Plumbers licence – name change

To help consumers understand what services a plumber is licensed to perform, Consumer and Business Services (CBS) has worked closely with the plumbing industry to review and simplify plumbing licence names.

The revised licence names won’t change the scope of work that the plumber could perform before the changes.

The new plumbing worker registrations include:

  • Advanced plumber – can perform any plumbing work
  • Restricted advanced plumber – can perform plumbing work as per their plumbing specialty
  • Plumber – must work under the direction of an Advanced Plumber or Restricted Advanced Plumber per their plumbing specialty
  • Restricted plumber – must work under supervision eg an apprentice or an overseas trained plumber undertaking Australian context gap training

For example:

Current licence New licence
Plumbing Workers Registration
Can provide technical direction and able to certify
OR
Can perform any plumbing work
Plumbing Worker Registration
Advanced plumber
Can perform any plumbing work
Restricted Plumbing Workers Registration – Water Plumbing Work Restricted Plumbing Worker Registration
Restricted Advanced Plumber
Can perform water plumbing work
Restricted Plumbing Workers Registration – Sanitary Plumbing – Under technical direction Restricted Plumbing Worker Registration
Plumber
Can perform sanitary plumbing work under the direction of an appropriately registered plumbing worker
Restricted Plumbing Workers Registration – While employed under a contract of training, limited to any plumbing work under the supervision of an appropriately registered plumbing worker.  Does not include the installation, alteration, repair or maintenance of fire sprinklers Restricted Plumbing Worker Registration
Restricted Plumber
While employed under a contract of training, limited to any plumbing work under the supervision of an appropriately registered plumbing worker. Does not include the installation, alteration, repair or maintenance of fire sprinklers

 

Clarification of plumbing terms (no change to scope of work)

Plumbing Work Plumbing work means sanitary plumbing work or draining work or water plumbing work or the installation or testing of backflow prevention devices.
Sanitary Plumbing Work Sanitary plumbing work means the installation, alteration, repair, maintenance or disconnection of pipes or equipment to receive and convey wastewater to sanitary drains (including associated plumbing ventilation equipment and pipework), and includes work of a class prescribed by regulation.
Draining Work Draining work means the installation, alteration, repair, maintenance or disconnection of sanitary drains or stormwater drains, and includes work of a class prescribed by regulation.
Sanitary drain means pipes and equipment to collect and convey wastewater from a sanitary plumbing installation to an on-site wastewater treatment facility or a public sewerage or effluent disposal system; and
Stormwater drain means pipes and equipment to collect and convey stormwater to a public stormwater disposal system.
Water Plumbing Work Water plumbing work means the installation, alteration, repair, maintenance or disconnection of water pipes or equipment (including water heaters) to be connected directly or indirectly to a public water supply system, and includes work of a class prescribed by regulation (includes the Installation and commissioning of fire hydrant and hose reel systems).
 Backflow Prevention Work Backflow prevention work consisting of the installation, alteration, repair, maintenance or disconnection of testable backflow prevention devices.
Fire Protection Fire protection work means the installation, alteration, repair, maintenance or disconnection/reconnection of fire protection pipes or fire protection equipment to be connected directly or indirectly to a public water supply system.
Irrigation Work Irrigation work means the installation, alteration, repair, maintenance or disconnection/reconnection of dedicated non-pressurised irrigation pipe work and equipment connected downstream of a backflow prevention device, master valve or solenoid valve.

Please contact CBS via occupational@sa.gov.au or phone 131 882 should you have queries in relation to the change of plumbing names.