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Old Feb 11th 2012, 5:37 pm
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just about to send first part of registration away,if ok i might need to sit thier entrant exam,how do i do that from uk as it is a timed exam,are there centres over here(uk) or is it done online? thanks...also how is the commercial gas sector doing over there?,,,
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You don't do any of it from the UK.

You are about to send in the pre-assessment to see if the PGDB will part recognise your quals and work experience. If they do they will send you a letter stating you are eligible to take the NZ registration assessment tests and exam.

To become NZ registered you MUST take the practical assessment tests and exam. That will be done here in New Zealand once you are conversant with NZ rules , regs & methods. You can't do this in the UK. It is an NZ based set of tests and assessments . The practical tests will be undertaken at your place of work in NZ.

Registration exams happen twice a year. You apply to sit the exam . Its a supervised , timed exam. You will go to a local tech college with others taking the exam. Sit in a room . The overseer will be there to time the exam and to ensure no naughtiness by anyone. As per any normal exam condition you can only take certain things into the exam room & may or may not be allowed out of the room during the exam.

You are best off doing all of the above after you have been here and working for a good while. You won't be able to answer certain questions without practical NZ knowledge of the trade here in NZ

REGISTRATION PROCESS

The process for registration for all three trades for overseas persons is the same. In order to obtain registration in New Zealand you must:

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hold a qualification that is accepted by the Board as equivalent to a New Zealand National Certificate in the relevant trade. To meet this requirement, an applicant must:
  • provide documentary evidence of their qualifications and assessment of those qualifications;
  • and attend an interview with the Board to verify documentation and validate experiential and technical proficiency; and
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pass a three hour examination; and
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pass the Board's practical test of workmanship.

Practical Test of Workmanship.
The practical test of workmanship involves an assessment of an applicant’s competencies as they relate to the standard competencies required for a registered person in that trade. The practical test of workmanship is usually undertaken at an applicant’s place of employment in New Zealand and the fee for this test is NZ$1,410.

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Old Feb 12th 2012, 8:12 am
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this is where the system fails ,as i would not be able to get/stay there if i cant work,i cant get a job offer until exam passed,nz seem to specialise in catch 22s,remote test centres would be the way forward,one in the uk would benefit both parties,,keep up good work...
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Erm nope. There is no fail in the system, at all ,as you put it. Where have you got some of these ideas from?

This is NZ.
New Zealand isn't going to set up remote test centres around the world or the UK for a trade that isn't in shortage here. New Zealand isn't short of gasfitters or plumbers for that matter. It doesn't need them right now. It doesn't need extra ones coming into the country who have little idea of how the trade is here.There are plumbers and gasfitters here chasing work. There isn't enough work to go round as it isbecause of recession etc. That is why the trade isn't on the shortages lists.

I think this has already been explained to you a few times now & we continue to do our best for you.

You are able to accept a job offer if you were offered one without full registration, IF the NZ employer can prove there is no NZ resident or citizen that could do that work or be train for it. You would have the pre-assessment approved and uplift a form of temporary gas licence. All your work would be supervised. After that ,once here, you would take full registration.

The other way to go is that you look through the accredited emplyers list and see if one of those will offer you a job. They don't have to prove the NZ resident or NZ citizen thing. They pay and submit documentation in advance for this privilege. It would be the restricted licence again until you took full registration.

If gasfitters were needed you would get a job offer. They are not needed these days so you need to fight to find that job offer . And I repeat. If you gain the job offer you uplift the temp, restricted license and you would probably gain a WTR visa.

I'm not sure why you think a 'remote test centre' is the way for any country to go. I'm a bit shocked by that actually . What about health and safety . What do you actually know of the standards , rules and regs here in NZ for gas. What practical experience have you had. What are the NZ working practices.

Until you are here, you don't know . You only know the UK way and the UK way isn't the NZ way by a long chalk.
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erm thankyou once again for your advice,ihope thats what it was.....please try and understand the frustration at this end!!
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You are talking with someone who has been there and done that. My husband is a plumber / gasfitter. We came out when this trade was still in shortage here. This would be with the PGDB pre-assessment and prior to NZ registration. Husband didn't gain NZ PGDB registration for nearly 2 years after arriving here.

I'm trying to help you know what the process is.

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i cant get a job offer until exam passed
That's not correct. Not having passed the PGDB registration exam and practical tests of competence doesn't stop you from trying to gain a job offer.

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as i would not be able to get/stay there if i cant work
Well no. I suppose not. One needs an income to survive.

remote test centres would be the way forward,
for whom? NZ doesn't need to do this.as it doesn't need gasfitters or plumbers.

one in the uk would benefit both parties
It would be of no benefit to New Zealand but I can see why you think it would help you. You think if you were somehow NZ registered from overseas it would help you get a job. It wouldn't. The NZ employer looks first for NZ experience.

My personal opinion is that you try an accredited employer, however that is only a personal viewpoint.
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How is the nursing re-registration coming along?

The route in as a nurse would be better . Nurses are in shortage here.

Did you blanket cover the DHB's to see if their was a podiatrist position available at all.

Same with finding out about the commercial gas fitting. Have you contacted local authorities and district health boards here, for example, to see who does this work.
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