Builder Registration FAQ

Step 1.

  • Complete the Registration Application Form
  • Complete Technical Referee Report

Step 2.

Sit the Examination – 53 Online Multiple Choice Questions and separate plan test/s at the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) offices at the Docklands.

Step 3.

2 – 4 hour Interview with an Assessor including Plan test/s at a location chosen by the Assessor. More Info

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If you want more detailed information on the process of Registration – Go to the next question in our FAQs or visit the following link to the VBA website which provides you with the information and Forms necessary for Builders Registration.

How do I apply for a domestic building registration?

The first part of your Builder Registration involves completing your Application Forms including an online Police Check which the VBA provide you a link for and a Technical Referee Report. You will also need to create a portfolio that supports your experience with documents such as  Site Plan and Working Drawings, Forms 1 & 2 and Forms 15-17 as well as some photos.

Once your Builders Registration application is fully completed send it with your Portfolio to the VBA (Victorian Building Authority) where your application is assessed by an assigned case officer. This is why the preparation of your application is crucial….. after all, it’s your first impression to the VBA! It is not uncommon for applicants who are not familiar with the Builder Registration process to have their application knocked back or requests for further information which can be frustrating and time-consuming.

Providing your application is approved by the VBA, you are notified of times available to sit your Builders Registration computer based examination of approximately 53 multiple choice questions and 2/3 building plans identifying faults, bracing, truss design, or even bearers and joists layout or exercises involving the use of span tables. The Builder Registration examination goes for two hours and is held at the VBA’s office at the Docklands. It is important to note that you are required to achieve a minimum mark of 70% for both parts of the examination to proceed to the next stage of your application. If you do not achieve 70% or higher in each part of the Builders Registration examination your application will be refused and fees paid for your registration application will be lost and you will have to re-register and pay the Registration fees again if you want to reapply.

Provided that you pass this part of the Builder Registration examination, within four weeks you will be contacted to arrange a time and place for your face to face interview with a Domestic Competency Assessor. The interview which covers Legal requirements, Building Management, Building Technology and Business Management can go 2 or more hours. You are expected to bring all the Acts, Regulations, NCC (National Construction Code), Australian Standards, The Guide to Standards and Tolerances and anything else that may further support your application. This is where a solid knowledge of how and where to locate the relevant information in these documents is a must for successful Builders Registration! You may also be required to do further tests regarding building plans – identifying faults, bracing or even bearers and joists or exercises involving the use of span tables.

At the completion of the interview, the Assessor will give you an indication of the outcome of your Builders Registration interview.  The final decision rests with the VBA Management Team whether you have been successful and you will be informed by them in writing.

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All we can say is that we are surprised at the numbers of people who turn to us after failing the examination and plan tests once, twice and sometimes three times which becomes very expensive for them considering that every time you fail you have to pay registration fees all over again.
From our experience, we have found there are 2 main reasons why people fail:

            1. They are under-prepared because they don’t know what the Assessor is going to ask them so they don’t know what to prepare for often expecting that a Certificate IV or Diploma in Building and Construction is going to give them enough information and knowledge to get the through, OR
            2. There are those who have been in the industry for years and expect that their knowledge of building will get them through … which could not be further from the truth!! The examination and plans tests are about preparing with the right knowledge according to the Australian Standards, Acts, Regulations and the NCC which 99.9% of people in the building and construction industry don’t use on site or not regularly anyway.

Our information is designed to prepare you for each step in the Domestic Building assessment process and is continually being updated thanks to our clients who provide feedback after sitting their examinations, tests and Interview with VBA Assessor.

Our advice is the same to everyone from experienced to novice – Don’t try and do it on your own… we can provide you up to date information to get your Builders Registration the first time HERE.

If you want to get registered for your specific trade a Domestic Builder with a DB-L class may carry out, manage or arrange to carry out domestic building work specified in their Domestic Builder Limited Registration.
You can’t build an entire home with a DB-L but you can do certain components of the domestic building work and are able to legally do work over $10000 in your specific code with Domestic Builder Limited Registration.
Here is a list of Builder Registration -L (Limited) classes you can register for:

            • Construction of Non-habitable Building Structures
            • Construction of Gates & Fences
            • Construction of Retaining Walls
            • Construction of Swimming Pools & Spas
            • Construction of Private Bushfire Shelters
            • Construction of Shade Structures
            • Structural Landscaping
            • Construction of Retaining Walls work
            • Bathroom, Kitchens or Laundry Renovation
            • Earthworks and Excavation
            • Footings & Slabs
            • Carpentry
            • Framing
            • Bricklaying & Blocklaying
            • External Wall Cladding
            • Waterproofing
            • Door & Window Replacement/Installation
            • Site Works Involved in Relocating a Dwelling
            • Restumping and Re-Blocking
            • Cabinet Making, Joinery & Stair Construction
            • Sheet Plastering*
            • Solid Plastering & Rendering*
            • Floor Finishing and Covering*
            • Glazing*
            • Insulation*
            • Painting & Decorating*
            • Tiling (Floor & Wall)*
            • Attaching External Fixtures*
            • Erection of Poles, Masts & Antennas*

Please Note: * Registration is only required if you intend to carry out two or more of the above components of Domestic Building work under one contract.

