Become an LBP
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 (LBPs) 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.
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.
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Why get licensed?
The New Zealand Government license building practitioners so that the New Zealand public can have confidence that LBPs working on their homes and buildings are competent, and that homes and buildings are designed and built right.
The licensed building practitioner (LBP) scheme includes 7 licensing classes based on specific roles or occupations that are crucial to a building's performance.
The scheme uses 3 building categories to identify how applicants should be assessed and to provide a scope for the licence classes.
When you apply to become an LBP you will need to pay these fees.
Apply for licensing
Before applying to become licensed, you should read the licensing competencies within the LBP Rules. These will identify the type of residential building work you will need to show to become licensed.
You can appeal to the Board if the Registrar decides to suspend or cancel your licence, or has declined your application.
Past appeal decisions