How to become a Builder

Builders coordinate the construction of dwellings and other structures.

Personal requirements of a Builder

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Management and leadership skills
  • Good planning and organisational skills
  • Aptitude for technical activities

Education & Training for a Builder

To become a builder, you usually have to complete a VET qualification in building and construction. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a builder by studying construction management or building at university. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English and mathematics are normally required. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information.

Additional Information

In some states and territories, builder must either be registered as, or work under the supervision of, a registered building practitioner. To be registered you must have completed training and have relevant industry experience. All those who work in the construction industry must undergo safety induction training and be issued with a Construction Induction Card (CIC). Those with appropriate building qualifications may be eligible to become members of the Australian Institute of Building.

Duties & Tasks of a Builder

Builders: • examine and interpret clients' plans or arrange the drawing of plans to meet building regulations • submit tenders (offers to do jobs at a stated price), quotes or prices for a project to clients • arrange the submission of plans to local authorities for approval and arrange inspections of building work • organise employees and/or subcontractors to carry out all stages of building and negotiate rates of pay • calculate quantities of materials required for building projects and order these from building suppliers or advertise for tenders • arrange delivery times of materials to coincide with various stages of the building process • supervise the work of employees and/or subcontractors to ensure buildings are of an acceptable standard and are proceeding according to the contract requirements and program schedule • coordinate the activities of office staff involved in the preparation and payment of accounts • comply with state and federal legal statutory contract law.

Employment Opportunities for a Builder

Most builders are self-employed as sole proprietors, work as partners in small companies or work as company directors in larger firms. Builders may specialise in one area of construction (such as new homes, extensions and renovations of established homes or commercial building construction). Most work is available in the metropolitan area, although there are some opportunities to work in country areas, particularly in centres of mining activity. Due to variations in industry demand, employment opportunities are subject to change. In periods of low activity, builders with a trade qualification may seek alternative employment in their original trade area.

Avg. weekly wage:

$1,400

Future growth:

Decline

Employment by state:

ACT ACT 5.3%

NSW NSW 31.9%

NT NT 2.4%

QLD QLD 19.9%

SA SA 6.8%

TAS TAS 1.5%

VIC VIC 22.9%

WA WA 9.3%

Hours worked:

37.4

Unemployment:

Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 42.3%

Female 57.7%

Education level:

Not completed Year 12: 3.9%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 16.7%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 17.5%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 16%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 24.8%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 21%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.5%

20-24 - 5.3%

25-34 - 23.2%

35-44 - 28.2%

45-54 - 26.6%

55-59 - 7.6%

60-64 - 6.1%

65 and Over - 2.4%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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