LICENSED BUILDING PRACTITIONER (LBP)
The LBP scheme is one of the changes in the Building Act 2004 to encourage better building design and construction. From 1 March 2012 critical building work that is known as Restricted Building Work, must be done by an LBP (Licensed Building Practitioner).
The programme has been designed to help client sand the industry. It is important that clients 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 have their skills and knowledge formally recognised. MultiPro has already been approved as a Licensed Building Practitioner in both Design and Carpentry.
Go to: www.buildingtoday.co.nz/NewsItem,aspx?id=244 for more information.