Owner-Builder Course

Learn how to navigate the Owner-Builder application process and successfully project manage your building project

An owner-builder is a person who constructs or renovates a domestic dwelling on his or her own land and who is not already a registered builder.

Owner-Builders gain great satisfaction out of building their own home by having more control over the overall quality and materials used. There is also an opportunity to save money throughout the process, however being responsible for building your own home can be challenging – and involves taking on significant legal and financial responsibilities.

The Owner-Builder course is designed as an introduction to the residential construction process as well as the process of becoming an owner-builder, your duties and responsibilities under the law and explains the pro’s and con’s of building your own home.

Have your questions answered by our industry expert and find out exactly what is required to take on the owner-builder challenge and successfully project manage your building project.


1.) To be eligible for Owner-Builder approval, you must meet the criteria as determined by the Department of Energy, Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. Before attending this course, we highly recommend reviewing ‘Form 75 Owner-Builder Approval’, which can be found here. If you have any queries relating to your eligibility, please contact the DMIRS Owner-Builder team: 1300 489 099 / ownerbuilders@dmirs.wa.gov.au.

2.) As part of your course, you will receive one ‘Certificate of Completion’ per project which can be used as part of your Owner-Builder approval application to the Building Services Board (via Building and Energy / Department of Energy, Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety). One certificate will be issued per single or double enrolment. If you require two individual certificates for separate projects, please complete two single enrolments.

Course Details

Duration One Day
Time 8.45am to 5pm
Location Home Base
Cost $250 single | $320 double
Payment Options Visa | Mastercard | Afterpay

Course Structure

  • Part One: Introduction to being an Owner-Builder
  • Part Two: Owner-Builder approval – application process
  • Part Three: Owner-Builders and regulation and compliance
  • Part Four: Project – planning and documentation
  • Part Five: Building permits
  • Part Six: Pre-construction
  • Part Seven: Construction
  • Expert advice, how to succeed as an owner-builder, resources and where to get help and support
  • Owner-Builder Support Network (OBSN)

Course feedback

"The information presented clarified a lot of things we were previously unsure of. Thank you."

"I found the presenter easy to listen to, informative and interesting - and the course was enjoyable."

"It was interesting to get an insight into how the process works and receive good tips on how to manage the project from start to finish."

"Having no idea or building background I found this course easy to understand, with great baseline information that has given us a more accurate plan of the direction we need to take."

"Impressed with the venue, parking, material and presenter. Highly recommend!"

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