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Building Legislation

How to obtain your Builders License in WA.

Building Legislation

Compliance with Building Legislation is required when you gain your Builders licence in WA.

Before you gain your Builders licence in WA a clear understanding of Legislation, Acts, Standards and Codes should be a must. Legislation in Australia includes Acts and Regulations. Acts are laws that have been debated and approved by either the State or Federal Parliament. Any change to an Act requires that it go back to parliament, again for debate and approval, which can be a long and costly process.

Each Act will have drafted a corresponding set of Regulations, which support the Act, are consistent with the Act, are generally more prescriptive, and provide more specific detail. While changes to the Act require parliamentary approval, Regulations only require the government department responsible for the Regulations to approve any changes, and as a result are much quicker and less costly to change than its corresponding Act.

Both the Act and its Regulations are legally enforceable.

In addition to the Acts and its Regulations, there may be associated Codes of Practices, Standards and Certifications. These may or may not be enforceable. Codes of Practice are generally not enforceable, and are meant as guides only – guides of good behaviour – which if followed (and “instilled as habits”), will help ensure the Acts and Regulations are abided by.

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Registered Building Practitioner

What is a Registered Building Practitioner?

Registration as a building practitioner is for individuals. It allows a person to be a nominated supervisor of a registered building contractor and to use the title ‘registered building practitioner’. A practitioner cannot provide building services directly to another person.

There are several alternative pathways (referred to as “sets”) that can be taken in order to register as a practitioner. One of the pathways requires completion of a course – specifically a CPC50220 Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) , together with seven years’ experience as a supervisor. Another pathway requires membership of certain associations together with several years’ experience.

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What will i need to know before obtaining my Builders License in WA?

Below are some key attributes you should understand before gaining your Builders License in WA. 

Becoming a Registered Builder in Western Australia requires a lot of knowledge, specifically around the following:


  • Home Building Contracts Act 1991 and corresponding Regulations
    • Building Services (Registration) Act 2011 and corresponding Regulations
    • Building Act 2011 and corresponding Regulations
    • Home Building Contracts (Home Indemnity Insurance Exemptions) Regulations 2002
    • Construction Contracts Act 2004
    • National Construction Code (NCC)
  • Contract law
    • General law and concept of contracting and tendering
    • Construction Contracts Act 2004
  • Financial records and tax requirements
  • Building quantities and estimating
    • Estimating costs of supply and installation of concrete, brickwork, metalwork,
    • carpentry, joinery, finishes like plastering.
    • Tendering process
  • Building construction
    • Site investigation and earthworks
    • Footing and floors
    • Walls
    • Damp proofing
    • Roofs
    • Joinery and fixing
    • Glazing
    • Plumbing and drainage
    • Safety
    • Electrical installation and fire protection
    • Plastering, tiling and painting
    • Energy efficiency
    • BCA and standards that relate to the above

Registered Building Contractor

What is a Registered Building Contractor?

Registration as a building contractor is for individuals, but also for partnerships or companies that intend trading as a builder. This registration allows the person or business to provide services as a builder for work that requires a building permit, and where the work has a value of $20,000 or more.


Diploma of building and construction CPC50220 online WA

Study the Diploma of building and construction CPC50220 online in WA with Vortex Education. 

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If you meet the criteria set by the Building and Energy – Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, then of course you can. There are educational, relevant industry experience, good character and financial ability requirements that are to be met.  

One way is to complete Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) which meets the educational requirements for Builders Registration.

The Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) course, offers study credits through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), transferring formal qualifications in recognition of the skills you have already gained through your life, work and other study. The course may help you become a in Registered Builder WA.

If you would like to commence the RPL pathway please contact us.

The duration of the Diploma of Building and Construction CPC50220 can vary depending on the study mode (full-time or part-time). 

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Graduates of the Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) can pursue various career paths within the construction industry. They may find employment as construction supervisors, project managers, building coordinators, site managers, contract administrators, or construction estimators. The diploma provides individuals with the necessary skills and knowledge to take on supervisory or management roles within the industry.

Some of the day to day tasks a Registered Builder in WA undertakes. 
Conducting inspections of construction sites to identify and eliminate any potential safety hazards, Minimising work-related accidents and injuries by enforcing site safety rules, working closely with senior management and key stakeholders, Providing education to site workers on construction safety regulations and accident protocol, including management of site accidents according to policies and procedures, Recording and maintaining accurate records, Establishing disciplinary measures as required, by evaluating the performance of employees, Ensuring construction projects meet design, budget, and safety specifications by analysing blueprints, Increasing efficiency by actively participating in quality improvement projects and recommending changes to construction operations or procedures.