How to become a Plumber

Plumbers lay out, install, test and maintain pipes, fixtures, metal roofing, fittings, gas meters and regulators.

Personal requirements of a Plumber

  • Enjoy practical work
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Able to work independently
  • Able to work at heights and in various weather conditions
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Good mobility

Education & Training for a Plumber

To become a plumber you usually have to complete an apprenticeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

moderate growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.9%

NSW 27.3%

NT 1.4%

QLD 20.6%

SA 7.1%

TAS 1.3%

VIC 29.3%

WA 11.1%

Hours worked:




Gender split:

Male 99.2%

Female 0.7%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 8.7%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 10.2%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 76.7%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 4.4%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 0%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 47.5%

Above 35 years: 46.1%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

Additional Information
Plumbers must apply for registration and licensing with the relevant body in their state or territory. Post-trade qualifications from the Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package may be required to fulfil registration requirements for more specialised areas of work, such as gasfitting, draining, hydraulics and fire protection. Workers in the construction industry must undergo safety induction training and be issued with a Construction Induction Card (CIC).
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