Building inspectors play a critical role in ensuring buildings are constructed to code, are safe and meet quality standards. If you have a passion for construction and a keen eye for detail, becoming a building inspector in Western Australia may be an excellent career choice.
In Western Australia, to become a building inspector, strangely enough, you don’t need to be a registered builder, however, most reputable firms, like ours, will require the qualification. We also recommend at least 10 years of industry experience.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to become a building inspector in Western Australia.
Step 1: Gain Industry Experience
You will need to have developed a broad range of skills and knowledge in all aspects of building and construction, including building codes and regulations, materials, structural systems, and building techniques.
Our building inspectors are required to have at least 10 years of experience in the building industry. They all come from a trade background, and most have experience with property development.
Step 2: Obtain a Building Registration
To become a building inspector in Western Australia for Home Integrity, you must be a registered builder. This registration is issued by the Building Services Board, a division of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. To be eligible for building registration, you must meet certain requirements, such as completing a qualification in building, construction or surveying, and having a minimum of two years’ experience in the building industry. More information on the application process can be found on building and energy’s website.
Step 3: Complete Additional Property Inspector Training
In addition to gaining industry experience, you will also need to complete job specific training to become a building inspector. This may include courses in building codes, Standards, building regulations, OHS, building inspection methodology, and compiling complex documents or report writing.
At Home Integrity you will also be required to complete your timber pest certification and our 6 month in house competency based inspector training program.
Step 4: Apply For Building Inspector Positions
Once you have gained the required experience and completed any additional training, you can then apply for building inspector positions. Building inspectors work in a range of settings, including government agencies, local councils, and private building inspection companies.
Look for job postings online, in newspapers, or through recruitment agencies.
5. Step 5: Maintain Your Registration and Stay Up To Date With Industry Changes
As a building inspector, it’s important to maintain your building registration and stay up to date with industry changes. This may include attending training courses, workshops, and conferences, and keeping abreast of changes to building codes and regulations. By staying informed and up to date, you can continue to provide high-quality building inspection services to your clients.
Becoming a building inspector in Western Australia requires a combination of education, industry experience, and additional training. If you love helping people, have a passion for construction and a keen eye for detail, this could be an excellent career choice. By following the steps outlined above, you can take the first steps towards a rewarding career as a building inspector.