Do you hold a current Occupational licence in Plumber and or drainage?
Advance your career in the Plumbing and services industry by gaining recognition of your knowledge and skills to apply for a QBCC Trade Contractor Drainage licence or a NSW Trade Licence Drainage

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QBCC requirements

  • Install, commission, maintain and test above and below ground waste water, stormwater and sanitary drainage systems including on-site domestic waste water management systems
  • Prepare plans and specifications for drainage work that are:
    • for the licensee’s personal use, or
    • for use in drainage work to be performed by the licensee personally
  • Incidental work of another class.

Managerial course
Completion of the approved managerial course.

Note: Completion of the course Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business BSBSMB401, which is one of the required courses in the Certificate IV Plumbing and Services, will meet this requirement.

(a) Either— (i) successful completion of the following units of competency from the Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services CPC40912—
(A) Carry out work-based risk control processes CPCPCM4011A.
(B) Estimate and cost work CPCPCM4012A.
(C) Design and size sanitary drainage systems CPCPDR4011B.
(D) Design and size stormwater drainage systems CPCPDR4012B.
(E) Design and size domestic treatment plant disposal systems CPCPDR4013B.
(F) Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business BSBSMB401;

or (ii) Successful completion of a course and units of competency of a course the commission considers is at least equivalent to the course and units of competency mentioned in paragraph (a)(i); and (b) Possession of a drainers licence issued by the commissioner under the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2018, other than a provisional licence.

A Certificate II in Drainage (CPC20712) completed other than through a recognition of prior learning process; or

A Certificate II in Drainage (CPC20712) completed through a recognition of prior learning process, provided the qualification (in whole or part) was not obtained through a recognition of prior learning process that relied on the applicant performing unlawful work (including work without the required licence); or

A Certificate III in Plumbing (CPC32413) (that includes the completion of the drainage stream) completed as part of an apprenticeship in an Australian jurisdiction; or

A qualification, other than a qualification completed through a recognition of prior learning process which has been assessed and verified by a registered training organisation as at least equivalent to a Certificate II in Drainage (CPC20712); or

A qualification completed in another country, completed other than through a recognition of prior learning or like process which has been assessed and verified as at least equivalent to a Certificate II in Drainage (CPC201712) because the applicant has also successfully completed relevant gap training competencies recognised in the National Register of Vocational Education (VET) in Australia; or

A qualification listed above which has been completed through a recognition of prior learning process, provided that the qualification was not obtained through a recognition of prior learning process that relied on the applicant performing unlawful work (including work without the required licence).

The relevant financial requirements in the minimum financial requirements policy.

  • Contractor
    Nominee Supervisor

Requirements Fair Trading NSW

Draining is the work of sanitary drainage. This is the construction, alteration, extension, disconnection, removal, maintenance, repair, renewal, ventilation, flushing or cleansing of any sanitary drain connecting (or intended to connect) directly or indirectly with a sewer. This includes work on a house drain connected to an onsite wastewater management system.

You must complete one of:

  • Certificate III in Plumbing CPC32413/ CPC32412/ CPC32411/ CPC32408/ BCP30103 including completing all modules in the draining stream and the units of competency listed below;
    OR
  • an apprenticeship which includes Certificate III in Plumbing CPC32413/ CPC32412/ CPC32411/ CPC32408/ BCP30103 including all modules in the draining stream and the units of competency listed below;
    OR
  • Certificate II in Drainage CPC20712/ CPC20711/ CPC20708/ BCP20102 and the units of competency listed below.

In addition to one of the above, you must:

  • Complete all of the following units of competency:
    • CPCCBC4012A/ BCGBC4012A or B Read and interpret plans and specifications, and
    • either CPCPDR4011A or B Design and size sanitary drainage systems or CPCPDR4001A/ BCPDR4001A Plan, size and layout sanitary drainage systems, and
    • either CPCPDR4012A or B Design and size stormwater drainage systems or CPCPDR4002A/ BCPDR4002A Plan, size and layout stormwater drainage systems, and
    • either CPCPDR4013A or B Design and size domestic treatment plant disposal systems or CPCPDR4003A/ BCPDR4003A Plan, size and layout domestic treatment plant disposal systems

    AND

  • Show evidence of completing an apprenticeship and at least two years’ combined industry experience in the work covered by the units set out above
    OR
  • Have at least two years’ combined industry experience in the work covered by the units set out above and show you got this experience after completing Certificate III in Plumbing.

