An Accredited Certifier is the holder of a certificate of accreditation issued under the Building Professionals Act 2005 and regulated by NSW Fair Trading.
Accredited Certifiers are public officials as defined under the ICAC Act 1988. Accredited Certifiers have public official functions and are required to act in a public official capacity.
A Certifier for a development may be a Council or a private Accredited Certifier.
Accredited Certifiers carry out certification work which includes:
As independent regulators and public officials, Accredited Certifiers do not work for the builder or developer, and are required to act in the public interest.
Accredited Certifiers are required to:
Accredited Certifiers do not:
Construction and quality control is the responsibility of the principal building contractor or project manager.
Accredited Certifiers, including Principal Certifiers can only be appointed by the person with the benefit of the development consent (ie. the land owner).
Accredited Certifiers cannot be engaged by a builder (unless the builder is also the owner of the land).
To avoid potential conflicts of interest, it is important for property owners to choose an Accredited Certifier who is completely independent of their builder.
It is the legal right of the property owner to engage their preferred Accredited Certifier, and there is no obligation to use the builders recommended Accredited Certifier.
If you are a property owner who is in the early planning stages of preparing to build your dream home, you should carefully consider appointing an independent Accredited Certifier, rather than using the Accredited Certifier that your builder may be recommending to all their clients.
It is important to have a discussion with your builder as early as possible about who you will be engaging as Accredited Certifier and Principal Certifier for your development.
If you require more information about your rights to choose the Accredited Certifier for your development - Contact Fair Trading NSW.
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