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How to Become a Plumber in Australia

8th March 2019



Recent studies show that Australian tradies could earn up to $90 per hour, and with a predicted 120,700 new job openings for plumbers by May 2020, now is the perfect time to become a plumber!


But how do you get started?


Australian Licensing

It's important to note that all plumbers in Australia need an Australian license to be able to work professionally. You also need to be licensed for the state you'll be working in due to the difference in regulations and safety codes.

If you're planning on coming to Australia to work as a plumber, you have to apply for an Offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR) where an assessor determines what skills need to be addressed in training.



To become a plumber in Australia, you have to undertake 1-4 years of apprenticeship work. You will also need to complete a Certificate III in Plumbing which is a nationally recognised qualification. Once you have the practical experience, you can undergo further study with a Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services to become a specialist plumber. Plumbers who wish to work on a construction site need to complete a construction induction training course and get their White Card, which is recognised in all Australian states.


Required Skills

·         Knowledge of how to install, maintain and repair all kinds of plumbing systems

·         An understanding of how boilers, pumps and heaters work

·         To be good with their hands

·         Ability to work in cramped spaces

·         Problem-solving skills

·         To be able to work in high-rise environments and various weather conditions

·         Organisational skills

·         Able to work independently

·          Enjoys practical work

·         Good mobility

·         Able to cope with physical demands

·         Able to work in challenging or extreme situations 

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