If you’re interested in getting your builder’s license, you might have very quickly found out that every state in Australia has unique requirements for those looking to get licenced. If you don’t know about this, though, it’s good to be aware that pursuing the wrong things can mean you won’t be eligible. The problem for many is that many of the criteria are similar – whether they be related to education, experience, references or financial resources – so the process can become confusing. In this article, we take a look at what someone in Victoria needs to do to get their builder’s license – by studying up about what you need, there’s a much better chance you’ll avoid unnecessary headaches and lost time in the future.
Where to get started
As with the requirements in other states, the core needs for a builder’s license in Victoria are education, experience and referees (to start with, at least). Before reading the information below, it should be noted that much of the information demonstrated has the power to change, so doing a bit of research to confirm can go a long way. In terms of education, going for you Certificate 4 in Building and Construction in Melbourne is an excellent start, but you should know that you’ll need a bit more depending on how you want to use your builder’s license. Depending on the registration type, you’ll need to have at least 3 years’ full-time experience in the building registration category you are applying for (we’ll get into this in a little bit), complete an application form with proof of your experience, undergo a written test (and potentially an interview depending on the registration) and have an excellent understanding of the national building codes. As you might be able to tell, it can be a very time consuming process, but it’s very much worth it at the end!
Understanding the registration types when applying
Depending on the kind of builder’s license you’re applying for, the criteria can be quite different. In Victoria, the builders’ licence process is managed and regulated by the Victorian Building Authority, and this body refers to a builders’ licence as a builders’ registration. There are quite a few examples of registration, but some of the most common examples include Domestic Builder (Limited), Domestic Builder (Unlimited), Domestic Builder (Manager), Commercial Builder (Limited) and Commercial Builder (Unlimited). There isn’t a registration that covers all of these, which is why it’s so important to understand what registration you’re going for. After successfully obtaining a building registration, an individual will only be able to work on sites and projects that they are specifically registered for. For example, commercial builders are not allowed by law to work on domestic building sites, and vice versa.
Understanding how builder’s registrations apply to you
It’s important to remember that you can’t simply go out and secure a builder’s registration in Victoria that can suit any kind of building need – understanding what you need your registration to accommodate for is important to being registered in the right way. It’s also important to remember that the information provided above is subject to change, and to have true peace of mind you’re better off double checking with regulating bodies to guarantee you know the most up-to-date requirements.