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Advice For Pros · November 14, 2022 · AUTHOR: Stanley Bawalan

What Does a Builder Do and How to Become One?

What You Will Do

As a builder, your day-to-day tasks will include the following:

  • Designing and constructing buildings. This includes everything from houses and office buildings to shopping malls and factories. You'll help plan for new structures, oversee the actual building process and make any necessary repairs after construction is complete.

  • Repairing and maintaining existing structures. Whether it's an old house or a high-rise apartment unit, there are always things that need to be fixed up—whether it's broken windows or faulty lighting fixtures—and you'll be responsible for doing so.

  • Designing infrastructure projects. This includes, but is not limited to roads, bridges, tunnels, and others that people use every day but don't often think about (like sewage systems).

If you're considering becoming a builder, it's important to know what you will be doing and the skills necessary for the job. This way, you can ensure that this is the right career for you before investing time and money on training.

How to Become a Builder

The first step is to gain some experience. This can be done through an apprenticeship or by working for a builder. In order to get started as an apprentice, you will need to complete the relevant certificate II training in building and construction. Once this is completed, you should be ready to start your apprenticeship.

Once your apprenticeship is complete and upon gaining registration as an RBEQ (Registered Building Engineer), then it's time for you to start working on-site as an RBEQ. You may also choose to work towards obtaining further qualifications such as:

  • Certificate III in Civil Construction Operations (Building) - Certificate IV Building & Construction Project Management – Diploma of Building Design & Drafting – Associate Diploma Surveying

Skills You'll Need

  • Communication and team building. Builders must be able to communicate effectively with contractors, clients, subcontractors, and vendors. They also must have strong leadership skills to delegate tasks and motivate their crews.

  • Problem-solving ability. Builders often encounter unforeseen problems that require quick thinking, problem-solving skills, and flexibility in order to resolve them quickly.

  • Organizational skills are important for builders because of the number of details involved in each project—from ordering materials and equipment to scheduling work crews as well as working with other tradespeople.

  • Time management is essential for any builder who needs to complete projects within budget or on time while maintaining quality standards throughout construction processes (such as framing houses).


You should know what you’re getting into before making a decision to become a builder. If you have no experience and are not prepared to work hard, then don’t waste your time or money on trying to become one. If, however, you have the right skills and motivation, then it could be worth pursuing this career path.

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