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Help for overseas tradespeople

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Keeping it legal in New Zealand

We regularly check tradespeople

Do you already have an overseas plumbing, gasfitting or drainlaying qualification? Make sure you hold the correct qualification for New Zealand.

You are breaking the law if you carry out restricted plumbing, gasfitting or drainlaying work without the NZ Practising Licence.  We regularly check tradespeople and hotspot areas nationwide that come to our attention.

Help for overseas tradespeople

Get your overseas qualification assessed for registration in NZ [ click here ]

First, take a look at the process in brief below

A person may be entitled to registration once they have achieved the minimum standards of competence required within the registration process.

Skills Recommendation

If you successfully get a Skills Recommendation, you will meet Criteria 1 of the Boards standards for the pre-registration application.

To apply to be recommended for registration you need to do the following:

  • complete the Skills Recommendation for Registration application form,
  • supply supporting evidence,
  • pay the associated fees and submit your application to Skills NZ.


[Step 1]

Getting your skills recommendation to help with pre-registration

What kind of evidence do I need to supply?

What happens next

[Step 2] 

Complete your eligibility application to get registered with the PGDB

Get assistance

If you need more help or have a registration or licensing question let us know.  Call on 0800 743 262 (+64 4 494 2970 from overseas) or email