Australia's plumbing services sector is an important part of the building and construction industry, supplying plumbing installation, maintenance and repair services to fittings and fixtures that form part of the processes of catchment, treatment and distribution of waste, liquids, and gases. In order to ensure quality compliance with industry-related guidelines and building standard of the predominantly small-scale contracting firms which comprise it, the industry is highly regulated.
Plumbing Licence Facts
Strict building standards ensure the health and safety of the people of Australia, which is why the industry regulates the tradespeople who perform draining, gasfitting and plumbing services by providing licences per state or territory in which the services will be provided.
Quality plumbing services are in constant and growing demand and licensed plumbers can take advantage of better employment opportunities. Below is a full guide on how plumbers can obtain licensing for their preferred state.
Do I Really Need a Plumbing Licence?
Most states and territories in Australia require plumbers to be registered and licenced in order to work on gasfitting, drainage or plumbing projects. Licensing is only granted when a person has shown sufficient skills, knowledge and experience to ensure that the tradesperson will maintain the integrity of fittings and fixtures used in the catchment, treatment and distribution of waste products, liquids and gases. Therefore, only licenced gas fitters and plumbers may work on these types of systems.
How to Apply for a Plumbing Licence
While the rules vary by state and territory, most regulations require that a plumber is registered and licenced in order to perform any gasfitting, draining, and plumbing work. Most states and territories do share procedures, such as the nationally recognised qualification, which is either:
Certificate III in Plumbing BCP30103/CPC32408/CPC32411/CPC32412/CPC32413 (incl. apprenticeship in plumbing)
Experience plumbers who lack formal qualifications can use Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to accelerate the licence application process by having their skills assessed and recognised based on past evidence.
Plumbing Licence in Tasmania (TAS)
The Department of Justice regulates electrical, gasfitting and plumbing licences in Tasmania.
In order to work as a plumber in Tasmania, you must enter into an apprenticeship or plumbing training under a qualified licensed plumber, using a provisional licence before you may obtain a plumbing licence. Upon achievement of a Certificate III in Plumbing or a satisfactory Statement of Results obtained from an RTO, you may apply for a plumber licence.
How to Apply
Follow the process outlined below to apply for your plumbing licence:
- 1.Obtain the required documents and application forms from the Tasmanian Department of Justice offices, or visit their website to download and print the documents.
- 2.Lodge your application at your nearest Service Tasmania Shop or the Department of Justice, paying your application fee (approximately $38.25) at the same time.
- 3.Your application should be processed in approximately 2 weeks.
New Zealand, Interstate & Overseas Recognition
Individuals who hold licences from another state or territory may still obtain a plumber licence in Tasmania by completing the Mutual Recognition Building Practitioner Application forms.
Recognition of Prior Learning provides a legitimate opportunity to reward individuals who have obtained the required skills and experience by means of providing non-classroom based evidence towards meeting the outcomes demanded by the relevant qualification.
Skills Certified Australia can help you understand how RPL can make available the qualifications you need to push your career to the next level.