Shortage of LBP specialist trades becoming apparent

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When Restricted Building Work is introduced in March next year, only licensed building practitioners will be able to undertake or supervise the work. Carpenters and construction company management are advised to encourage their specialist trades to become licensed if they don’t want delays to their building projects.

If they don’t have an LBP who can carry out or supervise all Restricted Building Work on a building site then they risk the project coming to a halt, or continuing without the correct licenses and being fined up to $20,000.

Practitioners might think they have plenty of time to get licensed, but the March 1 deadline is fast approaching. If you leave it until the last minute, you might not have completed the licensing process by the deadline, leaving you unable to apply for the good jobs.

The sector is supporting the licensing scheme, saying it is a quality mark and one that has been a long time coming.
The Government is introducing licensing as one of a raft of changes to the construction industry designed to streamline the sector, increase productivity and career pathways, and upskill the work force.

The sector is important to the economic and social health of New Zealanders, contributing 4.2% to GDP and employing 8%, or one in 12, of the workforce.
While all practitioners are encouraged to become licensed, it’s critical to ensure building work is not delayed, and for brick and block layers and external plasterers to send in their applications.