Roles and responsibilities of a certifier

Licensed Building Certifiers can work for local government or in a private practice. They inspect a project before, during and at completion to ensure it complies with the approved building plans (approval of development permit for building works), and appropriate building standards.

You can check the details of a Building Certifier's licence using our Online Licence Search.

Building certifiers:

  • cannot certify or approve work with which they are personally involved as a builder or designer, or from which they are able to gain a profit
  • must abide by the Code of Conduct for Building Certifiers (PDF), and
  • must act in the public interest when performing building certifying functions.

Professional development

Certifiers must build their knowledge of:

  • 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.

Our role in certification

  • certifier licensing
  • investigating complaints against certifiers
  • keeping a register of certifiers
  • auditing certifier operations (i.e. regarding building practices and other requirements of the laws governing certifiers)
  • disciplining certifiers where appropriate (e.g. licence cancellation, applying licence conditions etc).

What is the building certifier not responsible for?

  • ensuring a builder is complying with their contract
  • quality control
  • job site supervision