OWNER BUILDING IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
In WA the Building Services Act 2011 requires any owner who wishes to carry out building work with a value of $20,000 or more must submit a Form 75 Application to the Building Services Board (Building Commission) to obtain approval to be a owner builder.
To obtain an Owner Builder approval, the Building Commission requires that the person who applies must demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the building construction industry. There are several ways that a person may be able to demonstrate the required knowledge, for example. experience in the industry as a tradesman, project manager or site supervisor or having a qualification in building construction or a related field or by completing an Owner Builder course.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The Building Commission have advised that from August 2017, all owners who wish to apply for an Owner Builder Approval, must also have completed the construction induction or “white card” course (CPCCOHS1001A – Work safety in the construction industry).
TODAY’S OWNER BUILDER COURSE
The Today’s Owner Builder Course has been developed specifically for Western Australia by a local building professional with over 45 years experience. Whilst Today’s Building Services recommends that face to face learning is the most efficient way of obtaining knowledge, we understand that time is valuable and not everyone has the time to attend a class. that is why we have now started to develop the course that can be studied in your own time by downloading each section of the course.
Participants will be able to download the course manual and a free copy of the Today’s Owner Builder book (value d at $49.95). The manual is presented in three sections and when you feel like you are ready, there will be a online test to cover each section, i.e. 3 tests in all. You are able to do these tests in your own time. You will need to score at least 75% in each test for a pass.
When all three test have been successfully completed, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion that you can submit to the Building Services Board to verify that you have completed the course and have gained sufficient knowledge to carry out building work as an Owner Builder.
The Today’s Owner builder course, whilst it can not cover all aspects of building, does hone in on estimating and budget control and covers the major hurdles that the owner builder will face during their project. The course manual and the Today’s Owner Builder book are great reference books that can be used during the construction phase of your project. They provide examples and solutions that will ensure your build will comply with the relevant standards and be completed on time and on budget.
COURSE STRUCTURE AND CONTENT
Section 1: Introduction to building regulation and building your own home
This section will provide you with the knowledge of:
- WA legislation, including building regulation and State Planning Codes
- How to apply for an Owner Builder approval from the Building Services Board
- How to submit building applications for Building Permits
- The roles of an Owner Builder
- The construction process
Section 2: Cost estimates, quotes and insurance, administration, co-ordination and Supervision
This section will provide you with the knowledge to:
- Understand the terminology used in building construction so you are able to liaise with trades and allied professionals with confidence
- Be able to estimate the cost of your project
- Obtain quotes from sub-contractors and suppliers
- Prepare a construction schedule
- Keep accurate records of all activities associated with your project
- Successfully deal with sub-contractors, approval authorities and other allied professionals
- Understand the right insurances that are required for your project
- Understand your responsibilities under the Worksafe regulations and ensure your work site is safe
Section 3: Design and compliance with building standards
This section will provide an understanding of basic design methods for:
- Termite management systems
- Fire safety and protection requirements (including bush-fire areas)
- Waterproofing in wet areas
- Stairs, balustrading and other barriers
- Natural light and ventilation
- Energy Efficiency standards
COST OF THE COURSE
Important Notice: This course has not commenced yet as it is still being developed for online use.
The cost of the course will be advertised soon. Watch this web page for information about a new online course.