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Consultations (now closed)

Proposals for transition pathways for Certifying Plumbers to become Certifying Drainlayers

Consultation closed on 21 November 2018

The Board proposed to simplify the process for a Certifying Plumber to become 
registered as a Certifying Drainlayer without compromising the health and safety of the public.


  1. The creation of a new transition pathway for a Certifying Plumber to register as Certifying Drainlayer.
  2. The removal of some existing transition pathways.

The Board sort industry views on what it is proposing and feedback will be considered at it's December meeting to decide whether or not to proceed with the proposals. If the Board decides to proceed it will consult with the industry on the wording of Gazette notices giving effect to the proposals.


  • Consultation period opens: 20 October 2018
  • Consultation period closes: 20 November 2018
  • Consideration and decision: By the Board on 4 December 2018

If the proposal proceeds, the new pathway would likely be available to the industry from mid-2019.

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Fees Review

Consultation closed on 30 June 2018

Every three years the Board reviews its fees. The last fees review was conducted between 1 June 2018 and 30 June 2018. During the month-long consultation, the Board created a range of communications to inform a wide audience that the fees review was underway, and to help the industry engage effectively with the process.

Over the duration of the consultation, the Board's communications reached a total audience of 23,945 people. 7,792 people engaged in newsletter and website information dedicated to the fees review. 5,263 people read about the consultation in an email. 1,174 people dug deeper and engaged in the background information associated with the review. Of those that engaged in the consultation process, 87 submissions providing feedback were received by the Board to assist with their review of the fees.

Below is the indication of support for each proposed fee and levy detailed in the consultation from those who submitted feedback.

See results here

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Retention of registration classes Tradesman and Certifying

Consultation closed on 20 April 2018

The Board recently consulted on whether to retain two classes of registration-Tradesman and Certifying.

Following consultation in 2015, when industry submissions were evenly divided, the Board resolved to retain two classes of registration. Since 2015 the Board has continued to receive extensive feedback from the industry about this issue. As a consequence, the Board thought it was important to take the time to again hear the views of the industry.

The response from the industry to this latest consultation was excellent with the Board receiving a record number of submissions. A summary of the submissions can be found at this link.

The number and quality of the submissions received gave the Board a good indication of the views of the industry and was of great assistance to the Board's decision making.

Having considered the submissions, the Board has resolved to retain the two classes of registration-Tradesman and Certifying. The Board remain of the view, as backed by many of the submissions received, that having two classes of registration is an important part of protecting the health and safety of members of the public, preventing damage to property and promoting the competency of persons doing the work. Retaining the two classes helps to ensure that those who have not yet attained the Certifying level are adequately supervised until such time as they have both sufficient training and experience.

The Board would like to thank all those who took interest in this issue and encourages you to continue to participate in future consultation opportunities.


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Changes to registration pathways

Consultation closed on 1 December 2017

The purpose of this consultation is to seek your feedback on two proposed changes to the pathways to registration set out in the registration and licensing Gazette notices (Gazette notices).

Consultation outcome

The Board's recent consultation on proposed changes to the registration pathways in the Gazette notices has now closed.

The consultation asked the following questions:

· 1. Do you agree with the Board recognising the new qualification, the New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing, Gasfitting, or Drainlaying?

2. The Board received 61 individual responses to the consultation, 1 response from the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Federation, and 1 response from Master Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers.

86% of people responding supported recognising the new trade qualification, the New Zealand Certificate. 10% did not support the change. The remaining submitters did not answer this question.

76% of people responding supported changing the requirement for overseas trained practitioners to get their trade qualifications assessed by Skills, rather than NZQA. 20% did not support the change and the remaining submitters did not answer this question.

The Board also asked for people to give their reasons if they did not support the proposed changes, and gave people an opportunity to comment on any other matters relating to the proposed changes they wished to raise. The Board has considered all the responses it received but there were no consistent themes in those comments.

At its final meeting for the year the Board resolved to proceed with the proposed changes to the Gazette notices and a paper is now being prepared to go to the Minister seeking her approval to the proposed changes.

The Board would like to thank all the people who took the time to read and respond to the consultation. The proposed changes were small and necessary but the Board still appreciates hearing your views about them and receiving your feedback.

Round three of the review of registration and licensing

Consultation closed on the 10 June 2016

In May 2015, the Board launched a review of registration and licensing requirements. As the result of two initial rounds of consultation, the Board has identified some changes to the registration and licensing terms and conditions that it intends to proceed with.

The Board has drafted Gazette notices giving effect to those changes.

Please see links below:

Round two of the review of registration and licensing

Consultation closed on the 17 March 2016

In May 2015 the Board launched a review of registration and licensing requirements.

A first round of consultation was carried out to seek industry views on some issues that the Board had identified. As a result of that initial feedback, specific options for change to the registration and licensing requirements have been developed. During this second round of consultation the Board would like views from the industry on the options that have been identified.

Once this feedback has been considered, draft Gazette notices will be developed and the Board will again seek the views of the industry before finalising any changes. A form for giving views is attached to this consultation document, or feedback can be given on-line.

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