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Avoid Paying Extra To Apply For Your Builders Licence

May 4, 2023

Are you an unlicensed builder who needs to complete a building course to be eligible to apply for your builders licence? Did you know the longer you put it off the more it will cost you? The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has announced changes to two building courses, with extra units added to the Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) CPC40110 and Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) CPC50210. If you need to complete one to apply for your builders licence, here’s what you need to know.

1. WHAT IS CHANGING?

The Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) CPC40110 consists of 16 units in total but has been superseded by the Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) CPC40120, which will contain an extra three units. The Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) CPC50210, which currently has 18 units, has been superseded by the Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) CPC50220 and had an additional 9 units.

2. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

With the number of units increasing, the time it takes to complete the building courses is also likely to increase. Due to the nature of online learning, you can fit your study around other responsibilities, such as family or work commitments, but completing one unit will usually take around 1-3 months. This means if you haven’t completed your course by November 2022, you could potentially be forced to study for an extra 9-12 months when the changes come in.

If you complete the course by November 2022, you could potentially save around $25,000* by studying the Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) CPC50210 and around $13,000* by studying the Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) CPC40110. The less time you spend studying means more time working, with the qualification to boost your income.

3. WHEN IS THE CUT OFF DATE?

Although the qualifications have already officially been replaced, there is a small window of transition that applies to current students or those about to sign up. The transition period ends on November 27, 2022.

4. WHY DO YOU NEED TO COMPLETE A BUILDING COURSE TO APPLY FOR YOUR BUILDERS LICENCE?

Getting your builders licence is different in each state and territory, but you will need to meet the technical requirements of the local licensing authority by holding an industry qualification. A Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) CPC40110 will meet the technical requirements in most state and territories. Without a builders licence you will be limited in the projects you can quote and undertake. You need a builders licence to quote bigger projects and ensure you have the legal protection as well.  

5. ALREADY GOT YOUR QUALIFICATIONS? GREAT! GET LICENSED NOW!

Don’t delay, you can speak to one of our licensing specialists today and get in before Christmas to avoid paying extra fees in 2022.

Source: Australian Skills Quality Authority, talent.com.au

*Calculations based on someone earning $45/hour and saving up to 15 hours a week studying = $675/week or $2700/month earned back in wages. Source talent.com.au

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