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Building Surveyor licence

Building surveyors provide independent supervision of buildings and building work throughout the construction process and upon completion of construction to ensure that buildings are safe for use.

A building surveyor is engaged by the owner of a property to ensure building work is carried out in accordance with national and state laws.

A building surveyor needs to be able to assist the property owner with the categories of work that the director of building control has determined require building permits, or regulatory oversight.

There are two classes for building surveyor:

  • Building surveyor
  • Building surveyor limited

Eligibility

To hold a building surveyor limited licence you must have an advanced diploma in building surveying (AQF6) and 3 years relevant experience.

To hold a building surveyor licence your must have a degree in building surveying (AQF7) and 3 years relevant experience.

All building service providers must act only within the area of their competence, as detailed in the Building Services Work Determination 2019 (PDF, 650.2 KB).

CPD (Continuing Professional Development)

As a licence holder, you are required to maintain and develop skills and knowledge through ongoing learning activities known as Continuing Professional Development or CPD. Find out more information about CPD points, training providers, CPD events calendar and training resources.

IMPORTANT:  If your response to the licence question relating to CPD is 'No' due to COVID-19, please advise this in the Additional Information section of the online form. CBOS will contact you for more details. Example text: CPD not completed due to COVID-19.

Checklist

  1. Read the information on this licence page so you know what to do and what documents to provide
  2. Read the Personal Information Protection Statement
  3. Provide evidence of your identity (Tasmanians and people living interstate / New Zealand) (new application only)
  4. Have a photo taken for your licence card at any Service Tasmania shop (external link) (Tasmanian applicants only)
    1. Interstate and overseas applicants will need to provide a passport size photo certified by a Commissioner for Declarations or a Justice of the Peace (JP).
  5. Applicants may be asked to attend an interview at the nearest Consumer, Building and Occupational Services office if requested to do so as part of the application process.  Failure to attend as requested may be considered as non-compliance with the application process and may cause an application to be refused.
  6. Scan and save (computer or storage device like a USB) a digital copy of your qualifications (new application only)
  7. Scan and save (computer or storage device like a USB) a digital copy of your certificate of currency for professional indemnity insurance  ($1 million minimum) (new application and renewal)
  8. Scan and save (computer or storage device like a USB) a digital copy of your curriculum vitae (CV).  (new application only). Your CV should include
    1. a list of projects you have worked on
    2. dates
    3. project size in square metres
    4. number of storeys
  9. Scan and save (computer or storage device like a USB) a digital copy of two written references from industry professionals attesting to your experience in the field for which you wish to be licensed  (new application only)
  10. You will need to confirm that you have undertaken Continuing Professional Development (CPD) (renewal only)
    IMPORTANT: 
    If your response to the licence question relating to CPD is 'No' due to COVID-19, please advise this in the Additional Information section of the online form. CBOS will contact you for more details. Example text: CPD not completed due to COVID-19.
  11. Have a credit card ready to pay for your licence fee online or at Service Tasmania shop.

If your application is successful, you will receive confirmation within 21 days.

Declaration

You will be required to answer the following questions in your online application.  If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions below, you will need to provide details and copies of all relevant documents.

  1. Have you in the last 10 years been convicted of a criminal offence (other than a minor traffic offence) or are any court proceedings pending?
  2. Have you ever been disqualified from holding a licence or registration as a building services provider or have you had any occupational licence or certificate cancelled or suspended (including interstate licences, certificates or registrations)?
  3. In respect of any work you have done in an equivalent position, have you ever been fined, reprimanded or cautioned for any breach of rules, professional conduct or code of ethics?
  4. Have you been declared bankrupt or entered into an arrangement with creditors in the last 10 years?
  5. Have you, in the past 10 years, been a director, secretary or a person in a position to control or substantially influence a company's conduct or affairs within 12 months of that company being placed in receivership, administration, official administration, under a deed of company arrangement, in liquidation or wound up for the benefit of creditors?

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Updated: 02 Oct 2020