South Australia's Consumer and Business Services (CBS) regulates occupational licences.While there is no specific carpentry licence dictating the requirements of licensing and registration, it is categorised under the general building work category. The category covers various classifications of trade, construction and related work.
Building practitioners or skilled carpenters may apply for the following:
Building Contractor Licence - This licence allows you to legally contract or subcontract work, or carry out work on a property you intend to lease or sell on completion. All contractors in a partnership, as well as subcontractors require this licence.
Building Work Supervisor Registration - Registered building work supervisors are authorised to oversee general building work (complete building processes and more complex building activities), or specified building work (specific building process or building trade activity) to ensure standards are met. An individual who holds this licence may be nominated as approved building work supervisor for a construction company or individual contractor.
In order to be registered as a building supervisor, you must:
- Have the required qualifications and experience set out by the Building Work Contractors Act of 1995
- Follow the standard registration conditions to:
- guide you with specified building work registrations and work,
- determine the conditions suitable to your work scope,
- indicate the conditions and appropriate codes and pathway number in the application.
To be eligible for a building work contractor licence, you must:
- Meet the the Building Work Contractors Act 1995 eligibility requirements, which include sufficient experience and industry knowledge, current qualifications, and adequate financial resources.
- Nominate an approved building work supervisor or hold a building work supervisor registration that fits the scope of work specified in the contractor licence.
How to Apply
To apply for the general or specific building work supervisor registration, you must lodge the completed application along with the following supporting documents and details:
- Detailed work history
- Experience log
- Qualifications, as evidenced by technical qualifications, trade certificates and evidence of experience.
- Evidence of competency, as specified in Schedule 2, to indicate the types of work authorised on your registration. You may have to attend an interview to determine and further assess your technical skills and experience, unless you have obtained the required technical qualifications and trade certificates through apprenticeship.
For the building work contractor licence, you must submit your application form, along with the following documentation and information:
- Business qualifications
- Financial information (depending on the type of licence)
- Nomination of approved building work supervisor (unless you hold registration)
- NPC certificate (exemptions apply)
Forms can be downloaded from the CBS website and you may lodge your application at the customer service centre.