Documenting your experience and qualifications – builders

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To be considered for registration as a building practitioner, qualifications and experience need to be correctly documented on your application form.

Experience

To become a building practitioner, there are five registration pathways, called ‘sets’, that applicants can register under. Each of these sets requires a particular period and type of experience.

Types of experience

What is 'building work' or 'building construction'?

For registration purposes, building work or building construction refers to one or more of the following activities:

  • the construction, erection, assembly or placement of a building or an incidental structure and related siteworks;
  • the renovation, alteration, extension, improvement or repair of a building or an incidental structure and related siteworks; or
  • the assembly, reassembly or securing of a relocated building or an incidental structure and related siteworks.

Building work does not include:

  • constructing or installing a swimming pool;
  • labouring;
  • driving delivery or transport vehicles;
  • design and drafting;
  • estimating and scheduling;
  • project or business management;
  • contract administration or management; or
  • manufacture of building products and materials.

What does 'carrying out building work' mean?

'Carrying out' refers to performing building work as an apprentice or tradesperson. If you performed a variety of work on a building project, some of it being carrying out building work and some of it being other work, record the actual time spent carrying out building work.

What does 'supervising building work' mean?

'Supervising building work' refers to supervising the work of others carrying out building work, typically as a leading hand, foreman or site supervisor with responsibility to directly control, accept or reject the work of tradespersons. If you performed a variety of work on a project, some of it being supervising building work and some of it being other work, record the actual time spent supervising building work. Supervision does not include being an owner-builder  or supervision of oneself.

What does 'supervising building construction' mean?

'Supervising building construction' refers to supervising others carrying out building work, as an end to end construction, not just one or two trades. The roles typically include leading hand, foreman or site supervisor with responsibility to directly control, accept or reject the work of tradespersons. If you performed a variety of work on a project, some of it being supervising building construction and some of it being other work, only record the actual time spent supervising building construction. Supervision does not include being an owner-builder or supervision of oneself.

What does 'managing building construction' mean?

'Managing building construction' refers to management or coordination in relation to building construction on behalf of the builder. The manager must be in a position to direct, control, accept or reject construction work, or in a position of responsibility for the coordination of trades and materials for the whole of a building construction project or for a substantial portion of a large project. Management doesn't not include being an owner-builder or management of oneself.

How to document your experience

All experience documented must be independently verified and signed as a true record by a relevant and credible and independent person. Do not claim experience than cannot be verified. Record and verify your experience using the templates at attachments 1 and 2 located at the back of the registration application form. Alternatively, you can attach a statement of verification of your experience to the registration application form.

Who is a credible and independent person

A credible and independent person is in a position and has the skills to assess the scope and quality of the experience you are claiming.

For experience gained while employed, a credible and independent person is your employer or an authorised representative of your employer.

For experience gained while a contractor or subcontractor, a credible and independent person is the client, or the building contractor. If it is not possible to obtain a signed verification from the client or contractor, obtain verification from a foreman, supervisor or manager.

A credible and independent person is not:

  • a relative;
  • under potential conflict (your employee);
  • a co-worker or subordinate worker; or
  • an office manager or HR manager.

Your credible and independent persons may be contacted by the Building Commission verify your experience. It is an offence to falsely verify experience.

What is a statement of verification?

A statement of verification is a written document that outlines and verifies your experience. A statement of verification must include the following details of your experience:

  • your duties and occupation;
  • the type of work;
  • the start and finish date; and
  • the address of the building project.

A statement of verification must be signed and dated by a credible and independent person. It must also include the contact details of the credible and independent person.

Qualifications

What are the required units of a CPC50210 Diploma in Building and Construction?

For registration purposes, the Diploma must include the following seven units:

  • CPCCBC4005A – Produce labour and material schedules for ordering
  • CPCCBC4018A – Apply site surveys and set-out procedures to building and construction projects
  • CPCCBC5005A – Select and manage building and construction contractors
  • CPCCBC5007A – Administer the legal obligations of a building construction contract
  • CPCSUS5001A – Develop workplace policies and procedures for sustainability
  • CPCCBC4014A – Prepare simple building sketches and drawings
  • CPCCOHS1001A – Work safety in the construction industry

Make sure you complete all seven units before applying to be registered.

What are equivalent qualifications?

The Board is empowered to accept equivalent qualifications. If you have a different qualification to that stated in the application form, the Board may accept your qualification as equivalent to the usual qualification. For further information see the Board's policy regarding equivalent qualifications.

What is a registered training organisation?

Registered training organisations (RTOs) are training providers who are registered by the Australian Skills Quality Authority or the Training Accreditation Council of Western Australia to deliver vocational education and training services. RTOs are recognised as providers of quality-assured and nationally recognised training and qualifications.

Before you enrol in a training course, check that the training provider is an RTO and is authorised to offer the training course. To search for an RTO, visit training.gov.au or myskills.gov.au.

What is recognition of prior learning?

If you already have some of the skills and knowledge related to the qualification you need to obtain, you may be eligible to be assessed for recognition of prior learning (RPL) by a RTO. Through the RPL assessment you might find you have all the skills required to obtain a qualification, or the assessor might recommend that you undertake further training to help you gain a qualification.

To find out if RPL is the right option for you, contact an RTO that provides your preferred training course.

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