NSW Owner Builder Resources
In 2015 what was then Fair Trading NSW, (now Services NSW) made the decision to move away from the accredited short course for owner builders This change required owner builder candidates to complete 5 units of competency from the Certificate I in Construction to satisfy the educational requirements for the issue of a permit.
I was against the move then as I still am, believing that whilst they provide a sound platform of learning, they miss several key points of knowledge which are truly vital to owner builders.
This is becoming more and more evident whilst I field questions from our students that should be covered in any course that truly prepares you to understand your role and the responsibilities that go hand in hand with operating under an owner builder permit.
We have decided to change this by providing additional resource materials and reading which will answer each of the most frequently asked questions.
What is really exciting, is the way that we are going to present the resources and learning materials.
They will be in a format that allows easy access via your phone, tablet, laptop or desktop regardless of the operating system you use.
They information will be available from early January 2019 and the access link will be accessible from both the Learning Portal and our primary website.
It will be interactive and include review questions to allow you to self check your knowledge.
This mini course will in no way replaces the required learning, but simply and effectively allows our owner builder students to readily identify the legislative obligations of an owner builder in New South Wales.
It is our intent that the current presentation content for the 5 Units of Competency which are hosted on our Learning Management System will also be delivered on the new platform.
This is scheduled to be rolled out late first quarter, 2019.
Stay Tuned and Happy Owner Building
The house we are rebuilding was built by owner builder in 1997. Given the changes in WHS and other standards I think the more detailed information is important but I think the relevant bodies in NSW should recognise that as owner builders a lot of the competency requirements may be irrelevant and overkill. Maybe a simpler evaluation process that focusses on the owner builder's needs not general construction needs.
I am finding this course to be very beneficial. I have a knowledge bank from my employment at local Council level in the planning and engineering departments, so it is interesting to find out for myself, just how much I do know. What I would like to know is more on the registration of being an owner builder - we complete this course then must apply for a license? How long is this qualification valid for and are refresher courses required?
This course was beneficial & has enabled me to feel confident to begin our project of a shed house in rural nsw.
I think the learning material is really informative and definitely gave me better understanding to start my own building project. The example questions with answers were really helpful preparing for the assessment.
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Rick Heaton is a Building and Construction Industry professional with formal tertiary qualifications in management and training.