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Are you ready to take the next step in your building and construction career? If the answer is yes, it could be time to acquire your builder’s licence. To work in Australia as a builder or tradesperson, you’ll need to have a licence or be registered, depending on the state or territory you intend to work in.

Once you’ve gained the technical qualifications, skills and experience required, you’ll be set to start the process of getting your builder’s licence.

Unsure where to begin? Review our checklist and get started on a promising career in Australia’s booming construction industry.

Research the registration and licence type required in your state

In Australia, every state has different requirements for builders who want to get licenced. It’s important to understand your state or territory's requirements before you begin the process.

Each state has its own requirements with regards to years of experience, education, qualifications, references and financial resources; so be sure to confirm exactly what you need and ensure your eligibility.

Get the right qualifications

In most cases, you’ll need to have successfully completed a Certificate III, Certificate IV and/or a Diploma, in addition to relevant industry experience. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you’ll need to spend years studying in order to gain your qualification.

Our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) assessments service can help you obtain your builder’s licence faster. RPL ensures your practical experience is recognised and you can avoid completing coursework in the areas you hold prior knowledge in. You can become qualified and apply for your licence in no time!

Through our partner RTOs, we can help certify you in several building and construction areas. You can review the full list of qualifications here.

If you’re questioning whether you should become a certified tradie, read our article on the 4 reasons to get certified.

Document your qualifications and experience

To be registered, you’ll need to supply evidence of your qualifications and experience. This evidence needs to be documented and independently verified. The person who signs off on your documents should have the skills to assess the quality of your work and the experience you are claiming.

Get the support you need

We can help you with that! Once you’ve determined which qualification is required in your state, you can chat to our team about achieving it through RPL. The Skills Certified Australia team will happily guide you through the licensing system and get your skills recognised, so you can embark on a promising career as a builder.

If you’re ready to get certified or you have questions about getting your builder’s licence, contact our team today on 13 17 75.


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