If you have spoken to anyone who has gone through the process of Builders Registration, most will say something like… “It took ages”, “I felt overwhelmed by the amount of paperwork.” Worst still, we’ve heard people say, “I gave up half way through because it was just too hard when I’m working all week to read through all the books!”
We’re here to help YOU get you Builders Licence! It doesn’t matter what level you’re at. If you’ve got the right experience, we’ve got the right information to help you confidently sit the Builder Registration examination, tests and prepare you for the one on one interview.

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Some have just completed their Certificate IV in Building and Construction or Diploma in Building and Construction courses, others have been in the industry for years and some are successful business owners and sub-contractors. We’ve had fantastic results helping people gain their Builders Registration from all backgrounds and industry experience!

It doesn’t matter what level or stage you’re at, if you’re in the building industry the Team at Builders Licence Made Easy can help you with your Builder Registration / Builders License See What Our Clients Say

No, definitely NOT! We offer a unique service to help you get your Builders Licence because our range of information packs and services are designed so you can choose the help that YOU need and not buy stuff you don’t! Our information is designed specifically to ‘fast track’ your preparation for the Registration.  Most of our clients have not completed a Certifcate IV in Building & Construction or Diploma in Building Construction and have used our information packs to successfully become Registered Building Practitioners.  See What Our Clients Say

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We’d love to be able tell you that we have all the Builder Licence questions from the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) but unfortunately no-one has. What we do have is up to date information from our clients who provide us with feedback when going for their examination, plans tests and Interview with the Assessor! From this information, we are constantly updating and “fine-tuning” what we provide our clients to ensure that YOU get the right information to get your Builders Registration.

The information is designed to give YOU the confidence to help you get through the examination, interview and the tests for successful Builder Registration and to know what to expect when you’re doing it. Click here to see

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Yes & No…

There are many in the past who have achieved Registration without any help, BUT from the 1st of July 2013, the VBA (Victorian Building Authority) which has replaced the Building Commission has addressed some of the previous Builder Registration issues and raised standards and improved registration to improve consumer protection. This means… “it’s not getting any easier” to become a Registered Builder.

We offer the same advice to everyone… Don’t try to do it on your own!

We have lots of stories of people who have paid for their Builder registration, had their application knocked back, failed their tests and messed up their interviews only to come and see us after losing hundreds, sometimes thousand of dollars in application fees and valuable time and money spent while having to prepare and pay application fees all over again when they reapply for their Builders Licence. See how we can help you.

The Building Act 1993 requires those who take-on work greater than $10,000 in the building industry must be a Registered Builder.

The VBA – Victorian Building Authority (the building industry regulatory body for Victoria) is responsible for Builder regulation enforcement through random audits and has the power to walk on to your site at any time and demand proof of Builder Registration. Penalties/fines apply to unregistered builders in relation to non-compliance… so having a Builder License is a must!

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Please contact the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) for clarification based on your specific Builder Registration / Builder Licence circumstances.

            • Building Act 1993
            • Building Regulations 2018
            • NCC National Construction Code (Volume Two)
            • AS 1684.4 Residential timber-framed construction (Part 4: Simplified – Non- Cyclonic Areas)
            • Occupational Health & Safety Act 2004
            • Occupational Health & Safety Regulations 2017
            • Domestic Building Contracts Act 1995
            • Domestic Building Contracts Regulations 2007
            • Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2002
            • Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Regulations 2013
            • The Guide to Standards and Tolerances 2015
            • AS 2870  Residential Slabs and Footings
            • AS 3700  Masonry Structures
            • AS 3740 Waterproofing of Domestic Wet Areas
            • AS 4773.2 Masonry in Small Buildings – Construction
            • AS 1926.1 Swimming Pool Safety (Part 1: Safety barriers for swimming pools)
            • As 1926.2 Swimming Pool Safety (Part 2: Location of safety barriers for swimming pools)

The following link to the VBA website provides you with all information necessary for Builders Registration.

How do I apply for building registration?