The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) regulates the registration and licensing of building practitioners. The VBA requires that you have a carpentry licence to carry out any building or general trade work exceeding $5,000 including materials and labour, or for various other building activities to the same value.
The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) offers an option for building practitioners to register under a specific licence class:
Domestic Builder – Unlimited (DB-U) - The registered builder may carry out the domestic work in their own capacity, or hire subcontractors to perform the work.
Domestic Builder – Manager (DB-M) - The licence holder may not perform any unsupervised building work, but may work under the supervision of a registered practitioner, or may hire registered practitioners to do the work.
Domestic Builder – Limited (DB-L) - The licenced building practitioner may arrange, manage or perform building work as authorised by the Victorian Building Practitioners Board.
Commercial Builder (Limited)Commercial Builder (Unlimited)
The practitioner guide provides detailed information on the types of work that may be performed under each licence class.
The following qualifications are typically needed for tradespeople wishing to do carpentry work:
CPC30211 Certificate III in Carpentry and Joinery
or CPC30211 Certificate III in Carpentry
plus relevant experience.
How to Apply
You can find the application forms for your carpentry licence on the The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) website. Submit the following:
Application Form pertaining to the specific class or category
Experience Statement for the relevant builder registration and class
Technical Referee Report for relevant type of registration and class
National Police Checking Service Informed Consent Form