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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a New Zealander moving to Australia to work
Australian regulatory authorities recognise the New Zealand qualifications(s) held by certifying or licensed plumbers, gasfitters; and will issue a registration for the equivalent category.
If you are applying for registration in any Australian state you may be required to produce a verified copy of your registration certificate as well as a current New Zealand Practising Licence in support of your application.
The Australian regulatory authority will contact us to verify your details.
For more information contact the Australian Regulatory Authority, under whose jurisdiction you wish to work.
New Zealand recognises Australian qualifications held by registered plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers under the provisions of the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997 ("TTMRA") and we will issue the equivalent registration and practising licence.
If you already have an overseas plumbing, gasfitting or drainlaying qualification, The New Zealand industry training organisation, Skills NZ, carries out an assessment of overseas qualifications on behalf of the PGDB.
This Skills Recommendation will give you recognition of your qualifications to help you apply for pre-registration with us. [step 2].
Note: You can only apply for one trade per application.
To apply for the Skills Recommendation from Skills NZ, first make sure you meet the following criteria:
You hold an overseas qualification in plumbing, gasfitting or drainlaying
You are based overseas or in New Zealand
You can supply evidence that you have a minimum of four years working full time in the plumbing and/or gasfitting trade, or
evidence that you have a minimum of two years working full time in the drainlaying trade.
What kind of evidence do I need to supply
A certified copy of your formal qualification in either plumbing, gasfitting or drainlaying.
A certified transcript that relates to your qualification (the topics covered in the qualification).
A letter from current or past employer(s) or supervisor(s) which: 1. details the exact type of plumbing/gasfitting/drainlaying work that you carried out, and 2. provides exact dates of employment.
Any additional relevant training that can support your application for pre-registration. This also needs to be certified e.g. specialised health and safety training or courses, specialised supplier training.
Also, check these things:
Any letters are on letterhead, dated and signed by the author.
Your certified evidence is a photocopy of your original document that has been verified by a person authorised to make such declarations, for example, a Justice of the Peace, barrister or solicitor, notary public, court registrar or deputy registrar, or a Member of Parliament.
Any evidence submitted for the Skills Recommendation for Registration needs to be in English.
What happens next
You will then receive an acknowledgment that your application has been received by Skills NZ.
Your application will be reviewed within 20 working days.
Skills NZ will notify you as to whether you meet Skills Recommendation for Registration.
Complete the Skills Recommendation for Registration application form, pay the fees and submit your application to Skills NZ here:
If you do not meet the Skills Recommendation for Registration Skills NZ will advise you of which standards you require and if there are any gaps in your application. Each standard has an associated credit value.
To meet recognition of these standards there are two options available to you:
Submit workplace evidence through the Skills Recognition Process which will then be reviewed by an assessor. This will cost an additional $20 per credit.
Arrange gap training through a NZ Training Provider. Cost for this may vary depending on the gaps.
To find out more about the two options above email: email@example.com (ask about your options for skills recognition)
Level 8, 70 The Terrace, P O Box 10655, Wellington 6143
Take a look at the guide below to see if you meet the minimum standards for regisration.
Please note: The standards for registration based on overseas-qualifications required by regulation has changed since 2011. The IQAS process was replaced in 2013 by the NZQA International Qualification Assessment (IQA). A grace period of 5 years was given to applicants who had their IQAS accepted before the change, this grace period ended in 2018.The NZQA IQA requirement was then replaced in March 2018, by the more in-depth Skills Organisation Recognition of Current Competency - Category A: Overseas-Qualified assessment.
We are able to grant registration to overseas-qualified tradespeople who meet the minimum standards for registration.
Step two - Skills Recognition with Recognition New Zealand
The Recognition New Zealand, Recommendation for Registration process will assess your overseas qualifications and/or experience, and if you meet the requirements, you will be issued a Recommendation for Registration which you use as part of your registration pathway with us.