Challenges Facing Those Looking to Become a Registered Builder


Much like the pursuit of any career, there are challenges and hurdles along the way which you must pass before you can reach the finishing line. Becoming a registered building offers many rewarding and progressive career opportunities, but to get to the top, you must first start at the bottom. This means working the hard yards to equip yourself with the necessary knowledge and experience to springboard the rest of your career.

While there may be certain challenges involves, this does not mean they’ve impossible to surpass, it simply means you need to work hard and be smart with your decisions. Below are some of the common challenges facing those looking to become a registered builder, and what you can do to overcome them.

Possessing the necessary experience and qualifications

The obvious hurdle is possessing the required skills and knowledge to qualify for your builders registration. This means you need to have completed an apprenticeship in your chosen field, along with the necessary classwork completed at a registered training organisation. As this process will take a number of years, it’s critical to choose an employer and RTO that will deliver you the best possible training and experience to ensure you’re in a position to meet the minimum standards set by the VBA to obtain your registration.


Choosing a reputable RTO

Selecting the RTO to undergo the course work segment of your apprenticeship will be determined by you and your employer, or Group Training Organisation. There are numerous RTO’s available, but not all of them offer the same calibre of learning resources and professional instructors. This is where you have to conduct your research to make absolutely sure that the organisation you choose will be in the best position to offer you the support and guidance you need to further your industry knowledge.

Financial security

It can often prove challenging to cover on-going costs whilst living on the wage of an apprentice and studying at the same time. This is why it’s advisable to seek out financial support programs such as the Victorian Training Guarantee (for those in Victoria), the Higher Level Skills Program (for those in Queensland) and government loans such as VET FEE-HELP.

The final outcome is worth the challenge

At the end of the day, becoming a registered builder is worth the extra effort as it will provide you with a valuable asset in which to shape the rest of your career. Whether you wish to start your own building business, or work your way up to become a project manager, or site supervisor, it all starts with your registration.