Concreters and concrete pump operators in a construction and building site need a concreters licence work in New South Wales. The NSW Fair Trading regulates trade licensing for all occupations, including concreting. All building contractors and general concreters must be licensed before carrying out any commercial work. What this means is that if you undertake work valued $1,000 or more, you need to be a registered concreter.
Getting a licence is a great step to advance your career. It allows you to work in different residential and commercial building projects and construction sites. You can undertake a lot more work when you are a registered concreter. Your employers can rest assured that you have the technical skills and practical knowledge for the job.
The NSW Fair Trading states that general concreters need a licence. If your work includes the following, you should get registered:
- 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)
There are some exceptions. You can undertake the following work without a concreters licence in NSW:
- Building concrete retaining walls will require structural landscaping approval.
- Excavations that threaten the structural integrity of the said structure or a nearby structure.
The NSW Department of Fair Trading regulates and manages general concreting licences in NSW. They have a set of conditions that must be met by all applicants. This includes eligibility criteria about your citizenship status and working rights. The NSW Department of Fair Trading has a complete list. Keep an eye on these standards because they are subject to change. You can find the exact details here.
Along with this, applicants must have completed at least one of the following qualifications:
- CPC30320 (current) Certificate III in Concreting, or
- Certificate III in Formwork/Falsework (CPC31511/CP031508) or
- Certificate III in Concreting (CPC30318/CPC30311/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.
For more information for the current licensing requirements in New South Wales, click here.
Please contact your state’s licensing body for up to date information as requirements do change. Skills Certified Australia is not an RTO or licensing body. We can help you identify the gaps in your eligibility criteria and connect you with the resources you need to complete your requirements.
Next Steps for your General Concreting Licence
Work with the Skills Certified team to advance your career. We take into account your existing experience, skills and education to help you obtain an official qualification.
We understand how tough it can be to obtain a state licence. Navigating the procedure and paperwork might be difficult. We make it simple by connecting you with industry experts who can offer advice tailored to your specific application.
Please contact our team to discuss your needs and see how we can assist you. One of our staff will contact you if you call us at 13 17 75 or email us at [email protected].