Proposed changes to the LBP scheme

Submissions closed: 04 June 2021, 5pm

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment manages the Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) scheme, and would like feedback on possible changes to the scheme.

Licensed Building Practitioners (LBPs) are experts who have been assessed as competent to carry out building work essential to the structure or weathertightness of residential buildings.

We know there may be issues with the scheme and would like your feedback on ways to improve it. The building sector has changed over time and the workforce and wider system has become more specialised, and demands on builders and designers have increased.

We are seeking feedback on possible issues in the following key areas:

  • Supervision: We want to know if supervision is working as originally intended and what we can do to improve it.
  • Licence classes: Do the current licence classes reflect what needs to be regulated in the building industry? Does the current class structure need changing to recognise experience?
  • Competency requirements: Should the competencies for entry into the scheme be lifted, should there be more emphasis on formal education and training and how well are the assessment and skills maintenance processes working?

Your feedback will help us strengthen the scheme – a stronger LBP scheme means builders and designers have the right skills, knowledge, and experience to do quality building work and increase consumer confidence in the scheme.

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Last updated: 28 May 2021