Life happens - are your qualifications current?

27 September 2021

All Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) licence classes require current technical qualifications; qualifications that are no longer current may not be accepted, and now is the time to take action.

QBCC are no longer accepting qualifications of Certificate IV and above that are older than 10 years - and is enforcing a five-year limit on the Business Management for Trade Contractors (BMC) at application.

Master Builders Manager, Licensing Services, Tonia Miron, said this means builders and trade contractors must keep up-to-speed and meet today’s standards and technical qualifications to apply to the QBCC for their licence.

“It might be that applicants complete their qualifications, but remain employed with their builder, and decide several years down the track that they want to go out on their own and apply for a license. Or, it might have been 10 years between them getting their qualification and applying to QBCC. Or in the worst case, if a licence has been cancelled and they are re-applying. The qualification must be current and meet today’s requirements.”

“The qualifications change regularly. The Diploma of Building & Construction is currently 17 subjects – the upgraded qualification that comes into effect in November 2022 has 27 subjects. So, someone who has completed a Diploma over 10 years ago may need to do quite a bit of study to meet the current requirements.”

Tonia’s advice is for builders and tradies to figure out when they got their qualification and apply to the QBCC as soon as they are eligible, so they are not past the expiration date.

Anyone who finds it has been longer than the allowed five or 10 years should reach out to Master Builders’ Licensing or Training teams to find out what courses they may need to complete to get back up to speed.

Tonia encourages professional development for all members and licensees, to reduce defects, manage people, and use complex construction methods and products to keep ahead of changes.

“‘This is how I’ve always done it’ is a common statement, but the standards and requirements today mean you need to learn, adapt and change, and that is where Master Builders can help.”

NEED ADVICE ON YOUR QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING? CONTACT MASTER BUILDERS' TRAINING TEAM ON 1300 13 60 02 OR VISIT MBQLD.COM.AU/TRAINING

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