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Certification short course (BPB)

If you are becoming a council or private certifier, or renewing accreditation, this is your course. Run in conjunction with the Building Professionals Board (BPB) as part of the Department of Fair Trading, this four-day course is a prerequisite to apply for accreditation.

About this course

This Department of Fair Trading-approved Certification Short Course is for building professionals going into private practice, council certifiers and for those renewing their accreditation. The four-day professional and technical development program provides essential skills in understanding and implementing building regulation in New South Wales.

Accredited certifiers are highly educated and skilled professionals. There is a rigorous application process for an individual wanting to become a certifier in order to prove he/she has the necessary qualifications and industry experience to carry out such an important function in the building process. This course is your first step. It runs over four days and requires you to hand in three written assignments

Course Structure 

Tap into hard-earned knowledge from eight experienced practitioners in a range of areas including law, building, development, certification and government. Get current insights from the course team’s professional guest speakers who are assisted by senior staff of the BPB.

The course consists of 16 modules presented in two blocks. The first block introduces the course and focuses on the context within which certification operates – the NSW Planning System and the Development Assessment process. The second block turns to the business side discussing how to set up as a certifier and run the business. In addition, the role of the BPB and legal requirements, such as conflict of interest provisions, are discussed in detail.

Please note:

  • If you are enrolling as a prerequisite to applying for accreditation in categories A1, A2 or A3 of the BPB Accreditation Scheme, please check you have the necessary qualifications as outlined in Schedule 3, Part 2 of the BPB Accreditation Scheme.
  • It is strongly recommended that you confirm with the BPB that this course is appropriate for your certification requirements. Their contact details are: Phone 02 8522 7800 or email .

At the successful completion of your face-to-face learning and three assessment tasks, you will be eligible to apply to the BPB for Certification.

Your assessment requirements are:

  1. 100% attendance in face-to-face learning session
  2. Satisfactory participation in activity
  3. Three written assignment tasks which are clearly your own work.


Learning Outcomes 

At the completion of this course you will have covered:

  • The certification system, the NSW planning system, zoning and development standards, the development application and assessment process and conditions of consent.
  • Development approvals and issuing certificates: construction, occupation, compliance, subdivision and strata.
  • Setting up as a Certifier: Running the business, paperwork, records and reports, handling customers and community responsibilities, compliance and enforcement.
  • BPB complaints and auditing processes: Legal workshop, insurance and liability and conflicts of interest


COVID-19 Information

UTS is undertaking a number of social distancing initiatives, as informed by NSW Health advice, to help reduce social interactions in support of the government’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. As part of this response, some of our short courses may be postponed to a later date.

Please note however, bookings are open for all courses offered by the Institute for Public Policy and Governance (IPPG). If a course needs to be postponed, participants will have the chance to transfer to a later date, a new course or request a full refund. IPPG will also be offering a range of online or blended learning options facilitated via zoom video conferencing. If you have any questions in the interim, please do not hesitate to contact our team at

Who is this course for?

Building professionals wishing to become accredited certifiers or renew their accreditation. 



28 September




4 days

Meet the Expert

Danny Wiggins

Danny Wiggins
Director, Danny Wiggins (Planning, Facilitation and Education Services)

Danny Wiggins has been a town planning consultant for thirty years, specialising in statutory planning systems and local planning controls. He has worked for all three levels of government, and a range of private sector clients. Examples of his work include external reviews of local council development assessment (DA) systems, advice to the State Government on DA  ytems (and training), facilitating the IP&R framework at a range of local councils, authorship of the DUAP publication “Guiding Development: better outcomes”, and work with the Heart Foundation/ Premier’s Council for Active Living and the UNSW Healthy Built Environments Program (HBEP) on supportive environments for community health and well-being. As well as consultancy work, Danny is also an experienced educator and facilitator, having been involved in the preparation and delivery of education and training packages for a variety of State and Local Government agencies and Universities. He has an honours degree in Town Planning and a PhD in residential location theory.

