New Dates for Short Courses – Tiling, Waterproofing & Plastering


We have a range of short courses running before the end of the year. Our most popular tiling courses can be customised for people looking to develop specific skills. These courses are eligible for CITB subsidies for people working in the trades with a CITB membership number – this is free to apply for at citb.org.au. If you are interested in other courses, or would like to request different dates, please email admin@fcta.com.au

Tiling – 1 week:

24th – 28th September 2018

Cost: $750 or $250 with CITB membership

Book online

Waterproofing – 3 days:

15th – 17th October 2018

Cost: $550 or $200 with CITB membership

Book online

Acrylic Rendering – 3 days:

29th – 31st October 2018

Cost: $600 or $250 with CITB membership

Book online

Tiling – 1 week:

26th – 30th November 2018

Cost: $750 or $250 with CITB membership

Book online

Contractors License Course:

6th – 7th October 2018 & 20th – 21st October 2018 

Cost: $950 or $450 with CITB membership

Book online

Waterproofing Course Being Held 19th – 21st February 2018 At Holden Hill


Our most popular short course on waterproofing will be held on 19/2/18 – 21/2/18 (8am – 3:30pm). This course covers off a practical application of waterproofing to internal wet areas and balconies. The Australian Standards and Building Code will be discussed. Representatives from waterproofing manufacturers will also be available to answer questions and discuss the use of their branded systems.

Click on this link to book online, or call us on 83675615.  The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) subsidies training for some existing building industry workers. To find out more visit citb.org.au. The cost of the course is $550 or $200 with CITB support.

Please note, this course alone will not qualify you to apply for a license – I get this questions all the time! You cannot become a waterproofer and certainly not a tiler based on a 3 day short course. On completion of the course, students will receive a Statement of Attendance. For people with other experience in waterproofing and/ or tiling, this can go towards your evidence to apply for a contractors license. If you have questions about licensing, please call us on 83675615.

How to Become a Licensed Waterproofer in South Australia


Last week I spoke to the people at Consumer and Business Services to check what they require before issuing a person with a license to complete internal & balcony waterproofing. Each week we have people call asking if they can complete our 3 day course in waterproofing and then go out and work in the industry. If you have plenty of experience aside from the 3 day course, then yes, you can apply for a license but you will most likely be called in for a technical interview.

If you do not work in the building industry you need to get experience first. You could work with a tiler or an already licensed waterproofer until you have the experience to pass a technical interview. The interview covers off a lot of ‘what if’s’ you wont simply be reciting the Australian Standards, Building Code or SA Ministerial Code. You will need to have broad enough experience to answer questions across both commercial and residential work. This is because your license will enable you to work across all sites so you will need to understand the differences.

It is also helpful to attend training courses provided by one of the manufacturers of waterproofing materials. Gripset, Ardex and Mapei all provide regular training on how to use their products. Some of these manufacturers also have phone apps that let you lookup the product you need for certain jobs.

Once you feel you are ready to apply for a waterproofing license, you will need to complete the requirements that Consumer and Business Services have set out on their website. This includes completing two short courses in business law and finance.

Click here to access Consumer & Business Services guidelines for applicants. As always, if you have questions you can email us at info@fcta.com.au or call 83675615.

Waterproofing Refresher Course – Review of Australian Standard, Building Code and System Demonstrations


By popular demand we have developed a short 3 hour course in Waterproofing.  Our first course will be on Tuesday 28th February 2017 from 5pm – 8pm for $100. This is a classroom based course that will cover:

  • Building Code requirements
  • Complete review of AS3740 and discussion
  • Case studies & examples of failures
  • Product demonstrations, latest systems & review of manufacturers requirements
  • Q&A discussion group

The course will be held at FCTA – Building Careers, 15 Jacobsen Crs Holden Hill in South Australia. To book in and pay click here.

Waterproofing Balconies & Terraces – Supplier Technical Resources


We frequently have tilers contact us with questions about waterproofing, especially when it comes to balconies. The current training packages that apprentices complete don’t offer enough information on balconies, but focus on internal wet areas instead. FCTA has incorporated waterproofing of balconies into apprentice training regardless of it being unfunded, because its critical for tilers to have an understanding of the different processes.

Mapei is one of the suppliers of waterproofing products in Australia. They have put together a comprehensive technical notebook about terraces and balconies

Ardex is another supplier of Tiling and Waterproofing products. They have a really great section on their website that provides technical bulletins about a range of issues, including how to work with James Hardie’s Scyon product, bonding ceramic tiles to waterproofing products and an introduction to screeding & waterproofing membranes. Click here to access their technical bulletins.

Gripset is a South Australian company operating worldwide. They provide technical information and usage calculators on their website to assist tradies. Their technical manuals and calculators can be found on their website.

FCTA – Building Careers also run short courses on waterproofing, to book in follow this link.