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