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 Tasmania (TAS)
While Tasmania has no specific bricklaying licensing requirements, a building permit, owner-builder registration or builder accreditation is required for building work valued over $5,000 in materials and labour.
You still need a building permit for building work that costs less than $5,000, however unacredited tradespeople such as building practitioners may still provide such services.
Tasmania (TAS) offers the following builder classes:
- Builder (low rise, medium rise or open)
- Builder (construction manager)
- Builder (fire protection services)
You need to meet the following requirements if you want to become an accredited building practitioner or builder:
- Relevant experience
- Annual training (professional development)
- Compliance with specific qualifications based on the builder class or category
- Proper insurance
How to Apply
Lodge your application form together with supporting documents at your nearest Service Tasmania shop. Here's what you will need:
- Completed Building Practitioner Application Form for the relevant builder class along with -
- relevant qualifications and experience
- curriculum vitae
- 2 detailed references
- Net Tangible Asset Statement (applicable to the builder class)
- Pay your application fee
- Attend an interview
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.