Builder – Open

Scope of work

  • Building work on all classes of buildings
  • Prepare plans and specifications that are:
    • for the licensee’s personal use, or
    • for use in building work to be performed by the licensee personally
  • Temporarily until 2 May 2025 – for the building work described above, install and maintain:
    • Fire collars, fire-rated penetrations and fire-rated joint sealing;
    • Fire and smoke walls and fire-rated ceilings.  

The scope does not include:

  • a completed building inspection for an interested party for the building, or
  • personally carrying out any building work for which:
    • a fire protection licence is required (other than the specified fire protection work temporarily authorised above), or
    • an occupational licence is required, unless the licensee holds the occupational licence.

Qualifications required

Please see Technical Qualifications for Licensing (PDF) for the full list of technical qualifications required for this licence class.

Registered Training Organisations (RTOs)

Registered Training Organisations issue formal qualifications to people who successfully complete training. 

To find a training provider for these courses, please visit training.gov.au

Licence applicants will need to provide evidence of completing required qualifications to the QBCC, this can be: 

  • apprenticeship papers
  • documentation showing you successfully completed the appropriate course for this licence class
  • documentation showing you successfully completed an equivalent course for this licence class (e.g. similar modules)
  • recognition certificate (obtained through Recognition of Prior Learning)
  • a qualification of statement of attainment of the required competency issued by an approved authority for the licence class.

Experience required

Qualified in bricklaying/block laying or carpentry

Two years experience in:

  • the licence class scope of work, or
  • other work the commission is satisfied is at least equivalent to experience in the scope of work for the class.

All other applicants

Four years experience in:

  • the licence class scope of work, or
  • other work the commission is satisfied is at least equivalent to experience in the scope of work for the class.

For more information, see Builder Experience - Open (PDF).

Financial requirements

The relevant financial requirements in the minimum financial requirements policy.

Licence types

You can apply for this licence class as a:

Important note:

  • Interstate applicants – may be eligible to obtain a licence through Mutual Recognition
  • Overseas applicants – may have to have an overseas qualification assessed for equivalency prior to applying.

Find an RTO

Look up the required course in the  Technical Qualifications for Licensing (PDF) and search for it on the training.gov.au website.