Brisbane builder Chris Fisher isn’t the kind of guy that sits still for too long. He’s constantly seeking a new challenge and never likes to plateau in his career.

After working in the mines for a few years following finishing school, he took on a carpentry apprenticeship at the age of 22. Since then, he hasn’t stopped learning.

In 2017, Chris’s employer saw an ad for the Master Builders Business Management Course which, thanks to funding by Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ), cost just $50 to complete.

“The builder I was working for at the time encouraged me to do the course, because, with the funding, it would have been silly not to,” Chris explains.

“If I hadn’t done the Business Management Course I probably would have just kept working for him, instead of going out on my own.

“Before I did the course, I was just a carpenter. Now I know how to actually run a business.”

From there, Chris decided he wanted to get his Low-Rise Builder’s license and opted to enrol in the Master Builders Certificate IV in Building & Construction (Building) course.

“If it wasn’t for the CSQ funding I probably wouldn’t have enrolled, because it was such a big expense. But the help CSQ gave me made it much more financially achievable,” Chris said.

From then Chris yearned for more, tackling the Diploma of Building & Construction (Building), before making a start on his Advanced Diploma of Building & Construction (Management), which he hopes to complete in 2021.

He has successfully completed these courses with funding from CSQ; assistance that has saved him thousands of dollars and has made his study dreams possible.

But Chris isn’t stopping there.

“I’ve always been really interested in the design side of building. My next move will be to get my qualification in architecture, so I don’t have to outsource the design to someone else. I’ll be able to complete my projects from the very start, right to the finish.”

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