What is Skills Recognition?

Skills Recognition is an assessment process for people who are not formally qualified in NZ and seek registration with the NZ Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board (PGDB). They either have overseas qualifications they want recognised here, or they are not formally qualified but have relevant skills and experience they want assessed.

As the standard setting body, we carry out the assessments on behalf of the PGDB. If successful, we issue you a Letter of Recommendation for Registration in the relevant Category, which you can use towards your registration pathway with the PGDB (note that the PGDB will have further requirements for registration e.g. exams).

 

There are two different Skills Recognition Categories:

Category A

  • Who can Apply?

    People with overseas qualifications in plumbing/gasfitting/drainlaying.

  • Skills Recognition will assess...

    That their overseas qualification(s) is equivalent to, or greater than the NZ Certificates in Plumbing/Gasfitting/Drainlaying (Level 4).

  • Potential PGDB registration

    Tradesman or Certifying. Ensure you have read their guide for overseas-qualified people and understand the pathway to registration before starting this process.

Category B

  • Who can Apply?

    People based in NZ with relevant experience but no formal qualification in plumbing/gasfitting/drainlaying (or the qualification is not the equivalent to the NZ Level 4 qualification)

  • Skills Recognition will assess...

    That their relevant skills and knowledge cover the same competencies required for the NZ Certificates in Plumbing/Gasfitting/Drainlaying (Level 4).

  • Potential PGDB registration

    Tradesman.

How it works

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

1. Check your eligibility

Check the entry requirements to see if you are eligible to apply for Skills Recognition.

You will select Category A or Category B.

2. Collect your evidence and apply

Apply to Skills by making your online payment, uploading your portfolio of evidence, and submitting this to Skills via the portal.

The types of documents you will upload will vary from person to person but we recommend going for quality over quantity. This is one of the most important steps in the process, so it’s worth investing the time to collate quality documentation up front.

3. Assessment of your portfolio of evidence

Skills will review your uploaded evidence and contact you if more information is required.

If your portfolio of evidence is complete, Skills will allocate this to a registered Plumbing, Gasfitting or Drainlaying assessor who will review your portfolio within 30 days.

Your assessor will contact you to discuss your portfolio of evidence.

4. The assessment outcome

If your portfolio of evidence is deemed sufficient to meet the requirements of Recommendation for Registration, Skills will notify you of a successful outcome.

If your portfolio of evidence is not sufficient to meet the requirements for Recommendation for Registration, Skills will contact you to discuss options for gap filling, and the associated cost.

5. The letter of Recommendation of Registration

If your evidence meets the Tradesman competencies required by the NZ Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board (PGDB) , Skills will issue you with a letter of Recommendation for Registration.

 

Ready to apply?

Read through the information below and select the category you best identify with. If you are not sure, you are welcome to contact us: skillsrecognition@skills.org.nz

Please note, you can only apply for one trade per application e.g. if you want to be assessed for plumbing and drainlaying, you must make an application for one trade, and then another application for the second trade.

Category A

  • I am based overseas or in New Zealand
  • I hold a formal overseas plumbing/gasfitting/drainlaying qualification that I want recognised in New Zealand
  • I can show evidence of minimum:
    • 4 years’ full-time experience in plumbing/gasfitting, or
    • minimum 2 years’ full-time experience in drainlaying.
  • Select Category A

Category B

  • I am based in New Zealand
  • I don’t hold a formal plumbing/gasfitting/drainlaying qualification but I can show evidence of minimum 7 years’ full-time experience in the relevant trade
  • Select Category B