First check to see if they are
authorised to undertake the work
by asking to see their card.
All authorised tradespeople must carry
their authorisation card issued by the Board.
The card also details what a person's supervision requirements are, if any (on the reverse).
You can also check to see if a person is authorised on our online register or phone
us on 0800 743 262.
When we turn on the tap to pour ourselves a drink, most of us would not give the water's quality a second thought or for that matter would we consider where water ends up when we've finished using it.
Society itself depends on the safe delivery and removal of water. History has proven time and again that without regulatory control poor sanitary plumbing can result in sickness and even death. For this reason, registered plumbers are considered at the forefront of New Zealand’s primary health protection.
A certifying plumber undertakes formal training for no less than six years to become qualified in safe water management. They are then required to keep abreast of changes in technology and regulations to ensure that they deliver effective and safe practices to the consumer when undertaking sanitary plumbing.
Sanitary plumbing is any work involved in fixing or unfixing any pipe, plumbing fixture or appliance including; any trap, waste or soil pipe, ventilation pipe, or overflow pipe and any pipe that supplies or is intended to supply water.
All sanitary plumbing must comply with the Building Code and, where a building consent is required; the work must be checked by the building inspector from the building control authority in your area (your local council). A code compliance certificate cannot be issued until the work has been signed off by the building inspector.
A certifying plumber is responsible for the testing, verification and the supervision of licensed plumbers, limited certificate (trainee plumbers) and exempted persons.
Sanitary plumbing does not include the installation of appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines; the replacement or repair of taps, ball valves and plugs.
The Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Act 2006 defines sanitary plumbing as:
|Licence category||Certifying plumber
This is the highest qualification available. These people are responsible for ensuring both their own work, and the work of anyone they supervise is done competently.
These people are qualified and licensed but must be supervised by a certifying person who is ultimately responsible for ensuring the work is done competently.
Limited certificate trainee plumber
These are people who are working towards becoming qualified. They can do the work but a certifying person must ensure it is done competently.
|Exemption for plumbing under supervision||Exemptions
These people are not registered and don't have a full qualification, but they can do plumbing work provided they are supervised by a certifying person, who must ensure that the work is done competently.