Important changes to LBP skills maintenance
Each licence class has a series of competencies within the LBP rules that set a minimum standard for licensing. All licensed building practitioners are assessed against these standards to become and remain licensed.
For your initial licensing, this included completion of an application form, a meeting or discussion with an assessor and then a final decision by the Registrar.
The LBP rules require that every second year the Registrar reassesses your competency. The Registrar must be satisfied that you have at least maintained your knowledge and skills against the minimum licensing standards – even if the regulations or any aspect of your work has changed. This reassessment takes the form of participation in a Skills Maintenance programme.
Changes to the current Skills Maintenance programme will come into effect from 2 November 2015. Read more in the following guidance documents:
- About the new LBP Skills Maintenance scheme [526 KB PDF]
- Guidance for LBPs [1.9 MB PDF]
- Guidance for Training Providers and Publishers [1.7 MB PDF]
The current Skills Maintenance requirement as an LBP is that you must obtain a specific number of Skills Maintenance points, dependant on your licence class(es).
Skills Maintenance points can be obtained by carrying out any training or ‘learning activity’ that relates to the competencies for your licence class.
You can view the licence class competencies here:
You choose the learning activities that best suit your needs and the requirements of your licencing class. You’ll probably find you do many of these activities already.
What makes a good learning activity
Activities need to familiarise you with, or teach you about matters including:
- Changes to the building regulations
- Building materials
- New technology
- Good building design and construction
- Good business practices
- Workplace safety
- Keeping the public safe from financial and physical harm.
The best learning activities engage you in a wide range of topics. They help you keep up with the changing building environment, regulations and homeowner expectations.
Here’s a good general rule: Does this activity add to your working experience? Does it help you to do a better job? If the answer is, ‘Yes’, then it most likely it counts. This is what Skills Maintenance is all about.
Examples of learning activities
Keep track of activities when you:
- Supervise apprentices (from recognised formal building apprenticeships)
- Attend seminars, conferences, discussion groups and meetings where industry knowledge is shared
- Research or read about - applied building practice, methods and regulations in printed or online publications
- Attend government or training provider workshops
- Attend trade events where you discover new ways to apply your trade
- Are introduced to a new way of working, a new system or new product through product inductions or training providers
- Receive on-the-job training from a mentor, co-worker, manager, or an experienced practitioner
- Mentor newly licensed building practitioners or builders starting their building career (learning by teaching is a good way to develop your skills)
- Take up formal industry-based educational study through tertiary institutions or associations
- Perform a service to the industry (for example, being a member of the National Advisory Group or attending government initiated focus groups or workshops such as the Skills Maintenance Forum review)
- Learning about workplace safety.
How many points do you need?
One hour of learning = One point.
The number of points you need to collect over 2 years depends on the licencing class you hold.
|Licensing class||Minimum Points needed over 2 years|
|Carpentary, Brick and Blocklaying, External Plastering, Foundations and Roofing||24|
|Site and Design - area of practice 1||30|
|Site and design - are of practice 2 or 3||36|
If you hold more than one licence the highest point allocation applies.
For example, if you are licensed in both Carpentry and Site – area of practice 2, you need 36 points.
This works out to an average of 1 to 1 ½ hours of learning activities a month to maintain your skills.
Remember to record your points (one hour of learning equals one point) and keep receipts and other evidence of the learning activities you’ve done.
The Registrar randomly selects LBPs’ relicensing applications for audit. He asks the LBP auditor to check their Skills Maintenance records, and requests evidence that the activities recorded were undertaken.
Guidance for Licensed Building Practitioners