Chartered Builders warn Professional Standards at Risk with National Licensing

“The AIB representing 87,000 construction managers around Australia have concerns with the direction of the national occupational licensing process with evidence of a concerted campaign to lower the entry levels of licensing categories”, Australian Institute of Building Chief Executive Officer, Mr Robert Hunt, said today.

Mr Hunt added, “The meeting today between the Ai Group, Minister Chris Evans and Senator Penny Wong had no representation from professional groups whose members professional training and experience will be meaningless as a result of the scheme as proposed to date”.

“Any productivity gains from labour mobility created by a national licence will be extinguished by the lack of appropriate academic entry standards”.

“You cant have productivity without professional conduct and you dont get professional conduct without profession led eligibility standards and ongoing continuing professional development.”

“Australia has a great opportunity here to lead the world in ensuring professionalism and appropriate academic standard set the eligibility for an occupational license.”

“The recent example of the disregard for academic standards and mandatory continuing professional development requirements for the occupations covered in the first tranche of the national scheme suggests the lack of conviction to take steps to improve professionalism in the occupations covered by the scheme.”

“If this “dumbing down” process is attempted with the building and building related occupations, as it has with the real estate agents, then the whole exercise of National Licensing is at risk of failing to meet its objectives.”

“The AIB strongly supports the Ai Group in its call to avoid at all costs the past practices of national reforms being overlaid by state and territory regulations. However, it will mean nothing if the reforms themselves are weakened by loweracademic and continuing professional development standards”, said Mr Hunt.