Building work supervisor's registration

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

Suggested best practice principles for supervision of building work are outlined in supervision guidance (PDF 158KB).

Apply for registration

To complete your registration you'll need to meet certain requirements and supply supporting documents - what you'll need.

After filling out the form you'll need to print and sign it, then scan and upload it (if you can't do this phone 131 882 to discuss your options with CBS staff).

Other ways to submit the form

Application fees

What happens next

You’ll need to have your photo taken and your ID checked before you can be given a licence card.

Use the standard registration conditions list to find the condition that best matches your experience. You’ll need to demonstrate that your knowledge and experience satisfies the scope of work listed under the condition that you apply for.

If you don't demonstrate enough technical knowledge and experience, you won’t get a technical interview.

If you’re an interstate applicant and not applying through mutual recognition, you’ll need to provide evidence regarding your intention to supervise building work in South Australia.

Technical interviews are conducted via an online video platform or in person at the CBS office on selected days.

Who should apply

Sole traders must be a registered building work supervisor or have a supervisor approved for their business. They can register as a building work supervisor when they apply for their contractor's licence.

Companies must nominate a registered building work supervisor. If a company doesn't nominate a registered supervisor during the application process, the licence will be placed in suspension 28 days after the licence has been granted.

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're already qualified, complete the work history in the online application form and include:

  • your job title and employer
  • the date range for the position
  • a detailed description of the type of work performed
  • two written work references from licensed builders.

Technical interview assessment

A technical interview will assess your building knowledge, covering aspects of:

  • the national construction codes
  • Australian building standards
  • timber framing codes
  • manufacturer requirements
  • engineer specifications.

Information about the technical interview process

Police check

You'll need a National Police Certificate (NPC) no more than 12 months old from either:

You don't need an NPC if you:

  • are a director of a company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange
  • have lodged an NPC with CBS within the last year
  • are an overseas resident and have never lived in Australia
  • have held a licence within the last year and are applying for an equivalent licence
  • have already supplied an NPC for a different licence issued under the same Act.

Registration conditions

General building work registrations include supervising other trades. The supervisor oversees the complete building process. 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 - e.g bricklaying and retaining walls.

Use the standard registration conditions list to determine the scope of work suited to your application.

  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.

Only apply for conditions that suit your knowledge and experience. For example, if you are applying for 'any building work' you should have experience in:

  • commercial building work 5 storeys and above, and
  • residential building work 5 storeys and above, and
  • major civil construction projects.

Digital licences

You can download your licence or registration to an Apple or Android smartphone or tablet using the mySAGOV app.

Once registered in the app, press the '+' button in the top right corner, select your 'occupational licence' type, then enter the licence/registration number requested along with your client ID.

Your client ID can be found in the Consumer and Business Services licence register.

Hard copy licences will still be issued and it's a good idea to carry these with you until digital licences become widely accepted.

Contact CBS licensing


Phone131 882 and press 4

Related information

On this site

Builder's responsibilities

Other websites

Check processing times for applications - Consumer and Business Services

Search for a licence holder - Consumer and Business Services


Interstate building work supervisors working in SA (190KB PDF)

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