Plumbing apprentices get schooled in licensing requirements

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.

Apprentices may not be aware that working unlicensed can cost not only the individual caught operating without the appropriate licence, but also the plumber who has supervised or directed the unlicensed person. 

Fines for individuals carrying out unlicensed plumbing and drainage work are $1305.50 per offence under section 119 of the Plumbing and Drainage Act, and fines for licensed plumbing contractors who have engaged unlicensed persons to perform regulated plumbingwork are $1305.50 per offence (maximum penalty amount is 165 penalty points which is currently an amount equal to $21,540.75).