AWCI is well aware of the difficulties faced by plasterboard bracing installers who are unable to sign off their own work because it is Restricted Building Work and they are not and cannot become Licensed Building Practitioners.
An installer from Christchurch wrote recently
We have been doing the plasterboard installation for this firm for the last 15 years, with the change in LBP law when we are installing bracing elements we are doing restricted work, but because we don’t fit the criteria to be able to be licensed despite having a trade qualification we are unable to sign off the memorandum or work. Apparently this a legal requirement? With this change it has effectively legislated me out of business as you can see from the email below as building firms are now stating if we want to get paid for the work we have to provide something we legally can’t. There is a reluctance from contract builders to sign off on our work for obvious reasons and if they did they haven’t actually supervised the work happening.
AWCI has discussed this issue regularly with the Builder Licensing Practitioner team, seeking a license as a new area of practice. Registrar Paul Hobbs who spoke on the issue at the recent AWCI Rotorua conference wrote in Codewords No 69 ( an MBIE newsletter )
The Board and the Ministry have been approached by many trade groups who are keen to be licensed. These groups view the scheme as a quality mark and have questioned if the scheme can accommodate their particular field of expertise. Some examples of those interested in entering the scheme include: window installers, cladding fixers, modular/prefabricated building manufactures, steel frame erectors, flashing installers, landscapers, straw bale builders, swimming pool builders, painters, and glaziers. In response to this ongoing industry interest, the Ministry is working with a couple of associations to explore opportunities for new groups to join the scheme.
The New Zealand Stone Masons Association (NZSMA) and the Association for Wall and Celling Industries (AWCI) have both pursued licensing and the Ministry is working with these groups to develop ‘objective criteria’ so that the ”bar” for entry to the scheme (as a new area of practice) is clear and unambiguous.
AWCI will meet with the policy team of MBIE in January / February 2016 to talk about what the criteria for new areas of practice and licence class might be.
Watch this space!