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Tim Stenning

Tim Stenning
Owner, TJS Building Certifiers

Tim Stenning is a Grade A1 Accredited Certifier under the Building Professionals Board Accreditation Scheme. Tim has more than 18 years’ experience as a Building Surveyor and Accredited Certifier within both the private sector and Local Government. Tim is a presenter for the UTS Centre for Local Government Certification Short Course and has also prepared course notes for the AAC Complying Development CPD course. With experience working as an accredited certifier in regional areas as well as the metropolitan area, Tim brings a deep understanding of the unique issues faced by Accredited Certifiers working in regional areas. TJS Building Certifiers Pty Ltd is owned and operated by Tim Stenning.

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Robert Marinelli

Robert Marinelli
Managing Director, Phillip Chun and Associates

Robert has been working in the construction industry for over 30 years as a building regulation and fire safety consultant. Roberts’s extensive experience in the construction industry, ranges from residential projects to multi-storey office, hotel and retail developments. He has expertise in health and public assembly building assessment, including work on new hospitals. In addition, Robert has assisted as an expert witness on a wide range of legal building matters. Robert has participated in government working parties on changes to legislation and regularly lectures at the University of Technology, Sydney. He regularly assists government with issues relating to the profession of building surveying and the process of legislation relating to construction approvals as well as being a regular presenter at various industry conferences and forums. Robert is a founding and executive board member of the Association of Accredited Certifiers, and in 2012, he was appointed a Director on the Building Professionals Board in New South Wales. Robert co-founded Philip Chun in 1990.

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Steve Watson

Steve Watson
Managing Director, Steve Watson and Partners

Founder and Director of Steve Watson & Partners, Steve’s background in construction and building regulations spans 25 years. Steve is an accredited fire safety engineer and an accredited Principal Certifying Authority in NSW.  Since founding Steve Watson & Partners, the company has grown into one of the pre-eminent certification companies. A keen surfer and sailor with an eye for the big blue expanses, Steve also has an interest in the sweet science, having retired from the boxing ring undefeated with an impressive amateur Master's fight record of 1-0-0! Steve Watson & Partners provide professional building code consulting and approvals services, adding value by taking a timely and pro-active approach to auditing of concept and detail designs, and by managing construction and defects risk via a thorough inspection and review process.

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Joshua Palmer

Joshua Palmer
Partner, Pikes and Verekers Lawyers

Joshua has extensive experience in local government and planning and environmental law, regularly acting and appearing for local government, private developers and accredited certifier clients in both Class 1 and Class 4 of the Land and Environment Court’s jurisdiction. His experience appearing for and advising parties on all sides of local government, planning and development issues enables Joshua to adopt a whole-of-matter approach that allows for creative yet simple solutions to complex problems. Joshua is an important part of Pikes & Verekers' Planning & Environment team and also works closely with local government clients. Joshua is an excellent communicator, regularly advising on a wide array of environmental and planning matters from construction and interpretation of planning instruments and Development Control Plans, existing use rights, development contributions, construction of development consents and commencement of development and the matters upon which certifiers must be satisfied before issuing certificates. Joshua’s thorough understanding of all aspects of local government and planning and environmental law allows for creative legal solutions to otherwise intractable problems. Joshua also has extensive experience in significant development applications including Part 3A approvals, planning proposals and development benefited by voluntary planning agreement.

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Book a session

Mon 28 Sep 2020 -
Fri 23 Oct 2020
Expert: Danny Wiggins, Tim Stenning, Robert Marinelli, Steve Watson, Joshua Palmer
  • UTS City Campus
  • On-campus
  • 4 sessions, 32 hours total
Mon 26 Oct 2020 -
Tue 24 Nov 2020
Expert: Danny Wiggins, Tim Stenning, Robert Marinelli, Steve Watson, Joshua Palmer
  • UTS City Campus
  • On-campus
  • 4 sessions, 32 hours total
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