PBS Certifiers are highly experienced, competent and suitably qualified tradespeople or engineers. They are responsible for a crucial step in the PBS approval process, inspecting vehicles to confirm the built vehicle meets the design requirements specified in the Design Approval issued by the NHVR.
Once the PBS Certifier has determined that the built vehicle complies with the requirements detailed in the Design Approval, they may apply to the NHVR for a Vehicle Approval to be issued.
PBS Certifiers must be appointed by the NHVR and are bound by the PBS Vehicle Certification Rules - April 2019 (PDF, 784KB)
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List of current PBS Certifiers
|Business Name||Contact Details||Address|
|ADR Compliance Services||
|Bisitecniks Pty Ltd
Eddie van den Berg
|2/104 Elizabeth Street
Launceston TAS 7250
PO Box 21
Kings Meadows TAS 7249
|7/326 Settlement Road
Thomastown VIC 3074
|K.D. Cowell & Associates
|11/12 Yatala Road
Mount Kuring-Gai NSW 2080
|Kenndel Pty Ltd||
|323 Zingelmann Road
Woolooman Qld 4310
|Nebcoh Pty Ltd||
|Suite 2.03, 789 Toorak Road
Hawthorn East, VIC, 3123
|Prain Consulting Pty Ltd||
Ph: (03) 9791 5063
|Unit 2, 1 Monterey road
Dandenong South Victoria 3175
|Smart Heavy Vehicle Certifications||
Robert JG Smedley
New South Wales
|TEC National Pty Ltd
|Tiger Spider||Brendan Coleman
Ph: (03) 9537 1027
M: 0427 940 799
|106/181 St. Kilda Road
St. Kilda VIC 3182
|Transport Certification Services
|Factory 14/69 Acacia Road
Ferntree Gully, VIC 3156
|Transport Engineering and Management Pty Ltd||
|58 Alpha Road
Prospect SA 5082
|Truck Engineering Australia||
|Unit 14, 42 Smith Street
Capalaba QLD 4157
|Walsh Engineering Services||
Toowoomba Qld 4350
Seventeen Mile Rocks QLD 4073
How to become a PBS Certifier
Before completing the PBS Certifier Application form, applicants should ensure they meet the relevant suitability requirements including, qualifications and experience, eligibility and insurance considerations.
Ensure all details in the application form are completed and the following supporting documents are attached:
- Copies of relevant qualifications
- CV showing heavy vehicle experience
- A criminal history check (Police Name Check)
A Police Name Check can be obtained from the Police Identity Unit in the state or territory that the applicant lives. In some jurisdictions this is available as an online service.
Forward the completed application form by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, including "PBS Certifier application" in the subject line.
Qualifications and experience required
A mechanical trade qualification, or a mechanical engineering qualification, acceptable for associate membership of Engineers Australia (IEAust) is required to become a PBS Certifier.
Additionally, applicants must have 5 years of recent practical experience relevant to heavy vehicle design, inspection, maintenance or modification. Engineers eligible for professional membership of IEAust, may apply to be appointed as a PBS Certifier with 3 years of experience.
PBS Certifiers are also required to have good mathematical and reasoning skills, and good written communication skills.
The assessment process
Once an application has been received, an initial suitability assessment will be conducted by the NHVR.
Only applicants that meet the minimum qualifications, experience and character requirements will be considered for further assessment.
Once initial suitability is established the assessment process includes:
- an assignment intended to test the applicant’s understanding of the PBS Scheme and responsibilities as a PBS Certifier, including the ability to complete certification documentation.
NOTE: Some questions are technical in nature and will require a good understanding of the PBS Scheme Vehicle Certification Rules;
- an in-person interview
- review of application and assessment results by the PBS Review Panel.
Being appointed as a PBS Certifier
When an application is approved, the applicant is encouraged to obtain the required insurance. Once this requirement has been met, the NHVR will invite the applicant to enter into a PBS Certifier Agreement for a period of up to five years.
A template PBS Certifier Agreement can be found in Appendix A of the PBS Vehicle Certification Rules.
PBS Certifiers are required to have the following minimum insurance:
- $5 million professional indemnity insurance
- $10 million public liability insurance.
Insurance policies do not need to commence until the PBS Certifier Agreement with NHVR has been completed.
More information about insurance is available in the PBS Vehicle Certification Rules.
Renewing a PBS Certifier Appointment
When a PBS Certifier’s agreement is approaching its expiry date, they will need to apply to the NHVR to renew their agreement. Applications for renewal can be made by emailing the PBS team at email@example.com
When applying to renew a PBS Certifier Agreement, the applicant must:
- include ‘PBS Certifier Renewal’ in the subject line
- provide their PBS Certifier number and all other details relevant to the new PBS Certifier Agreement
- where a person’s criminal history has changed since their initial application or last renewal – provide a criminal history check (Police Name Check) issued within 60 days of their renewal application; and
- provide copies of their insurance policies.
PBS Certifiers are advised to submit their renewal application at least 2 months prior to expiry. By doing this, PBS Certifiers may continue to certify PBS vehicles past the expiry of their appointment and until their new agreement is in place. Where a renewal application is received less than 2 months prior to expiry, PBS Certifiers may only conduct inspections up to the expiry of their appointment and may only recommence once a new agreement has been made.