Understanding the Differences Among Tradespeople Accreditations

June 8th, 2017

With so many tradespeople belonging to different accreditation organisations, how do you know which one to use and what tradesmen accreditations are right for the job you want doing? Is an industry based accreditation offer the same as one from the government? We’re here to dive into the mysteries of what the most common tradespeople accreditation are. Let’s jump on in!

Tradesmen Accreditations

Tradespeople accreditations

There are 10 common tradespeople accreditation to be aware of. Each one is not equal, yet they are work towards bettering standards within their industries.

Registered Master Builders Association

A Registered Master Builder is an individual who has met standards set out by the Registered Master Builders Association of New Zealand. It is an industry backed association, with six regional areas throughout the country. The RMBA offers a 10-year Master Build Guarantee on all work completed by any of its Master Builders.

New Zealand Certified Builders Association

The NZCBA is an industry based association.  Trade qualified builder members must meet set standards. Like the RMBA, but not as well known, the benefits to the homeowner are quite similar.

Licensed Building Practitioner

An LBP is a government backed accreditation for a range of tradespeople. LBPs have been certified to work on buildings where weathertightness or structure is altered. It is a requirement for building consent approval that this type of work must be done by an LPB.

Tradesmen Accreditations

Master Plumbers

A Master Plumber is a member of an industry based accreditation association. Members complete a quality assurance review of their business before they join. Plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers are eligible to join the Master Plumbers Association, offering them industry support and training.

Tradesmen Accreditations

NZ Plumbers, Drainlayers and Gas Fitters Association

The NZPDG also has an industry based tradespeople accreditation. Members follow a code of conduct, are qualified, promoted and offered training by the association.

Tradesmen Accreditations

Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board Tradespeople Accreditation

The PGDB is a government based accreditation board.  It is responsible for maintaining a register of licensed professionals within the industry. They work to set and ensure compliance within their industry.

Master Painters

The Master Painter offers an industry based accreditation system. Members have a Code of Practice to uphold in their work and business dealings.

Tradesmen Accreditations

Brick and Blocklayers Federation of NZ

The BBFNZ is an industry based membership federation. They set standards for members to follow, promote training opportunities and work with the government when necessary to raise the profile of their industry.

Tradesmen Accreditations

Electrical Workers Registration Board

The EWRB is a government based accreditation industry. All electricians must be registered. This ensures they have up to date qualifications and experience to keep themselves and their clients safe. The board is responsible for issuing and renewing licences, dealing with compliance issues and complaints. All electrical work that exceeds 32 volts a.c. or 100 volts d.c. must be done by a registered electrician.

Tradesmen Accreditations

New Zealand Registered Architects Board

The NZRAB offers government based tradespeople accreditation. It is a statutory board which is responsible for registering architects, reviewing compliance and maintaining an online register of members.

Tradesmen Accreditations

For more information, take a look at our article about Licensed Building Practitioners and Other Accreditations.

Visit the Standards New Zealand for supplementary information.

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