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 Northern Territory
Northern Territory does not give specific concreting licences, but in order to carry out the work, you must be registered as a building contractor by the Building Practitioners Board.
Registered building contractors who do concreting work must hold one of the following qualifications as a minimum:
- Certificate IV in Building and Construction (CPC40110)
- Certificate III in Concreting CPC30313
How to Apply
Visit your nearest Territory Business Centre (TBC) to obtain the application forms to apply for your building contractor's licence in Northern Territory. Alternatively, you may lodge your application by mailing the application form along with supporting documents and fees to the Building Practitioners Board.
New Zealand, Interstate & Overseas Recognition
Building practitioners from other states, territories and countries may receive equivalent licenses from Tasmania. Apply for your equivalent concreting licence in Tasmania through the mutual recognition program.
The Australian building and construction industry is highly regulated, to ensure the highest quality of international standards. The above processes outline how you can obtain your builder's or concreting 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.