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Hello Owner Builder in sunny Queensland!

Yes, you need to do an OB course AND a White Card course to get your OB Permit 🙂

The good news? We've done the research for you!

We critiqued 12 owner builder course providers and after a stringent selection process, we were super happy to partner with Absolute Education. If you want to know why, head to our main Course page and you'll find loads of reasons!


Simply click on ‘Get Started', complete a few basic details and either the lovely Gemma or Peter from Absolute will complete the final pieces of the puzzle.

NOTE: The course cost is $185.00 payable when you pass (psst, everyone passes!).


Due to changes in legislation made on the 19th July 2019  by WorkSafe Western Australia in conjunction with Safework NSW means QLD Owner Builders can only complete the course online if they live 100km from a classroom provider.

If you don't live 100km from a classroom provider, you MUST complete your White Card course in a classroom. Absolute Education lists providers during their registration process.

Make sure whoever you go with is NOT offering the White Card course online. Seriously, it's illegal.


If you're in the early stages of research, we highly recommend you first speak with your local Council planning department (see link below).

When you've decided to go ahead + the OB course is complete (and White Card) + the design plans are done + you have costings, here's what you do:

  • Apply for an Owner Builder permit through the Qld Building and Construction Commission (refer state link below)
  • This permit process requires you to know your material and labour costs
  • Once the receipt for the permit is issued, you're ready to get the required building approvals (Development Application) BEFORE work can commence.
  • You can do this via your local Council or a private Certifier.
  • The building development approval will indicate what inspections MUST occur at different stages of the build.

Follow this link for state government info – click here.

Find your local Council – click here.