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New Skills Maintenance programme

The LBP scheme was established to ensure building practitioners have the right skills and knowledge needed to carry out or supervise restricted building work (RBW).

Once you have been assessed and licensed as an LBP, it is your responsibility to ensure you continue to meet the minimum standard required to keep your license. Maintaining these standards keeps you up-to-date with industry practices and regulatory changes.

If your skills maintenance period ends after 2 November 2017 you are in the new Skills Maintenance programme and you are in the right place for information on your obligations!

If your skills maintenance period ends before 2 November 2017 then you are in the current (or existing) skills maintenance programme and for information on your obligations, go to Current Skills Maintenance Programme.


How it now works

The new skills maintenance programme is similar to the previous programme except now you need to do a combination of compulsory and elective activities. You still need to complete the required learning activities every two years in order to remain eligible for relicensing.

You can record your skills maintenance activities through the LBP online portal. If you don’t have access to the portal, you can also record them on a paper form.

At the end of your two year period you must submit your skills maintenance record in order to be eligible for relicensing.

Skills maintenance submissions can be audited.

  • Go to Auditing for information on what to expect.


Useful Documents


Licensed Building Practitioners new skills maintenance

An overview of the new scheme which took effect 2 November 2015.



Duration: 2.39 minutes




I’m Paul Hobbs, the Registrar for Licensed Building Practitioners at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Now we’ve put together a short video that we’d like you to watch, and it provides an overview of Skills Maintenance requirements for LBPs going forward.

Why have we made these changes? We wanted to make the Skills Maintenance requirements more meaningful and relevant to all the seven licence classes that fall in the scheme.

This video is a brief overview of upcoming changes to Skills Maintenance. These changes affect all licence classes.

In the old model, you had to complete elective activities then submit a declaration.

In the new scheme, there is a 50/50 mix of elective and compulsory activities.

Every LBP will need to read Codewords that are relevant to the licence class.

On-the-Job Learning records things you learn on a building project and lets you use these for Skills Maintenance.

Electives are opportunities for self-directed learning and are largely the same as the old scheme.

Every licence class is required to read Codewords (and answer the quiz for each edition) and record two ‘On-the-Job Learnings’ for each Skills Maintenance period.

The number of elective activities (which are activities that you choose) have been cut by 50%, to allow you to be more selective about how and what you learn.

Brick & Blocklaying, Carpentry, External Plastering, Foundations and Roofing licence holders need 12 points from elective activities that they choose.

Design or Site area of practice 1 need 15 elective points.
Design or Site area of practice 2 & 3 need 18 elective points.
Points are calculated as they always have been, 1 hour of learning equals 1 point.

The new scheme will be rolled out from the 2nd November 2015, but not every LBP will start the new scheme then. Finish your current Skills Maintenance period as usual and then you’ll be notified, by a letter in the mail, when it’s time to roll in to the new scheme.

Guidance for LBPs about the upcoming changes is available now on the LBP website. We’ve also written guidance for training providers covering their responsibilities.

New icons for each licence class let you easily identify what information is relevant for your licence.

To make it easier to complete and record your Skills Maintenance requirements, we’ve created an online IT platform where you can record your Skills Maintenance activities and submit these directly to the Scheme. When you finish your current Skills Maintenance period and switch into the new scheme, you’ll be able to access this tool. To find out more about the changes visit our website at


The activities you must do (compulsory activities)

Under the new scheme there are two types of activities you must complete every two years. They are reading Codewords articles and carrying out on the job learning.

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Activities you choose (elective activities)

You also need to complete a minimum number of elective activities. These are the same as for the old skills maintenance programme in that each hour you spend learning equals one point.

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Keeping records

Remember to record your points and keep receipts and other evidence of the learning activities you’ve done. Find out more about keeping your skills maintenance records up to date.

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Submitting your skills maintenance record

At the end of your two year period you must submit your skills maintenance record in order to be eligible for relicensing. Find out more about submitting your skills maintenance record.

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The Registrar randomly selects LBP relicensing applications for audit. He asks the LBP auditor to check their skills maintenance records, and requests evidence from the LBP that the activities recorded were undertaken. Find out more on auditing of skills maintenance records.

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Frequently asked questions

View frequently asked questions regarding the current skills maintenance programme compared to the new skills maintenance scheme.

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Last updated 20 December 2016