New building surveyors put to the test

Released 13/08/2019

People applying to be building surveyors for the first time in the ACT will soon be required to sit an online course and exam as part of the ACT Government's commitment to improving building quality in the Territory.

Minister for Building Quality Improvement Gordon Ramsay said a mandatory online course and exam will be phased in later this year to test the skills and knowledge of building surveyor applicants.

"Building surveyors play a key role in the safety, energy efficiency and liveability of our new homes and home extensions," Minister Ramsay said.

"We need to make sure people in these roles understand their obligations and can carry out their responsibilities under the ACT building regulatory system.

"While applicants are required to have existing qualifications and experience, these new measures will further demonstrate their knowledge and ability to interpret building laws and standards," Minister Ramsay said.

Key changes for new building surveyors:

  • From 1 September 2019, applicants will need to complete an online course on the ACT's building regulatory and certification system.
  • From 1 November 2019, applicants will need to complete the course and an assessment.

Failing the assessment after two consecutive attempts will result in a wait period before participants can re-apply.

The wait periods are as follows:

  • Six months for first application
  • 12 months for second application
  • Two years for third and subsequent applications

The new requirements are being introduced as part of the ACT government's comprehensive reform program.

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