Standard application

The standard application is available if you are applying for Design licensing or if you do not hold a recognised qualification.

It is an experience based application and requires you to provide information on your previous work history, jobs you have recently completed, and referees who can discuss what work you did on those jobs.

If you hold a recognised qualification, it may be quicker to submit a Qualified application as the process takes less time than a Standard application.

Understanding the process

Licensing assessments happens in three stages:

Administration

Our administration team will firstly ensure that your application is ‘complete’. If there is information missing, they will contact you and advise you of what you need to provide and the date you must provide it by. If you do not provide the requested information then your application may lapse and you will have to apply again.

Once your application is complete – it will be passed to an assessor.

Standard assessors

Our assessor team have been selected for their design and/or building backgrounds. Most of our assessors are LBPs themselves or hold an equivalent registration or experience. Your application will be assessed by someone with an extensive knowledge of your licensing class.

An assessor will:

  • Review your application form;
  • Call your referees to confirm your technical competence on projects you have worked on;
  • Call you and discuss your application;
  • Discuss with you your work history – this will include questions regarding your career pathway and overall development e.g. changes in employment, roles and responsibilities, movement between commercial & residential sectors, gaps or breaks from industry etc.;
  • Carry out a telephone based test on your regulatory knowledge.

Once the assessor has completed your assessment, they will provided a written report to the Registrar as to whether they believe you have met the licensing competencies. The assessor will also make a recommendation to the Registrar regarding the granting of your licence.

Design assessors

Our assessor team have been selected for their design and/or building backgrounds. Our assessors are LBPs themselves or hold an equivalent registration or experience.

A design licensing class assessment is held in a workplace to enable you to provide the assessor with the information they require to assess you against the Design licensing competencies. Your assessor will contact you to arrange a suitable appointment time.

You should refer to the evidence checklist within the Design application form to confirm what information you will need to have ready for your assessment interview. This will vary depending on the Area of Practice you have applied for.

Once the assessor has completed your assessment, they will provided a written report to the Registrar as to whether they believe you have met the licensing competencies. The assessor will also make a recommendation to the Registrar regarding the granting of your licence.

Registrar

Once the Registrar has reviewed your report the Registrar will make a decision regarding the granting of your licence. The Registrar may at times request some more information from you to assist in making this decision.

The Registrar will send you a written notification of their decision.

Referees

Standard application

  • You are required to provide at least two referees (additional referees may be required for some licensing classes which contain multiple areas of practice).
  • Your referees need to have technical credibility i.e. must be able to answer technical questions relevant to the work you carried out – our preference is for an LBP.
  • Your referees must have worked on the projects you have nominated in your application, and they must have observed the specific range of building work you carried out.
  • Your referees need to be available to talk with your assessor.

Design application

  • You are required to provide three referees.
  • Your referees must relate to the projects you have nominated in your application.
  • You are required to provide – a client; a contractor and a consultant.
  • Your contractor and consultant referees need to have technical credibility i.e. must be able to answer technical questions relevant to the work you carried out – our preference is for LBPs and/or Registered or Chartered specialists.

Your referees need to be available to talk with your assessor.

Resources

Before submitting an application, please read the following resource: