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Building Inspector

Inspect buildings to ensure compliance with laws and regulations.
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What's it like to be a Building Inspector?

Building Inspectors carry out inspections of commercial and residential buildings to ensure structures comply with laws and regulations. Inspections may be carried out prior, during or after building work has been completed, and help ensure that buildings are safe, structurally sound and accessible.

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Tasks and duties

  • Inspecting buildings to ensure compliance with laws and regulations.
  • Advising on building requirements.
  • Issuing building permits.
  • Certifying structure and plan compliance with the corresponding building regulations.
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Building Inspectors have a working knowledge of the construction industry and trades and are able to verify the quality of work of building tradespersons. The also identify any defects or issues impacting building such as structural weakness, poor electrical wiring, asbestos, mould or other safety hazards.

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How to become a Building Inspector


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To become a Building Inspector you need demonstrated knowledge of the construction industry and Australian Building Codes. Vocational training is required, as well as a Construction Induction Card (White Card).

  1. Complete a relevant qualification such as a Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) (CPC50220), Advanced Diploma of Building Surveying (CPC60121), or a Bachelor of Construction Management.
  2. Registration or licensing may be required, so it’s important to check specific requirements with the licensing authority in your state.
  3. To work on any building site in Australia, you will need to hold a Construction Induction Card (White Card). It may also be an advantage to be a member of a professional building inspector association.

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Advanced Diploma of Building Surveying

This qualification will develop your knowledge of compliance requirements, different construction methods and building surveying requirements.
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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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Bachelor of Construction Management

This qualification will prepare you to work in roles such as Construction Manager and oversee the construction of buildings.
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Latest Building Inspector reviews

Latest reviews from 2 Building Inspectors surveyed on SEEK
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May 2021
Building inspector is satisfying, less stressful than supervising building projects
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Building
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Building inspector
The good things
Variety of work Good salary Ongoing support
The challenges
Building practice and legislation Drive a lot of hours
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Oct 2018
Being a Building Inspector can be challenging, however the challenges are outweighed by the knowledge gained.
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Advanced diploma in civil construction design
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Less than a year
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
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Insurance building
The good things
Almost every job that you go to see is different which means that you are constantly learning and getting better at your job. In addition the role is very investigative which can be very interesting.
The challenges
One of the main challenges is the differences and particulars involved in different insurance companies policies which can be hard to learn. In addition there is a large amount of driving involved in ...
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