FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION
If i start the course online and do some of the course can i log back on and start off where i
The system is set up to allow you to go in and out as often as you require.
Our Learning Management System stores your work, including during the owner builder final assessments.
How long does the course take to complete on line by staying on line from start to finish.
Depends entirely on your commitment, background and personal experience. The nominal course duration is 24 hours for Queensland Owner Builder Course and 50 to 60 hours for the 5 Units of Competency required to satisfy the NSW Owner Builder course. These times include study and assessment time.
Most people allow a weekend or two to get through the QLD course content and complete the assessments/assignments. For NSW we normally tell people to allow at least one week to get through the course and assessments.
Do I need the safety induction card?
You can obtain an owner builder permit for Queensland without the White Card (General Safety Induction Training) however, we believe that as an owner builder and hence the Principal Contractor, the legislation requires you to hold a White Card. For NSW, the Department of Fair Trading require the Owner Builder Permit applicant to hold a White Card or proof of General Safety Induction Training
Once I pay for it on line can how long before I can start the course?
Normally immediately, but within a few hours if manual enrolment is required.
If I need support, is correspondence by email only.
It is our preferred method of answering questions for two reasons:
1) We do not tie up human resources for unnecessarily long periods of time. This allows us to remain efficient and continue to offer our courses at a price point which represents great value to the owner builder and allows us to continue to refine our services and offerings.
2) Often, as for this email, we can use the responses to include in our frequently asked questions so all student have the opportunity to benefit from the responses given by Abacus Staff
Can Owner Builders borrow money to finance their projects?
Yes they can, however it is more difficult generally than if you were to engage a builder and enter into a contract.
Our best advice is be organised, have a reasonable deposit to get you underway, present a sound "business plan" to your lender to demonstrate your ability to run the project. Obviously proof of having completed a genuine accredited course in Owner Building will help.
What are the most common mistakes an owner builder makes?
Believe it or not, there are not that many, but the greatest mistake we see is a lack of understanding of what it takes to control project finances. Many owner builders are not equipped to handle large volumes of money and struggle in the area of cash flow management. A failure to ensure the project can be resourced and funded in an appropriate manner leads to delays, conflicts with suppliers and contractors plus places enormous stress on the owner builder. To get around this, always ensure you understand the requirements of project finance and use the strategies and tools provided to all of owner builder students.
I want to build a duplex, is that allowed?
Generally the answer is no, however some state and territories allow you to build a duplex.
The original idea for an owner builder was to build a house that they intended to live in for at least 5 years, again this was state or territory dependent. As we move towards a more community focused lifestyle, and the shortage of aged care, these restrictions can often be waived if an owner builder can demonstrate a good reason to allow such a development. Granny flats etc are a classic example of where the restrictions have been lifted. Owner Builders need to check their individual state authority for the latest provisions of the legislation and any exemptions that may be granted.
How often can I have an owner builder permit?
NSW Owner Builders may only apply for and be granted one owner builder permit in any 5 year period.
For QLD Owner Builders, the restriction is 6 years.
In both cases, this restriction may be waived in exceptional circumstances.
Can an owner builder prepare their own construction drawings?
The answer is yes, an owner builder is treated the same as a registered or licensed builder and the legislation allows for them to prepare drawings for projects they are going to build. Therefore, an owner builder may produce their own working and construction drawings.
We would strongly discourage this unless it is a very simple project with basic design elements and structure. Owner Builders should focus on the management and coordination of their project and leave specific works to the professional. Drawings that are inaccurate, incomplete or lacking in detail will always lead to overruns, variations, cost blow outs and delays. Owner Builders should employ the services of a qualified Building Designer or and Architect for more complex projects.