Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ

Course info FAQ

Frequently asked questions

Course Information – FAQ

Q: Why should I choose SAFE RITE?

SAFE RITE is recognised as Australia’s best owner builder course.

We are Australia’s only 5 x award nominated course.

We have developed the highest quality industry training and the only project solutions platform in the residential and construction sector. 

SAFE RITE has also successfully developed:

      • Patented biometric anti-fraud software
      • BOSS estimating technologies
      • Defects prevention systems
      • Safety compliance systems
      • Project management solutions

 No other Registered Training Organisation (RTO) or course provider in Australia boasts the same level of recognition, investment in, and development of, high-quality technology and resources aimed at enhancing the success of owner builders, e-learning, and the construction industry as a whole.


Q: Is SAFE RITE and accredited RTO ?

Yes. SAFE RITE has been an accredited RTO since 2016 (RTO Code 45002)

Q: What are the NSW Owner Builder Course units of competency?

The units of competency needed to complete the NSW owner builder course are:

CPCCOM1013 Plan and organise work

CPCCOM1014 Conduct workplace communication

CPCCWHS2001 Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

CPCCCM1011 Undertake basic estimation and costing

CPCCOM2001 Read and interpret plans and specifications

Q: How is the owner builder course delivered?

This course is delivered online.


Q: Can I attempt the assessments anytime?

You can attempt the assessments at any time. You can also re-attempt the assesments multiple times, if required, at no extra cost.


Q: How long does it take to complete owner builder course NSW?

There are 3 Options to complete this course:

Option 1: Assessment Only Pathway: This is for students who believe they have the knowledge and skills to attempt the assessments directly without the need to study the course materials. This pathway takes approximately 10 – 15 hours, including the required knowledge assessments, learning activities, and online meeting.


Option 2: Self-paced Learning: This is for students who have little or no knowledge ,experience or skill sets related to this course. This option allows students to download the course materials and study, learn, and absorb the course content at their own pace before attempting the assessment. This pathway takes approximately 80-115 hours and includes study time, knowledge assessments, learning activities, and online meeting.


Option 3: Combination of both pathways. This is for students who have some knowledge ,experience or skill sets related to this course. This allows particpants to refer to the learning materials at any time to fill in any knowledge and/or skills gaps. The nominal duration for this pathway will vary and depend on the individual students circumstances such as existing experience, knowledge and skills.


From our survey results, over 99.1 % of all owner builders in NSW are over the age of 25 years. It is expected that many particpants may already possess the maturity, basic knowledge, experience and skill sets  that can be applied to some or all of the units of competency, and thus reducing the nominal duration of the course.

IMPORTANT NOTE – Please be warned:  there are serious industry concerns related to some poor quality NSW owner builder course providers advertising completion of this course in “less than 3 hours” and offer “100% PASS.” – This is false and misleading and breaches ASQA regulations and Australian Standards that govern RTO’s.  PLEASE SEE CONSUMER WARNING SECTION BELOW.


Q: How much does the course cost?

The SAFE RITE NSW Owner Builder course / SAFE RITE Owner Builder Project Solutions Platform fee is $199. (Note – this does not include estimating services or BOSS estimating software)

Q: Are there any hidden or extra fees to resit the assessments?

No. There are no extra or hidden fees?


Q: What is 'owner builder work' ?

To be eligible for an owner-builder permit, the development approval (DA or CDC) must be in respect of:

      • a single dwelling-house,
      • a secondary dwelling / ancillory strucutre such as a granny flat, garage, swimming pool, retaining wall, deck or shed
      • as well as the construction of, or alterations, repairs or additions to, a dwelling.

Q: Who can become an owner builder?

Q: When do I need to complete a NSW Fair Trading approved Owner Builder Course ?

If the market value of the work, including materials and labour, exceeds $20,000 you must complete a NSW Fair Trading approved owner builder course, delivered by an accredited Registered Training Organisation (RTO)

* Note: If the market value of your project is MORE than $10,000 and LESS that $20,000, you require an owner builder permit – but you are NOT REQUIRED to complete an owner builder course.

Q: Do I need a 'White card' ?

Yes. You must complete a white card prior to applying for your owner builder permit. Contact SAFE RITE if you require a ‘white card’ or have any questions related to ‘white cards’.  


Consumer Warning: False and misldeading advertising such as  “Guaranteed 100% Pass”  or  “Complete in less than 3 hours”

Q: There are training providers advertising "Complete in less than 3 hours" and "100% Pass Rate". Is this false, misleading and/or deceptive marketing ?

A: Yes. This is false and misleading advertising. 

Regrettably, this is a question often asked by potential students and needs to be addressed.

This is a practice used by poor quality RTOs to mislead and entice students to sign up to their course. 

SAFE RITE has experienced numerous instances of students who have previously signed up to other courses or providers only to be misled or dissatisfied with the duration, shallow content or poor quality of the training materials, resources or support provided.


The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has a ZERO TOLERANCE approach to RTO’s that make false or misleading claims or put profits ahead of quality.

“ASQA has determined that Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s) who prioritise profits over training quality and student outcomes by reducing volume of learning or shortening training delivery timeframes are in breach of clause 4.1 of the Standards for RTO’s 2015.

RTOs cannot guarantee or claim the following:

    1. ‘”100% pass rate”  or  “Guaranteed pass…”
    2. RTOs must not guarantee the completion of a qualification or unit in unrealistically short time frames…””


This may be regarded by ASQA as  possible “false or misleading advertising”, “deceptive practices” “provider enabled cheating”  , and advertising “100% Pass Rate” 0r “Guaranteed Pass” may be deemed to be engaging in “academic fraud” and/or possible “corrupt behaviour” by the RTO or student.


Poor quality training is directly related to increase costs, project defects, injuries and deaths and mental health.


You can contact ASQA 0n : 13 38 73

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Q. What are the effects of poor-quality training?

The effects of poor-quality training can impact students, their families, the community, industry, and the economy.


1. Increased costs – Poor quality training has the potential to cost individual owner-builders tens of thousands of dollars.

2. Defects – Studies have shown that defects affect between 60% and 70% of new residential buildsthis rises to almost 100% as a result of poor quality training.

3.  Mental health – Poor quality training is also linked to mental health issues such as depression, stress and anxiety that are directly related to cost blow outs, defects and injuries or deaths that can affect individuals and families for years. All of these can be prevented with high quality training and resources.

4. Safety – Poor quality training, supervision, and/or work practices related to safety cost the Australian economy almost $3 billion, with over 12,600 injuries and almost 30 deaths per year in the building & construction industry.





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