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Please note: Registration rounds are held throughout the licensing year. Applications received after May 6 will be processed for the nearest registration round.

Any questions please contact the registration team:

Under the Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Act 2006, the Board is responsible for administering the registration of plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers.

What is registration?


  • In New Zealand sanitary plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying work is restricted and can only be carried out by tradespeople who are authorised to do so.

  • The Board is responsible for setting the minimum standards for registration and ensuring those persons carrying out regulated work are competent to do so.

  • Plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers are required by law to be registered with the Board. 



The transition pathway for Certified Plumbers to become Certified Drainlayers

Through the Recognition New Zealand, Recommendation for Registration process, people based in New Zealand who are registered and licensed as a Certifying Plumber and have 4 years full-time experience in drainlaying work, can now undertake a process through the Skills Organisation.   

If you need more help or have questions about the registration process please contact the registration team on 0800 743 262 (+64 4 494 2970 from overseas) email

Registration on its own does not provide authorisation for you to work in the trades

About the NZ Practising Licence

Once you are registered, you need to apply for a practising licence which gives you the authorisation to carry out work in your chosen trade/s.

Your personal details on the public register

About the public register

All registered tradespeople are responsible for maintaining their correct personal details on the Board’s public register.

It is your duty under section 76 of the Act to notify the Board within 3 months if you have a change of address, email or phone number.

Trade log-in

To log in all you need is your licence number and password.

Enter your username (the 5 digit number on your licence card) and password. Click ‘Go’. If you can’t remember your password, click ‘Forgot My Password’ and follow those steps.  If you need further help let us know on 0800 743 262 or email

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