Builders and contractors thinking about cancelling their licences to chase work in the mines are being asked to reconsider by the BSA.
Builders and contractors thinking about cancelling their licences to chase work in the mines are being asked to reconsider by the BSA.

BSA warns on licence cancellations

THE Building Services Authority was asked for statistical data on licence cancellations on the Sunshine Coast last month compared to the same period last year, perhaps driven by tradies downing tools and heading west for mining work.

The BSA said it discouraged contractors from cancelling licences, to avoid having to re-qualify if they decided to re-enter the industry in the future.

"A BSA licence comes only after years of training and hard work and is a valuable asset to show clients," general manager Ian Jennings said.

In September 2011, 45 licensees cancelled their licence on the Sunshine Coast, with eight licence classes downgraded from "contractor" to "nominee supervisor", from a total of 9652 Sunshine Coast licensees. However, in that month, 57 new licensees were approved by the BSA.

This is compared to 37 licensee cancellations and three downgrades on the Coast in September 2010, out of 9637 licensees, with 53 new licensees approved that month. Mr Jennings was unable to say if any of the licensees went to mining.



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