Plumber and drainer endorsements | Queensland Building and Construction Commission

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Scope of work: plumbers endorsements

Includes

Backflow prevention
  • Testing, commissioning and maintaining backflow prevention devices.
Thermostatic mixing valve
  • Testing, commissioning and maintaining thermostatic mixing valves.
Fire protection—commercial and industrial
  • Installing, maintaining and testing commercial and industrial fire sprinkler systems
  • Installing fire collars, if the installation is incidental to work mentioned above.
Fire protection—domestic and residential
  • Installing, maintaining and testing domestic and residential fire sprinkler systems
  • Installing fire collars, if the installation is incidental to work mentioned above.
Solar and heat pump hot water system installation
  • Installing, maintaining, repairing, replacing and testing solar and heat pump hot water systems
  • Installing fire collars, if the installation is incidental to work mentioned above.

Scope of work: drainers endorsements

Includes

On-site sewage facility maintenance
  • Maintaining on-site sewage facilities.

Eligibility requirements

You will need to provide photographic proof of identification with your application. 

  1. Technical qualifications — complete either:

    • CPCPWT4022A—Commission and maintain backflow prevention devices;
    • CMBPDRV001—Commission and maintain backflow prevention devices — completed within the last 5 years (For licensees who have held a a backflow prevention endorsement previously)
  2. Technical qualifications — complete:

    • CPCPWT4023A—Commission and maintain hot and heated water temperature control devices.
  3. Technical qualifications—complete:

    • Certificate III in Fire Protection CPC32813
  4. Technical qualifications—complete all:

    • CPCPFS3037A—Install domestic and residential life safety sprinkler systems
    • CPCPFS4021A—Commission domestic and residential fire suppression sprinkler systems
    • CPCPFS4024A—Design residential and domestic fire sprinkler systems
    • CPCPCM2043A—Carry out work health and safety requirements.
  5. Technical qualifications—complete:

    • QLD334SWH01A—Course in evaluating and planning the Installation of solar and heat pump water systems.
  1. Technical qualifications—complete both:

    • CPCPDR4013B—Design and size domestic treatment plant disposal systems
    • QLD334WEP01A—Maintain and service domestic treatment plants and on-site sewage facilities.

Application fees

The endorsement fee is the same whether you are applying for 1 or multiple endorsements in the one application.

Annual administration fee

In addition to the endorsement fee you will need to pay an annual administration fee of $73.19.

This only needs to be paid once per financial year per licensee. If you have already applied for another plumbing and/or draining licence or endorsement within the same financial year, you don’t need to pay the administration fee again.

$16.55

Endorsement application fee only.

$89.74

Endorsement application fee including annual admin fee.

How to apply

  1. You will need to provide certified copies  of your:

    • technical qualifications
    • photo identification (e.g. driver’s licence or passport).
  2. To complete your application you need to provide us with:

    • the completed form
    • supporting documentation
    • the application fee.

    You can lodge the application:

    • in person at a QBCC service centre and pay the fees by eftpos
    • by mail — add credit or debit card details to the application form and post it to us with all supporting documentation.

What happens next?

A specialist QBCC licensing assessment officer will carefully assess your application and will contact you if they have questions about your application.

We will process your application within 20 days unless

  • extra information is required
  • information is missing from the application.

We will notify you if we require extra time to process your application (up to an extra 20 days).

Applicants who satisfy all of the necessary requirements will be granted a licence. 

If your application is unsuccessful we will refund you the licence fee, however we will retain the cost of processing the application.

FAQs

An endorsement entitles you to perform specific types of work not covered under your existing licence.

You only need to apply once for each endorsement, with the exception of backflow prevention. In this case you must requalify every five years and then send us a copy of your revalidation qualification.

Plumbers, drainers and provisional licensees who want to specialise in any one of the areas listed below can apply. You will need to hold the relevant qualifications. An endorsement entitles you to perform specific types of work not covered under your existing licence.


Last reviewed: 30 Aug 2021 Last published: 27 Oct 2022
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