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How to Become a Plumber in Australia

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In Australia, a plumber works with water supply, gas, drainage, sewerage, heating, cooling and ventilation systems. He installs and maintains pipes, drains, gutters, metal roofs and similar equipment. Due to the delicate nature of the work, the Australian government has regulations to ensure that plumbers have the necessary skills and training. To legally work as a plumber in Australia, a plumber has to get a registration or license. Each Australian state has an authority that oversees the registration and licensing of plumbers.

Attend a vocational education and training (VET) institution to obtain an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) certificate III, which includes at least two years of practical training, or an AQF certificate IV. If you already have equivalent qualifications that you obtained in other countries, get your skills assessed by authorities such as Vetassess or Trades Recognition Australia.

Contact the plumbing authority in your state or territory to find out about registration or licensing requirements. You need to contact Fair Trading in New South Wales, Plumbing Industry Commission in Victoria, Department of Infrastructure and Planning in Queensland, Office of Consumer and Business Affairs in South Australia, Plumbers Licensing Board or Office of Energy in Western Australia, Workplace Standards in Tasmania, Plumbers and Drainers Licensing Board or WorkSafe in Northern Territory, or Planning and Land Authority in Australian Capital Territory.

Take a course and a test to demonstrate your competency to the local plumbing authority, if necessary.

Obtain application forms for plumbing registration or licensing from your local authority. Complete the forms and collect all the supporting documents such as education and training certificates, police certificates and photographs. Include payment for any applicable fees. Depending on the state or territory, you might have to pay by check, money order or credit card.

Submit your application to your local plumbing registration and licensing authority.

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Edriaan Koening began writing professionally in 2005, while studying toward her Bachelor of Arts in media and communications at the University of Melbourne. She has since written for several magazines and websites. Koening also holds a Master of Commerce in funds management and accounting from the University of New South Wales.

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