Building Practitioner FAQs

What are 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 of 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 Regulations 2018, 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 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 the guide What is Domestic Building work? or call the VBA on 1300 815 127.

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.

Is a partnership the same as a company when it comes to registration?

From 1 July 2018, if an applicant for registration carries out business, or intends to carry out business, as a building practitioner or as a member of a partnership, then each member of the partnership (whether registered as a building practitioner or not) is required to satisfy the personal and financial probity requirements of registration.

Each member of the partnership must complete and submit a Partner’s Declaration. In addition to this, each partner must submit a National Police Check, via our online service provider. Once the VBA receives the relevant Partner Declarations, we will send through a secure link to enable each partner to complete the National Police Check application quickly and efficiently.

For the VBA to grant registration to a company or natural person carrying out business as a partnership, the VBA must be satisfied that:

  • each partner applying to be registered as a building practitioner and
  • the partnership

is a fit and proper person having regard to the personal and financial probity requirements set out in section 171D and section 171E of the Building Act 1993.

How do I request a duplicate building practitioner certificate from the VBA?

The VBA can issue you with a replacement building practitioner certificate, provided you pay the appropriate fee and the VBA is satisfied that your original certificate has been damaged, destroyed or lost.

Please complete and submit to a Request for a Duplicate Building Practitioner Certificate form to the VBA.