Earlier this year MBIE announced that the current requirements for the LBP skills maintenance scheme are set to change.

The changes come into effect on 2nd November, 2015 at which point LBPs will start a gradual transition to the new skills maintenance scheme. The new framework moves away from an entirely points-based system in favour of a new ‘mixed- model’ approach with the aim of promoting more meaningful and relevant learning for LBPs.
Key details on the upcoming changes to the LBP skills maintenance scheme include:

1. You must complete both Compulsory and Elective activities;

2. You still have two years to complete all activities;

3. Read LBP Knowledge articles in Codewords
• Go to http://www.building.govt.nz/subscribe to subscribe;

4. Complete a quiz after each article;

5. On-the-job learning is now a compulsory activity;

6. Elective activities
• Each hour of relevant elective activity equals one LBP point. The only change is that the minimum points required has now been reduced by half;

7. The new Scheme comes into effect on 2nd November, 2015.
• You will transfer to the new scheme once you have completed your skills requirements under the current scheme. For example, if you are required to submit your next skills maintenance form by 13th May 2016, you will continue to do activities and earn points under the current scheme until then. From 14th May 2016 you will transfer to the new scheme;

8. Auditing.
• Each year a number of LBPs will have their skills maintenance records audited. Keep up-to-date copies of the skills maintenance activities that you have completed by either uploading your records online or keeping a paper copy on file;

9. It’s not all about the points!
• The purpose of the new scheme is to promote meaningful learning and encourage LBPs to focus on doing activities that are relevant to their licence class and area of practice.