Preliminary Works Activity in Domestic Building

When applying for a Domestic Builder Registration with the Victorian Building Authority (VBA), you must be able to demonstrate experience in Preliminary Works Activity. This includes things like applying for a building permit, selecting or completing a building contract, or working out the materials and contracts required to complete a job.


Applicants often get stuck here as they aren’t able to apply for building permits or complete a building contract unless they are a Registered Builder. Therefore, it can be difficult to gain real-life experience in Preliminary Works Activity.  However, the VBA is now accepting evidence of coursework to show that applicants have knowledge of Preliminary Works Activity. The prescribed qualifications outlined in the Building Interim Regulations 2017 and the Building Regulations 2018 reflect this.


Schedule 7 of the Regulations, indicate that the following units of competency are required for the majority of Domestic Builder (Limited) registrations:


  • CPCCBC4026A  Arrange building applications and approvals
  • CPCCBC4003A  Select and prepare a construction contract
  • CPCCBC4005A  Produce labour and materials schedules for ordering


Parker Brent has recently included the CPCCBC4026A unit of competency into the CPC40110 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) qualification. This unit will assist students in gaining the required skills and knowledge which can count towards their Registered Building Practitioner (Domestic Building) application. The CPCCBC4026A unit outlines how to prepare building permit applications, how to manage the application process, supporting documents required as part of an application, and current regulatory and planning processes. The CPCCBC4003A and CPCCBC4005A units of competency are already included as part of the CPC40110 qualification delivered by Parker Brent.


If you undertake the Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) with Parker Brent you will learn the required skills of how to apply for a building permit, how to select and prepare a construction contract, and how to work out and produce labour and materials schedules required to complete a job.



If you’re looking to take on the CPC40110 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) qualification please call 1300 773 737 or email