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FAQ

You’ll see below is a list of the frequently asked questions we receive at Back to Basics:

Q. “How do I get a builders licence?”

A. There is a different process for each state as each state has its own criteria. Most (except WA and VIC) require the applicant to complete a range of units within the CPC40110 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) program or, in some cases, complete the whole qualification and provide evidence of how long you have worked in the industry and exactly what you have done in that time. Of course, this depends entirely on the type of licence you require.


Q. “Can I do the courses while I get the experience required for the licence?”

A. Yes, as long as you have access to a building site as it’s possible that you may find some of the tasks a little challenging if you do not understand how a building site runs.


Q. “How long do the courses take?”

A. Depending on what course you choose, the majority of Back to Basics’ courses have a maximum time of 12 – 24 months. It all comes down to how much time you have to focus on the course. The courses are all delivered in a modular format – the maximum being 6 modules. To stay on track you should aim to complete each module in a 4 – 6 week period. At Back to Basics, we believe that priorities are Family, Work and then Study.


Q. “How much do the courses cost?”

A. This depends on what course/s you choose. They range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand depending upon the number of and complexity of the qualification/s. In some cases Back to Basics have merged 2 – 3 qualifications (referred to as Multi Qualifications) where you complete one program and gain 2 – 3 different qualifications.

With flexible payment options and interest free terms you can be sure to find a comfortable price to suit your budget. You should always keep in mind that getting your qualifications is an “investment” (not an expense) in your future.


Q. “How do I get a trade contractor’s licence in Queensland?”

A. Queensland QBCC requires you to complete a Trade Contractors Management Course. That, with evidence of your experience, trade qualification and supporting references is what is required to apply for the Trade Contractors Licence in QLD.


Q. “How quickly can I do the course?”

A. It’s not a “quick course”. Do you have a particular timeframe you need to meet? We may be able to assist you to meet your target. You may have an opportunity to gain some Recognised Prior Learning exemptions, and may be able to save some time by not having to complete some of the tasks as you already have the knowledge and experience. Chat with one of our friendly team members to help you with this: 1300 855 713


Q. “How long have you been an RTO (or in business)?”

A. Our Managing Director has been in business since 1979 and the RTO has be accredited since 1997 – currently 19 years.


Q. “Is your qualification recognised?”

A. Yes, Back to Basics offers courses for nationally recognised qualification, and some of the programs are recognised by all Licensing Authorities in Australia.


Q. “Do I have to attend classes?”

A. No, Back to Basics has a unique Distance Learning process with continuous one on one support. You are able to complete the course at your own pace from home. If you feel you need the support of a classroom, Back to Basics is providing workshops where you are able to discuss the course in more detail face to face. Our experience has been that once you finish one module by distance learning with the continuous support from our Student Support Team you realise you do not need to take time out to attend a workshop.


Q. “Are there exams at the end?”

A. No, they are at the beginning! We call our exams Assessment Booklets which contain a range of short answer questions and all of the Assessment Booklets are what you call open book – meaning you are able to look up the answers in the provided text book. Back to Basics gets you to do the Assessment Booklet first so that you become familiar with the content of the text book. The text book then helps you compile / complete your assessment tasks.


Q. “When does your next course start?”

A. You can start now if you like. All the programs are Distance Learning, meaning you are able to start when it suits you.


Q. “Who does the marking?”

A. Back to Basics have qualified trainers and assessors. They all hold building and training qualifications. All the trainers and assessors have industry hands on experience and knowledge.


Q. “Who are the people in support – do they have building experience?”

A. Yes all the people in the Back to Basics Support Team have had experience in the building and construction industry in one way or another. The Support Team are dedicated to the building and construction industry in every way. Their prime interest is in the ongoing viability of the industry and will do everything to ensure you are able to complete the course with the knowledge and skills needed to manage a small to medium size business in the Building and Construction Industry.


Q. “I would like to build my own home and then maybe get a licence – am I able to do that?”

A. This question falls under the realm of ‘Owner Builder’. Quite a lot of people choose to begin this way. Initially, you will need to complete an owner builder course if you want to apply for the Owner Builder Licence, however the course is not enough to go onto a builders licence. You will need to complete some formal study to achieve the right qualification – mainly the CPC40110 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) and in Victoria and Western Australia you will need to complete the CPC50210 Diploma of Building and Construction (Building). Regardless of your background you are able to apply for and complete either of these qualifications, however you will need some experience on a building site. Project Managing your own project is a good way to gain this experience.


Q. “Can I get a national builders licence?”

A. No. A few years ago there was a movement by the Council of Australian Government (COAG) to achieve a national licence. Unfortunately, it became difficult due to the different Legislation, Regulations and Building Codes in each state or territory and was abandoned in December 2013.


Q. “If I get my license in one state can I get a licence in another state?”

A. Yes, you apply to the individual state for Mutual Recognition. Each State’s application process is a little different. At a minimum the relevant licensing authority would want you to provide a copy of your current licence, and the qualifications you have achieved along with references, etc.


Q. “Can I get RPL?”

A. Yes, Recognised Prior Learning is an excellent way to start. Back to Basics sends out a booklet showing you what evidence you need to provide so that you are able to get exemptions against several tasks within a course.


Q. “Is there a minimum time I can do the course in?”

A. It all comes back to how much time you have to complete the program and how many Recognised Prior Learning exemptions you are able to achieve. The minimum time a student has taken to complete the course was 3 months – he had a broken hand at the time. He was right handed and it was his left hand that was broken, and was unable to work. So he just sat down and worked with our student support team and got it done.


Q. “What happens if I go over the 2 years?”

A. You can be given an extension of time, however there are fees associated with the extension. As long as you have made an effort to at least try to do some work throughout the previous 2 years the extensions are granted easily. We recommend that you keep in touch with your Student Support Team and let them know when time is a problem. You have the option of going on hold or extending the length of your program. All Back to Basics Team Members appreciate the constraints of family, work and the idiosyncrasies of life. Just call them and let them know and they will do whatever they can to help you complete the program.


Q. “What’s the difference between Face to Face tuition and Distance Education – is one better than the other?”

A. Face to Face is the process of attending regular weekly classes, but you still need to complete your Assessment Tasks from home – taking extra time on top of the time you attend the class to finish your assignments. Distance Education is the process of completing all the work from home at your own pace and in your own time. It depends on your own circumstances – Back to Basics used to provide face to face classes for many years. We found the students could not afford the time to attend all the classes, be it day or night, or the costs associated with travel getting to and from each class – not to mention how exhausted they were. We found that providing one on one support as often as it is required was far more beneficial to the student than dragging themselves to a class when they were already tired from a full day’s work.


Q. “Is the training online?”

A. Not exactly. Back to Basics provide you with all the learning resources electronically, so that you are able to complete each assessment booklet through an interactive PDF process. You simply complete the Assessment Booklet by typing the answers into the spaces provided. You then complete the tasks on your computer, save them and send them to Back to Basics via email. Everyone has found this easier than an online portal process.


Q. “What are the course hours?”

A. There are no designated hours exactly. The formal quantity is called nominal hours and its range is quite wide. As long as you complete the whole program within a 1 -2 year period you should not need any extensions. Extension of time requests are usually accepted. We do recommend that you put aside a few hours each week to read and complete your tasks. It should only take about 6 – 8 weeks to complete each module. The trick is to keep in touch with your Student Support Team.