Plumber - occupational

Scope of work

Plumbing work, other than plumbing work for which an endorsement on a plumbers licence is required to perform the work

Qualifications required

  1. Successful completion of competencies in the Queensland apprenticeship in plumbing and drainage that would allow the applicant to qualify for a Certificate III in Plumbing; or
  2. A Certificate III in Plumbing completed through an apprenticeship in an Australian jurisdiction other than Queensland; or
  3. A qualification completed through an apprenticeship in Australia which has been assessed and verified by a registered training organisation as at least equivalent to a Certificate III in Plumbing; or
  4. A qualification completed through an apprenticeship in another country which has been assessed and verified by a registered training organisation as at least equivalent to a Certificate III in Plumbing; or
  5. A qualification completed through an apprenticeship in another country which has been assessed and verified by an RTO as at least equivalent to a Certificate III in Plumbing because the applicant has also successfully completed relevant gap training competencies recognised in the National Register on Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Australia; or
  6. A Certificate III in Plumbing completed other than as part of an apprenticeship, provided that the qualification was not obtained through a recognition of prior learning process that relied on the applicant performing unlawful work (including work without the required licence). 

Experience required

(a) At least one year’s practical plumbing experience after successful completion of the plumbing and draining apprenticeship; or
(b) practical experience at least equivalent to the practical experience mentioned in paragraph (a).

How to apply for a plumber's and/or drainer's licence

If you have completed your relevant qualification and don't have the required practical experience, complete Form 21 Application for plumbing occupational licence and/or endorsement (PDF).

If you have completed your relevant qualification and have at least one year's practical experience as a plumber and/or drainer, complete the following:

How do I submit my application?

  • GPO Box 5099, Brisbane QLD 4001 (please don’t send in original documents such as qualifications unless we request them)
  • email at info@qbcc.qld.gov.au
  • in person at your nearest QBCC Office

For more information about the application process see Apply for an plumbing and draining licence.