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Lifting skills and capability

How we will work with educators and building professionals to identify learning gaps and skills and support a modern and innovative construction workforce. 

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Technologies, methods of construction and materials are constantly evolving in the construction sector.

The Office of the Building Commissioner will work with

  • the vocational and higher education sector to produce new learning modules that keep pace with these changes
  • industry to identify areas of content gaps, and partner with peak bodies to accelerate the consumption of new knowledge by practitioners across the sector.

Partnership with TAFE NSW

The NSW Government is proactively addressing skills and learning gaps in the construction sector by creating, sponsoring and approving training courses in partnership with TAFE NSW through the Construct NSW Learning Management System (LMS). 

Training courses

The first training course is currently available.

Course Understanding occupation certificate audits
Who should attend The course is recommended for anyone involved in the new occupation certificate audit process.
Duration approximately two hours
Cost Free trial for the first 60 days, before reverting to a cost of $140.
How to apply TAFE NSW – Construct NSW

Other courses in development:

  • Understanding the importance of Australian Standards 
  • The reality of ethical standards and the real-life impacts 
  • Design and Practitioner legislation, what is the benefit? 
  • A life cycle of safety – for people and the building 
  • How to communicate with consumers and the advantages of getting it right

Over time, the LMS will become a virtual marketplace for industry education and host courses from a range of external bodies.

Education as a compliance tool

Undertaking a training course may be required as part of enforcement action. If building defects are found following occupation certificate audits, completing a mandatory course will help correct poor construction behaviours and practices. 

The Certifier Practice Standard

The Certifiers Practice Standard has been released to assist certifiers in carrying out their statutory obligations. The guide makes clear the legal duties and processes required for trustworthy buildings in NSW and was developed through consultation with over 25 industry experts.

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