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How to get a Plumbing License
How to get a plumbing license

So you’re thinking of becoming a plumber? Excellent idea. Good plumbers are always in great demand and you can’t go wrong with an official qualification. It’s also one of the few careers not heavily impacted by economic slumps such as the Covid-19 pandemic. The plumbing industry is a necessity-based business, which ensures a greater measure of financial stability.

Plumbing is a great career choice for males and females. It’s also a great compliment to other building trades. So if you are interested in joining our team of superheroes – here’s some info to get you started.

Plumbers are mainly involved with the installation and repair of the piping systems used in water, sewage and gas systems. They connect pipes to all kinds of fixtures using hand tools, patience, a lot of skill and years of experience. They also sometimes use more advanced diagnostic equipment to determine faults and make repairs. To thrive in this field you need to enjoy physical work, be stimulated by problem-solving and enjoy working with people – who might not be in the best of moods after dealing with a burst water pipe.

To kick off your official career as a plumber, you’ll need a NATED N1-N3 plumbing qualification. This qualification covers the theory of plumbing and consists of one compulsory part (N1-N3 theory) and two optional practical parts, beginners level (done between N1-N3) and advanced (can be done after N3). Once the theoretical learning and practical training is completed, it is mandatory for graduates to take the industry Trade Test. They can then register with the Plumbing Industry Registration Board.

A number of institutions offer this course – have a look online and choose an accredited institution. It is very important to check whether the course is accredited, and what emphasis is placed on work placements. plumbing license plumbing license plumbing license

Another option is to work as an apprentice for a couple of years. You will then enrol at a training provider for an Occupational Qualification, after which you’ll be registered as an apprentice. After three years of plumbing experience, you can also register for ARPL (Artisan Recognition of Prior Learning) at a training provider, and after compiling a Portfolio of Evidence, you can write the trade test to become a qualified plumber. For more on these two options, check out The Institute of Plumbing SA’s website.


At Drain Surgeon, we’re proud to contract only the best of the best in the industry. As the largest plumbing group in the Southern hemisphere, we aim to deliver quick and professional service, no matter what your plumbing and drainage needs may be.

Call us today and our plumbing team will take care of it – any time of the day or night. We’ve been in the business for a long time and we’ve seen it all, so you can enjoy peace of mind in knowing that one of our expert plumbers will be with you soon. 

At Drain Surgeon we only contract security-screened plumbers and electricians, so you can rest assured that your home and family are in safe hands when we perform work on your premises.

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Why call Drain Surgeon? We offer all general and specialised plumbing services, 24/7.

  • We only contract security-screened plumbers and electricians, so you can feel at ease when we work on your premises.
  • We are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Your call will always be answered by our helpful staff – never an answering machine.
  • You do not pay extra for services outside office hours.
  • We will keep you informed throughout the process.
  • Our technicians will always be professional, highly competent and wear our recognisable uniform.
  • The Drain Surgeon vehicles carry all the equipment to complete most jobs immediately.
  • We leave all work areas clean and tidy.
  • We always aim to solve your problem quickly and professionally.

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