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Carpentry Licence Victoria

A carpentry licence in Victoria can be obtained by carpenters working in the building and construction industry. This licence is necessary for carpenters at any level of experience and skill.. A carpentry licence can help give direction and a boost to your career. If you are a registered carpenter, it means that you have a formal recognition of your abilities, previous experience and technical knowledge. You can easily fill a gap in the industry.

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) regulates the registration and licensing of building practitioners. The VBA requires that you have a carpentry licence to carry out any building or general trade work exceeding $5,000 including materials and labour, or for various other building activities to the same value.

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) offers an option for building practitioners to register under a specific licence class:

  • Domestic Builder – Unlimited (DB-U) – The registered builder may carry out the domestic work in their own capacity, or hire subcontractors to perform the work.
  • Domestic Builder – Unlimited (DB-U) – The registered builder may carry out the domestic work in their own capacity, or hire subcontractors to perform the work.
  • Domestic Builder – Manager (DB-M) – The licence holder may not perform any unsupervised building work, but may work under the supervision of a registered practitioner, or may hire registered practitioners to do the work.
  • Domestic Builder – Limited (DB-L) – The licenced building practitioner may arrange, manage or perform building work as authorised by the Victorian Building Practitioners Board.
  • Commercial Builder (Limited) Commercial Builder (Unlimited) – The practitioner guide provides detailed information on the types of work that may be performed under each licence class.


The following qualifications are typically needed for tradespeople wishing to do carpentry work in Victoria:

  • Certificate III in Carpentry (CPC30211 or CPC30220)

Along with these certificates, any relevant experience will count towards fulfilling your application requirements.

How to Apply

Carpenters can register under different licensing classes in order to work as a registered carpenter in Victoria. Depending on your precious work and career goals, you can choose a licensing class that allows you to do specialised work.

You can find the application forms for your carpentry licence on the The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) website. The application needs the following information:

  • Application Form pertaining to the specific class or category
  • Experience Statement for the relevant builder registration and class
  • Technical Referee Report for relevant type of registration and class
  • National Police Checking Service Informed Consent Form
  • Proof of required insurance
  • Application fee

Next Steps for your Carpentry Licence in Victoria

The Skills Certified team assists you in obtaining an official qualification by considering your prior experience and ability. This can help you advance your career if you’re looking to pursue new opportunities or re-enter the workforce. Skills Certified is the way to go. With the carpenters licence, you can take on larger projects in the building and construction business.

We make the licensing process simple by connecting you with knowledgeable individuals who can provide personalised advice based on your specific needs and professional objectives.

Please contact our team to discuss your requirements and see how we can assist you. Call us at 1300 535 922 or email us at info@itecounsel.com.

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The links below will let you know which qualification you will need to get your licence. Alternatively, fill out the GET IN TOUCH form or
call 1300 535 922 and one of our specialists will help you get qualified