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For plumbers applying for a skills assessment under the Offshore Skills Assessment Program (OSAP).

Eligibility

You will need to do a skills assessment with a TRA-approved registered training organisation (RTO). If you are successful, you will receive an Offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR).

You can then apply with Australian State and Territory licensing authorities for a:

  • provisional licence
  • registration, or
  • certificate.

As there is no nationally agreed gap training package for migrant plumbers who hold an OTSR, it is at the discretion of each plumbing state and territory licencing board to provide a pathway for the issuing of the Certificate III in Plumbing and/or a ‘full’ occupational licence.

Applicants are advised that the cost, pathway and length of time it takes to complete the licensing requirements after a successful TRA skills assessment can differ in each state and territory.

Next Steps

The requirements for getting a licence vary depending on the state or territory you want to work in.

To find out more, please select the state or territory you are planning to work in:

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 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

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

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 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

Overseas applicants, who have completed the OTSR from a TRA-approved registered training organisation (RTO), may be 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 an occupational licence for the work.

Applications must include provide copies of the applicant’s qualifications, overseas licences (if held) and details of experience held.  Applicants may be required to undergo a written, oral or practical examination to assess the applicant’s ability to competently practise the plumbing and drainage trade in Queensland as part of the application process.

Overseas qualified applicants may be required to complete additional training or assessment by a Registered Training Organisation to be eligible for an occupational licence allowing unsupervised work.  Contractor licensing requirements also apply in Queensland.

For further information about applying for a plumbing or drainage licence in Queensland please refer to the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) website at www.qbcc.qld.gov.au

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.

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 654 499 (within Australia) or +61 3 6166 4600 for overseas callers, or email: cbos.info@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

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

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 Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety 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 Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety on 1300 489 099  or email: plumbers@dmirs.wa.gov.au.   

Skills assessments

RTOs and countries or Special Administrative Regions (SARs) for OSAP skills assessments:

Australian Trade Training College

Website: www.attc.org.au 

Phone: 1300 017 199 or +61 7 3414 5997

Australia, China, Malaysia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom

VETASSESS

Website: www.vetassess.com.au

Phone: +61 3 9655 4801

Australia, Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom

Contact us

You can email us for more information about:

  • the Offshore Skills Assessment Program
  • plumbing assessments
  • Australian context gap training.