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Pre-Start Consultant

Pre-start Consultants assist clients with the materials and color selection process during the initial consultation phase when designing a new home, renovation, or commercial space. It involves helping the client choose colours, materials, white goods and layouts including electrical and plumbing hardware


Residential / Commercial

What does a typical day look like?

  • Negotiate and advise clients in the early phase of the building process and maintain regular communication throughout the duration of the build
  • Have a strong knowledge of products available and provide advice on material and colour selections
  • Liaise with external suppliers to source items for the client
  • Arrange and advise on pricing
  • Consult with other relevant departments including estimating, drafting, scheduling and site supervision.
  • Understand building terms, documentation, drawings and specifications
  • Understand shire, council, city and state legislation that impacts the building process
  • Liaise with settlement agents, banks and brokers
  • Provide advice on contractual, legal and site costs and ensure selections are within shire or city regulations

Skills and personal qualities

  • Have a professional, organised approach to work
  •  High level of communication & negotiation skills
  • Be creative and stay up to date in current trends in décor and design
  • Ability to multi-task and be able to problem solve
  • Enjoy and be good at working as part of a team

How to get started

If you are interested in becoming a prestart consultant, you can enroll in the Certificate II in Building and Construction(Pathway – Para Professional). Other options are to complete a Certificate IV in Interior Decoration or learn on the job with training from an employer.

Future Pathways and opportunities

  • Sales role
  • Business development
  • Contract administration
  • Estimating
  • Scheduling

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