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Building & Construction Pathway (VIC)

May 22, 2017 - Published in Building

‘How do I become a registered builder?’ ‘What qualifications do I need in order to become registered?’

The process can be quite complicated, so keep reading to find out how you can be on your way to reaching your eventual goal – your own boss or a building manager.

In Victoria, the VBA is the governing body in regulating the building industry. Their requirements for becoming a registered builder are quite stringent, so it pays to be armed with the right information before going through the application process.

Industry experience and employment history:

The VBA expects you to have at least 3 – 5+ years (not including your trade qualification) worth of practical, hands on construction experience. This may be in the form of carpentry, bricklaying or concreting. Ideally, you have site supervised or project managed these jobs and are able to provide a portfolio of work (proof) to show. You will want to show your diversity and range in working with different trades, demonstrate your understanding of the principles and regulation associated with the construction industry, and show a significant amount of knowledge across multiple building and construction areas.  They have specific requirements about works completed.  In addition to industry experience, formal education is highly encouraged.

Education and qualifications:

Holding a completed trade qualification in Carpentry, Bricklaying/Blocklaying or Plumbing is a good foundation (but not mandatory for registration).  The Certificate IV in Building and Construction and the Diploma of Building and Construction are highly recommended since they provide latest theory and practical applications covering a broad span of required knowledge and skills, including management, regulations and law.

Everyone’s situation is different.  Some prospective students come hold a trade qualification already completed, some have no trade qualification but 10+ years experience. In order to arm you with the most credibility possible, we encourage (as does the VBA) all prospects to complete both the Certificate IV and the Diploma of Building and Construction through quality training providers – contact Upskill Learning for help.    


In Victoria, thanks to Commonwealth and State funding, students may* be able to study their Building qualifications subsidised – meaning no out of pocket fees, saving up to $22,000 across both the Cert IV and Diploma.  Contact us now to see if you’re eligible for this great study incentive.  This great financial assistance may not last.

*Eligibility criteria for subsidies.  Contact us for more information.

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