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About 101 Builder and the Owner Builder Course

Does the NSW Owner Builder Course have any prerequisites?

Yes. Either you must be a white card holder, or you must pass the white card course.

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Can I get a permit after completing my owner-builder course?

Instead of a permit, you will get a letter for submission alongside an application for a development approval.

Do I really need to undergo NSW owner-builder training to get a permit?

Compute the market value, including the cost of materials and labour, of the residential structure you’re planning to build. If the total amount exceeds $20,000, then you need to go through the course as required by Fair Trading before getting a permit.

I’m already working in the construction industry. Is there a need to take the NSW owner-builder course to get a permit?

To know if you have already met the education requirements to become an owner-builder, you may assess your accreditation using the Fair Trading online tool.

Is 101 Builder qualified to administer the training courses?

Yes. 101 Builder is part of the ABE Education network. ABE Education Pty Ltd is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO number: 91794) find out more at:


What does owner-builder work mean?

  • Any work involving the building, repair, alteration, or addition to a house is an owner-builder work.
  • Moreover, the work must comply with the following requirements:
    • The market value of the work is more than $10,000
    • The structure constructed is a single-dwelling house, or a secondary dwelling
    • The work needs a development approval within the scope of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act of 1979 (Part 4)

White Card

Aside from the white card, what other material will I get as proof of passing the course?

In addition to the white card, a Statement of Attainment will also be sent to you through email. Make sure you typed the correct email address during your registration.

When can I expect my white card?

As soon as you pass your white card course and after providing the necessary document requirements, your white card will be mailed to your given address immediately. Make sure you have placed the correct address in your details.

Does a white card have an expiration date?

Yes, if you haven’t done any construction work within two years of your training, then your white card may become void. You will have to take the course again to be certified.

Fair Trading

I have plans to sell the house in the future. Should I take note of any important rules?

Make sure you adhere to the rules according to Fair Trading standard. See more details through their official website

Is there a need to get a home warranty insurance?

ACheck with the official NSW Home Warranty website for requirements and stipulations.

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