Plumber Skills Assessment Australia

The Down Under Centre is proud to work closely with Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) Approved Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) to facilitate their Practical Assessments and work with clients to ensure that they are ready for their Plumber skills assessment for Australia – Plumber ANZSCO code 334111.

On completion of the Plumber skills assessment you will be issued with your Offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR) and skills assessment letter.

The Down Under Centre specialises in skills assessments for Plumbers and we also deliver the Plumbing Practical Assessment at our office in Ealing Broadway, London. We work with Plumbers emigrating to Australia to ensure that their skills assessment application is perfect prior to submission to the assessing body.

See our Frequently Asked Questions for Plumbers emigrating to Australia.

If you would like to check your eligibility to immigrate to Australia as a Plumber, use our free visa points calculator. You can also call us on 0203 376 1555 and speak with Wes Zandt about the Plumber Skills Assessment and your options for moving to Australia as a Plumber.

Process for Plumber skills assessment Australia

The Plumber skills assessment process is broken up into three stages. Plumbing is a licensed trade so employers in Australia will insist you hold your Australian Plumbing Qualification for registration and insurance purposes. It’s also important to know that each state and territory in Australia has different regulations and if you require a license you will need to obtain a Certificate III in prior to applying for your license. Plumbers must do a Practical exam for their skills assessments and they can be done in London at the Down Under Centre office, Ealing Broadway.

1. Documentary Assessment Plumber skills assessment Australia $1,280

In short, you are required to prove you are a Plumber and have the necessary skills to work as a Plumber in Australia.

  • If you hold trade related qualifications, you’ll be asked to prove you have a minimum of 4 years’ work experience.
  • If you don’t have trade related qualifications, you’ll be asked to prove you have a minimum of 6 years’ work experience.

You will also need to prove that you have worked as a Plumber for a minimum of 12 months out of the last 36 months. You will be asked to prove this via pay slips, invoices, bank statements, statements of service and more.

Down Under Centre Agency Service £550 + VAT

It is very important to remember that most of your evidence gathering for your Plumber skills assessment is also required for your visa. The Down Under Centre can provide you with an agency service £550 + VAT to assist you with gathering of your documentation for your Australian qualification, as it is considered to be the most difficult stage of your visa application. We will also be able to advise how many years of work experience will be required to give you maximum points for your visa to migrate to Australia as a Plumber. Please call us on 0203 376 1555 to enquire about our agency service and how it can specifically help you.

2. Technical Interview Plumber skills assessment Australia $2,000

In the Technical Interview stage, you will have a Skype call with an assessor who will ask you a range of questions about the skills and knowledge required to work as a Plumber in Australia.

3. Practical Assessment Plumber skills assessment Australia $2,200

The final part of your Plumber skills assessment is a Practical Assessment. In the practical assessment you will complete a series of plumbing tasks while being observed by an assessor. The assessments in the UK, take place in at our office in Ealing Broadway, London.

Plumbing Practical Assessment Testimonials

"The plumbing practical assessment was very well run and I would highly recommend the DUC. They have been professional from start to finish."

Evan Williams - June 2021


"Extremely happy with the process of my plumber skills assessment with ATTC and the Down Under Centre. Couldn't recommend them enough"

Fabio Conversano - June 2021


"Very good instruction as to what was required. Easy process to follow for the skills assessment and well explained by the DUC from start to finish."

Roger Smith - June 2021


"I found the environment very relaxing which enabled me to perform the plumbing tasks I do everyday comfortably on the Plumbing assessment. Wes, our assessor, was very friendly. I found the whole skill assessment process enjoyable. I will recommend the DUC where I can!"

Matthew Laird - April 2021


"The service provided by the DUC is amazing. I would recommend them to anyone emigrating to Australia"

Louis Stimson - April 2021


"Practical went amazing. Couldn't of done it without the DUC's help on the Plumber skills assessment. They are highly recommended!"

Lloyd Sewell - April 2021


"The Plumbing practical was really good and I enjoyed it start to finish. Massive thanks to the DUC who made it run very smoothly."

Lewis Smith - April 2021


"Really enjoyed the Plumbing practical assessment today. It was planned well and Wes made sure we understood what was expected of us. I highly recommend the Down Under Centre."

Freddie Jackson - March 2021


"DUC was really organised and Wes did a great job explaining the whole Australian visa process clearly. Really looking forward to the next steps and getting closer to my dream of moving to Oz!"

