The technical qualifications prescribed under the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Regulation 2018 (QBCC Regulation) for a Part 18 Plumbing and drainage licence as outlined in the Technical Qualifications for Licensing are as follows:
The PCA contains the technical requirements for plumbing in Australia. It is the critical link between the Plumbing Acts and Regulations in each State and Territory and product or installation standards.
Plumbing compliance is more than meeting the requirements in the AS/NZS 3500 series of standards, you also need to comply with PCA requirements.
The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has a range of resources available to increase your knowledge of the PCA. Check out the ABCB Resource Library for details.
A joint investigation by the QBCC and Queensland Health has revealed that home owners are often not aware that hot water systems need to be serviced regularly.
Plumbers should remind home owners that it is generally recommended for hot water systems to be serviced by an appropriately licensed individual. Where the source water for the system is not a potable, reticulated source, the system may need to be serviced more frequently.
Technical Standards officers from the QBCC regularly visit active building sites across Queensland to audit the compliance of works with the National Construction Code, relevant Australian Standards and product manufacturer’s installation requirements.
In June, Trish Kubale, QBCC Team Leader, Plumbing and Pools Safety Licensing and Courteney Parun, QBCC Plumbing and Pools Safety Licensing Officer gave a presentation to a class of 15 students completing their Certificate III in Plumbing at the Services Trades College in Salisbury.
The recent Notifiable Work (NW) communication campaign has delivered excellent results with the number of lodgements of Form 4/4A continuing to increase steadily. The growing number of lodgements reflects the greater awareness of the Notifiable Work scheme, both within the industry and with homeowners.
The QBCC has stepped in to support the industry and licensees by responding to technical enquiries and providing educational material and guidance.
Under the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 (PD Act), in order to direct or supervise the performance of work, a supervising licensee must ensure they hold the appropriate licence for the work, including any endorsements.
Apprentices must get their licence as soon as they complete their apprenticeship in order to keep carrying out plumbing and drainage work.
Last month, our Plumbing Occupational Licensing Team spoke to apprentices in the last year of their Certificate III in Plumbing at the Service Trades College in Brisbane about the QBCC’s requirements for provisional, open and trade contractor licensing.
Our QBCC Team will be visiting many more apprentices between now and the end of the year to remind them to get a licence when they finish their training.