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Owner Builder Courses

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This ACTOB01 owner builder course online version, can be completed in your own time and at your own pace. This course will provide you the knowledge and understanding of how to project manage as an owner builder. The valuable areas this course covers are subcontracting, materials, budgeting and costing while providing an insight into the requirements of the ACT Planning Authority.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Before commencing, you will need to already possess an OH&S White Card, or to undertake and successfully complete the Work Safely in the Construction Industry CPCCOHS1001A course, sometimes also known as the 'White Card'. This is a compulsory unit that is required along with obtaining your Owner Builder Statement of Attainment certificate.

We offer this course for Australian Capital Territory compliance - Work Safely in the Construction Industry CPCCOHS1001A, Purchase Online

ONLINE VERSION- only $99 : Study on your computer, LOGIN and download the course materials and you can complete the 'Assessment Questions' online. Study when it suits you and complete the course at your own pace. This online version will soon be available in 15 different languagesA Course Booklet can be purchased for an additional $24
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CORRESPONDENCE COURSE - Hard Copy, only $123 : You will receive a bound copy of the 660 pages of course content which is ideal for flexible when you want to study. You are not restricted to sitting at a computer. The hard copy information is also handy reference material when you commence building. You have the choice to answer the 'Assessment Questions' in either hard copy OR online formats.

About Owner Building in ACT.

Home owners who plan to carry out the building work themselves, or coordinate the necessary tasks to construct the building are considered to be owner builders. Building your own home often takes longer and costs more than originally planned. It can be expensive, stressful, time consuming and complex. If you have building experience the savings can be significant.

All building work that is classed as 'development' requires a Development Approval under the Act, e.g. the construction of a new dwelling, extensions/renovations to existing dwellings, carports, verandahs, pools, internal alterations, structural changes as well as the demolition of existing buildings. On some occasions retaining walls, water tanks, fences and sheds may also require Development Approval depending upon their size and/or location.

You can choose to do all the work yourself, with the exception of specialist work, or can employ contractors to do all or some of the work.

Owner Builders Responsibilities:

  • Obtain a Development Approval
  • Lodge all copies of certificates of indemnity insurance for building work to be undertaken by a licensed building work contractor with the council before commencing that stage of building work
  • Notify adjoining owner/s of an intention to perform building work that may affect adjoining property
  • Notify the council at prescribed stages of the building work
  • Advise the council of the name and contact details of the person who will be supervising the building work
  • Undertake the building work in accordance with the approved documents
  • Submit a signed Statement of Compliance (Schedule 19A) to the relevant authority on completion of the building work


The Owner Builder Statement of Attainment certificate is valid for up to five (5) years from the date of issue on successfully completing the course.

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