Plumbing Licence

1. Plumbing Licence

The Building Act 1993 regulates plumbing practitioners, plumbing work and plumbing standards. Its objective is to protect the safety and health of people, and the integrity of the water supply.

To uphold this objective, the VBA licenses plumbers to ensure they carry out plumbing work competently and safely. The VBA decides whether to grant applications for a licence in a class or specialised class of plumbing work based on an assessment of the applicant’s competencies.

Victoria’s Plumbing Regulations 2018 defines ten main classes of plumbing work and five specialised classes.

To be licensed to carry out a class of plumbing work, you must:

  1. be eligible for registration in that class of plumbing;
  2. undergo an examination of the competencies required to be licensed in that class; and
  3. complete the Plumbing Licence Application Form and return it to the VBA for assessment.

The Plumbing Regulations 2018 introduced a minimum requirement that must be met in order for a registered plumber to apply for their plumbing licence. You will need the following experience:

  • an apprenticeship and two years of experience (after your apprenticeship);
  • OR
  • six years of experience (if you have not completed an apprenticeship).

You must also provide the VBA with a current Certificate of Currency as evidence of your insurance cover.

What training courses should I complete?

You do not need to complete a specific course to become a licensed plumber, but to pass the exam, you may need to undertake training at a registered training organisation.

Booking a plumbing licence exam

To book your plumbing licence exam, phone 1300 815 127. Find out what exam fees apply.

Plumbing licence exams are conducted by the VBA. You will be advised of the details when you book the exam.

You will need to bring a relevant copy of the Australian Standards and Regulations to the exam. If you do not bring a copy of the Standards and Regulations, you will not be allowed to sit the exam.

Application fee

You need to pay $55.49 including GST to lodge your application form with the VBA. The Plumbing Licence Application Form explains how to pay this fee.

If your application is granted, you will also need to pay a licence fee. For a full list of fees, please refer to plumbing licensing and registration fees.