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Tradies warned to relicense the consumer is up to speed

5 February 2016

Tradies warned to relicense the consumer is up to speed

Now more than ever, Tradespeople need to make sure they hold a current licence.

Construction sector regulator, the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board (PGDB), are warning that its recent public awareness initiatives are working – and the consumer is up to speed.

The Board’s Chief Executive, Martin Sawyers said; “The summer public awareness campaign launched last week to educate homeowners about protecting their insurance, and their health and safety, by checking the credentials of tradespeople is working.”

“The release of the mobile app R.A.C (report-a-cowboy) is now doing its job and is assisting in extinguishing unlawful activity.”

“Reports are coming through, and the PDDB investigations team are taking immediate action –if you are working unlawfully expect a knock on your door soon”, Martin warned.

Plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers need to be aware that the new licence year is fast approaching – and begins as of 1 April 2016. Tradespeople can uplift their new licence from 15 February 2016.

One of the first reports received by the Board as a result of publicising the new R.A.C app technology has highlighted a potential ticking time bomb for a homeowner. Tradespeople need to carry a current authorisation card – and consumers should ask for it to protect themselves. You can also check to see if a person is authorised by searching our online public register at or phone us on 0800 743 262.

If a homeowner believes that work has been done by someone who is not authorised, or has concerns about the competency of tradespeople, they can make a complaint to the Board. Download the R.A.C app through the App Store and Google Play (put PGDB in the search), or go to the Board’s website


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