Published 25 April 2007
Building and Construction Minister Clayton Cosgrove has released the licence card that will be issued to licensed building practitioners from November.
He told the Registered Master Builders Federation’s annual conference in New Plymouth on 19 April the licence was an important step in the reform of the building & construction sector.Mr Cosgrove said the voluntary phase for licensing for designers, site leads & carpenters would start in November, with other trades to follow, and licensing would become compulsory after that.
“Licensing will lift skills & professionalism and enhance accountability in the industry, and raise consumer protection, while at the same time, protect every Kiwi’s do-it-yourself right to have a go. As a first step, it is intended to help ensure that people doing core work in the building sector are competent. That is our bottom line. “In the longer term, it will raise skill levels across the sector. It will promote, recognise & support professional skills. Over time, we will see increased emphasis on education & training, along with better career pathways. I envisage that in years to come, once the licensing system is up & running, eventually new entrants to licensing may be required to have completed apprenticeships or trade training.”Licence holders will quickly gain a marketing advantage in terms of enhanced credibility with customers, clients or employers. It would be a brave person indeed who would undervalue the credibility & professional standing that will come with being a licensed builder.”
Attribution: Company statement, story written by Bob Dey for this website.