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 Victoria (VIC)
Building practitioners and general concreters may register for a concreting licence in Victoria from the Victorian Building Authority. Only registered building practitioners may carry out domestic building and concreting work valued at over $5,000.
The Domestic Builder - Limited registration covers general concreting, and specific codes can be added for building practitioners wishing to specialise in a particular expertise, for example:
- Swimming pool concreting experts must obtain DB-L-S registration
- Floor slab and footing concreters must obtain DB-L-O registration
In order to obtain a Domestic Builder - Limited registration and specialise in concreting, a general contractor must have nationally recognised qualifications. The following qualifications are accepted by the state of Victoria:
- Certificate III in Formwork/Falsework (CPC31511)
- Apprenticeship under a licenced building practitioner or general concreter
Domestic Builder - Limited (DB-L-B) applicants must:
- acquire relevant concreting experience focusing on the specific skills required by their concreting licence specialisation.
- complete at least one of the components of domestic work outlined in the certificate of registration.
How to Apply
Victorian Building Authority recommends the following concreting licensing procedure:
- Obtain the application form from the VBA website.
- Complete the application form, and specify the registration code and class for which you wish to be registered.
- Include all the required supporting documents.
- Provide proof of the minimum insurance cover.
- Submit the application fee.
New Zealand, Interstate & Overseas Recognition
Building practitioners from other states, territories and countries may receive equivalent licenses from VBA. Apply for your equivalent concreting licence in Victoria through the mutual recognition program and submit that along with the National Police Checking Service Informed Consent Form to the Victorian Building Authority.