About the Certified Builders Association of New Zealand.

The Certified Builders Association of New Zealand Inc is a community of craftsmen and was established in 1998 to recognise and promote qualified builders. Unless the builder is trade qualified they cannot become a member of the Certified Builders Association.

One of the main objectives of the Certified Builders Association of New Zealand Inc is:
“To provide New Zealand consumers with the assurance that our members are trade qualified builders who adhere to strict guidelines for standards of workmanship and business practice.”

The Origin of the Association
The Certified Builders Association of New Zealand Inc was established in Tauranga in February 1998 by Craig Wilkinson, who gathered a group of builders together who were concerned with the direction in which the building industry was heading. They were worried that their trade was being undermined by those who had entered the industry without qualifications and subsequently giving the Industry a bad name.

Approximately 70% of all builders in New Zealand who make a living from the trade, are unqualified, or do not meet the criteria, or choose not to belong to a trade association. There was an urgent need to establish an association where trade qualifications were a prerequisite. The formation of our Association and the advent of Licensing will lead to the decline of non trade qualified builders operating within the Industry.

Since the Association was formed we have clearly identified a need for such a trade organisation. Builders throughout New Zealand have embraced the Association as we provide those who are trade qualified with recognition and promotion that they deserve.

Our Aims & Goals
The formation of the Certified Builders Association of New Zealand Inc provides benefits for the builder and the consumer.
The fundamental aim of the Association is to promote the skill of its members, establishing a clearly identifiable level of competence, consistency and excellence for the building public and the profession. The consumer benefits from the knowledge that our members are trade qualified.
Those who are trade qualified will consistently perform to a greater degree of competence than those who are not trade qualified.

1. The most qualified builders in the industry
If you are a Certified Builder it means you are totally committed to quality and craftsmanship. To start with all Certified Builders begin their careers by obtaining a professional trade qualification, learning the right way, the first time from a trade qualified craftsman.

2. The most comprehensive independent guarantee there is
Yes, we’ve said it before, but it really is true. It’s a big deal to build a new house or take on a renovation and we understand that it means a lot to you. That’s why we’ve taken a lot of the stress away with the best building guarantee in the business.
The reason we can offer such a guarantee is also worth noting. All Certified Builders have been scrutinized and approved for their abilities to deliver excellent workmanship.
You simply won’t find a better guarantee. Our Homefirst Builders Guarantee is the only one that includes all of the following features:

loss of deposit
build completion
non-structural defects (up to 2yrs)
structural defects (up to 10yrs)
accommodation, removal & storage allowance
underwritten by a Standard & Poors-rated, independent specialist insurer
3. Tailor made buildings
We believe a house isn’t a home unless it reflects your personality and embraces your lifestyle. Every one of us is an individual with different tastes and needs, so why should our houses be any different. If you want vanilla and the same as your next-door neighbour we suggest one of the off-the-shelf solutions from one of the many building companies. However, if you want your house to be extra special we suggest selecting a Certified Builder.

4. Maximise your return on your investment
Sometimes it’s the little things that make all the difference, such as clever use of space, cavity sliders, or coloured concrete. There are many possibilities and they don’t always mean added cost. Our Certified Builders can guide you through where to invest to maximize the value of your property.

5. Work direct with the builder
No salesmen, no middlemen. A direct relationship with your builder gives you the best advice when you need it most.


  • Fully trade qualified Carpenters with certification in advanced carpentry
  • Member of the Certified Builders Association – certified.co.nz
  • Member of Hazard Co. Health and Safety – hazardco.com
  • Licenced Building Practitioner – dbh.govt.nz
  • EQC Accreditation

Full comprehensive Insurance Cover with Vero up to $5,000,000.


About the licensed building practitioner (LBP) scheme.

The LBP scheme is one of the changes in the Building Act 2004 to encourage better building design and construction.

The public can have confidence that licensed building practitioners working on their homes and buildings are competent, and that homes and buildings are designed and built right the first time.
Licensing promotes, recognises and supports professional skills and behaviour in the building industry. Over time, the emphasis on education and training, along with better career pathways, will increase. From 2015 it is proposed that licensing will be qualifications-based.

In the meantime, the scheme is competency based. Competent builders and tradespeople with a good track record can have their skills and knowledge formally recognised, whether they are trade-qualified or not. A number of people without formal trade qualifications have already been assessed as competent and have their licences.

Qualified LBP applicants will now find it is easier, faster and cheaper to get licensed.
All LBPs are listed on a public online register, along with details of their licence classes.

LBPs are accountable for their work via a complaints procedure. Anyone can complain to the Building Practitioners Board about licensed practitioners if their work is substandard.

It is anticipated that around 20,000 people will be licensed once the scheme is fully implemented. The Department of Building and Housing has worked closely with the building industry to develop the scheme.

Some critical work will be restricted to LBPS from 1 March 2012.