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.
Tasks and duties
- Studying blueprints, drawings and specifications to determine the layout of plumbing systems and materials required.
- Installing hot and cold water systems and associated equipment.
- Installing gas appliances, flues and pressure regulating devices.
What can I earn as a Plumber?
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How to become a Plumber
- Find a licensed plumbing practitioner under whom you can do your apprenticeship. An Apprenticeship Network provider or Group Training Organisation in your area can assist you with finding a host employer and starting your apprenticeship.
- Complete a plumbing apprenticeship and the Certificate III in Plumbing (CPC32413). Additionally, if you plan to work in the construction industry, you’ll need to hold a White Card.
- Ensure you have the required licenses and accreditation to work as a plumber. Check with the licensing authority of the state you will be working in to ensure you’re compliant.
- Experienced plumbers can further their training and gain exposure to tasks they may not commonly encounter in their day-to-day work. The Diploma of Plumbing and Services (CPC50408) is aimed at specialist and senior plumbers.
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