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Plumber

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What's it like to be a Plumber?

Plumbers are specialist tradespeople who install and repair water, drainage, gas and sewerage pipes and systems. They often specialise; for example, they may work on large-scale construction projects or focus more of smaller domestic projects. Plumbers often work closely with other tradespeople and project management teams.

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You can become a Plumber by completing a three-to-four-year long apprenticeship, during which time you need to be employed as an apprentice. As part of your training, you will complete a Certificate III in Plumbing (CPC32420).

  1. Complete a Certificate III in Plumbing (CPC32420) as part of an apprenticeship.
  2. Ensure you have a Construction Induction Card (White Card) which will enable you to work on construction sites. Some hirers may also prefer you to have a current driver’s licence, Working with Children Check and access to your own tools.
  3. Apply for the required licences and accreditation to work as a Plumber in your state or territory. Check with your local licensing authority for specific details.
  4. To carry out more advanced or specialised work, consider further study such as a Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services (CPC40920).

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Certificate III in Plumbing

This qualification provides the skills to prepare for a role in the plumbing industry.

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Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services

This certificate covers the common skills needed for different roles within the plumbing industry. It also allows you to specialise in some areas.
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Certificate II in Plumbing

This qualification builds the basic skills and knowledge needed to prepare for a career in the plumbing industry.

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Aug 2019
Plumbing, the up's and downs from a plumbers perspective.
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Plumbing
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Commercial and domestic
The good things
After 20+ years in the plumbing industry it's safe to say I've experienced most of the opportunities plumbing has to offer, good and bad. Let us start by listing some of the positive factors that "you...
The challenges
After 20+ years in the plumbing industry it's safe to say I've experienced most of the opportunities plumbing has to offer, good and bad. Let us start by listing some of the positive factors that "you...
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Jun 2021
First five years are hard, then it become good. You will enjoy it.
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Plumbing
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Construction plumbing
The good things
Plumbing has a great future if you wanna work for yourself in the future. Good money as well if you are working for a company. Promotion opportunities.
The challenges
Plan then work. If you just start working without thinking you might have to do the job twice.
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