Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

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CPD for Building Services Providers

A Building Services Provider requires a building services licence for the following classes: Builder classes; Design classes; Building Surveyor classes; Licensed entities; Permit Authority

  • A building services licence requires a building services provider to be:
  • qualified;
  • insured (there is an annual check to confirm insurance status);
  • experienced; and to
  • undertake annual training (CPD)

The subject matter of CPD learning and training activities is very broad and includes a variety of:

  • Technical courses - Certificate, Diploma or Degree units including revising and updating
  • Related Technical skills - Update on changes to Australian Standards, emerging technologies, waterproofing, rendering, excavator or trade related up-skilling
  • Business topics - Management, financial planning, strategic planning, succession planning, taxation laws
  • Health and safety issues - OH&S laws, first aid training, focus on a specific risk such as asbestos
  • Personal Development - Leadership, assertiveness, dealing with bullying, communication

Occupational Licence holders, including Building Services Providers, are required to maintain and develop their skills and knowledge through ongoing learning activities, referred to as Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

The learning may relate to technical and practical skills, business competencies, laws affecting the industry or personal and professional development.

Occupational Licence holders and building services providers are to report their CPD when they apply to renew their licence. This is to demonstrate that they have enough CPD related to their vocation. 

A moratorium on compliance action on CPD for a period of up to three years from 1 July 2016 is currently in place in order to allow people to understand the requirements of CPD.

Usually a CPD point equates to one hour of Continuing Professional Development.

Type of CPD activities

Points value


Training or Briefing delivered by or on behalf of this office (CBOS)

1 point per hour      

CBOS training or briefings may attract double points if the issues are determined as a priority need

Nationally Accredited Training delivered by an RTO

1 point per nominal hour, as stated in the course or unit of competence or by the RTO (maximum 6 points per day)

No further information

Trade Journals (including CBOS Connections)

1 point per Journal (maximum 3 points per year)      

No further information

Membership of Professional Organisation or Industry Representative Organisation

1 point per organisation per year (maximum 2 points per year)

Employees of contractors, where such employees are registered associate members who receive information and newsletters as though they are full members, may also claim points.

Endorsed On-line courses

1 point per hour/nominal hour

At this stage the endorsed on-line courses are those provided on behalf of the ABCB and CBOS by Pointsbuild and those which are on-line nationally accredited courses.

Approved face to face training provided by Industry Association or Trade Union

1 point per hour (maximum 6 points per day)      

Approval is required prior to delivery of the training.

Approved face to face training provide by employer

1 point per hour (maximum 6 points per day)      

Employers are to seek approval prior to delivery of training.

Workplace Health and Safety training      

1 point per hour (maximum 6 points per day - maximum 6 points per year)      

Includes Tasmanian WorkSafe Month

Approved Trade Events

Points allocated at time of approval (maximum 3 points per year)

Organiser of Trade events must seek approval and allocation of points prior to conducting trade event

Approved toolbox meeting

Maximum 3 points per year      

To gain CPD, toolbox meetings must include information such as changes to standards, new products and workplace health and safety. Workplace meetings that only include job allocations or administrative matters do not accumulate CPD.

Research to update skills

1 point per hour provided you keep a record of the issue researched, the form of the research (e.g. websites visited, journals consulted etc) and the time spent (maximum 4 points per year)

No further information

Other Approved Training - 1 Point per hour

1 Point per hour      

Provider must seek approval of training prior to delivery

Formal membership briefings by Industry Associations (e.g. quarterly update meetings)      

1 point per briefing hour (maximum 4 points per year)

No further information

Provider approval process (if required):

  • email cbosinfo@justice.tas.gov.au with details of the event/training (where a calendar of events is being advertised this can be done through approval of the calendar, rather than individually for each event)
  • you will then be contacted with approval and allocation of points
  • provider should then issue certificate of attendance to participants stating the approved points
  • certificates will be checked against approval at time of CPD audits and may be requested to validate CPD point accumulation on Occupational Licence renewal application.
  • a Plumbing, Gas-fitting or Electrical practitioner requires an average of 12 points per year, which equates to a minimum of 36 points for their 3 year licence.


Licence categoryPoints required per year
Builder 12
Construction manager 12
Fire protection services builder 12
Demolisher 12
Architect 20
Building surveyor 30
Building surveyor (Limited) 30
Building services designer 20
Engineer 30
Civil designer 20


  • Plumbing
  • Electrician
  • Lineworker
  • Cable jointer
  • Gas-fitting
  • Automotive gas-fitting


  • Plumbing
  • Gas-fitting
  • Automotive gas-fitting

Provisional practitioner

  • Plumbing
  • Electrician
  • Lineworker
  • Cable jointer
  • Gas-fitting
  • Automotive gas-fitting
Nominated manager 12
Restricted electrical licence


For further information on Continuous Professional Development and Licensing  - LINK to Department of Justice - Consumer, Building and Occupational Services section.