Upcoming MPAQ PIPEs

Builders on site

As plumbers, many of you work outside by yourselves and rarely get the chance to have a yarn to other plumbers about issues that affect you in your day-to-day work.

PIPEs (Plumbing Industry Panel and Expos) are a free event held by Master Plumbers Association Queensland (MPAQ) for those of you working in the industry, where you can do just that.

Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been working longer than you care to remember,  PIPEs are a chance to meet up and keep up to date with important industry information.


A career in plumbing – it’s more than just pipes

From a luxury hotel on the Gold Coast to a large-scale mining project in the Queensland outback, plumbers can find work anywhere.

They work with water, gas, welding, electrical, and solar industries.

So if you think you’ve got what it takes to be a plumber, why not take a TAFE Queensland plumbing course and/or do an apprenticeship? 

More information about plumbing and other trades is available at TAFE Queensland SkillsTech.


Who is responsible for submitting a NW Form 4?

When it comes down to who has responsibility for lodging a Form 4 – Notifiable work, it may be worth remembering that the fully licensed plumber and/or fully licensed drainer is considered the ‘responsible person’ for the work that is being carried out under the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002.  

While there are many provisional plumbers and drainers who have submitted a Form 4 on the Plumbing Application Service (PAS), we prefer that forms are lodged by fully licensed plumbers and/or drainers.


Plumbing apprentices must be ready to get licensed

Plumber doing plumbing work

Doing an apprenticeship is hard work and the reward at the end of it is a provisional plumbing and drainage licence.

Plumbing and drainage apprentices must be ready to apply for their QBCC provisional plumbing and drainage licence as soon as they have a Certificate III in hand.

Given apprentices already have knowledge and working experience, a licence may just seem like a piece of paper but it's against the law to do even an hour of plumbing and drainage work without a licence.