Owner Builders Course

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The ideal grounding for the prospective owner-builder this course will outline the building process from the Development Application (DA) through to the Certificate of Occupancy.

In the context of the ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA) licensing requirements for owner-builders we will address owner-builder obligations and responsibilities and further discuss project management, sub-contracting, materials and budgeting. There will also be the opportunity to workshop individual building plans.

This course constitutes part of the application process for an Owner-Builder's Licence. On successful completion of the course you will be sent a Certificate of Attendance. This certificate should be taken to ACTPLA where you can then apply for an Owner-Builder’s Licence. A fee will be levied for this application. For more information please refer to the ACTPLA website

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS COURSE IS FOR THOSE BUILDING WITHIN THE ACT ONLY. If you are building in NSW you can find more information at the NSW Fair Trading website. Your local Council or State Authority will also be able to provide further information.

Course ID BRU1098
Price $539.00 (GST included)
Start date Saturday, 10 February 2018
Finish date Saturday, 17 February 2018
Sessions 2 sessions of 8 hours
Time 8.30am - 4.30pm
Tutor Marko Zarak
Location CIT Bruce
Status Module is finished.


Course notes and a textbook will be provided at the first class.

Please bring your own lunch, as canteen facilities will not be available on the weekend. The venue has a fridge/microwave and tea and coffee facilities available.

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"Allowed me to put the project of being an owner builder in a proper perspective. The identification of responsibilities and risks was particularly valuable." Kenneth
"Gives people an idea of their responsibilities & compliances as an owner builder"

About your tutor:
Marko Zarak has over 25 years’ experience in the construction industry, working primarily with masonry and masonry product. His work includes the James Turrell skyscape sculpture at the Australian National Gallery, restoration works to Regatta Point restaurant and Information Centre and the installation of the fountain in front of the Canberra Theatre. Marko now works primarily with compliance issues on construction sites within the ACT. Since 2009 he has taught in the Building and Construction and Horticulture Departments at CIT and also teaches our popular Bricklaying and Stonework courses. Amongst his many qualifications Marko has a Bachelor of Industrial Design, Advanced Diploma of Building and Construction and a Cert IV in Training and Assessment.

Location: CIT Bruce

Address: 35 Vowels Crescent, Bruce

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