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Apply for a nominee supervisor licence

Before you apply

A nominee supervisor:

  • cannot personally contract or subcontract to carry out building work but can supervise work for a licensed contractor who holds the same QBCC licence class
  • can be the nominee for a company – a company must have a nominee who holds the same QBCC licence class as the company
  • is responsible for ensuring the building work done by the company is properly supervised. The nominee and company directors must have a system of supervision in place to ensure the company’s building work complies with the plans and specifications and expected work standards.

Before agreeing to become nominee for a company, consider seeking legal advice.

Who can apply

A nominee supervisor must be an employee, director or secretary of a licensed company, and must hold the same licence class as the licensed contractor.

How to apply

The application process differs depending on which licence class you wish to apply for. 

If you're applying for a nominee supervisor licence in one of the builder licence classes, a building designer or hydraulic services design licence class, or completed residential building inspection, then follow this process:

Fill out the Nominee Supervisor Licence Application Form - experience required (PDF), providing:

  • details of 2 to 4 years’ experience doing work covered in the relevant scope of work. Please include the class, size, number of storeys and type of construction
  • documents showing you hold the technical qualifications required for the licence class (e.g. Certificate IV, Diploma, skills recognition certificate). If you don’t hold the technical qualifications please refer to Recognition of Prior Learning for further information
  • three referees names and contact numbers (trade contractor licences) or 3 written references (builder licences) to confirm your experience
  • a certificate of completion of a QBCC approved managerial course (trade contractors)
  • proof of identity (e.g. a certified copy of your driver’s licence or passport).

Note: You do not need to complete the financial information section on the application form.

If you're applying for a nominee supervisor licence in any other licence class (excluding those listed above), then follow this process:

Fill out the Nominee Supervisor Licence Application Form - no experience required (PDF), providing:

  • documents showing you hold the technical qualifications required for the licence class (e.g. Certificate IV, Diploma, skills recognition certificate). If you don’t hold the technical qualifications please refer to Recognition of Prior Learning for further information
  • a certificate of completion of a QBCC approved managerial course (trade contractors)
  • proof of identity (e.g. a certified copy of your driver’s licence or passport).

What are the fees?

Check the current licence application fees.

Re-applying for a licence

If you've previously held a licence and you want to re-apply, find out about your options - Renew, update or surrender your licence

How to lodge your application

Lodge your completed application form with the supporting documents and correct application fee:

  • by post, to GPO Box 5099, Brisbane QLD 4001 (please provide copies of original documents only, unless we request otherwise)
  • in person at your nearest QBCC office

How long will it take to be processed?

We will take approximately 6–8 weeks to process your application. This includes checks to confirm you are a fit and proper person to hold a licence.

After you've applied

If your licence is approved you'll receive a letter with your licence number and scope of work for the licence class.

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