Migrant Plumbers

If you are applying for a skills assessment under the Offshore Skills Assessment Program (OSAP) in the licensed occupation of Plumber (General), you will be required to apply for a skills assessment through a TRA-approved registered training organisation (RTO). If successful, you will be issued an Offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR)

An OTSR holder is also eligible to apply for permanent migration with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).
 
Applicants seeking a skills assessment for migration purposes only (excluding applicants for subclass 485 or 457 visas) for the occupation of Plumber (General) who do NOT hold a passport from a nominated country, are eligible to apply for an assessment under the TRA Migration Skills Assessment (MSA) Program.
 
An OTSR holder is eligible to apply for a provisional licence, registration or certificate with Australian State and Territory licensing authorities. This will allow you to work as a Plumber (General) under supervision while completing the Australian context gap training.
 
IMPORTANT: Each State and Territory has different requirements in relation to Australian context gap training for the licensed occupation of Plumber (General). For more information on Australian context gap training in the State or Territory in which you are planning to work please click on the relevant links below .
  

Collapsed - Australian Capital Territory

Overseas applicants, who have completed the OTSR from a TRA Approved registered training organisation (RTO), will need to contact the Construction Occupations Registrar of the ACT Government who that is responsible for issuing plumbing licences in the Australian Capital Territory. The Construction Occupations Registrar is a part of Access Canberra.

For more specific information about plumbing licences in the Australian Capital Territory, please contact Access Canberra on
+61 2 6207 8096
.

Collapsed - Northern Territory

Overseas applicants, who have completed the OTSR from a TRA-approved registered training organisation (RTO), are eligible for Conditional Journeyman Registration for a period of 12 months. Conditional Journeyman Registration is not transferrable to any other State or Territory.

While holding conditional registration you must attend a RTO in the Northern Territory to complete identified Australian context gap training to obtain the Certificate III in Plumbing. You will also need to be employed by, and work under the supervision of an Advanced Tradesman licence holder to gain practical experience in the Australian context for 12 months. At the end of the 12 months, you can apply for full Journeyman Registration.

The Northern Territory Plumbers and Drainers Licensing Board is responsible for issuing plumbing licences and registration in the Northern Territory. For detailed information on overseas trained applicants please also visit Plumbers and Drainers Licensing Board - Policies

For more specific information about Plumbers and Drainers licences in the Northern Territory please contact the Plumbers and Drainers Licensing Board on (08) 8936 4083 or pdlb@nt.gov.au

For more information on the Certificate III in Plumbing and Australian context Gap Training (cost/time) please contact the following Northern Territory RTOs:

​Charles Darwin University
Name: Ray Simpson
T: +61 8 8946 7679 (outside Australia) – (08) 8946 7679 (within Australia)
E: bdc@cdu.edu.au with copy to ray.simpson@cdu.edu.au
W: Charles Darwin University

Gordon Institute of TAFE
Name: Peter Rintel
T: +61 409 186 583 (outside Australia) – 0409 186 583 (within Australia)
E: printel@gordontafe.edu.au
W: Gordon Institute of TAFE

Collapsed - New South Wales

Overseas applicants, who have completed the OTSR from a TRA-approved registered training organisation (RTO), are eligible to be issued a Provisional Tradesperson Certificate for a period of 36 months.

The Holder of a Provisional Tradesperson Certificate must work under the supervision of a holder of the Endorsed Contractor Licence or Qualified Supervisor's Certificate in Plumbing. You will also need to be enrolled in an approved training course to complete Australian context gap training before being issued the Certificate III in Plumbing and the full Tradesperson Certificate.

New South Wales has the following three (3) types of licence/certificate for plumbing, drainage and gasfitting:

  • Tradesperson Certificate, which allows the holder to work as an employee under general supervision
  • Qualified Supervisor Certificate, which allows the holder to work as an employee, or supervise the work
  • Endorsed Contractor Licence, which is for a sole trader who can contract for work and undertake or supervise the work.

NSW Fair Trading is responsible for issuing plumbing licences and certificates in New South Wales. For detailed information on overseas trained applicants please also visit NSW Fair Trading - Overseas Applicants.

For more specific information about plumbers and drainers licences/certificates in New South Wales, please contact NSW Fair Trading on 13 32 20 (within Australia) or +61 2 9895 0111 for overseas callers.

For information on Certificate III in Plumbing and Australian context gap training (cost/time) please contact the following New South Wales RTOs:

TAFE NSW
T: 131 601
W: TAFE NSW

Master Plumbers Association (MPA Training)
T: 1800 424 181
E: info@masterplumbers.com.au
W: Master Plumbers Association

Collapsed - Queensland

Overseas applicants must be assessed and approved by the Complex Licensing Panel before they can proceed to evidential profiling with an authorised provider. Please note: if the applicant is unsuccessful they may be required to undergo a four (4) year apprenticeship to gain the necessary skills and qualifications to gain a plumbers or drainage licence in Queensland.

