Everything you need to know about the NHBRC registration

The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) is the sole body responsible for regulating buildings and constructions in South Africa.

The body is charged with ensuring that the set down standards in the building industry are not compromised.

You must be ready to comply with the rules of the NHBRC and get it’s registration number before you can apply for building tender and contracts.

Getting registered with the NHBRC is important and compulsory if you are seeking to launch a career in the building industry and if also you will be building houses for clients requiring building finance.

Step-by-step process of registering for the NHBRC
To be a registered member of the NHBRC, there are certain steps to follow:
1.First download the NHBRC application or registration form online.
2.Complete the NHBRC application; ensure you fill it accurately.
3.Submit the form to the nearest NHBRC office close to you.
4.After this, proceed to pay the stipulated fee/amount. It’s important you understand that your application will not be processed or considered if you do not observe the following. If you do not provide:
A completed and signed registration application form (AR0030).
A valid Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) registration certificate.
Certified copies of ID/Passports for all members/ trustees/ partners/directors/ sole proprietors of the business. These copies must have been certified within or not more than the last 3 months. In case the person is not a South African, then a certified copy of his passport and work permit will be required.
You need a stamped letter from the bank confirming the applicant’s banking details or a copy of a cancelled blank cheque. It must be 3 months or less. Note that email print outs are not allowed;
Have proof of residence that is 3 months or less;
Have an appointment letter of the Technical Manager including confirmation of their technical ability and a written acceptance of his/her appointment. (This is needed if the Technical Manager is not part of the Managing members of the company or is a Sole Trader;
Have an original copy of a valid tax clearance from SARS;
Get a signed consent letter for a credit check;
Have a notice of Incorporation (Co 14.1). (PTY ONLY);
Obtain a registration certificate (Co 14.3). (PTY ONLY);
Get a certified copy of incorporation (CM 29). Take note of the fact that a Memorandum; of Corporation is no longer supplied to companies. (PTY ONLY);
Have a notice of incorporation. (PTY ONLY);
Certified copy of the shareholding certificate. (PTY ONLY);
Have a Trust Resolution / Deed of Trust (TRUST ONLY);
Have a certified copy of a partnership agreement letter (PARTNERSHIP ONLY);
Have a constitution of Co-Operative limited to be supplied (CO-OPERATIVE ONLY).

How much does the NHBRC registration cost?
Now that you know the requirements for applying for your NHBRC number, it is important you know how much it will cost you.
1.The initial application fee is R745.61 and is nonrefundable and a once off payment.
2.You will pay an annual membership fee of R526.32 which will be renewed yearly.
3.Make sure that all fees (both the application fee and the annual fee) due are paid through EFT or cash deposit into the NHBRC bank account, before going to the builders’ induction workshop. You should understand that cash payment is not allowed or accepted at any of the offices.

Technical assessment
1.Once you have submitted all your documents, you’ll be given the Home Builders Manual Part 1& 2 as well as Part 3. This you will provide you with time and materials to study as well as prepare for the technical exam.
2.Assessments are conducted from Monday to Friday at your nearest NHBRC customer care office. You may have to find out about the scheduled times for the technical assessments.
3.All builders get only two attempts to pass the technical test in not more than 30 days of paying the application fee. The NHBRC test is important.

Builders Induction
All those who applied for certification must attend a Builders’ Induction workshop to confirm their application and receive the registration certificate. The workshops are held every Monday to Friday at the nearest NHBRC customer care office close to you. You must attend the induction in order to complete your application process.
With the step by step guide on NHBRC registration, anyone can get it right. If you desire to become a builder all it takes is for you to observe the rules and regulations of the NHBRC and then you will have your registration number!

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