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Consultations 2012


Review on the Board's fees and levy

Consultation undertaken in AUGUST / OCTOBER 2012

The Board consulted on a review of its fees and levy. While the Board consulted on a particular proposal, a number of options and alternatives were outlined in the submission booklet that could be considered. The proposed fees were calculated using a sophisticated model. Details of how the model works, and how costs were allocated to individual fees are provided in the financial background information below. From 4 September to 3 October, the Board hosted a series of public meetings around New Zealand and encouraged tradespeople to come along and express their views on the review. Submissions closed on 9 October 2012.

Consultation documents
Consideration of submissions and Board decisions

Update

Thanks to the 106 submitters who took the opportunity to tell us what they thought of the Board’s proposal. The Board will consider the submissions and make decisions relating to its proposals at its meeting on 13 November 2012.


Consultation on the discontinuance of the common examination 9194 as a minimum standard of registration as a certifying tradesperson

Consultation undertaken in JULY / AUGUST 2012

The Board proposed to discontinue the common examination 9194 as a minimum standard of registration as a certifying tradesperson. The Board proposed to include the competencies that were previously assessed by this examination in the trade specific certifying examinations 9195, 9196 and 9198. The submission period closed on 14 August 2012.

Consultation document
Consideration of submissions and Board decisions

Update

Thanks to the 13 submitters who took the opportunity to tell us what they thought of the Board’s proposal. The Board will consider the submissions and make decisions relating to its proposals at its meeting on 25 September 2012.


Consultation on the review of the minimum standards for registration of overseas-trained tradespeople

Consultation undertaken in JULY / AUGUST 2012

The Board consulted on its proposal for new minimum standards for registration of overseas-trained tradespeople. The submisson period closed on 14 August 2012.

The Board’s proposed minimum standards will:

  • enable registration in either licensed or certifying registration classes (provided the necessary requirements are met)
  • streamline the Board’s registration process with Immigration New Zealand’s processes and allows people who are applying for the licensed class of registration to meet all of the requirements while still in their country of origin
  • not impose undue costs or unnecessary barriers to registration
  • require an overseas-trained tradesperson to demonstrate a level of competence that is neither materially higher nor lower than that required of a New Zealand-trained tradesperson.

Consultation documents

Consideration of submissions and Board decisions

Update

Thanks to the 14 submitters who took the opportunity to tell us what they thought of the Board’s proposal. The Board will consider the submissions and make decisions relating to its proposals at its meeting on 25 September 2012.


Consultation on the review of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as a requirement for licensing

Consultation undertaken in MARCH 2012

The Board modified its proposal following consideration of submissions received in October and November 2011. During March and April 2012, the Board invited submissions on its modified proposal. The submission period closed at 5pm on 5 April 2012.

The proposed scheme contained greater flexibility than the existing scheme and would also be an effective aid to achieving competence improvement. The Board believed their modified proposal achieves an appropriate balance between upskilling, cost-effectiveness and convenience.

In summary, here is how the Board’s proposed scheme would work:

  • Undertaking CPD will be a term and condition of licensing.
  • The new scheme would require tradespeople to have obtained a minimum of 12 CPD points every year for the holder of a single licence, 20 CPD points for two trades and 24 CPD points for three trades.
  • At least 75% of points that a tradesperson obtains must be from structured programmes that are accredited by the Board.
  • A maximum of 25% of a tradesperson’s CPD points may be from self-directed learning. Self-directed learning could include researching and reviewing published material, attending seminars or industry conferences or other non-accredited programmes. One hour of self-directed learning will be worth one CPD point.
  • All points must be from accredited programmes or self-directed learning that are relevant to one or more of the Board-prescribed competencies.
  • Tradespeople would be required to record any self-directed learning on their annual relicensing application forms.
  • The Board may require specific Board-directed CPD be undertaken by groups of tradespeople from time to time. These programmes would form part of the overall CPD points requirement.
  • The current CPD scheme would be discontinued.