Mitchell Clarke - March 2021


"The Down Under Centre helped me with the Plumber Skills Assessment from start to finish. Practical went very well and made to feel at ease by the DUC team today"

Luke McLauchlin - March 2021


"Excellent service, would highly recommend the DUC for the Plumbing Skills Assessment for Australia"

Tony Discombe - March 2021


"I found it really enjoyable. I was nervous at first but DUC created a relaxing environment to complete this critical stage of the Plumber Skills Assessment for Australia."

Jake Turner - February 2021


"I found the Plumber practical assessment very relaxing. Didn't feel any pressure which helped relieve any nerves."

Dane Adams - February 2021


"I think the assessment was well planned out. The plan was easy to follow and I thought it was a good test of skills for Plumbers."

Charles Mason - February 2021


"I found the assessment very life like to my normal working day. Wes helped us to feel at ease and that made for a nice atmosphere to work and showcase my skills"

Damien Byron - January 2021


"Made to feel really welcome from the start. Very well organised making the assessment stress free. Couldn't recommend the Down Under Centre enough. They've been so helpful from the very beginning, very friendly atmosphere."

Daniel Hopkinson - January 2021


"The whole assessment went smooth. Great service, very relaxed environment and highly recommend the Down Under Centre."

Patrick Thornton - January 2021


"All aspects of the assessment went well, excellent service and highly recommend."

Ross Devlin - January 2021


"Overall, the practical was a good experience and opportunity to show my skills as a Plumber. I was able to carry out all tasks asked, so it all went really well. The DUC Service is brilliant. They have made every aspect of this process easy. The assessment has been a good experience, I felt very at ease through the process."

Lewis McDonald - November 2020


"Overall, I think it's been a good day and nice to show the skills that you have. Every step was explained to us in detail and materials were readily available. Today was a good opportunity to show what skills you have in a friendly environment."

Michael Brittain - November 2020


"The practical was straight forward in a relaxed atmosphere. Felt very comfortable during my assessment."

Chris Beddows - November 2020


"Awesome day with Wes on the Practical Assessment. Nice and relaxed, nothing to worry about. Strongly recommend Wes and his team at the DUC."

Scott Parker - October 2020


"Awesome day from start to finish! Really well organised and helpful information for next stage of process. Happy with how my assessment went."

Louis Osguthorpe - October 2020


"Very good Practical Assessment. Plenty of space to carry out the assessment and a great assessor."

Matthew Tipper - October 2020


"The Plumbing Practical Assessment was easier than expected. All aspects went well."

Leigh Clements - October 2020


"Overall I thought the Practical Assessment was fairly straight forward...if you are plumbing day to day then you have nothing to worry about!"

Greg Miller - September 2020


"I found the Assessment easy going, stress free and efficient...all of the Assessment ran smoothly."

Benjamin Moore - September 2020


"I thought the Assessment was informative and very well instructed...all aspects went well during the assessment...Wes, the instructor was very helpful and made the day so much easier by making everyone feel relaxed".

Thomas Williams - September 2020


"Overall, I felt the Practical Assessment went well...if you are  a competent, knowledgeable plumber most of the Assessment should go well...This Assessment is well organised and everything that is expected is well explained."

Danny Webster - September 2020


"Overall I found the Plumbing Practical Assessment at the DUC was enjoyable with a laid back approach. Wes made me and other applicants feel comfortable with what was required during the day."

Robbie Price - September 2020


"Really enjoyed what I thought would be the worst part of the Plumbing Skills Assessment process. Was well organised and well presented." 

James White - September 2020


"Very pleased I took the assessment in London. Fair assessors, centre is easy to find with good transport options and professional staff at the DUC."

Alex Watkins - September 2020


"Well managed practical skills assessment with great facilities."

Craig Redshaw - September 2020


"Very happy with the overall practical assessment as previously stated. I was made to feel at ease of which made the assessment a breeze."

Paul Rampling - August 2020


"The assessment was run well and everything was explained properly. Couldn't fault Wes and his team. Excellent service"

Gavin Holley - August 2020


"The practical assessment was well laid out with helpful staff. Everything I have done with the DUC and ATTC has been spot on so far."

Steve Jenkins - August 2020


"The test environment was good, there was a clear diagram to work from and had great working conditions."

Trevor Fullerton - July 2020


Plumbing GAP Training Australia

After Plumbers obtain their Offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR), they can apply for a provisional license to work under supervision in Australia and must complete the Plumbing GAP Training to get their full Plumbing License. Find out more about GAP Training here.

Free Visa Points Calculator for Plumbers to Australia

Please fill in the form below to check your eligibility to emigrate to Australia as a Plumber.

