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What happens after you apply

Once we have received your application for registration as a building surveyor, we will check you have completed the application form correctly and submitted the required documents. We will return your application if it is incomplete, so please take care to ensure all fields are completed.

If we do not accept your application

We will send you a letter to explain what information is missing. Once you have obtained the required information, you can resubmit your application by re-sending:

  • your registration application form
  • all required supporting documents
  • the application fee.

If we accept your resubmitted application, we will send you an acceptance letter to explain what happens next.

If we still do not accept your application, we will let you know by letter.

If we accept your application

We will send you an acceptance letter to explain what happens next.

Your application is assessed as follows:

  1. We check the accuracy of your submitted information, and we work out whether you have demonstrated the required experience to progress to the next stage.
  2. We review your application and supporting documents in depth. We may require you to:
  • sit a computer-based open book exam (multiple choice format)
  • plan checking exercises
  • have a face-to-face interview with an accredited competency assessor.

If we determine that you have the required knowledge and experience for registration, we will write to you to request that you provide proof that you are covered by the required insurance.

We make a recommendation whether your application should be granted or not.

Throughout this process, we may ask you for further information to help our assessment. We may send our request by letter or email. We may refuse your application if you do not provide any additional information we have requested.

Dispute the outcome of your application

Internal review

If you are unhappy with a decision made by the VBA on your application, you can apply for an internal review. Learn more at Internal review.


If you are dissatisfied with the VBA’s decision on your registration application, you may apply to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) for a review of the decision. For more information, visit the VCAT website or call VCAT on (03) 9628 9755.