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Help for tradespeople coming to NZ

Keeping it legal in New Zealand
How we help overseas tradespeople to gain the NZ Practising Licence.

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.

You may be fined up to $10,000 for plumbing and drainlaying work, and a fine of up to $50,000 for gasfitting work. We regularly check tradespeople and hotspot areas nationwide that come to our attention. How? See here

The right steps to take
We support you every step of the way

Select an option from below:

Are you a New Zealander moving to Australia to work?

Are you an Australian moving to New Zealand to work?

Are you from another country other than Australia and moving to New Zealand to work?

Protect your qualification.

Get the R.A.C app (report-a-cowboy) to make a report directly to our investigations team. Download the app today free! It's easy. Get the R.A.C app through the APP Store and Google Play. Not app savvy? For hassle-free downloading email with your mobile number and we will text the link to your phone [simply tap the link for download].

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What if I don't have an overseas qualification?

Don't worry - we may still be able to help.
Fill in the form below and we will be in contact soon with the options available to you.

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Contact the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board

Phone: 0800 743 262, Email:, Post: PO Box 10655, The Terrace, Wellington 6143
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