Plumbing licences

1. Overview

The Building Act 1993 (Vic) 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 2008 define eight main classes of plumbing work, and six specialised classes.

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

  • be eligible for registration in that class of plumbing
  • And
  • undergo an examination of the competencies required to be licensed in that class. To pass this exam, you may need to undertake training at a registered training organisation.

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

Application fee

You need to pay $54.60 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 read Plumbing licensing and registration fees.

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