Skills Recommendation for Registration for overseas-qualified people

(Plumbing, Gasfitting, Drainlaying)

Ensure you understand the NZ Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board (PGDB) pathway to registration by reading their 'Introduction guide for overseas-qualified people' available here: www.pgdb.co.nz/trade/tradespeople_coming_to_NZ.html

What is the Skills Recommendation for Registration?

Skills carries out the assessment of overseas qualifications on behalf of the PGDB. Skills is an industry training organisation that sets industry qualifications, unit standards and arranges training across 22 industries in New Zealand. The Skills Recommendation is for people wanting to apply for pre-registration with the Board.

Skills Recommendation is for people who hold an overseas qualification in plumbing, gasfitting and/or drainlaying and wish to register and work in New Zealand in these industries. Plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying are restricted trades that may only be carried out by authorised people, as set out in the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Act 2006 (the Act).

Skills Recommendation is for those that wish to get recognition for their qualifications to help them apply for pre-registration with the PGDB. To be eligible for pre-registration there are a number of criteria you must meet.

Pre-registration application: If you are successfully awarded a Skills Recommendation, you meet Criteria 1 of the Board’s pre-registration standards (having recognition of a qualification equal to the New Zealand or National Certificate in plumbing, gasfitting or drainlaying). Go to http://www.pgdb.co.nz/trade/working-overseas.html for the pre-registration application.  

Who can apply for the Skills Recommendation for Registration?

To be able to apply for the Skills Recommendation you must be aware of the following criteria:

  1. You must hold an overseas qualification in plumbing, gasfitting or drainlaying. 
  2. You can be based overseas or within New Zealand
  3. You must supply evidence that you have a minimum of four years working full time in the plumbing and/or gasfitting trade and/or evidence that you have a minimum of two years working full time in the drainlaying trade. 
  4. You can only apply for one trade per application.

How does the Skills Recommendation for Registration work?

If you wish to apply to be Recommended for Registration you will need to do the following:

What if I am not awarded the Skills Recommendation for Registration?

If you do not meet the Skills Recommendation for Registration we will advise you of which standards you require and 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:

  1. Submit workplace evidence through our Skills Recognition Process which will then be reviewed by an assessor. This will cost an additional $20 per credit. 
  2. Only for NZ based applicants – arrange gap training through a NZ Training Provider. Cost for this may vary depending on the gaps.

Once you meet all the Skills Recommendation for Registration requirements, applicants will receive a notification from Skills.

What evidence do I need to supply?

Note

Cost

NZD$862 (including GST) per application per trade.

Making payments

Currently we are only accepting payment by credit card. Please ensure you enter the authorisation code of your payment when completing the application using the online form below.

Please note, you will receive an invoice for your records. No further payment is required on this invoice. 

Ready to register?

Please make sure that you have your evidence ready to upload before you start the registration process. 

Step 1: Pay the fee - online payment

 Pay online

Step 2: Complete the application form.

 

Use this link to view the Relevant Guidance Documents