How to become a licenced waterproofer

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If you’re wondering how to become a licenced waterproofer, we can help. Waterproofing is a skilled profession, and it takes a qualified, experienced and licenced waterproofer to deliver first-class diagnostic, solution design, remediation and preventative maintenance.

At Danrae Group, we’re proud to have an industry-leading team of expert waterproofers to provide our end-to-end waterproofing solutions.

If you’re considering a career in waterproofing, here’s what you need to know about becoming a licenced waterproofer – and how Danrae Group can help you build an exceptional career.

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An overview of waterproofing licences

In NSW, the Department of Fair Trading oversees waterproofing licencing. Waterproofers need a licence to perform any residential waterproofing, including strata, valued at more than $5000 in labour and materials.

The definition of waterproofing includes the installation or repair of protective treatments for leaks and water ingress.

As we’ve previously reported, the NSW Building Commissioner has also introduced reforms in recent years to strengthen industry standards in response to very public building defect issues we’ve seen in Sydney.

The reforms require all those who work on new construction, including waterproofers, to be certified, skilled and knowledgeable across multiple industry standards.

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The different types of licences

There are different types of licences available in NSW for contractors and supervisors, and you can apply for a one, three or five year certificate. Your licence allows you to do the work described on your licence card, subject to any specified conditions.

A contractor licence allows you to contract and advertise to do work. You can only do the types of work described on your licence card, and contractor licences are available for individuals, companies and partnerships.

A qualified supervisor certificate allows you to supervise and perform the work described on your certificate, but it does not allow you to contract for work. An endorsed contractor licence is for individuals who wish to perform contract work, and who also have the qualifications and experience to supervise.

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How to get your waterproofing licence

In NSW, you first need a formal TAFE qualification to become a licenced waterproofer. And one of the best ways to do it is with a traineeship, which combines training with crucial on-the-job experience.

Our trainees assist our senior waterproofers to learn how to handle materials, use a variety of hand tools and effectively prepare surfaces for membrane application. We also teach you about OHS policies and procedures and ensure you gain excellent communication and organisational skills.

Once you have your qualifications, we can assist you to obtain your waterproofing licence.

If you gain more qualifications that allow you to do more types of work, such as other trade work or specialist work, you can apply to add a category to your waterproofing contractor’s licence or your qualified supervisor’s certificate.

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The Danrae difference

Danrae Group is the waterproofing expert. We provide tailored waterproofing solutions for strata, construction, civil, commercial and government projects, and we offer something many other waterproofing companies don’t .

Our team is skilled and qualified to work in every type of membrane, in every brand and in every technique, which is great news not only for our customers, but for anyone looking to build an expert waterproofing career.

When you start a career with us, we help you plan your career growth, and we supplement training in trade skills with programs in supervision and project management.

We’re always on the lookout for skilled and dedicated team members, so please contact us if you’re looking to join the waterproofing experts, and become a first-class, licenced waterproofer.

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