The process of getting a builders’ licence in New South Wales is managed and regulated by the NSW Department of Fair Trading. This information is current as at December 2017. Use this link and visit the NSW Fair Trading website to check for updated requirements.
You must have at least 2 years’ relevant industry experience working in a wide range of building construction work. Also, your experience must run across all stages of construction.
You can gain these 2 years’ experience:
Your experience, whether as an employee or as a sub-contractor, must be paid. Unpaid work will not be counted as “experience” and cannot be used to support your application.
You don’t need to have done the 2 years’ experience all in one chunk. If you had a few months in between jobs, that’s fine. However, you need to prove you have 2 years’ full-time equivalent experience over a maximum of 10 years (from the date of application).
The licensed builder/s who provide references for your experience must have held a Qualified Supervisor Certificate or Individual Contractor Licence (Q) in the class of General Building Work issued by NSW Fair Trading during the period of time of your stated experience.
In addition to your 2 years’ experience, you will also need to gain a Certificate IV in Building and Construction.
Plus, ONE of the following:
For more information on applying for a NSW Builders’ Licence, or to learn more about the process, call MIBT on 1300 642 457 or visit NSW Fair Trading.