Roles and responsibilities of a certifier

As a certifier you can:

  • assess and approve plans relating to new or altered buildings
  • inspect construction work, at mandatory or other stages included in the building development approval
  • provide certificates of inspection to the builder following inspections
  • issue enforcement notices on building work when necessary
  • give final certification for a building to be occupied.

You are not responsible for job site supervision or making sure a builder complies with their contract.

Continuing professional development

Keeping up to date with the latest building practices and legislation is an important part of your role. Continuing professional development requirements assist in maintaining your accreditation to meet licensing requirements.

Some of the areas where you may need to continue to increase your knowledge include:

  • technical building practices and related engineering, design and construction practices
  • building related law and the implications of those laws
  • building codes and standards
  • risk assessment and management principles relevant to the design and construction of buildings
  • professional and ethical responsibilities and obligations
  • effective communication techniques with designers, builders, building owners and the general community.

Maintaining the integrity of your role

There is a high level of accountability in your position as a certifier so it is important that you avoid situations that may cause a conflict of interest.

This means that you cannot:

  • certify or approve work in a project where you have personal involvement, or from which you are able to gain a profit
  • take on dual roles of certifier and builder or designer.

Your obligations as a certifier also include: 

  • abiding by the Code of Conduct for Building Certifiers
  • acting in the public interest as your prevailing duty when performing building certifier functions, even when the public interest is inconsistent with another obligation 
  • giving the building owner inspection documentation following final inspections and final certification for a building to be occupied
  • giving the building owner (at their written request) a copy of the inspection documentation for a previous stage of building work
  • complying with the owner’s direction to perform additional certification functions 
  • keeping inspection documentation for 7 years.

If you want to know more about the requirements and expectations, refer to the Code of Conduct for Building Certifiers