Certification Short Course
This certification short course is designed for building professionals wishing to become registered certifiers or renew their registration. Approved by NSW Fair Trading, this certification short course is a prerequisite to applying for registration as a Registered Certifier.
In accordance with The Building and Development Certifiers Act and Regulation (1 July 2020) and approved by NSW Fair Trading, successful completion of this certification course is a prerequisite for an application for registration. This Certification course will provide you a thorough understanding of how certification fits within the NSW planning and development assessment systems, including the role of state and local level planning controls.
If you are enrolling in this certification short course as a prerequisite to applying for registration in any of the ‘building surveyor’ classes of registration, you must first check that you hold one of the qualifications listed for these classes in Schedule 2 of the Building and Development Certifiers Regulation 2020. You must have the qualification required to apply for registration in these classes.
We strongly recommend participants confirm with NSW Fair Trading that this certification course is appropriate for your registration requirements. Enquiries can be directed to +61 (2) 8522 7800 or by email to NSW Fair Trading Customer Service Team.
This certification short course will cover the following content:
- Course introduction and overview.
- The certification system.
- The NSW planning system.
- Zoning and development standards.
- The development application and assessment process.
- Conditions of consent.
- Development approvals and issuing certificates.
- Compliance Certificates, occupation certificates, subdivision certificates and strata certificates.
- Setting up as a certifier.
- The Regulatory Framework.
- Legislative requirements.
- Running the business.
- Paperwork, records and reports.
- Handling customers and community responsibilities.
- Compliance and enforcement.
- The enforcement provisions in the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (EP&A) Act 1979.
- The certifier’s role and powers in enforcement.
- Complaints and auditing processes.
- Legal workshop.
- Insurance and liability.
- Conflicts of interest.
- Course review.
This certification short course involves a package of three assessments. You must satisfactorily complete each assessment to obtain a Certificate of Completion, which is essential for your NSW Fair Trading registration process. Assessment requirements include:
- Attendance – generally 100% of the course except for the most pressing reasons
- Satisfactory participation in small-group activities during the course
- Three substantial written assignments. (NB: These must clearly be each participant’s own work – plagiarism and collusion are unacceptable.)
|Duration||4 days (32 hours in total)|
Class one: (Class full)
Class two: (Class full)
|Time||9:00 AM - 5:00 PM|
Class one: (Class Full)
Class two: (Class Full)
|Cost||$2,915 (GST inclusive)|
Who is the course for?
This certification short course is suitable for building professionals wishing to become registered certifiers or renew their registration. For those seeking to renew their registration, this certification course can contribute Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points provided you did not complete this course as part of your initial registration process. For more information visit NSW Fair Trading or contact the team on +61 (2) 8522 7800.
About the presenters
This certification short course is taught by a team of expert practitioners assisted by senior staff of NSW Fair Trading.
Danny Wiggins has been a town planning consultant for 30 years, specialising in statutory planning systems and local planning controls. He has worked at all three levels of government and for a range of private sector clients. Examples of his work include external reviews of local council development assessment (DA) systems, advice to the State Government on DA items (and training), facilitating the IP&R framework at a range of local councils, authorship of the DUAP publication “Guiding Development: better outcomes”, and work with the Heart Foundation/ Premier’s Council for Active Living and the UNSW Healthy Built Environments Program (HBEP) on supportive environments for community health and well-being. As well as consultancy work, Danny is also an experienced educator and facilitator, having been involved in the preparation and delivery of education and training packages for a variety of State and Local Government agencies and Universities. He has an honours degree in Town Planning and a PhD in residential location theory.
Tim Stenning is a Grade A1 Accredited Certifier under the Building Professionals Board Accreditation Scheme. Tim has more than 18 years’ experience as a Building Surveyor and Accredited Certifier within both the private sector and Local Government. Tim is a presenter for the UTS Centre for Local Government Certification Short Course and has also prepared course notes for the AAC Complying Development CPD course. With experience working as an accredited certifier in regional areas as well as the metropolitan area, Tim brings a deep understanding of the unique issues faced by Accredited Certifiers working in regional areas. TJS Building Certifiers Pty Ltd is owned and operated by Tim Stenning.
Robert Marinelli has been working in the construction industry for over 30 years as a building regulation and fire safety consultant. Robert’s extensive experience in the construction industry ranges from residential projects to multi-storey office, hotel and retail developments. He has expertise in health and public assembly building assessment, including work on new hospitals. In addition, Robert has assisted as an expert witness on a wide range of legal building matters. Robert has participated in government working parties on changes to legislation and regularly lectures at the University of Technology, Sydney. He assists government with issues relating to the profession of building surveying and the process of legislation relating to construction approvals as well as being a regular presenter at various industry conferences and forums. Robert is a founding and executive board member of the Association of Accredited Certifiers, and in 2012, he was appointed a Director on the Building Professionals Board in New South Wales. Robert co-founded Philip Chun in 1990.
Steve Watson, Founder and Director of Steve Watson & Partners, has background in construction and building regulations spans 25 years. Steve is an accredited fire safety engineer and an accredited Principal Certifying Authority in NSW. Since founding Steve Watson & Partners, the company has grown into one of the pre-eminent certification companies. A keen surfer and sailor with an eye for the big blue expanses, Steve also has an interest in the sweet science, having retired from the boxing ring undefeated with an impressive amateur Master's fight record of 1-0-0! Steve Watson & Partners provide professional building code consulting and approvals services, adding value by taking a timely and pro-active approach to auditing of concept and detail designs, and by managing construction and defects risk via a thorough inspection and review process.
Joshua Palmer has extensive experience in local government and planning and environmental law, regularly acting and appearing for local government, private developers and accredited certifier clients in both Class 1 and Class 4 of the Land and Environment Court’s jurisdiction. Joshua is an excellent communicator, regularly advising on a wide array of environmental and planning matters from construction and interpretation of planning instruments and Development Control Plans, existing use rights, development contributions, construction of development consents and commencement of development and the matters upon which certifiers must be satisfied before issuing certificates. Joshua also has extensive experience in significant development applications including Part 3A approvals, planning proposals and development benefited by voluntary planning agreement.
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