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ACT Builders Licence Exam

August 11, 2019

Now that the ACT Government’s new system for builders licence exams is in place, HIA has received a number of questions from members about process, so it is worth recapping what’s going on.


It is now mandatory that anyone applying for a Class A, B or C builders licence to sit and pass an examination for the relevant licence class. There are no changes relating to the actual classes of licence and what rights or obligations are attached to each. The exams cover content such as interpreting building laws and standards, and contain a mix of different question types. If your licence is due for renewal, you may also be required to sit the same examination.


Any licensee can be requested to sit an exam and could be selected at random, but the regulations also include specific criteria for licensees with compliance issues, including being subject to a rectification orders during the licence period or have grounds for occupational discipline.


It has always been essential that holders of a builders licence renew their licence prior to expiry so that they can continue to undertake work legally. However, it is now worth noting that because the legislation treats expired licences as a ‘new’ applications, these licensees will all be automatically required to sit the exam. Access Canberra has produced a study guide to assist in preparation for the exam, or contact HIA if you wish to discuss further.