Plumbing Licensing and Qualifications NSW

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Licence types

Plumbing, draining and gasfitting work is Specialist Work.

There are different types of licences available in NSW depending on whether you want to contract or supervise work.

A contractor licence allows you to contract and advertise to do work. You can only do the types of work described on your licence card. Contractor licences can be issued to individuals and to companies and partnerships. You can choose to have a contractor licence issued for one or three years.

A qualified supervisor certificate allows you to supervise and do the work described on your certificate. Qualified supervisor certificates are only issued to individuals. Certificates are issued for three years. A qualified supervisor certificate does not allow you to contract for work.

An endorsed contractor licence is issued to individuals who apply for a contractor licence and who also have the qualifications and experience needed to be a qualified supervisor. Endorsed contractor licence cards have ‘contractor licence (Q)’ printed on them to show they are equivalent to a Qualified Supervisor Certificate.

A tradesperson certificate allows you to do plumbing, drainage and gasfitting work with minimum supervision. Individuals who hold a tradesperson certificate cannot sign off on work. Any work you do must be overseen and signed off by someone who holds a contractor licence or qualified supervisor certificate. Tradesperson certificates are only issued to individuals. Certificates are issued for three years. Tradesperson certificates used to be known as a ‘journeyman’.

Tradesperson certificates can only be issued in select categories of plumbing, draining and gasfitting work. These are:

  • plumbing
  • water plumbing – fire protection systems
  • water plumbing – urban irrigation
  • draining and gasfitting.

Plumbing’ is water plumbing, sewerage or sanitary plumbing.

  • Water plumbing is work carried out in connection with the supply or conveyance of water. It includes the installation, alteration, extension, disconnection, removal, renewal, repair and maintenance of pipes, tanks, fixtures, appliances and fittings designed to convey, store, protect, treat, mix, measure, modify or regulate the flow of water, including hot water.
  • Sewerage work is the construction, alteration, extension, disconnection, removal, maintenance, repair, renewal, ventilation, flushing or cleansing of any sewerage service pipes, or fittings or fixtures connecting, or intended to connect, directly or indirectly with a sewer or onsite wastewater management systems.
  • Sanitary plumbing is work carried out in connection with the collection, conveyance or disposal of sewage, liquid trade wastes and other permitted discharges. It includes the installation, alteration, extension, disconnection, removal, renewal, repair and maintenance of pipes, tanks, fittings, appliances and fixtures designed to receive, convey, store, treat, modify or regulate the flow of sewage, liquid trade wastes or other permitted discharges. It includes the ventilation of those pipes, tanks, fittings, fixtures and appliances.

Plumbing work does not include the work of drainage or roof plumbing.

 

Qualifications and experience needed

The qualifications and experience you need to get a licence or certificate are listed in the link below by category of work.

To find organisations that deliver nationally recognised training, go to training.gov.au and search via the course code or name.

If you are currently an apprentice or trainee, you cannot apply for a licence or certificate. You must apply as soon as you finish your apprenticeship or traineeship to be able to keep doing air conditioning and refrigeration work.

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