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How does online training work for a building and construction course?

How does online training work for a building and construction course?

The idea of studying an online building course may seem daunting, but improvements to technology and online learning platforms has made it easier than ever.

If you have been weighing up the idea of enrolling in an online construction course and wondering what the benefits of studying are, here’s what you need to know.

IT’S FLEXIBLE

Online learning allows you to learn at your own pace. It has practical advantages if you are time poor and worried about juggling work and family life with your study. You can log in anywhere, and anytime, and you’ll also be able to hit pause if something unexpected pops up.

IT’S ENGAGING

Studying an online building course isn’t just reading from a screen.

Our Learning Management System (LMS) brings interactive animations, slides and charts to the student experience, Techskill Academy’s Head of Product Daniel Tran said.

“Students will generally work their way through the learning content and demonstrate their knowledge and skills at the end. Assessment includes knowledge questions, video submissions, and project submissions – such as reports, spreadsheets or business plans.”

IT’S DOABLE

How can you learn about building and construction skills online when it’s such a physical work experience?

Although some units are geared towards building an understanding of administrative tasks and legal obligations, the online courses have been designed by industry experts to ensure there is still an emphasis on teaching and evaluating practical skills such as constructing landscape features or retaining walls.

Access to a worksite will allow you to carry out and submit assessment so you are still gaining the physical experience of building and construction training.

YOU’LL BE SUPPORTED 100% OF THE WAY

Our online building courses are designed to ensure you get the support you need. We have an experienced and friendly support team to assist you every step of the way.

From my first call Guy was beyond helpful. I was unsure about a lot of the process, and he walked me through it. Called me 3-4 times during the process and was never late to call me when we planned a time. It was the easiest process!said former building and construction student Tim Reid.

YOU CAN SAVE TIME

You might be able to use your existing construction skills and experience to qualify for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). If you can provide evidence of industry knowledge you have gained over the years you might be able to use it towards your qualification and reduce your study time. RPL is a time-efficient way of gaining a formal qualification.

“Techskill assessed all of my skills and experience and were able to recognise that experience as prior learning. I was able to upgrade from my 20-year-old Associate Diploma to an Advanced Diploma with RPL from all my on-the-job experience,” said graduated student Nadine Czerner.

BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION COURSES WE OFFER INCLUDE:

You can take a  FREE Skills Assessment today to see if you are eligible for RPL. You can also get in touch to discuss your study options with one of our education consultants. 

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What are the benefits of completing a construction qualification?

The building industry is booming and completing a construction qualification could help improve your chances of benefiting from that boom. 

Governments around the country are pouring tens of billions of dollars into the construction industry, such as $13.9 billion in Queensland and $3.1 billion in Tasmania.

Builders will likely continue to remain in high demand for at least the next decade, with a long list of big-ticket events on the horizon requiring infrastructure and construction.

Studying an online building course and getting a construction qualification will boost your ability to be able to work on these big projects.

Not only will it enhance your resume, but you’ll also learn valuable and applicable skills.

Construction programs should offer students a wide range of units to study, which cover everything from practical knowledge to learning how to run the business side of things.

Some courses will accommodate for people with existing skills or knowledge in the industry through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). This gives you the ability to reduce your study time and upskill as quickly as possible.

Gaining a construction qualification is also a great example of personal growth and self-development, qualities which are sought after by employers and contractors.

Every new project, be it on site or while studying, will present new challenges and give you the chance to hone your problem-solving skills. This could be invaluable one day when you’re in a job interview and need to give an example of your critical thinking and reasoning.

Learning online is easier than ever and offers you the chance to manage your study around your busy lifestyle.

To learn more about how to complete your construction qualification get in touch with Techskill Academy today.

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What is the difference between a qualified and licensed builder?

There are several differences between qualified and licensed builders such as legal requirements and protection, support from industry bodies, and the chance for business growth.

One of the most common questions tradies have is “what is the difference between a qualified and licensed builder?” Many builders are qualified and meet the requirements for getting their licence but are rejected because the process can be tricky. We are here to help and simplify it for you.

Becoming a qualified builder

Becoming a qualified builder means you’ve finished your apprenticeship/trade qualification and completed a post-trade building qualifications/certificate. You will be ready to work on site IF your boss holds the right licence. As a qualified builder you can work as an employee, but you CANNOT be responsible for supervising or running the site.

Legal Requirement

More than anything, you need to get licensed because it’s the law. Depending on the jurisdiction you are working in, there is a limit on how much you can charge if you are unlicensed. If you want to win big jobs, you’ll need to be licensed.

Legal Protection

Licensed builders have legal protection through insurance. This is as much for you as it is for your clients. Peace of mind for you and your client is well worth the process of getting licensed. You don’t want to open yourself up to being fined for doing unlicensed work and cause yourself serious financial trouble.

Support from Industry

Organisations like the Housing Industry Australia and Master Builders, require you to be a licensed builder to join them. With both organisations, you can list your business, enter into prestigious award competitions (think more clients!), receive funding to bring on apprentices, and many other professional support services exclusive to members.

Government Projects

You will need to be a licensed contractor to work on government projects, such as the recent $25,000 HomeBuilder grant, and with several big events on the horizon such as the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the 2032 Brisbane Summer Olympics, and possibly a 2027 Rugby World Cup, there is likely to be a lot of government-funded work over the next decade.

Business Growth

If you stay a qualified builder, you are letting your career stagnate. You can’t take on bigger jobs, you’ll miss out on work because you aren’t a part of industry bodies and people won’t hire you because you won’t have insurance protection. Getting licensed as soon as you can will boost your business and further your career. Don’t leave money on the table!

How do I become a licensed builder?

Becoming a licensed builder is different in each State and Territory, but generally looks something like this:

• Industry supervisory experience (in the licence type you are applying for!)
• Industry qualifications
• References from your supervisor(s)
• Proof of identity
• Declaration
• Police Check

Each State and Territory has different requirements when becoming a licensed builder, and requirements can differ even within classes (like Low Rise, General Building, etc). We are here to help you navigate this confusing process. Talk to us today to help sort out your licence and boost your business.