A tradesperson certificate allows you to do plumbing, drainage and gasfitting work with minimum supervision.

Individuals who hold a tradesperson certificate cannot sign off on work. Any work you do must be overseen and signed off by someone who holds a contractor licence or qualified supervisor certificate. Tradesperson certificates are only issued to individuals.

Certificates are issued for three years. Tradesperson certificates used to be known as a ‘journeyman’.

Tradesperson certificates can only be issued in select categories of plumbing, draining and gasfitting work. These are:

  • plumbing
  • water plumbing – fire protection systems
  • water plumbing – urban irrigation
  • draining and gasfitting.

A contractor licence allows you to contract and advertise to do work. You can only do the types of work described on your licence card.

Contractor licences can be issued to individuals and to companies and partnerships.

From 1 July 2020, you can apply for a 1, 3 or 5 year contractor licence.

A qualified supervisor certificate allows you to supervise and do the work described on your certificate. Qualified supervisor certificates are only issued to individuals. A qualified supervisor certificate does not allow you to contract for work.

From 1 July 2020, you can apply to have a Qualified Supervisor Certificate issued for 1, 3 or 5 years.

An endorsed contractor licence is issued to individuals who apply for a contractor licence and who also have the qualifications and experience needed to be a qualified supervisor. Endorsed contractor licence cards have ‘contractor licence (Q)’ printed on them to show they are equivalent to a Qualified Supervisor Certificate.

QBCC CPC40912 units of competency requirements

Unit code Unit title Cost
CPCPCM4011A Carry out work-based risk control processes $300.00
CPCPCM4012A Estimate and cost work $600.00
CPCPDR4011B Design and size sanitary drainage systems $600.00
CPCPDR4012B Design and size stormwater drainage systems $400.00
CPCPDR4013B Design and size domestic treatment plant disposal systems $300.00
BSBSMB401 Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business $360.00

The above units of competency are from the CPC40912 Certificate IV in Plumbing and services (Operations stream) which make up the required units to apply for a QBCC Plumbing and drainage licence.
If you hold one or more of these units, you will only need to do those that you do not have to apply for your licence. You will pay for the units you require.
Note, that the BSBSMB401, QBCC managerial course is delivered either face to face or over ZOOM and will not be offered as an RPL unit.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded with a statement of attainment.

Fair Trading NSW CPC40912 units of competency requirements

Unit code Unit title Cost
CPCPBC4012B Read and interpret plans and specifications $300.00
CPCPDR4011B Design and size sanitary drainage systems $600.00
CPCPDR4012B Design and size stormwater drainage systems $400.00
CPCPDR4013B Design and size domestic treatment plant disposal systems $300.00

The RPL process or ‘Recognition of prior learning’ is an assessment only pathway. This means that the evidence you provide will be assessed by a qualified trainer and assessor to determine whether you have provided enough information for competency.

Information may include;

  • photographic (make sure you are in the picture)
  • video footage taken by someone you work with as long as you are in the footage
  • references from work colleagues
  • third party reports from supervisors
  • JSA/SWMS
  • quotes and invoices for work undertaken
  • payslips
  • letter from your employer
  • any licences you may hold
  • any statements or qualifications you hold

It is the responsibility of the person applying for RPL to provide evidence which demonstrates that you have the knowledge and skills against each unit of competency you are applying for in the Plumbing and drainage course.
Where it is perceived by the trainer and assessor that there is still more evidence required, this may take the form of competency conversations with yourself and your nominated referees, challenge testing and practical demonstration or that you undertaken further training to gain the unit of competency.

The cost for RPL only is $2560.00 with a 10% deposit at enrolment and a payment plan over a 3 month period. All fees are to be paid prior to the issuance of a statement of attainment.
Where further training is required this may include additional costs, however, it is on a case by case basis.

It can take at least 3 months depending on how quickly you are able to get supporting evidence to RTO. While the timeframe is allocate for 3 months, it may take longer. It all depends on YOU.

You receive a student copy of the RPL kit which has instructions, however, you are free to call anytime if you are unsure of what you are supposed to do.

A google docs folder can be set up for you to upload your documents.