Carpentry is a critical component of Australia's thriving and rapidly growing building and construction industry. It serves both the commercial and residential markets, and enjoys a positive outlook over the next few years across the country.
About the Carpentry Licence
Carpentry is a specialist industry which requires extensive training in various fields. The hands-on practical experience can be acquired through both formal education from accredited training institutions, as well as practical experience and skills building. The latter can be converted into a nationally recognised qualification through a Recognition of Prior Learning pathway.
Skilled carpenters work directly with clients, or may be subcontracted to building contractors. Each state and territory has its own licensing and registration requirements. Some may issue carpentry licences while others require registration with accredited building practitioners and work under licensed builder supervision.
Competency and aptitude are crucial skills in the highly specialised carpentry trade. A career in carpentry typically starts with an apprenticeship before the individual becomes a journeyman. The ultimate goal is to reach the level of master carpenter.
Your registration or carpentry licence gives clients the guarantee that you have the required experience and qualifications to bid on larger contracts, carry out this specific area of building work, and to generally build your reputation as a professional carpenter.
Any carpenter who fails to operate under a proper licence may be sanctioned through penalties or fines, depending on the territory or state. Penalisation will result in difficulty obtaining a carpentry licence in future.
How to Apply
While each state and territory has its own compliance requirements and qualifications for a carpentry licence, the Certificate III in Carpentry and Joinery or Certificate III in Carpentry are typically required. If you have not obtained these qualifications through the typical TAFE certificate or an equivalent diploma, you may obtain the qualification through recognition of prior learning. RPL recognises the experience and skills you developed while learning the trade.
Sufficient evidence of years of hands-on practical training and experience will go a long way towards proving your competency in the carpentry trade.
Assessment of your skills via RPL enables you to save time and money, as you don't have to take up a course from start to finish. By proving that you have met the outcomes of the qualification, you could become qualified in a matter of weeks. RPL is a legitimate pathway that allows you to achieve your qualification based on experience gained already, thus saving on study time.
Carpentry Licence in Northern Territory (NT)
The Building Practitioners Board handles building practitioner registration in Norther Territory. Registration is required for all residential work valued at over $12,000.
- building work relating to a new single house / duplex, townhouse or residential unit of any height.
- building work carried out on garages, verandas, or carports that form part of new residential units or single dwellings.
- retaining walls for residential units or single houses.
- extensions to existing residential units or houses.
You do not need builder registration for:
- free-standing fences or sheds
- alterations or renovations to existing buildings that exclude expanding the floor area.
- building work completed on industrial or commercial buildings.
- Retaining walls that are not for residential units or single houses.
In order to enter into contracts equalling more than $12,000 and to advertise his services, a carpenter requires the following registrations and licences:
- Building Contractor Residential (Unrestricted)
- Building Contractor Residential (Restricted)
The general requirements for the Building Contractor Residential (Unrestricted) registration include:
- Specified qualifications
- 3+ years worth of practical experience
- 3+ independent references
The general requirements for the Building Contractor Residential (Restricted) registration include:
- Completion of specified units in Certificate IV in Building/Certificate IV in Building and Construction OR, completion of units of a course that meets the statement of attainment of required competency requirements,
- 3+ years of relevant experience
How to Apply
Lodge your application at the Territory Business Centre (TBC) in person, or submit it via email or standard mail.
New Zealand, Interstate & Overseas Recognition
Australian and New Zealand licence holders may apply for mutual recognitions, and overseas applicants can 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.