Additional qualification requirements for new building surveyor applicants

To be eligible for a new building surveyor licence in the ACT from 1 September 2019, you will need to complete an online course on the ACT building regulatory system.

From 1 November 2019, in addition to the online course, applicants for new building surveyor licences will also need to complete an assessment set by the Construction Occupations Registrar.

The purpose of the assessment is to determine whether applicants have an adequate level of knowledge about the obligations of a building surveyor licensee in the ACT and the ability to read, interpret and apply relevant information to meet their obligations.

The new assessments cover the ACT building regulatory system, a building surveyor licensee's obligations and rights under the ACT regulatory system, and test the ability to interpret and apply building laws, codes and standards across a range of question types.

Details of assessment times and venues will be provided to applicants when they apply, and there will be additional study materials to help people prepare for the assessment.

Further details on the assessments will be released shortly.

FAQs

Licence assessment

Why are the assessments being introduced?

Introducing a pre-licence assessment for building surveyors is part of the ACT Government's Improving the ACT Building Regulatory System reforms.

Licensed building surveyors have important statutory roles in the building regulatory system, including to carry out functions of a building certifier under the Building Act 2004.

It is important that licensees understand their obligations in the ACT and can carry out activities they will be responsible for.

What do the assessments cover?

The assessment covers a building surveyor licensee's obligations and rights under the ACT regulatory system as well as interpreting and applying building laws and standards.

Does it test people on the building code?

The assessment will test an applicant's ability to read, interpret and apply the code and other relevant laws and standards, as well as their awareness of how the code applies in the ACT. It doesn't require people to memorise sections of the building code.

Do they test practical on-site inspection skills?

No. Although the assessment includes questions about scenarios that are likely to occur on site, it is not an on-site assessment.

For new applicants, the exam is only one of the requirements an applicant must meet. Skills must be demonstrated by obtaining a qualification and having the minimum number of years' experience.

What's the point of the assessment?

The purpose of the assessment is to help determine whether the applicant has an adequate level of knowledge of the obligations of a building surveyor licensee, and the ability to read, interpret and apply relevant information to be able to meet their obligations.

What kinds of questions are in the assessment – is it only multiple choice?

There are a variety of types of questions including short answer questions. The exam is not only multiple choice.

Do people have to sit a special course before they take the exam?

The online course on the ACT building regulatory system will help people prepare for parts of the assessment as it covers information about the ACT regulatory system, but applicants will also need to study and prepare for the assessment.

Applicants will need to be familiar with the ACT's building and licensing laws and they will be provided with study materials to help prepare.

Are the assessments to ‘catch people out'?

No. The assessments are designed to be fair and reasonable. If an applicant has the right skills and knowledge, they should pass the assessment.

Can people complete the assessment online?

No. Applicants must sit the assessment in person.

How many attempts will people be allowed?

People will be allowed two attempts per application.

Can someone reapply if they fail?

Yes, but they will need to make sure they are eligible and pay a new application fee. This may require that they wait a period of time before reapplying.

What if an applicant refuses to sit the assessment?

For new applicants, the assessment is formally declared by the Minister as necessary to be eligible for the licence. If the applicant does not demonstrate they are eligible the licence can be refused.

What if someone made an application before the new requirements come into effect on 1 November 2019?

They will be considered under the previous eligibility requirements and will not need to sit the assessment unless the Registrar considers it appropriate under the regulations to test an applicant's skills and knowledge.

Does the assessment apply to renewals?

The assessment does not generally apply to renewal applications. However, the Construction Occupations Registrar can require existing licensees to undertake an assessment if the Registrar considers it appropriate to help determine if the licensee has the skills and knowledge required to carry out work authorised by their licence.

Online course – Introduction to the ACT Building Regulatory System

Why is the course being introduced?

Introducing an online course for building surveyors is part of the ACT Government's Improving the ACT Building Regulatory System reforms.

Licensed building surveyors have important statutory roles in the building regulatory system, including to carry out functions of a building certifier under the Building Act 2004.

It is important that licensees understand their obligations in the ACT and can carry out activities they will be responsible for.

What does the course cover?

The course provides an overview of the ACT building regulatory system, including building work, building approvals, stage of work, stage inspections, occupancy of buildings, compliance and enforcement and codes and guidelines.

How long does the course take to complete?

Students can undertake the course at their own pace, but it is expected that the course will take approximately 2 hours to complete overall.

Students can watch the online presentations multiple times and will have ongoing access to the course notes.

Does the course include a test?

Students will need to correctly answer a small number of test questions on each topic to complete the course. This will help people gauge whether they understand important concepts and parts of the ACT system.

Is the course suitable only for new building surveyor licence applicants?

No. The course is relevant to existing building surveyors and to anyone working, or interested, in the ACT building regulatory system.

Practitioners are encouraged to take the course as part of their ongoing development.

How much does the course cost?

The course costs $65.

Can people complete the course online?

Yes. The course is provided entirely online.

What if an applicant refuses to take the course assessment?

For new applicants, the course is formally declared by the Minister as necessary to be eligible for the licence. If the applicant does not demonstrate they are eligible the licence can be refused.

What if someone made an application before the new requirements come into effect on 1 September 2019?

They will be considered under the previous eligibility requirements and will not need to take the course unless the Registrar considers it appropriate under the regulations to test an applicant's skills and knowledge.

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