Trade License Course Starts November 7th – Last one for 2015! Get Qualified for a BLD# Now

If you’re working in the building industry without a contractors license, you could legally be denied payment by customers for jobs under $10,000. You can also be fined on top of this. A Current Affair and Today Tonight love to run stories on ‘dodgy tradies’ but I don’t recall ever seeing reporting on the customers that don’t pay for the work completed! If you don’t have a trades license there’s not a lot you can do to legally try to recoup your payment. The best way to avoid these situations is to be licensed.

In South Australia that means that you need to complete 2 business units, SBSMB406– Manage small business finances & CPCCBC4009B– Apply legal requirements to building and construction projects. Our last course for the year starts Saturday November 7th at 9am. Courses are held at 15 Jacobsen Crs Holden Hill. The course runs across 2 weekends, with the trainer setting aside Sunday afternoons to help with any questions regarding the assessment questions that need to be completed. To book, click here .

For more information on the process of obtaining your BLD# visit this SA Government website link. If you are unsure about the process and would like some help, or if you didn’t complete an apprenticeship, Sam Cottell is a trade licensing consultant who use to work at OCBA/ Consumer & Business Services. He can be contacted on 0430206032. The FCTA team are happy to assist with questions also, you can call us on 8367 5615 or email

CITB sponsored short courses – the more you learn, the more you earn!

FCTA – Building Careers runs a series of short courses for existing tradespeople to increase their skills. Lots of the courses have cross over skills, bricklayers usually have the hand skills to pick up acrylic rendering quickly. Tilers who have only worked on domestic bathrooms and laundries can learn how to do high margin tessellated tiling. Anyone who is looking to gain their contractors license has the ability to attend the two mandatory small business units to apply for their license. For more information, download our brochure by clicking >> Website brochure, or call us on 8367 5615 or email


Are You A Tradie Looking at Moving to South Australia? These Are the Sites for You

Trades Recognition Australia has all the information you need to find out how to migrate to Australia as a skilled worker by having your existing skills and training recognised.

Another useful site, is the forum “Poms in Adelaide” they have a great forum for people to ask questions about working and living in Adelaide. A lot of tradespeople from the UK are active on the forum, making it an excellent resource.

It’s important to note that tradespeople moving to South Australia are still required to apply for a contractors licence. This requires the completion of 2 subjects, Apply legal requirements to building and construction projects (CPCCBC4009B )and Manage small business finances (BSBSMB406). Other requirements are detailed at the SA Governments Website:

Our next sub-contractors licence course commences November 7 – 8 & 21 – 22. To book click this link.

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“White Card” course Wednesday 7th October – Book now

Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 8.37.31 amThe popular “White Card” unit CPCCOHS1001A – Work safely in the construction industry, will be running Wednesday 7th October. The course starts at 8:30am sharp. People with a CITB card only have a $25 gap payment, without the CITB card the cost is $100. To book and pay online, click on this link or email or call 83675615. The course will be held at 15 Jacobsen Crs, Holden Hill.

Next Contractors Licence Course Runs On 18th -19th April 2015 & 2nd – 3rd May 2015


The SA Contractors Licence course is becoming more and more popular. In South Australia tradies are required to complete 2 small business units before the can apply for a licence, visit for more information. We run the course over 2 weekends, taking a 1 week break inbetween so you can spend some time with family!

Our course is run by a qualified builder with extensive knowledge of the Building Code of Australia. Remember, without a contractors licence, customer who refuse to pay cannot be forced to!

The course costs $450 for CITB construction industry workers, or $950 for people ineligible for a CITB number. Visit to find out more about how to apply for an industry training card.

To book your place email or call 83675615. You can pay online here 

Unique Student Identifier – New Government Requirement To Study



From 1 January 2015 all students will be required to have a USI, because…government. This is a requirement for all courses, including the White Card and Contractors Licence courses.

It’s easy…follow these 6 simple steps

STEP 1: Have at least one form of ID ready: Driver’s License, Australian Passport, Medicare Card, Birth Certificate, Visa (with non-Australian Passport), Immigration Card or Citizenship Certificate.

STEP 2: Have your personal contact details ready: Address, email and/or phone number.

STEP 3: Visit and click on ‘Create a USI’.

STEP 4: Agree to the terms and conditions and follow the steps.

STEP 5: Write your unique number down and keep it somewhere handy and safe.

STEP 6: Bring this number with you when you enrol.

Contractors Licence – new dates added

We have added new dates for our contractors licence course. The course take 4 days in total to complete. Call us on 8367 5616, or email to book in a place. If you have a CITB card the cost is $450, without the card the cost is $950.

The next dates are:

September 13th – 14th 2014 & September 27th – 28th 2014

October 11th – 12th 2014 & October 25th – 26th 2014

November 8th – 9th 2014 & November 22nd – 23rd 2014

Need more information? Read our post on the steps involved to get a licence 

Waterproofing course on 29th Jan will be rescheduled

After this weeks hot weather made it nearly impossible to get any work done, we’ve decided to reschedule our waterproofing course. When dates have been confirmed an update will be posted. If you are interested in attending and have time free at specific dates, email so we can take that into consideration when we reschedule.