Building and trades

Building work supervisor's registration

Building work supervisors make sure that all building work performed meets required building standards. Supervisors must be registered and approved by Consumer and Business Services (CBS).

Contractors can register as a building work supervisor when they apply for their contractor's licence.

Who can register

Companies must have a registered building work supervisor or employ a supervisor.

Sole traders must be a registered building work supervisor or have a supervisor approved for their business.

What you'll need

You will need to show:

  • copies of trade certificates (or other qualifications)
  • technical qualifications
  • evidence of experience.

Knowledge and experience

Use the performance criteria to check you have the knowledge and experience needed for this licence. If you are already qualified, complete the work history in the online application form and include:

  • job title and employer
  • date range for the position
  • type of work performed
  • two written work references from licensed builders if possible.

Registration conditions

General building work registrations include supervising other trades. The supervisor oversees the complete building processes. A registration condition can be limited by height, type or class of building.

Specified building work registrations include supervising a single or multiple trade activity - eg bricklaying and painting and decorating.

Use the standard registration conditions list to find the scope of work for your licence:

  1. find the condition that matches your scope of work.
  2. check the qualification/experience pathways
  3. select the condition and pathway numbers on your application.

    Fees

    The fee to register a building work supervisor includes the application fee and the first year's registration - $401

    If your interstate or NZ licence is recognised in South Australia - $298.50

    Use this table if you are applying for other licences at the same time.

    Company

    General building work

    Specified building work

    + approve a building work supervisor

    $1,175

    $705

    $123

    Individual contractor

    General building work and supervisor’s registration

    • Interstate or NZ licence recognised in SA

    Specified building work and supervisor’s registration

    • Interstate or NZ licence recognised in SA

    $850

    $645

    $637

    $432

    General building work

    • Interstate or NZ licence recognised in SA

    + approve a building work supervisor

    $645

    $542.50

    $123

    Specified building work

    • Interstate or NZ licence recognised in SA

    + approve a building work supervisor

    $432

    $329.50

    $123

    How to register

    Online

    1. Complete the form

    Fill in the online application.

    Start now

    2. Print and sign

    Print and sign the completed form.

    3. Scan and upload

    Scan and upload the signed form along with your supporting evidence.

    4. Payment

    You can pay by credit card using CBS's secure service. The fee is automatically calculated when you fill out the form

    In person

    1. Complete the form

    Fill in the online application.

    Start now

    2. Print and sign

    Print and sign the completed form.

    3. Lodgement

    Take your application to the CBS Customer Service Centre or to a Service SA regional office along with your supporting evidence and payment.

    Post

    1. Complete the form

    Fill in the online application.

    Start now

    2. Print and sign

    Print and sign the completed form.

    3. Payment

    Make cheque or money orders payable to the Commissioner for Consumer Affairs.

    3. Lodgement

    Post your application, supporting evidence and payment to:

    Consumer and Business Services
    GPO Box 1719
    Adelaide 5001

    Phone

    If you can't apply online, in person or by post, call 131 882 and our staff will complete the form for you.

    We'll post it to you to sign and ask you to send it back to CBS with copies of your trade certificate, technical qualifications and proof of experience.

    Digital licences

    You can download your licence or registration to an Apple or Android smart phone or tablet using the mySA GOV app. If you currently receive a hard copy licence, it will continue to be issued and it's a good idea to carry these with you until digital licences become widely accepted. For more information visit my.sa.gov.au.

    What happens next

    You will need to have your photo taken for your registration and undergo an ID check before being issued with a licence card.

    CBS are likely to interview you about your experience and skills. Questions at the interview are drawn from the performance criteria for building work supervisors list.

    Estimated processing times for registrations

    Renewals

    Licences must be renewed every year. If your licence has expired, you need to apply for a new one.

    Building work supervisor renewal - $192

    Online

    You'll need your licence number and customer identification to pay by credit card.

    Renew my licence

    By post

    Make cheque or money orders payable to the Commissioner for Consumer Affairs and attach to the front page of your renewal.

    Consumer and Business Services
    GPO Box 1719
    Adelaide 5001

    By phone

    You'll need your licence number and customer identification to pay by credit card.

    Phone 1300 668 531

    In person

    Renew and pay for your licence at:

    CBS Customer Service Centre
    91 Grenfell Street
    Adelaide

    or a Service SA regional office of Service SA.

    Contact CBS Occupational Licensing

    Email: occupational@sa.gov.au

    Phone131 882

    In person:
    91 Grenfell Street
    Adelaide

    Post:
    GPO Box 1719
    Adelaide SA 5001


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    Page last updated 5 September 2018

    Provided by:
    Attorney-General's Department
    URL:
    https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/business-and-trade/licensing/building-and-trade/building-work-supervisor-s-registration
    Last Updated:
    05/09/18
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