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 Victoria (VIC)
In order to perform any plumbing-related work in Victoria, you have to follow the strict rules of the Victorian Building Authority (VBA), including obtaining registration and plumbing licence and sufficient insurance to protect your customers and yourself.
Performing any plumbing work without a plumbing licence will result in serious penalties. Licensing is categorised by class, and you have to be registered for every class in which you intend to perform plumbing work, including water supply, gasfitting, drainage, irrigation (non-agricultural), sanitary, and roofing. The classes include:
- Type A Appliance Servicing
- Type A Appliance Conversion
- Type B Gasfitting
- Type B Gasfitting Advanced
- Refrigerated Air Conditioning
- Backflow Prevention
All the following are required if you want to be eligible for a plumbing licence in Victoria:
- Application process
- Existing registration for specialised plumbing work
- Successful completion of VBA licence examination
- Sufficient insurance
How to Apply
Simply follow the steps below to apply for your plumbing licence in Victoria, or for a specialised class of plumbing work:
- Download, print and complete the Plumbing Licence Application form.
- Recognition of interstate, New Zealand or overseas qualifications.
- Include your supporting documents, including the National Police Checking Service Informed Consent Form
- Any relevant documentation, on request
- Relevant documentation, if requested.
- Required fees.
- Submit your application in person or by mail.
Mutual Recognition is also available to individuals who are licenced in different states or territories or New Zealand.