Episode 17 - The advantages of a hands-on & practical Principal Certifying Authority with Tim Hodges

In this episode of the Build Hatch Podcast, we had the opportunity to hear from Tim Hodges from Urban Certifying.  

In this episode we talk about: 

  • Tim grew up in Kempsey and enjoyed a simple and coastal up-bringing.  

  • Tim’s role of Principal Certifying Authority (NSW) is also referred to as a Building Surveyor (VIC). 

  • After deciding that school wasn’t for him, Tim cold called companies until he received a carpentry apprenticeship.   

  • The value of always learning new skills within your role. 

  • After becoming a carpenter Tim took a gamble to pursue a career as a Principal Certifier.  

  • Tim explains ‘Class 1-10’ in building structures and the reason Tim works mostly in -residential. 

  • Working with home owners is the most rewarding part of his job.  

  • Tim defines the role of a Principal Certifying Authority.  

  • Using a Principal Certifier allows you to bypass Council. This gives a builder huge advantages in relation to deadlines and adaptability. 

  • The advantages of word of mouth referrals.

  • Good old fashioned treating people how they want to be treated.

  • The beginnings of Urban Certifying, which started in August 2018, and the reason Tim wanted to step out on his own.  

  • Cold calling, yet again, was the main driver of new business for Urban Certifying.  

  • Learning the appropriate time to switch off when working in a family business. 

  • Tim explains the difference between a Registered Principal Certifier (issues the permit)  and Principal

  • Certifying Authority (statutory role of inspections).  

  • Tim’s advice for anyone considering this career, and the pathways available.  

Sit back and enjoy this helpful interview with Tim Hodges.  


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