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.