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.

How to register

Online

1. Complete the form

Fill in the application, then print and sign it.

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If you can't complete the form online phone 131 882 to discuss your options with CBS staff.

2. Scan and upload

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

3. Payment

Pay by credit card using the CBS secure service on the registration form.

Other ways to lodge the form

In person

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

Post

Post your application, supporting evidence and payment to:

Consumer and Business Services
GPO Box 1719
Adelaide 5001

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

$1,175.00

$705.00

$123.00

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

$850.00

$645.00

$637.00

$432.00

General building work

  • Interstate or NZ licence recognised in SA

+ approve a building work supervisor

$645.00

$542.50

$123.00

Specified building work

  • Interstate or NZ licence recognised in SA

+ approve a building work supervisor

$432.00

$329.50

$123.00

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 now

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

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.

Digital licences

You can download your licence or registration to an Apple or Android smart phone or tablet using the mySA GOV app. Hard copy licences will still 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.


Related information

On this site

Other websites

Search for a licence holder - Consumer and Business Services

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
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Last Updated:
05/09/18
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