Plumbing Licence and Registration - Victoria

Description

You will require this licence or registration if you intend to undertake plumbing work.

Plumbing work may only be carried out by plumbers that are licensed or registered to carry out that type of plumbing work. In addition, a person must not use the title of plumber or plumbing practitioner unless licensed or registered.

Plumbing work is split into the categories of main plumbing classes, restricted plumbing classes and specialised plumbing classes. There are eight main classes of plumbing work:

  • drainage
  • gas fitting
  • mechanical services
  • roofing (stormwater)
  • sanitary
  • water supply
  • irrigation (non-agricultural)
  • fire protection.

Restricted plumbing classes:

  • gas fitting: Type A appliances
  • roofing (stormwater): Class 10a buildings
  • water supply: Domestic hot water services
  • fire protection: Hydrants or hose reels, residential / commercial / industrial or domestic fire sprinklers, fire system pump sets
  • mechanical services: Refrigerated air-conditioning, solid fuel heaters, duct fixing, split systems.

Specialised plumbing classes:

  • Backflow prevention;
  • Type A gas appliance conversion
  • Type A gas appliance servicing
  • Type B gasfitting work
  • Refrigerated air-conditioning.

There are two types of plumbers - licensed and registered. Both types must be licensed and / or endorsed by the Agency to operate in any of the specified category of plumbing work.

A licensed plumber can operate in a specified class or classes of plumbing work, may issue compliance certificates and supervise other plumbers. Generally a licensed plumber has attained a higher level of qualifications and experience or knowledge and competence.

A registered plumber can operate in a specified class or classes of plumbing work but cannot issue compliance certificates or supervise other plumbers.

The Agency may approve a restricted or temporary licence or registration. The Agency may also approve a licence or registration with or without conditions and / or restrictions and may suspend or cancel a licence or registration in specified circumstances.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for plumbing registration and licences you must:

  • submit the approved application form
  • have relevant qualifications and experience or knowledge and competency
  • satisfy the Agency of specified circumstances
  • include proof of insurance cover (certificate of currency)
  • submit photograph and satisfy a police check
  • pay the prescribed fee.

In order to be licensed or registered to carry out plumbing works, you must fulfil one of the following education requirements:

  • Main plumbing classes: you must have completed a 4 year plumbing apprenticeship (2 years in the case of draining work) or have successfully completed a certificate III course relating to plumbing work or have the equivalent knowledge and competence, in the particular plumbing class.
  • Restricted and specialised plumbing classes: you must have completed a 4 year plumbing apprenticeship (2 years in the case of draining work) or have the equivalent knowledge and competence, in the particular special plumbing class and be endorsed by the Agency to carry out a particular class of specialised plumbing and have other additional specified qualifications and gas-fitting qualifications.

There is scope for an applicant to gain provisional registration or a restricted licence or registration in one or more class of plumbing work on the basis of limited qualifications and certain experience.

If you are licensed or registered in another State or Territory, and intend to conduct the work in Victoria your registration and / or licensing status will be recognised under the mutual recognition system but you must apply for recognition in Victoria. Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Prerequisites

Ongoing eligibility requirements

An application for renewal must be submitted 2 months before expiration and be accompanied by the prescribed fee.

Licensed plumbers are also required to purchase Compliance Certificates from the Agency to be issued by the licensed plumber at the completion of all plumbing works.

Duration

Registration - to be renewed every 3 years; Licences - to be renewed annually.

Fees

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Please consult the responsible agency for information on fees to be submitted with your application.

Lodgement process

Apply

Please lodge your application and all accompanying documentation directly with the Agency.

Application process

Renew

An application for renewal must be submitted 2 months before expiration and be accompanied by the prescribed fee.

Administering agency

Victorian Building Authority

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Plumbing

Victorian Building Authority

Operating address: Goods Shed North
733 Bourke Street
Docklands, Victoria 3008
Mailing address: PO BOX 536
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Phone: 1300 815 127
Fax: 03 9618 9062