“After attending a New Zealand Institute of Building Surveyors (NZIBS) conference, I was inspired by the knowledge and expertise of its members, and knew it was an organisation I wanted to be a part of,” says Registered Building Surveyor at Property Check, Kevin Maitland.
Kevin started his career in the building industry at the age of 16 as a joiner before running his own building business for 18 years, building new homes and light commercial buildings; including straw bale and mud construction. Kevin constructed many homes in the Marlborough Sounds, where boat access provided challenges, including air lifting materials onto site.
After a short stint with DOC as a ranger building and maintaining huts and structures, he was employed by Property Check doing pre-purchase inspections, building warrant of fitness, and other surveying duties.
After attending an NZIBS conference and working alongside NZIBS members, Kevin decided to further his education and joined the Institute four years ago.
“When I started the NZIBS training modules, it was daunting going back to the lecture and study environment, as well as sitting exams.
“However, I really enjoyed it. The presenters were knowledgeable and down to earth. With my practical building background, I managed to get through it.”
Kevin says that although they complete the training, NZIBS members keep learning.
“The ongoing training NZIBS provides is excellent and up to date, and being able to contact other members has also been very beneficial.
“Every time I go to an NZIBS conference, I am inspired.”
When asked if he would recommend an NZIBS membership to others, Kevin didn’t hesitate to answer.
“Yes, for sure. My membership has been a positive learning tool and it has been great for generating business.
“When other organisations are looking for someone with expertise in building surveying, they will go to the NZIBS website and search for a local building surveyor.
“In this day and age, we rely on our qualifications, and being an NZIBS member shows that you are part of a highly regarded Institute, the members of which are known for their expertise.”