How to start your plumbing career
In all States and Territories of Australia plumbing is a regulated trade. In Victoria the regulator of the plumbing industry is the Victorian Building Authority (VBA). All Master Plumbers apprentice training is carried our in accordance with VBA guidelines. To do plumbing work in Victoria you must be either:
- Licensed by the VBA,
- Registered by the VBA, or
- An Apprentice working under the supervision of a registered or licensed plumber
It is illegal to perform plumbing work as defined by the Plumbing Regulations 2018 unless you are one of the above. The regulatory framework and its application in Victoria is managed by the VBA.
There are different pathways to becoming a Registered or Licensed Plumber in Victoria. As part of your decision making, you should be aware that as Registered and Licensed trade, there is a strict process in place, administered by the VBA. Before you start you should review the declarations that will be required in the registration or licensing process to ensure you meet these standards of being a fit and proper person to hold these responsibilities. Any questions regarding your background or history should be addressed to the VBA.