The course is delivered completely online, accessible at any time, from any location with an active internet connection. Make the most of the downloadable content for offline access, and use as a reference tool throughout the duration of your project. Also take advantage of the additional tips and links to successfully complete your owner-built home.
NOTE: If you wish to add an enrolment into the White Card course, that will be offered upon completion of the owner-builder course for a separate payment of $39, this is in addition to the cost of this course and is delivered by a separate provider.
If you want to oversee your renovations or construction work, or save money by doing the work or hiring in different contractors, you need to complete the owner builder course and become certified as an owner builder.
As an owner-builder, you'll be as responsible for the work as a fully licensed builder would be and so you need to know your responsibilities, such as:
Failure to understand and comply with these requirements can result in severe penalties including even imprisonment in some circumstances
If you want to sell the home you worked on as an owner-builder within seven and a half years, you are legally obligated to let the buyer know. A note must be included in the contract for sale stating that an owner-builder permit was issued in relation to the land (on the date it was issued).
As an owner-builder, you must guarantee the work you were responsible for. In the event that it is faulty, the person who buys the property from you can take you to a tribunal ( like the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal) and enforce their statutory warranty rights.