IQP register

The IQP register identifies people who are qualified to inspect and carry out maintenance work on specified systems.

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

All IQPs must be registered with Council. Palmerston North City Council maintains the register on behalf of the Central IQP Registration Panel, which currently consists of the following territorial authorities:

  • Manawatū District Council
  • Palmerston North City Council
  • Stratford District Council
  • Tararua District Council
  • Whanganui District Council

Application and renewal forms

To apply for registration, please complete and return the application form below. Registered IQPs wanting to extend their registration to additional specified systems will also need to submit this form.

IQP application form(PDF, 281KB)

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, 60KB)

Information for people seeking registration as an IQP

The Central IQP Panel reviews IQP applications 4 times a year. The remaining dates in 2023 are:

  • Thursday 24 August
  • Thursday 16 November

Please ensure you submit your application and supporting evidence well before these meeting dates.

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.


Why building owners need to engage IQPs

An independent qualified person (IQP) is someone approved by Council as qualified to inspect certain compliance schedule items and ensure that the necessary maintenance occurs. ‘Independent’ means they don't have any financial interest in the building.

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 regarding the need to maintain or replace specified systems.
Building owners are required to engage IQPs to undertake this work. The number of certificates you need to obtain will depend on the number of specified systems in the building and the number of IQPs required to carry out the procedures. For example, if an IQP is carrying out the procedures for all specified systems in a building, because he or she is registered by the territorial authority to do so, then he or she may issue one certificate covering all specified systems. However, if several IQPs are required then they will each issue a certificate, covering only the specified system or procedure they are verifying.