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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.

Tasks and duties

  • Interpreting or organising plans that meet building code regulations and client specifications.
  • Providing quotes for clients and submitting plans to local authorities.
  • Organising contractors including carpenters, electricians and plumbers, as well as undertaking some building work personally.
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How to become a Builder


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To work as a builder in Australia and have 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 vary from state to state, but typically require a qualification, such as a Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) (CPC40110), as well as on-the-job experience.

  1. Complete a Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) (CPC40110) to understand the theory behind the practice and prepare you to apply for a Builder's licence. This course will teach you how to produce cost estimates for projects, conduct on-site supervision, prepare construction contracts and apply building code standards.
  2. To branch out into other areas of construction, complete a Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) (CPC50210) which will help you gain the practical knowledge to manage and supervise a range of building projects. This qualification will prepare you to work as a Site Manager, Builder or Project Manager.
  3. As licensing and registration requirements vary, you’ll need to confirm the specific education and experience requirements with the relevant licensing body in your state.

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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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How do Builders rate their role?

Latest reviews from 6 Builders surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.7
Job satisfaction
4.2
Career progression opportunities
3.2
Job security
3.2
Pay / Salary
3.5
Variety of work
4.0

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Being a builder is very rewarding and you get to meet all va
Reviewer's Qualification
Registered builder in both commercial and domestic comstruction
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Timber framed houses
The good things
Ti see what you have built is awesome
The challenges
Lateral thinking or thinking outside the box
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Low rise builder opens all avenues to success
Reviewer's Qualification
Cert 4 in building with qbcc low rise licence and a qbcc open site supervisor license
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
I'm self-employed
Specialisation
Consulting
The good things
Building work is diverse and a lot of opportunity’s are out there to take advantage of when other sectors of the industry are slow your can be as small or large with owning organisations or company’s ...
The challenges
Long hours and travel and equipment that is required is a lot to finance at times for the diversity of roles
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Working in the building industry is a fantastic thing to do
Reviewer's Qualification
Building
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Building inspections
The good things
Helping people
The challenges
Getting paid for a job
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Pride in the job
Reviewer's Qualification
Cert 4 building & construction
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Housing
The good things
You have the ability to schedule jobs to suit your work life balance
The challenges
Contract management and debt recovery
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Builder-Carpenter
Reviewer's Qualification
Registered builder certificate Carpenter and joiners certificate
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
High end homes
The good things
The good things about my roll as a builder is that we are working on most people’s most expensive thing they own, we get to work in very closely with our clients to be able to achieve the best results...
The challenges
Meeting budgets and organising other trades.
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Challenging but rewarding
Reviewer's Qualification
None
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
I'm self-employed
Specialisation
Not applicable
The good things
Seeing the clients excitement when they walk into their new finished home
The challenges
Definitely when working in a big team environment you work with different personalities and than can be hard and also some builders smoke and that's horrible to be around. Also the weather plays a bi...
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What are the job opportunities for Builders?

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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
9.2%
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Source: LMIP. Construction Trades Workers

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