Qualified Supervisor Certificate - Building and Tradework - New South Wales


You will need this licence to supervise residential building and building trade work contracted for by the holder of a Contractor's Licence.

A builder may specialise in one or more of the following specialist trade categories of residential building work, as defined in state building legislation:

  • bricklaying
  • building
  • building consultancy
  • carpentry
  • decorating
  • demolishing
  • dry plastering
  • erection of prefabricated metal-framed home additions and structures
  • excavating
  • fencing
  • flooring
  • general concreting
  • glazing
  • joinery
  • kitchen
  • bathroom and laundry renovation
  • mechanical services
  • metal fabrication
  • minor maintenance / cleaning
  • minor trade work
  • painting
  • roof plumbing
  • roof slating
  • roof tiling
  • stonemasonry
  • structural landscaping
  • swimming pool building
  • swimming pool repairs and servicing
  • underpinning / piering, wall and floor tiling
  • waterproofing
  • wet plastering.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence, you must:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • be considered a fit and proper person for the purposes of the licence
  • not be of mental incapacitation
  • not be disqualified
  • have the necessary qualifications and practical experience as specified by the Authority
  • not be a debtor to the Director-General or Administration Corporation
  • not be subject to an unsatisfied Tribunal order
  • not hold any authority which is currently suspended or have had an unreasonable number of complaints, penalties or cautions against you
  • have not performed work subject to an unreasonable number of insurance claims
  • have not been a director, partner or person concerned in the management of a company or partnership that was disqualified from holding an authority within 3 years before the date of the application, unless the Director-General is satisfied that the applicant took all reasonable steps to prevent the conduct that led to the disqualification
  • not be bankrupt or a director or person concerned in the management of a company that is the subject of a winding up order or for which a controller or administrator has been appointed
  • not, within the period of 3 years before the date of the application, been bankrupt or a director or person concerned in the management of a company when the company was the subject of a winding up order or when a controller or administrator was appointed
  • not be an apprentice or trainee.

For information on qualifications, please refer to the attached Licence Class and Qualifications page.


One, three or five years


Anniversary of the date of issue


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $147.00

One year. Fees for 2021-22

Apply Application All $260.00

Three years. Fees for 2021-22

Apply Application All $443.00

Five years. Fees for 2021-22

Apply Application All $92.00

Processing fee. Fees for 2021-22

Act(s) name

Home Building Act 1989 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Home Building Regulation 2014 New South Wales

Approval time

Applications will generally be assessed within 28 days.

Administering agency

Department of Customer Service

NSW Fair Trading

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Enquiries, Home Building Licensing

NSW Fair Trading

Department of Customer Service

New South Wales
Mailing address: PO BOX 972
Parramatta, New South Wales 2124
Phone: 13 32 20
Website: NSW Fair Trading (Opens in new window)