Plumber & Gasfitter

How many of us could do without clean, fresh drinking water from a tap or the luxury of a hot shower? Plumbing is an essential service, especially in towns and cities where the health and well being of people is safeguarded by the maintenance of high standards of water supply and sanitation.

Plumbers assemble, install and repair pipes, fittings and fixtures that carry water and gas, according to specifications.  They work with piping systems, install sinks, toilets, dishwashers, hot water systems and other kitchen and bathroom fixtures. Their work can include the installation and maintenance of pumps, water storage tanks, grey water systems, septic systems, drains and systems to conduct chemicals, corrosive fluids, oil, compressed air or industrial wastes.  Plumbers may also specialise in installing and repairing gas appliances used for heating, cooking or hot water supply and are called Gasfitters.

Plumbers require a license in order to work in general plumbing.  Gasfitters are a specialist area of work and a plumber must be specifically licensed to operate in the fields of gasfitting and LP gas.

Suggested pathway into plumbing & gasfitting:
  • Certificate II in Plumbing or
  • Pre-apprenticeship, Plumbing & Gasfitting

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On the job training
Accredited Certificate
Apprenticeship/Trade Certificate
Diploma/Advanced Diploma
Tertiary Degree

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Thomas Twyford revolutionised the water closet business in 1885 when he built the first trapless toilet in a one-piece, all china design.