There are no set pay rates for building contractors and what you earn depends on your ability, as well as how often you work and the success of your building company.
There may be times when your services are in high demand and times with little or no work.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
Building contractors may do some or all of the following :
Skills and knowledge
Building contractors need to have :
Building contractors :
There are no specific requirements to become a building contractor, but most are experienced carpenters who have worked in the building and construction industry.
A New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry or other building qualification may be useful. The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) oversees carpentry apprenticeships.
No specific secondary education is required for this job, but English, maths, construction and mechanical technologies, and accounting to at least NCEA Level 2 are useful.
Year 11 and 12 students can learn more about the construction industry, and gain relevant skills, by doing a National Certificate in Building, Construction and Allied Trades (Levels 1 and 2) through the BConstructive programme.
For Year 11 to 13 students, the Gateway programme is a good way to gain industry experience.
Building contractors need to be :
Useful experience for building contractors includes :
Building contractors need to be fit, healthy and strong as they have to lift heavy materials and equipment. They must also be comfortable working at heights.
Some building work has to be carried out or overseen by a Licensed Building Practitioner. To get a licence, you have to prove your experience and / or have appropriate qualifications.