Owner-Builder Course

Learn how to navigate the Owner-Builder application process and potentially save thousands on your home 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 complicated – and involves taking on significant legal and financial responsibilities.

The one day 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, plus the pro’s and con’s of building your own home.

Have your questions answered by our industry expert and find out exactly what it takes to take on the Owner-Builder challenge and successfully build your own home. Examples of projects completed by previous Home Base Owner-Builder course attendees will show you what can be achieved.

As part of your course, you 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).

*Please note: One certificate will be issued per single or double enrolment. If you require two individual certificates for separate projects, please complete two single enrolments. Please also note – no children will be admitted into the Home Base Function Room.

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

  • What is an Owner-Builder and what can I build?
  • Owner-Builder Responsibilities
  • Planning and documentation
  • How to succeed as an Owner-Builder
  • Insurance
  • Employing subcontractors
  • Design considerations
  • The construction process – step by step
  • Owner-Builder finance
  • Obtaining accurate estimates
  • Budgeting and cost control
  • Site safety
  • How to avoid the pitfalls
  • Site management and work flow coordination
  • How much can I save?
  • Recent Home Base Owner-Builder projects

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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