About the licensed building practitioner (LBP) scheme.
The LBP scheme is one of the changes in the Building Act 2004 to encourage better building design and construction.
The public can have confidence that licensed building practitioners working on their homes and buildings are competent, and that homes and buildings are designed and built right the first time.
Licensing promotes, recognises and supports professional skills and behaviour in the building industry. Over time, the emphasis on education and training, along with better career pathways, will increase. From 2015 it is proposed that licensing will be qualifications-based.
In the meantime, the scheme is competency based. Competent builders and tradespeople with a good track record can have their skills and knowledge formally recognised, whether they are trade-qualified or not. A number of people without formal trade qualifications have already been assessed as competent and have their licences.
Qualified LBP applicants will now find it is easier, faster and cheaper to get licensed.
All LBPs are listed on a public online register, along with details of their licence classes.
LBPs are accountable for their work via a complaints procedure. Anyone can complain to the Building Practitioners Board about licensed practitioners if their work is substandard.
It is anticipated that around 20,000 people will be licensed once the scheme is fully implemented. The Department of Building and Housing has worked closely with the building industry to develop the scheme.
Some critical work will be restricted to LBPS from 1 March 2012.