Building certifier's licence - Queensland


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.

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.


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



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Application process

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.


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.

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

Queensland Building and Construction Commission

Contact details

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Customer Contact Centre

Queensland Building and Construction Commission

Operating address: 299 Montague Road
West End
Queensland 4101
Mailing address: GPO Box 5099
Queensland 4001
Phone: 139 333
Fax: 07 3225 2999
Website: Queensland Building and Construction Commission (Opens in new window)