Building certifier's licence - Queensland

Service summary

You are required to be licensed as a building certifier if performing building certifying functions as defined under the Building Act 1975; including assessing building development applications against the building assessment provisions, undertaking inspections of approved building work, issuing compliance certificates, final inspection certificates and certificates of classifications.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Definition of terms

Building certifier - level 1 level of accreditation

may perform building certifying functions for all classes of buildings and structures.

Building certifier - level 2 - level of accreditation:

may only, without the supervision of a building certifier level 1 - perform building certifying functions on buildings and structures having a rise of not more than three stories and a total floor area of not more than 2000 sq m; or under the supervision of a building certifier - level 1 help in assessing and inspecting all classes of buildings and structures.

Building certifier - level 3 level of accreditation

A building certifier - level 3 may only perform building certifying functions on class 1 buildings or class 10 buildings or structures

Eligibility requirements

You must hold a current accreditation certificate from an accreditation standards body as outlined in the Building Regulation 2006, currently the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS) and Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). AIBS or RICS will assess an individual's formal qualifications and relevant industry experience.

Note: Applicants may also be licensed under mutual recognition laws if they hold a comparable registration within another Australian State or Territory or within New Zealand.


You cannot transfer this licence, however it may be mutually recognised by other Australian States and Territories and within New Zealand under both State and Federal Mutual Recognition Acts.


A building certifiers licence is valid for one year and is subject to an annual fee to renew the licence..



Building certifier application fee


Building certifier licence fee


To obtain this licence you must submit a completed Building certifier licence application form to the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC).

You must also submit the following with the approved application form:

  • the application fee and licence fee prescribed under the Building Regulation 2006;
  • evidence of your identity;
  • a copy of your certificate of accreditation for a particular level of licence from an accreditation standards body;
  • if you are applying for endorsement to issue development permits for building work, a certificate of attainment from AssenTECHS evidencing completion of the course titled Issuing development permits for building work (section 52 of the Building Regulation 2006).
  • if applying for endorsement as a Private Certifier, evidence that you hold professional indemnity insurance for private certification (Section 52 of the Building Regulation 2006).

You must get photocopies of documents certified as correct by a Justice of the Peace or other person authorised in the witnessing of documentation.

Additional information

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) may decide to licence an applicant only if it is satisfied that the applicant is a suitable person to hold a licence. The criteria for deciding the suitability of an applicant is outlined within section 186 of the Building Act 1975 and the QBCC must consider each of the following:

An individual is not a suitable person to hold a licence if:

  • the person has been convicted of a relevant offence
  • the person has previously been refused a licence, or has had a licence suspended or cancelled, under the Act or another relevant Act
  • the person has, under  another relevant Act, been disqualified from holding a licence
  • dealings in which the person has been involved and the standard of honesty and integrity demonstrated in the dealings
  • any failure by the person to carry out statutory obligations relating to building or private certifying functions, and the reason for the failure
  • whether the person holds a current accreditation issued by an accreditation standards body
  • all other relevant circumstances.

Building certifiers  are subject to the Standards of Conduct and Professionalism contained within the Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct is the document titled Code of Conduct for Building Certifiers made by the chief executive on 20 October 2003 and tabled in the Legislative Assembly on 14 November 2003, as amended or replaced from time to time. The Code of Conduct may be accessed from the QBCC website.

Administering agency

Minister for Housing and Public Works

Act(s) name

Building Act 1975 (Queensland)

Regulation(s) name

Building Regulation 2006 (Queensland)

Contact details

Customer Contact Centre
Queensland Building and Construction Commission

Operating address:
299 Montague Road
West End
Queensland 4101
Mailing address:
GPO Box 5099
Queensland 4001


1300 272 272


07 3225 2999


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