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 Queensland (QLD)
Building and construction trade licences are issued by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) and that also applies to the general concreting licence in QLD.
In order to carry out any building work valued at $3,300 or more, a contractor must be a registered tradesman. The duties of a general concreter includes:
- incidental concreting work
- concrete reinforcement
- and formwork installation
Building practitioners in Queensland typically also hold a concreting licence.
Applicants wishing to obtain a Queensland concreter licence should possess one of the following qualifications:
- Certificate III in Concreting CPC30313 or equivalent
- Certificate of recognition as a qualified concreter
- Statement of attainment of units of competency
The statement of attainment should be issued by an approved authority.
How to Apply
Checklists and application forms for a concreting licence in Queensland can be obtained from the QBCC offices, as well as the QBCC website.
Applicants may choose one of the three different licence classes.
Contractor licence - Full licence which allows concreters to advertise services, enter into contracts with clients and supervise other concreting workers.
Nominee Supervisor licence - Required by a concreting professional who works for a company.
Site Supervisor licence - Required by concreters who work for contractors
New Zealand, Interstate & Overseas Recognition
Building practitioners from other states, territories and countries may receive equivalent licenses from Queensland. Apply for your equivalent concreting licence in Queensland through the mutual recognition program.