The following transitional issues were identified and would be addressed as follows under the proposed scheme:

  • Tradespeople who have not met their CPD requirements for the current year by March 2012 will not be prevented from relicensing at that time. However, they will need to have completed the current year’s points requirement plus the requirement for next year (2012/13) by 31 March 2013.
  • Points already obtained by a drainlayer or plumber under the current CPD scheme for the two year period beginning 1 April 2010, or by a gasfitter under the current CPD scheme for the year beginning 1 April 2011 would count towards the new scheme.

Consultation documents

Consideration of submissions and Board decisions

Decision

Thanks to the 148 submitters who took the opportunity to tell us what they thought of the Board’s revised CPD proposal. After considering all the submissions, the Board has now reached its decision and has prepared Gazette notices. As required under the Act, these notices have been provided to the Minister of Building and Construction. Once the Board has the Minister’s approval, Gazette notices will be published and the details communicated. Above is a summary of the submissions and a list of submitters.

In the meantime, remember, the Board granted an exemption so that people who did not meet their CPD requirements by March 2012 will not be prevented from relicensing in the 2012/13 year. Instead, they will need to have completed the 2011/12 point’s balance by 31 March 2013 (as this was the condition of the exemption) as well as the 2012/2013 point's requirement.


Consultation on the competencies for the plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying trades

Consultation undertaken in MARCH 2012

The Board consulted on its proposal to include the competencies as the contents of Gazette notices. In doing so, it sought the views of people it considered represented the views of plumbers, gasfitters, or drainlayers, or of classes of these tradespeople, and with organisations that it considered were substantially affected by its proposal or whose members would be.

On 26 July 2011, the Board adopted the competencies, deciding to publish them by way of policy rather than in the Gazette. However, having furthered considered submissions received in June 2011, the Board has now reconsidered this decision and would prefer to publish the competencies, under section 30 of the Act, in Gazette notices.

Before it makes a final decision as to whether or not to publish the competencies in Gazette notices, the Board consulted on its proposed Gazette notice (as set out in the appendix of the consultation document).

The Board invited submissions on its proposal. The submission period closed on 5 April 2012.

Consultation documents

Consideration of submissions and Board decisions

Decision

Thanks also to the 104 submitters who took the opportunity to tell us what they thought of the Board’s proposal to gazette the competencies for the plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying trades. The majority of submitters (96%) supported the Board’s proposal to publish the competencies in Gazette notices.

After considering all the submissions, the Board has now reached its decision and has prepared Gazette notices. As required under the Act, these notices have been provided to the Minister of Building and Construction. Once the Board has the Minister’s approval, Gazette notices will be published and the details communicated. Above is a summary of the submissions and a list of submitters.


Consultation on the review of the minimum requirements for the registration of overseas-trained tradespeople

Consultation undertaken in MARCH 2012

The Board, in its accountability agreement with the Minister for Building and Construction, agreed to review how people who have gained qualifications in other countries (excluding Australia1), can become registered plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers in New Zealand. An options paper on its review of the minimum standards for registration of overseas-trained tradespeople was made available online for public consultation. The Board invited submissions on its proposed options. The submission period closed on 5 April 2012.

The Board endeavoured to develop a registration process for these people that:

  • Was streamlined with existing immigration processes;
  • Did not impose undue costs or time; and
  • Allowed the applicant to be registered in any tier of registration (provided that their qualification and experience is equivalent to what is required of a New Zealand-trained tradesperson).

In its review, the Board looked at how people were able to be registered under provisions set out in the Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Act 2006 (the Act) as well as looking at Immigration New Zealand’s requirements for residence.

At this stage of the review, the Board proposed four options, these were:

  • Status quo; or
  • Current process modified; or
  • New overseas registration process (Board’s preferred option); or
  • Industry Training Organisation skills recognition process.
  1. Australian qualified tradespeople are able to apply for registration in New Zealand under the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997.

Consultation documents

Consideration of submissions and Board decisions

Decision

At its meeting on 15 May, the Board considered the 103 submissions received on the four options it proposed. The overwhelming majority of submitters supported the Board’s preferred option. Below is a summary of the submissions and a list of submitters.

The Board will now prepare a proposal for the contents of a Gazette notice which will be made available for public consultation in July 2012.

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