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Interested in a career in construction? There are several pathways to become a professional builder in Australia. Whether you want to be a licenced builder, site supervisor or construction manager, you’ll need specific qualifications and licences to kickstart your career.

From assessing a site’s suitability and applying for permits, to undertaking the practical work involved with building projects, builders have a range of responsibilities. Some builders specialise in a certain type of construction, whereas others apply their skills more broadly across the industry.

No matter what field of construction work you want to specialise in, Major Training can help you get qualified. Discover the kind of qualities you’ll need to succeed in the building industry and learn how to become a registered builder, starting with a Certificate IV in Building and Construction.

Essential Qualities

Technical Skills

First and foremost, builders need the technical know-how to complete their work to a professional standard. Developing strong practical skills will give you the confidence to grow and advance your career as you gain more experience, allowing you to establish a reputation as a reliable builder who produces high-quality results.

Understanding of Workplace Health and Safety

Many building contactors work alongside heavy machinery or in raised worksites that are only accessible via scaffolding. Working in these conditions can be risky, which is why it’s crucial for builders to have a thorough understanding of workplace health and safety regulations and how to apply them on building sites.

People Skills

Almost every building job is a team effort. This means that to succeed in the construction industry, you’ll need to know how to work well with others and communicate effectively. The better your communication skills, the more efficient your building services will be.

Physical Stamina

Construction work can be tough on the body, requiring strength, coordination, and good balance. To make it through your career without sustaining serious injuries, you’ll need plenty of physical stamina. Understanding ergonomics, such as correct lifting posture, will also help you stay healthy throughout the course of your career.

Getting Qualified

Australia’s construction industry is highly regulated, with all building work required to comply with the Building Code of Australia (BCA). To legally work as a builder, you’ll need to hold a builder’s licence. This licence proves you have the knowledge and skills to comply with the BCA.

To successfully apply for your builder’s licence, you’ll need to demonstrate a combination of experience, technical know-how, and theoretical knowledge. Major Training’s Certificate IV in Building and Construction can give you all of these things, preparing you for a successful career in the building industry.

You’ll learn everything from practical construction skills to how to manage the finances of a small business, allowing you to confidently manage all aspects of working as a builder. Upon graduating, you’ll have the necessary skills to qualify for both entry-level and senior employment opportunities, depending on your level of current experience.

You can enquire about this course online, or by contacting our friendly team on 1300 790 822.