A certifier’s success story: Kellie Woods

Kellie Woods was first accredited in 2010 as a category A3 certifier after completing a Degree in Environmental Science at the University of Newcastle, and a Graduate Diploma in Building Surveying at the (then) University of Western Sydney. Before applying for accreditation, Kellie worked for various regional councils, with seven years in waste management and five in building surveying.

Kellie says the best part of being a certifier is “interacting with different people, getting out of the office for inspections and seeing projects from the planning stage to completion. Knowing you’ve played an integral part in delivery of a project gives me a sense of accomplishment and job satisfaction. The main challenge is keeping up to date with the legislative framework and constant innovation in the construction industry. Finding time to educate yourself and others can be a challenge”.

In 2010, Kellie took the risky but rewarding step of establishing the certification company Pro Cert Group with fellow certifiers Neil Diamond, Spiro Sarantzouklis and Travis Stewart. Her years of hard work and dedication have helped the company become an important provider of certification services in regional NSW, with offices at Tamworth, Dubbo, Orange and, soon, Wagga Wagga.

In a male-dominated industry, Kellie’s office at Tamworth stands out as unique with an all-female certifying team, including a trainee certifier. Although people are initially surprised, Kellie says, “they soon realise our professionalism and competency matches that of our male colleagues. There’s no reason why certification shouldn’t be an attractive career for women”.

Kellie is active in encouraging new certifiers and, together with Ripp Stewart from Modern Certification (read about Ripp here and here), Kellie presented to students of the Bachelor of Construction Management at the 2017 University of Newcastle Careers Expo. Her enthusiasm – driving almost 300km to attend – was appreciated by the students, university staff and the Building Professionals Board.

And Kellie’s advice if you’re thinking of becoming a certifier? “It’s an interesting, challenging and forever changing job that has many rewards.”