There are a number of avenues available to secure a formal qualification as a Cert III Construction Waterproofer, dependent on your experience and current qualifications.

CPC 31411 is offered through selected Skills Tech (T.A.F.E) colleges as a two-to-four-year apprenticeship, under a State government training contract with a suitably qualified host employer or group employment company. This is suited to inexperienced candidates, covering the full range of competencies, including generic competencies applicable to other Cert III trades, such as: Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry; Plan and organise work; Conduct workplace communication etc. These are accompanied by trade specific core competencies, as mentioned above. There are 14 core competencies with 5 electives to make up the Cert III qualification. The qualification is recognised nationally, when delivered and issued by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

Master Builders NSW and Queensland Master Builders, as RTO’s, offer a four-day qualification course. This course offers all fourteen core competencies with five electives, including: frame and fit out of wet areas; install sealant devices; concreting to simple forms; levelling; and safe demolition. This course is aimed at partially experienced practitioners, with two years waterproofing application experience supported by other industry qualifications. Accredited tilers, architects, builders, engineers, project supervisors and waterproofing applicators with partial competencies attend these courses.

Courses are offered in Sydney and throughout regional NSW; Brisbane and throughout regional Qld. MBA NSW are also supporting a Tasmanian course to be hosted in Hobart in September of 2017. These courses are partially funded with the support of respective State Governments. This course is also planned for Victoria, to be held in the latter half of the year.

The next avenue involves a Recognition of Prior Larning (RPL). RPLs are for experienced punters with a minimum of four years’ practical experience in all forms of waterproofing disciplines.

Waterproofing is, normally, a specialised trade. Most practitioners apply waterproofing to either: internal wet areas and decks; or below ground and external wet areas. Quite often gap training or practical exercises are required to evidence full competency for the complete qualification. A number of RTO’s operate throughout most states offering this avenue.

Kangan Institute in Victoria, offer another avenue for qualification. This course is limited to applicants with 5 years full time waterproofing experience and is fully funded by State Government. The qualification completion takes 6 to 12 months with 12 site visits, to your worksite, to facilitate practical raining and assessments. Any gap training required is conducted at the Broadmeadows campus.

What About Me? I Just Want to Know What is Compliant!

Industry associations provide seminars focussing on BCA and Australian Standards compliance. These are not qualification courses, but are informative seminars. These sessions are aimed at builders, design professionals, waterproofing practitioners and building surveyors. State regulatory authorities provide open forum seminars on BCA changes.

Aside from formal qualifications, it is important to educate other stake holders on regulatory requirements. Often builders and waterproofing applicators complain about arguing with certifiers about compliant practices.

  • MBA NSW are delivering one day courses, where CPD points are issued:
  • Australian Standards Compliance – internal and external application, compliance, and practical design solutions.
  • Further courses are under development covering – Below Ground Waterproofing and Remedial Waterproofing.

HIA are delivering four by half day technical courses on waterproofing compliance. Each course runs for four hours and rewards course participants with 4 CPD points, as per State requirements. These courses are available nationally, and cater for localised application techniques with a focus on Standards and mandatory compliance.

The courses on offer are:

  • Waterproofing Wet Areas – AS 3740- 2010 compliance and practical design solutions.
  • Waterproofing External – AS 4654.2- 2012 compliance and efflorescence defects avoidance.
  • Wet Area Inspections and Defect Identification – AS 3740-2010 compliance, visual defect inspections and the Shower Leak Detection Test protocols.
  • Wall and Floor Tiling Trouble Shooting – AS 3958.1-2007 compliance and defect avoidance. Functional failures and cosmetic defects.

AIW are currently developing a number of ½ day courses, focussing on Australian Standards Compliance, Inspections, Material Compatibility and Membrane Selection, and Best Practice Applications. These courses will be available to all AIW members. National Committee Members will co-ordinate delivery Nationally for all regional areas.