Plumber, drainer and gasfitter licence


In the ACT, plumbers, drainers and gasfitters must be licensed under the Construction Occupations (Licensing) Act 2004 and meet all the eligibility requirements.

Plumber licence classes

Each licence class has different scopes of work and may be subject to conditions. You need to know your class before applying.

Sanitary plumber

  • Perform sanitary plumbing work without supervision.
  • Not automatically authorised to perform backflow prevention testing. Find out how to apply for a backflow prevention testing endorsement.

Water supply plumber

  • Perform water supply plumbing work without supervision.
  • Includes work on fire sprinkler networks for class one and two buildings (residential buildings) only if the pipe work of the system is less than 25 mm in diameter.
  • Not automatically authorised to perform backflow prevention testing. Find out how to apply for a backflow prevention testing endorsement.

Irrigation plumber

  • Perform installation work on irrigation networks and related equipment.
  • Not automatically authorised to perform backflow prevention testing. Find out how to apply for a backflow prevention testing endorsement.

Journeyperson plumber

  • Perform sanitary plumbing work and water supply work under supervision of an individual with a sanitary plumber licence or water supply plumber licence (depending on the type of work being undertaken).
  • Not automatically authorised to perform backflow prevention testing. Find out how to apply for a backflow prevention testing endorsement.

Fire sprinkler fitter

  • Perform fire sprinkler work on a fire hydrant or fire hose connection point.
  • Not automatically authorised to perform backflow prevention testing. Find out how to apply for a backflow prevention testing endorsement.

Journeyperson fire sprinkler fitter

  • Perform fire sprinkler work on a fire hydrant or fire hose connection point under the supervision of an individual with a fire sprinkler fitter licence.
  • Not automatically authorised to perform backflow prevention testing. Find out how to apply for a backflow prevention testing endorsement.
Drainer licence classes

Each licence class has different scopes of work and may be subject to conditions. You need to know your class before applying.

Advanced sanitary drainer

  • Perform sanitary drainage work without supervision.

Journeyperson sanitary drainer

  • Perform sanitary drainage work under supervision of a licensee with an advanced sanitary drainer licence.

Operative drainer

  • Perform sanitary drainage work under supervision of a licensee with an advanced sanitary drainer licence.
Gasfitter licence classes

Each licence class has different scopes of work and may be subject to conditions. You need to know your class before applying.

Advanced gasfitter

  • Perform gasfitting work on pressures over 21 kPA without supervision.
  • Not authorised to perform work on liquid phase gas installations.

General gasfitter

  • Perform gasfitting work on pressures over 21 kPA under supervision and gasfitting work under 21 kPA without supervision.
  • Not authorised to perform work on liquid phase gas installations.

Journeyperson gasfitter

  • Gasfitting work on pressures over 21 kPA under the supervision of a licensee with an advanced gasfitter licence
  • Gasfitting work on pressures under 21 kPA under the supervision of a licensee with an advanced gasfitter licence or general gasfitter licence
  • LPG (vapour or liquid) installations under the supervision of a licensee with an LPG gasfitter (vapour phase) licence or LPG gasfitter (liquid phase) licence.

LPG gasfitter (vapour phase)

  • Perform work on LPG (vapour phase) installations without supervision.

LPG gasfitter (liquid phase)

  • Perform work on LPG (liquid phase) installations without supervision.

Restricted automotive – LPG

  • Perform work on LPG installations on motor vehicles.

Restricted automotive – NGV

  • Perform work on NGV installations on motor vehicles.

Restricted automotive – LPG forkflits

  • Perform work on LPG installations on forklifts.

Restricted automotive – NGV forklifts

  • Perform work on NGV installations on forklifts.

Eligibility

You need certain qualifications to apply for a plumber, drainer or gasfitter licence. These are explained in the Construction Occupations (Licensing) (Qualifications) Declaration 2019 and Gas Safety Act 2000.

Where multiple methods are listed for a particular licence class, you are only required to meet one of the methods listed.

Interstate licence holders

You may be able to apply for an ACT licence if you’re already licensed in another state or territory. Find out more about mutual recognition.

Start your application

To start your plumber, drainer or gasfitter licence application, collect your evidence and review the fees. Then complete and lodge:

Note, you can start an online application and save it to return to later. Your application won’t be submitted until the documents are lodged and fee paid.

Timeframe

The assessment of your application will take at least four weeks.

If your application is incomplete, or we need more information or verification, the assessment will take more time. Requests for more information will be sent to you via email.

Assessments of applications will not be fast tracked in any circumstances.

Your responsibilities

If granted a plumber, drainer or gasfitter licence, you are responsible for the administration and requirements of that licence. This includes:

Other licences

If you have a corporation or partnership and intend to contract, sub-contract and/or advertise to carry out a construction service in the ACT, you will also need a corporation or partnership licence.

More information

Find out how to:

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Legislation

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