Becoming a Registered Building Practitioner
To become a registered building practitioner in the Category of Draftsperson, Class of Building Design (Architectural), an application must be lodged with the Victorian Building Authority (VBA).
Victorian Building Authority
The VBA is the regulator for the building and plumbing industries in Victoria, and oversees the quality and standard of professional services in the Victorian building industry. In doing so, it administers (amongst other things) a registration system, and monitors the conduct and ability of registered building practitioners.
The Building Act 1993 requires most people who work in building to be registered as building practitioners with the VBA. Registered building practitioners are generally required to carry the appropriate insurance to provide consumers with better protection. The VBA registers individuals not companies or businesses.
The Building Regulations 2006 outline the various categories and classes of building practitioners. The following categories and classes of building practitioners are currently required to be registered with the VBA:
- Builder (Commercial builder - unlimited/limited)
- Builder (Domestic builder - unlimited/limited/manager)
- Builder (Demolisher - low rise buildings/medium rise buildings/unlimited)
- Building surveyor
- Building inspector (Unlimited/Limited)
- Draftsperson (Building design - architectural, interior, services)
- Engineer (Civil/Mechanical/Electrical/Fire Safety)
- Erector or supervisor (temporary structures - Class 1 and 2).
- Quantity surveyor
For more information regarding the registration categories and classes, please contact the VBA on 1300 815 127 or visit their website by CLICKING HERE.
As part of its role, the VBA has the facility to conduct an inquiry or hearing into the conduct and or ability of a registered building practitioner to practise. The hearings concern building practitioners who are currently registered, as well as building practitioners who were registered at the time of the alleged offence or misconduct.
Application forms for registration in the Category of Draftsperson, Class of Building Design (Architectural) are available from the VBA's website by CLICKING HERE.
For details about the application process, CLICK HERE.
During the assessment process, applicants may be asked to provide additional information in support of their application, or may be asked to attend an interview to demonstrate their competencies in the category of registration being sought.
For further information, please contact the VBA on 1300 815 127.
As with many decisions of the VBA, applicants who are refused registration in the category being sought have a right to appeal through the Building Appeals Board.