completed the Certificate IV in Building and Construction (CPC40110), while a medium-rise licence would require a much higher qualification, which in this case is the Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) (CPC50220). Make sure that you’ve accomplished the necessary certification before applying as it is considered a prerequisite for the QBCC licence.
Prepare the paperwork.
As mentioned previously, you need to find the appropriate form as well as prepare documents regarding your application to be submitted to the QBCC. Here are some things you may need:
- Accomplished application form for your specific licence class
- Formal qualifications related to the class of licence you are going for
- References from licensed trade people about your work experience
- Information about insurance and proof that you are in good financial standing
- Proof of identity (through a relevant identification card)
There are also additional requirements if you’re operating as a business or trade group, so it’s best practice to check out the QBCC website for more information regarding the specific registration and application requirements for special QBCC licences.
Submit your application and settle fees.
Once you’ve filled out the required forms and prepared the documentation, all you have to do is lodge your application and settle the fees associated with it. It’s worth noting that you can opt to submit all your paperwork in person or via mail. From there, all that’s left to do is wait for your application to be processed and to see if you’ve been approved.
How long does it take to get a QBCC licence?
It will take the QBCC approximately six to eight weeks to process your application, and once it is approved, they will send a letter that will include pertinent information about your QBCC licence such as your building class and your licence number.
If you, however, consider the time it takes to achieve the qualification necessary for the QBCC licence, the entire process can take anywhere from one to two years. And that’s why you must partner with the right RTO that can offer you ways to jumpstart your journey towards becoming licensed.
Make your mark and build your career by choosing Everthought as your RTO today! Enrol now and grow with us.