From 1 March 2012 critical building work that is known as Restricted Building Work, must be done by an LBP (Licensed Building Practitioner). Homeworld’s Designers and Builders are LBP members.
The scheme is competency based. Competent designers, builders and tradespeople with a good track record can have their skills and knowledge formally recognised, whether they are trade-qualified or not. However, the emphasis on education and training will increase. From 2015 it is proposed that licensing will be qualifications-based.
A Registrar appointed by the Department of Housing decides on licensing applications (based on assessors’ recommendations), and administers the LBP online public register of practitioners. LBPs are listed on the online public register, along with details of their licenses.
The LBP logo confirms for consumers that the building practitioners they are engaging have been assessed as technically competent in their licensed field.
For more information see www.lbp.govt.nz