Building practitioner FAQs

What are all the limited classes of Domestic Building work?

The following is a list of the 29 limited classes of Domestic Building work:

  • Domestic Builder (limited to the construction of non-habitable building structures)
  • Domestic Builder (limited to the construction of gates and fences)
  • Domestic Builder (limited to the construction of retaining walls)
  • Domestic Builder (limited to the construction of swimming pools and spas)
  • Domestic Builder (limited to the construction of private bushfire shelters)
  • Domestic Builder (limited to the construction of shade structures)
  • Domestic Builder (limited to the construction structural landscaping)
  • Domestic Builder (limited to bathroom, kitchen and laundry renovations)
  • Domestic Builder (limited to earthworks and excavation work)
  • Domestic Builder (limited to footings and slab work)
  • Domestic Builder (limited to framing)
  • Domestic Builder (limited to bricklaying and blocklaying)
  • Domestic Builder (limited to external wall cladding)
  • Domestic Builder (limited to roof tiling)
  • Domestic Builder (limited to waterproofing)
  • Domestic Builder (limited to door and window replacement and installation)
  • Domestic Builder (limited to site works involved in relocating a dwelling)
  • Domestic Builder (limited to the re-stumping and re-blocking)
  • Domestic Builder (limited to cabinet making, joinery and stair construction)
  • Domestic Builder (limited to carpentry)
  • Domestic Builder (limited to the erection of poles, masts and antennas)
  • Domestic Builder (limited to sheet plastering)
  • Domestic Builder (limited to solid plastering and rendering)
  • Domestic Builder (limited to floor finishing and covering)
  • Domestic Builder (limited to glazing work)
  • Domestic Builder (limited to insulation work)
  • Domestic Builder (limited to painting and decorating)
  • Domestic Builder (limited to floor and wall tiling work)
  • Domestic Builder (limited to attaching external fixtures)

Is the Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) a prescribed, or equivalent, qualification for registration?

No. The Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) is NOT a prescribed qualification under the Building Interim Regulations 2017. Nor is it recognised as an equivalent qualification under the Building Act 1993.

If you want to register as a Domestic Builder, then your course must be prescribed and accredited under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006. This requirement applies to a diploma, associated diploma or degree in Building and Construction (Building). The VBA may consider another qualification with either alone or together with any further certificate, authority, experience or examination equivalent to a prescribed qualification.

If your qualification is not prescribed or accepted as an equivalent qualification (such as the Certificate IV), the VBA will consider it as part of its broader assessment of your knowledge and experience.

For more information about the prescribed registration qualifications and equivalent qualifications, please see 'What is Domestic Building work?'. Or you can call the VBA on 1300 815 127.

What is the difference between a Domestic Builder (Unlimited) and a Project Manager (Domestic)?

Persons registered in the class of Domestic Builder (Unlimited):

  • may carry out all components of domestic building work themselves, and / or
  • can hire unregistered tradespeople.

Persons registered in the Project Manager (Domestic) class:

  • must hire registered practitioners to undertake work
  • cannot carry out work unsupervised
  • can carry out work only if they are supervised by a practitioner registered in the work they are doing – for example, they cannot perform carpentry onsite unless they are supervised by a Domestic Builder (Unlimited) or a practitioner who is registered as a Domestic Builder (limited to carpentry).

Persons registered in the Domestic Builder (Unlimited) or Project Manager (Domestic) classes must recognise an issue onsite as it arises (such as defective work or noncompliance with standards):

  • A practitioner with Domestic Builder (Unlimited) registration may fix it personally, if it is covered within their scope of work.
  • But a practitioner with Project Manager (Domestic) registration must identify the correct registered person to fix the issue.

If a Project Manager (Domestic) is audited or inspected, they may need to provide a list of the registered practitioners employed to cover the appropriate work.

Please note: The class of Project Manager (Domestic) was introduced in a new category called Person responsible for a building project on 1 July 2017. Project Manager (Domestic) has been removed as a class of building practitioner. The work undertaken by a Project Manager (Domestic) is the same as the scope of work for Domestic Builder (Manager), however the prescribed qualification for registration is different. If you are an existing practitioner in the class of Domestic Builder (Manager) the VBA will contact you separately with advice. For more information visit the Building Interim Regulations 2017 fact sheet.

What does 'experience to the satisfaction …' mean?

Your experience must show you have been involved in the entire scope of work covered by the category / class in which you are applying for registration.

The majority, if not all, of your experience must be full time and must show you have been supervised by a registered practitioner.

Can I have Domestic Builder (Unlimited) or Project Manager (Domestic) registration, but restrict it to the work that I want to do and not all of the work that the registration covers?

No. You must show you can do the scope of the work the registration entitles. If you want to only work in some limited classes of Domestic Building work, you may prefer to apply for a different registration category / class that better suits your requirements. Or you may need to broaden your experience and knowledge to obtain full registration.