Forming your career in the trade

Have you been working in the construction industry for some time but you haven’t achieved your trade licence?

With your years of industry experience, your Certificate III trade qualification could be quicker to achieve than you think.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process by which you can achieve a nationally recognised qualification, without the need to attend classes. You are assessed by providing us with evidence of the knowledge, skills and experience you already have. Our industry expert assessors come to your workplace to conduct the skills assessment.

Best of all, you could earn your Certificate III trade qualification in as little as 3 months!
 

TAKE THE NEXT STEP

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WHEN AM I GOING TO HAVE THE TIME TO DO THIS COURSE?

Recognition of prior learning

ON-SITE RPL

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process by which you can achieve a nationally recognised qualification, without the need to attend classes. You are assessed by providing us with evidence of the knowledge, skills and experience you have gained on the worksite. Best of all, you can provide demonstrations of your on-site practical tasks connecting by WhatsApp or FaceTime with one of our industry expert trainers.

What types of evidence do I need to provide?

Examples of the types of evidence that you will need to gather will depend on the qualification you are completing, however, examples could include:

  • Video footage of your performing tasks on site
  • Time-lapse photos of you performing tasks on site
  • Certificates you have already gained 
  • Project management documentation

What happens with the onsite assessment?

Once you have submitted your answers and the evidence you have gathered, one of our industry professional assessors will review them and will advise you if any additional evidence is required. When your evidence is complete, your assessor will organise a time to visit you on-site. On-site, our assessor will:

  • Observe you working on current projects demonstrating your skills
  • Take notes of what they observe you demonstrating and assess your skill level
  • Work together with you to identify any gaps in your knowledge and skills and put a plan in place to fill those skills gaps

After all the evidence is gathered, the answers are marked, and you are observed on-site and assessed, your RPL process will be complete.
 

AM I ELIGIBLE TO ENROL?

To apply for the Master Builders Certificate III qualification courses, you must have the following minimum entry requirements:

  • Minimum of 2-5 years (depending on the qualification) of full-time experience in the relevant industry within the last 10 years
  • Valid White Card (general construction induction card)
  • Currently working on-site in the relevant industry and access to tools of the trade
  • Successfully complete our building and construction online quiz
  • Successfully complete our referee checking process

For more information on entry requirements please read the qualification webpages and course information brochures.

WHAT DO SOME OF OUR STUDENTS THINK?

Tony Polifrone, 26 years, Concrete Formworker
To further his career, Tony came to the Master Builders to start on the pathway to a building licence. As part of this journey, he needed to complete the Certificate III in Carpentry.

“The RPL process at Master Builders has been really good. My assessor Ashley is a very good advisor and I’ve been learning a lot. If anyone has work experience in the industry, I’d recommend on-site RPL at Master Builders because it’s quick. For me, I get my certificate quicker because Master Builders come to my work site and I get assessed on the day”.
 

Joel Dunn, 69 years, Carpenter
After all these years of working in the industry, Joel finally decided to finish his Certificate III in Carpentry qualification with Master Builders.

“I’ve been working as a carpenter for over 50 years and if somebody came up to me and said show me your Carpenter certificate, I couldn’t show them. It would be nice to have that bit of paper up on the office wall. I can’t really take three years off work and go start at TAFE again. With on-site RPL, all the correspondence has been done over the phone and by photos for the last six months. Master Builders have been terrific. They’ve been really responsive. My assessor Ashley guides me all the way and he’s a top bloke”.

FORMING OUR INDUSTRY FOR DECADES

Take your place in one of Australia’s largest industries, study with the Master Builders. Backed by the original Building and Construction Association, why would you choose anyone else for your qualification pathway to a building licence?

Within our building community, you will be supported by our industry expert educators and our customer service team throughout your learning journey. 

HOW DO I FIND OUT ABOUT BECOMING A LICENCED TRADE PROFESSIONAL?

NSW Fair Trading provides all licensing for tradespeople who work in the building and construction industry of New South Wales.
Our previously completed students who are on the pathway have success with licence approvals by NSW Fair Trading. 

Before making any training decisions we recommend you find out everything you need to know about becoming a licenced trade professional from NSW Fair Trading. 

NSW GOVERNMENT SUBSIDISED TRAINING

The Smart and Skilled program provides subsidies from the NSW Government to support your training. Master Builders has a contract with the NSW Government (Department of Education) to offer subsidised training and assessment programs under the government's Smart and Skilled program.
Eligibility and course availability criteria apply. To find out if you are eligible visit the Smart and Skilled NSW website. The Master Builders customer service team will also assist you with your enquiries.

*This training is subsidised by the NSW Government. Subject to funding availability and eligibility and criteria apply.