After evidential profiling an applicant will be issued with a provisional licence (with conditions) that may require the applicant to undergo further studies within a 2 year period. Applicants must provide proof of enrolment (minimum of 6 modules) prior to gaining a provisional licence (with conditions). For further information about applying for a plumbing or drainage licence in Queensland please refer to the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) website www.qbcc.qld.gov.au.

Collapsed - South Australia

Overseas applicants, who have completed the OTSR from a TRA-approved registered training organisation (RTO), are eligible to be issued Restricted Registration. A Restricted Registration holder is required to work under supervision, and should obtain advice and direction from the supervising unrestricted plumbing worker before commencing any work. On completion of your work, the supervisor must check that the work is implemented correctly before it is in use.

Holder of Restricted Registration must attend a RTO in South Australia to complete identified Australian context gap training to be issued an approved qualification. A copy of the qualification along with an academic transcript, will need to be supplied when you apply for a change in condition of your registration with Consumer and Business Services to remove the restriction of working under direct supervision.

Consumer and Business Services are responsible for issuing plumbing licences and registration in South Australia. For detailed information on overseas trained applicants please also visit Overseas Qualifications.

For more specific information about plumbing licencing and registration in South Australia please contact the Consumer and Business Services on 131 882 (within Australia) or +61 8 8204 8532 (outside Australia), or email: occupational@sa.gov.au.

 

Collapsed - Tasmania

Overseas applicants, who have completed the OTSR from a TRA-approved registered training organisation (RTO), are eligible to be issued a Provisional Licence for a period of 12 months. A Provisional Licence holder must work under the supervision of a current holder of the Practitioner or Contractor Licence in Plumbing. You will also need to be enrolled in an approved training course to complete Australian context gap training before being issued the Certificate III in Plumbing and the Practitioner Licence.

The Department of Justice is responsible for issuing plumbing licences in Tasmania. For detailed information on overseas trained applicants please also visit Persons from other Countries.

For specific information about plumbing licenses and Australian context gap training in Tasmania please contact the Department of Justice on 1300 366 322 (within Australia) or +61 3 6166 4600 for overseas callers, or email: wstinfo@justice.tas.gov.au.

For more information on the Certificate III in Plumbing and Australian context gap training (cost/time) please contact TasTAFE:

TasTAFE
T: 1300 655 307
W: TasTAFE

 

Collapsed - Victoria

Overseas applicants, who have completed the OTSR from a TRA-approved registered training organisation (RTO), will need to contact the Victorian Building Authority who is responsible for issuing plumbing licences and registration in Victoria.

For more specific information about plumbing licences and registration in Victoria, please contact the Victorian Building Authority on 1300 815 127 or customerservice@vba.vic.gov.au

Collapsed - Western Australia

Overseas applicants, who have completed the OTSR from a TRA-approved registered training organisation (RTO), are eligible to apply for a Provisional Tradesperson's licence. The licence is valid for a period of 12 Months.

The holder of a Provisional Tradesperson's licence can work under the supervision of a licenced Plumbing Contractor or Tradesperson to gain practical experience in the Australian context. The holder of a Provisional Tradesperson's licence must also attend a RTO to complete identified Australian context gap training to qualify for the Certificate III in Plumbing (Migrant Gap Training).

On completion of the Certificate III in Plumbing (Migrant Gap Training), holders of a Provisional Tradesperson's Licence may apply to the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) for a Tradesperson's licence. In Western Australia, a Tradesperson can undertake plumbing work under the general control and supervision of a licence Plumbing Contractor. Further training is required for the holder of a Tradesperson licence to be eligible to apply for a Plumbing Contractor's Licence.

The PLB is responsible for issuing plumbing licences and permits in Western Australia. The Building Commission administers occupational licences for the PLB and is the first point of contact for the PLB. For detailed information on overseas trained applicants please visit the Provisional Tradesperson's licence page.

For more specific information about plumbing licences and gap training in Western Australia, please contact the Western Australian Building Commission on +61 8 6251 1377 or 1300 489 099 email: bcinfo@commerce.wa.gov.au.  

 

 

The TRA approved RTOs and countries or Special Administrative Regions (SARs) where skills assessments for Plumber (General) are conducted for the OSAP are listed below:
  • VETASSESS Website: www.vetassess.com.au Phone +61 3 9655 4801
    • Australia, Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom
  • Victoria University Website: www.vu.edu.au/skilled-migration Phone +61 3 9919 7365
    • Australia, China, Fiji, Hong Kong SAR, Ireland, Macau SAR, Philippines, United Kingdom, Vietnam

Please contact Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) at 457SkillsAssessment@education.gov.au for more specific information about the OSAP or any other information in relation to Plumbing Skills Assessments and Australian context gap training.

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