What are Licenced Building Practitioners?
Under the Building Act 2004, the Department of Building and Housing established the Licensed Building Practitioner Scheme in 2007.
This scheme sets out a regulated process where skilled and/or qualified building practitioners are required to demonstrate their ability to meet industry-consulted competencies in order to obtain the status of being a Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP). The current scheme has seven licence classes and NUFED members carry out work in two of these classes: Waterproofers and Roofers
Why use a Licensed Building Practitioner?
The Licensed Building Practitioner logo confirms that the building practitioners they are engaging have been externally assessed as being technically competent in their licensed field.
To retain their licence, a LBP is also required to provide the Department with a record of training and activities such as reading industry publications or attending seminars they have undertaken. This continuing education is allocated points. The annual NUFED Conference has been approved by the DBH as worthy of 25% of the annual required points.
From 1 March 2012, it is an offense for an unlicensed person to carry out or supervise restricted building work and it is an offence to knowingly engage an unlicensed person to carry out or supervise restricted building work.