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;
- 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;
- 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
- Show evidence of completing an apprenticeship and at least two years’ combined industry experience in the work covered by the units set out above
- 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:
- 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.