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 Western Australia
Building and construction trade licences are issued by the Building Services Board in Western Australia.
Only registered builders with a building permit may carry out building work totalling $20,000 or more, according to the Builder's Registration Act of 2011. A licenced builder must also carry a building permit to do building work, such as concreting to the same value.
Concreting is covered under the building licence in Western Australia, and concreters have access to two types of licences. Registered builders must have one or both:
Building Practitioner Licence - This allows the practitioner to carry out building work, or to act as a nominated building supervisor.
Building Contractor Licence - This allows the individual to enter into contracts, appoint nominated supervisors and hire subcontractors. Under the building contractor licenses, are three sub-licences, namely:
- company or body corporate
An applicant who wishes to qualify for a Western Australian trade licence for concreters must possess a nationally recognised qualification, such as the Certificate III in Concreting CPC30313, which demonstrates their general concreting skills, including:
- Concrete Spreading
- Finishing and curing
- Using concreting machinery
How to Apply
To apply for registration as a building practitioner and obtaining a concreting licence in Western Australia, follow these simple steps:
- Complete the application forms that are required for your chosen set or pathway.
- Attach all the required supporting documents.
- Pay the applicable licence fees.
To apply for registration as a building contractor and obtaining a concreting licence in Western Australia, follow these simple steps:
- 1.Complete the application form for Partnership, Company / Body Corporate, or Individual registration.
- 2.Provide the supporting documents and relevant information.
- 3.Pay the registration and application fees.
New Zealand, Interstate & Overseas Recognition
Building practitioners from other states, territories and countries may receive equivalent licenses from Western Australia. Apply for your equivalent concreting licence in Western Australia through the mutual recognition program.