The concreting trade is a crucial part of Australia's building and construction industry, and involves concrete laying or placement for falsework and formwork. In spite of the constant demand, the concreting trade is subject to high quality standards to ensure the structural integrity and safety of building.
Tradespersons are urged to obtain a concreting licence in order to take full advantage of business and or employment opportunities within the trade.
Below, we provide guidelines for applying for a concreting license in your chosen state.
In order to perform any concreting or building work, tradespeople must be duly licenced according to state or territory licensing regulations. While the state and territory policies vary, all concreters must meet nationally recognised standards and guidelines.
Building contractors must have a concreting licence in order to perform any general concreting work. Licensing serves to identify a business in the building and construction industry, and provides protection to clients as well as to the tradesperson.
Concreters who fail to operate with a licence may face stiff penalties.
Applying for a Concreting Licence
Licensing procedures vary by state or territory, which means that some states licence concreters individually, while other jurisdictions categorise it under the building trade. In most cases, states will require a concreter to complete an apprenticeship with a licensed concreter, as well as one of the following:
- Certificate III in Formwork / Falsework
- Certificate III in Concreting
Individuals who do not have a formal qualification may have obtained significant concreting skills and experience, in which case they may receive qualification equivalent skills recognition through a Recognition of Prior Learning process. RPL will open up the same licensing and employment opportunities as the above qualifications.
Concreting Licence in New South Wales (NSW)
NSW Fair Trading regulates trade licensing. All building contractors and general concreters must be licensed before carrying out any work valued at $1,000 or more.
General concreting includes:
- Concrete laying or placement
- Falsework / formwork erection
- Resurfacing concrete
- Exposed aggregate work
- Concrete stencilling
- Concrete retaining walls
- Concrete repairs
- Exposed aggregate work
- Pebblecreting or similar projects
- Excavation in preparation for general concreting (which doesn't require a licenced excavator or builder)
Some exceptions exist, including:
- Building concrete retaining walls will require structural landscaping approval.
- Excavations that threaten the structural integrity of the said structure or a nearby structure.
Applicants wishing to qualify for a NSW general concreting licence must have completed at least one of the following qualifications:
- Certificate III in Formwork/Falsework (CPC31511) or Certificate III in Concreting (CPC30311 or CPC30313)
- Certificate III in Formwork/Falsework or Certificate III in Concreting (BCG30303)
- Certificate III in Concreting (CPC30308 or CPC31508)
- Certificate III in Construction Carpentry (TAFE course 4428)
- Certificate III in Construction Carpentry, Trade TAFE course #8044 (Qualification 90203)
- Certificate III in Construction Carpentry, Trade TAFE course #7906 (Qualification 11770)
How to Apply
Follow these steps to apply for a NSW general concreting licence:
- Obtain the required application forms by visiting -
- your local Government Access Centre, or
- the Builder and Tradespeople Forms website, or
- Service NSW
- Complete the requirements on the mandatory checklist.
- Visit your nearest Service NSW or Government Access Centre to lodge the application together with the supporting documents.
New Zealand, Interstate & Overseas Recognition
Building practitioners from other states, territories and countries may receive equivalent licenses from Fair Trading NSW. Apply for your equivalent concreting licence in NSW through the mutual recognition program.