Why get licensed?
The licensed building practitioner scheme was established under the Building Act 2004. The Act advises that the purpose of licensing is:
- To assess and record building practitioners as having certain skills and knowledge relevant to building work; and
- To licence building practitioners so that, in regard to restricted building work, licensed building practitioners can carry it out or supervise it.
Obtaining licensing status shows the public and potential clients that you meet a minimum standard of competency in your licensed area and it enables you to carry out or supervise restricted building work (RBW).
It is an offence with a fine of up to $20,000 for a building practitioner to carry out RBW unless they or someone supervising their work is appropriately licensed.