Accreditation, within the building industry, is an acknowledgement of the competency of a company or individual to perform a range of tasks or skills within an occupational framework. The formal recognition of that accreditation competency normally comes in the form of a license or registration usually issued by State of Federal Government department.
Building Designers in Tasmania, Queensland and Victoria are regulated in this manner with each state having its own regulations and providing certified documentation as proof of accreditation; if you are looking to engage a Building Designer in one of these States you should check their state issued certificate (license etc) before doing so.
The other states and territories of Australia are, in various degrees, heading toward similar outcomes, but as of November 2014 have no regulatory system in place.
We suggest that when in doubt you should at least engage a BDA member.
New South Wales & ACT
In an effort to raise the standard of building construction documentation and to provide greater levels of professionalism to Clients, Builders, Contractors and Councils, Building Designers Australia (formerly BDANSW) introduced a system of independent accreditation for Building Designers.
This scheme is endorsed and promoted by the BDA and can apply to all design professionals not covered by alternate and appropriately recognised schemes.
The scheme is further recognised by The NSW Department of Community Services (DoCS) and is a requirement for all Building Designers practicing in NSW in the Child Care industry.
Accreditation of building designers in NSW the ACT and for any others in the states without a formal process is undertaken by Building Designers Accreditation & Training (BDA&T).
CLICK HERE for a list of Accredited Building Designers.
BDA&T works with a number of Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) such as TAFE NSW and the Master Builders Association to develop, maintain and deliver the competency training required to meet the expectation of governments and the building industry.
Any building designers who want to undertake voluntary accreditation, as a pathway to further education or as a requirement to design Child Care facilities, please download the documents in the right hand side bar.