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Plumber

A trade that’s in high demand.

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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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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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Plumber is between $65k and $75k

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How to become a Plumber


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You can become a Plumber by completing a 4-year apprenticeship, during which time you have to be employed in an apprenticeship arrangement. As part of this, you will complete the Certificate III in Plumbing (CPC32413), which is a nationally accredited qualification.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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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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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How do Plumbers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 15 Plumbers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.9
Job satisfaction
4.1
Career progression opportunities
3.9
Job security
3.5
Pay / Salary
3.6
Variety of work
4.2

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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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Aug 2019
Plumbing/Gas fitting- wouldn't choose anything else
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
new homes, construction, lecturing
The good things
Best part about being a plumber is the large amount of different areas i am able to work in with the qualification, no two days are the same. Huge opportunities for employment and able to earn a great...
The challenges
hardest part can be the physical side, hot and wet weather can play a large part
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What are the job opportunities for Plumbers?

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Job opportunities

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Projected job growthAlert

National increase over next 5 years *
9.5%
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Source: LMIP. Plumbers

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