Australia's booming property market has seen an increase in building activity, which has fueled a spiraling demand for bricklayers. You can now pave your way to a successful career in the construction industry, or become a self-employed building contractor. We will show you how to build your future one brick at a time. It all starts with the appropriate registration and bricklaying licence.
About the Bricklaying Licence
Bricklaying is a skilled trade, which requires the tradesperson to know how to prepare the required building materials needed to create a foundation and mix concrete. You must know how to work with different materials, including shaping, polishing and cutting it. A typical bricklaying job will involve:
- surface preparation,
- and repair.
Each aspect of the project will require knowledge, skills, and experience and a bricklaying licence will set you apart from the competition in your client's' perception.
Qualifications required to obtain a bricklaying licence will include a trade certificate and industry experience. If you don't have formal bricklaying training or education, but you do have several years of experience in the field, you can obtain your formal, nationally recognised qualification via Recognition of Prior Learning.
Do I Really Need a Bricklaying Licence?
Most states and territories will require a bricklaying licence or building practitioner registration, which will ensure that the tradesperson or bricklayer can adhere to Australian quality standards.
In some states or territories, bricklayers must meet certain registration requirements or have concrete licences, while others will require that you register as a building practitioner to complete projects up to a certain value or if certain conditions apply.
A bricklaying licence or registration will help you meet the requirements of the building commission or similar regulating body, to avoid penalties, sanctions and fines. It enables you to advertise, and legally sign contracts and agreements - all of which will help you win bigger contracts to gain leverage in the bricklaying industry.
How to Apply for a Bricklaying Licence
The State or Territory's Building Commission regulates bricklayer's licensing. While the process differs by state, most require certain qualifications, or completion of certain units within the following qualifications:
- Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying
- Relevant experience
Additionally, evidence of practical experience will be required, and that will be based on the length of time the individual has worked in a relevant role, as well as the type of work performed.
Bricklayers with practical experience may have their experience, knowledge, and skills assessed in order to receive a qualification through RPL instead of having to complete the qualifications again.
Bricklaying Licence in Northern Territory (NT)
Building Practitioners Board regulates trade licensing in Northern Territory. You do not need a bricklaying licence to carry out building work or provide services, unless the work is valued over $12,000. A licensed tradesperson or builder can render such service.
*See the relevant scope of work as well as registration and licensing conditions for Building Contractor Residential (Unrestricted) and Building Contractor Residential (Restricted).
You need to meet the following requirements if you want to register as a Building Contractor Residential (Restricted):
- Certificate IV in Building/Certificate IV in Building and Construction (specified units) OR equivalent course or units, OR a statement of attainment of the required competencies
- 3+ years of relevant experience
You need to meet the following requirements if you want to register as a Building Contractor Residential (Unrestricted):
- Meet the specified qualifications
- 3+ years practical experience
- 3+ independent references
How to Apply
Lodge your application form together with supporting documents at your nearest Service Tasmania shop, or via regular mail or email.
New Zealand, Interstate & Overseas Recognition
In most cases, interstate licences are mutually recognised by South Australia if an equivalent category exists. Applicants from overseas will have to apply for a licence to operate in Tasmania.
The Australian building and construction industry is highly regulated, which results in the highest quality of international standards. The above processes outline how you can obtain your builder's licence by state.
It's good to remember that other options do exist. Experienced individuals need not be required to spend any unnecessary time in the classroom.
Recognition of Prior Learning provides a legitimate opportunity to reward individuals who have obtained the required skills and experience by means of providing non-classroom based evidence towards meeting the outcomes demanded by the relevant qualification.
Skills Certified Australia can help you understand how RPL can make available the qualifications you need to push your career to the next level.