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 work
  2. for main classes of plumbing work, meet the minimum experience requirements of:
    1. an apprenticeship and two years of experience (after your apprenticeship); or
    2. six years of experience (if you have not completed an apprenticeship)
  3. have successfully completed the common and class-specific units of competency
  4. successfully complete the VBA’s examination of competencies for that class; and
  5. be covered by the required insurance.

To be licensed in some specialised classes of plumbing work, you must already be registered in certain main classes.

What training and exams do I need to complete?

Common (business-related) competencies

For a licence in all classes of plumbing work, you must have successfully completed the following units of competency OR passed the VBA’s examination of these competencies:

  • BSBSMB401A Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business
  • CPCPCM4011A Carry out work based risk control processes
  • CPCPCM4012A Estimate and cost work

You can find out which RTOs and TAFEs offer training in these competencies by searching myskills.gov.au.

In your application for a plumbing licence, you must either:

  • provide a Statement of Attainment from an RTO confirming you have completed these competencies; OR
  • if you believe you have knowledge and competence equal to the competencies, you can request to sit the VBA’s examination of these competencies.

You must have submitted a licence application to be allowed to sit the examination.

Class-specific (technical) competencies

For a licence in all classes of plumbing work, you must successfully complete the technical units of competency for each class AND pass the VBA’s examination of the relevant competencies.

You can find out which RTOs and TAFEs offer training in these competencies by searching myskills.gov.au.

You will need to provide a Statement of Attainment with your licence application to confirm you have completed the required competencies.

You also need to pass the VBA’s examination of competencies for the class. If you complete the competency at a TAFE or with Master Plumbers Victoria, you will probably sit the VBA’s exam as part of the competency training course.

If you did not complete the exam as part of the competency training course, you can sit the exam at the VBA offices.

You will need to submit a licence application, with all required information, including the Statement of Attainment for the competencies you have completed. The VBA will process your application and contact you to book a time for you to sit the exam.

You cannot sit the exam at the VBA unless you have submitted a licence application to the VBA and completed the required competencies.

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.