IQP register

An independent qualified person (IQP) is given authority by a council or a territorial authority to carry out, supervise and certify inspections, maintenance and reporting procedures on specified systems for buildings.

The specified systems are the systems or features that make a building functional, safe and accessible for all, making it compliant with the building code.

They do this on a routine basis to make sure buildings are up to standard and free of any dangers and hazards.

You can search our online register for an IQP. The register also identifies which specified systems the IQP is qualified to inspect.

Find an IQP

Register as an IQP

Council has developed a registration process for people who wish to carry out work as an independent qualified person. We maintain the register on behalf of the Central IQP Registration Panel which currently consists of the following territorial authorities:

  • Palmerston North City Council
  • Manawatū District Council
  • New Plymouth District Council
  • South Taranaki District Council
  • Stratford District Council
  • Tararua District Council
  • Whanganui District Council

Application and renewal forms

To apply for registration, please complete the application form below and return it to

Registered IQPs wanting to extend their registration to additional specified systems will also need to submit this form.

IQP application form(PDF, 269KB)

IQP registrations last for 12 months. Please apply for renewal using the form below. If you want to add any new specified systems, you will also need to complete the application form above.

IQP registration renewal form(PDF, 160KB) 

Information for people seeking registration as an IQP

The Central IQP Panel reviews IQP applications 4 times a year. The next meeting date is Thursday 22 August.

Please ensure you submit your application and supporting evidence well before this meeting date.

Supporting evidence includes qualifications, referees, background experience and relevant Building Act knowledge for each specified system you're applying for. The experience and qualifications you need are listed in the document below.

Information for people seeking registration as an IQP(PDF, 3MB)

Applications without adequate supporting evidence won't be submitted to the panel for review.

If you'd like to know more about applying to be an IQP, please contact us for more information or to arrange a pre-application meeting.

Responsibilities of owners and IQPs

The IQP is responsible for:

  • inspecting specified systems to make sure they meet the standard listed in the compliance schedule,
  • issuing a Form 12A and annual report for each specified system they are testing and maintaining
  • liaising with the building owner when they need to maintain or replace specified systems.

The building owner is responsible for:

  • engaging with IQPs to carry out specific work
  • gathering Form 12A’s Certificates of compliance and annual reports for each specified system from registered IQPs
  • ensuring all specified systems in their building are performing and operating up to Building Code standards
  • supply a Form 12 Building Warrant of Fitness with their Form 12A’s to their Council on the anniversary of their issued compliance schedule,
  • publicly display a copy of their Form 12 Building Warrant of Fitness and make it easy to view by all users of the building
  • contacting their Council/Territorial Authority for any foreseeable changes that would impact any specified system or their compliance schedule.