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Builder

A varied construction role with manual, managerial and administrative responsibilities.

What's it like to be a Builder?

Builders oversee, coordinate and work on the construction, repair and renovation of homes and other buildings. They may also manage entire projects. Builders must comply with strict safety regulations, including using and wearing protective equipment and ensuring the construction site is safe.

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To work as a Builder in Australia with the ability to sign off on work that has been done on site, you will need to hold a Builder’s licence or be registered. Requirements for licensing varies depending on your state or territory, but you will typically need to complete a vocational qualification and have on-the-job experience.

  1. Complete a Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) (CPC40120) or Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) (CPC50220). Your choice of course may depend on the requirements in your state, your previous experience and the type of buildings you want to work on, such as low-rise or medium-rise.
  2. Ensure you have a Construction Induction Card (White Card) which will enable you to work on a construction site. Some hirers may also prefer you to have a current driver’s licence.
  3. After gaining experience in the construction industry, you can apply for a licence or registration. Check with the relevant licensing body in your state or territory for specific details on how many years of experience you need before you can apply.

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Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)

This qualification prepares you for a career as a builder by giving you skills to select contractors, oversee quality of work and liaise with clients.
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Develop broad skills in science to prepare for opportunities in a range of industries with this qualification.

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Latest Builder reviews

Latest reviews from 12 Builders surveyed on SEEK
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May 2021
Creating beautiful builds is extremely rewarding
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Renovations/ New builds and light commercial
The good things
You get to bring a person or businesses dream to life. Working with great contractors and suppliers creates good industry bonds.
The challenges
Your company is your life and you put clients goals above your own. Got to be a people pleasure by nature
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Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Construction
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
project management
The good things
Everyday is different and you can do many different tasks
The challenges
Lost of work to do and not enough time
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