Licence Registration

HOW CAN TRADE LICENCE ASSIST (TLA) HELP YOUR LICENCE / REGISTRATION JOURNEY?

TLA brings together the best licence and registration experts in one place, giving you more opportunity to find the application assistance that is perfect for you.

Using our targeted pre-qualification interview we review your needs to match you with the right professional assistance to start your assessment.

The pre-qualification results help showcase your skills and experience before the assessment process starts.

Reach out to one of our team members today and get on the fast track to your new future!

WHY DO YOU NEED A LICENCE OR REGISTRATION TO UNDERTAKE BUILDING OR CONSTRUCTION WORK?

Building practitioners working in Victoria need to be registered with the Victorian Building Authority (VBA). 

Building practitioners include builders, building inspectors, quantity surveyors, building surveyors, engineers, draftspeople, project managers of building projects and erectors or supervisors of temporary structures.

For domestic building work, you must be registered as a building practitioner with the VBA to:

  • perform domestic building work that costs more than $10,000 (including labour and materials)
  • provide more than one type of building work (such as plastering and painting) that costs more than $10,000 (including labour and materials).

The Building Regulations 2018 defines eight categories of building practitioner:

  • Building surveyor
  • Building inspector
  • Quantity surveyor
  • Engineer
  • Draftsperson
  • Person responsible for a building project - Project Manager (Domestic)
  • Erector or supervisor (temporary structures)
  • Builder:
    • Commercial builder
    • Domestic builder

Individuals and companies who are found to be unlawfully engaging in regulated building work can be liable for hefty fines, and can be prosecute for falsely representing to the public that they are registered.

The licence and registration processes follow a simple path

1. Registration Exam

For some categories of registration you will need to sit a VBA exam.. By working with one of our industry experts to prepare for your application you will also be guided through topics likely to appear on the exam, giving you a greater chance of passing.

2. What Evidence Can I Use?

The evidence you can use needs to be current, preferably from the last 2 - 5 years, and needs to be relevant to the type of registration you are applying for. Your evidence can include:

  • Your qualifications and relevant competencies
  • Technical Referee Reports
  • Police check
  • Licences, tickets & registrations
  • Schedules, rosters & payslips
  • Workplace industry awards, prizes & certificates
  • Professional & trade memberships
  • Portfolio of workplace projects
  • Samples of work, projects or workplace records
  • Photos or videos of you performing a task

Our industry experts can help you decide which types of evidence are the best to use based on your application type.

3. Builders Insurance

Before you can get registered you will need to prove that you either have the correct insurance, or that you are eligible to purchase insurance. If you don't already have insurance our industry experts can help you find the right insurance provider for your business.

4. What Happens if Your Application is Unsuccessful?

Once your application has been reviewed, the VBA will contact you with the outcome. If you are unsuccessful you can reapply at a later date, When you reapply you need to be able to show that you have fixed the gaps in your knowledge or experience that caused the original unsuccessful outcome.

Being prepared before you submit your application is a good first step to a successful application, getting expert help to put that application together increases your chances even more!

THE TYPES OF LICENCES AND REGISTRATIONS AVAILABLE

Commercial builder

A registered Commercial builder is responsible for managing and arranging the carrying out of all components of building work for the construction of commercial buildings and structures. These include class 2–9 buildings and structures, and class 10b buildings not associated with a domestic building, as classified by the Building Code of Australia.

You can apply to register as a Commercial builder (unlimited), or there are 10 limited classes of commercial building work. A person registered in a limited commercial builder class will be limited to certain types of work, such as waterproofing, non-structural fit-outs or the installation of blinds and awnings.

Domestic builder

Domestic building work is work associated with the construction, renovation, improvement or maintenance of a home. There are 30 classes of domestic building work.

Domestic builder (unlimited)

People registered in the class of Domestic builder (unlimited) are responsible for carrying out, or managing or arranging the carrying out of all components of domestic building work for the construction, renovation, improvement or maintenance of a home. Homes are class 1, 2 and 4 buildings, and associated class 10 buildings (see Building classes).

Limited classes of domestic building work

A person registered in a limited domestic builder class may be limited to carrying out, or managing or arranging the carrying out of certain types of domestic building work, such as being limited to carpentry work or glazing work.

Classes of Builders Registration

Commercial Builder

  • Commercial builder (limited to non-structural fit-out work)
  • Commercial builder (limited to steel erection work)
  • Commercial builder (limited to structural fit-out work)
  • Commercial builder (limited to structural landscaping work)
  • Commercial builder (limited to waterproofing work)
  • Commercial builder (limited to the construction of low-rise building work)
  • Commercial builder (limited to the construction of medium-rise building work)
  • Commercial builder (limited to the construction of shade structures work)
  • Commercial builder (limited to the erection of signs work)
  • Commercial builder (limited to the installation of blinds and awnings work)
  • Commercial builder (unlimited)

Domestic Builder

  • Domestic builder (limited to bathroom, kitchen and laundry renovation)
  • Domestic builder (limited to bricklaying and blocklaying)
  • Domestic builder (limited to cabinet making, joinery and stair construction)
  • Domestic builder (limited to carpentry work)
  • Domestic builder (limited to door and window replacement and installation)
  • Domestic builder (limited to earthworks and excavation work)
  • Domestic builder (limited to external wall cladding)
  • Domestic builder (limited to footings and slab work)
  • Domestic builder (limited to framing)
  • Domestic builder (limited to re-stumping and re-blocking)
  • Domestic builder (limited to roof tiling)
  • Domestic builder (limited to site works involved in relocating a dwelling)
  • Domestic builder (limited to waterproofing)
  • Domestic builder (limited to the construction of gates and fences)
  • Domestic builder (limited to the construction of non-habitable buildingstructures)
  • Domestic builder (limited to the construction of private bushfire shelters)
  • Domestic builder (limited to the construction of retaining walls)
  • Domestic builder (limited to the construction of shade structures)
  • Domestic builder (limited to the construction of structural landscaping)
  • Domestic builder (limited to the construction of swimming pools and spas)

If you intend to carry out only one of the following components of work under one domestic building contract, you do not need to be registered. If you will be carrying out two or more of these components, registration is required.

  • Domestic builder (limited to attaching external fixtures)
  • Domestic builder (limited to floor finishing and covering)
  • Domestic builder (limited to floor and wall tiling work)
  • Domestic builder (limited to glazing work)
  • Domestic builder (limited to insulation work)
  • Domestic builder (limited to painting and decorating)
  • Domestic builder (limited to sheet plastering)
  • Domestic builder (limited to solid plastering and rendering)
  • Domestic builder (limited to the erection of poles, masts and antennae)

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