Plumbers in Australia

As a plumber, you should be able to fit, uphold and repair pipes, drainage and metal roofing, mechanical services and related equipment for water supply, gas, drainage, sewerage, heating, cooling and ventilation systems.

You need to be learning blueprints, drawings and specifications to govern the layout of plumbing systems and the resources required. Also, marking out and fitting hot and cold-water systems and connected equipment. Other tasks include installing water-based fire protections systems, as well as fire hydrants, hose reels and sprinkler systems. You will be designing and installing sanitary plumbing and water supply systems, discharge pipes and sanitary fixtures. Fabricating and installing soil and waste stacks is another task. Additionally, assembling and installing motorised services, air handling and conditioning equipment and small-bore heating systems. You’ll be joining sewerage and effluent propelling equipment and disposal systems. Tasks include installing under-ground drainage systems and connected ground support systems, installing gas appliances, shafts and pressure regulating devices and constructing and installing metal roofing, precipitation goods and flashings.

Plumber Jobs in Australia

There are Plumbing jobs available in Australia on the DUC Employment Hub. There are new Plumber jobs being posted by employers every day!

Posted jobs for Plumbers in Australia via DUC Employment Hub:

Location: Western Australia
Salary: $30 – $38 AUD per hour (incl. superannuation)
Seeking a qualified plumber, with experience on residential projects to join our well-established company of 20+ years. A recognised trade qualification in Plumbing is essential. Be self-driven and hard working. Construction Blue/White Card required. Duties: Pre-Lay and Tube outs. Fit outs. Warranty work. You will also be required to have the following: Current WA Drivers License Remuneration will be discussed during the interview process and tailored to the successful applicant.


Location: Victoria
Salary: $30 – $38 AUD per hour (incl. superannuation)
As a highly rated local business, they are looking for Plumbers to join their team of 4 and progress in your career. Organised and supportive culture, they want you to succeed with us. To meet increased local demand this employer is hiring a full time local Plumber. Attractive hourly rate up to $38 p/hr (incl. super). Company vehicle included with fuel card, Uniform and wage and super paid weekly – 3 years trade experience required, Cert 3 plumbing trade qualification, White card, Drivers licence, Machine operating skills an advantage.


Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Salary: TBC
We are seeking a Qualified Mechanical Plumber for several clients around Melbourne. The successful applicant will have the following attributes:
• Trade Qualifications and a Victorian Plumbing License
• Current Driver License (International is acceptable)
• Australia White Card
• Satisfactory Police Records check
• Experience interpreting blueprints and building specifications to map layout for pipes, draining systems and other plumbing materials
• Installation of pipes and fixtures
• Installation of supports for pipes and fixtures prior to installation
• Gas Fitters License is not essential but is desirable
• Proven experience in the commercial/industrial maintenance and service industry
• Able to work independently while in a team environment


Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Salary: $50,000 to $60,000
Based in the Sutherland shire area Sydney. Family run business seeking full-time Plumber. Company vehicle, phone and uniform provided to the right candidate.


Location: Perth, WA
Salary: $40.00 + Super + Penalties 40 hours
This Plumbing employer is currently looking for qualified Plumbers to join the teams of our commercial construction clients all around Perth. We have long term positions available across 7 large scale commercial companies here in Perth meaning we have multiple options for you to choose from and we can ensure to find the best fit for you and your career. Candidates will be working across multiple large scale commercial projects both north & south of the river. The successful applicant will need the below criteria:
• WA Plumbing Licence
• Own Tool Kit
• White card
• EWP & working at heights tickets/licences are highly advantageous but not essential.

Plumbers emigrating to Australia FAQs

If you are planning to move to Australia as a Plumber on a skilled (points based) visa, you are required to complete the Australian Plumbing skills assessment.

The skill assessing body for Plumbers is TRA (Trades Recognition Australia). TRA have selected RTOs (Registered Training Organisations) that deliver the Plumbing skills assessment for migration to Australia.

The Plumbing skills assessment is a 3-step process.

Plumbing skills assessment Stage 1

The first stage is paper based, proving your skills as a Plumber through detailed statements from employers detailing your Plumbing duties, tax and pay details for when you were working as a Plumber, Plumbing apprenticeship documents, qualifications and certificates (such as Gas Safe Registration) and detailed CV showing all training and work experience as a Plumber.

Plumbing skills assessment Stage 2

2. The second stage is a technical interview with an Australian qualified Plumber who is also a qualified trainer and assessor; this is a relaxed chat over Skype or Zoom where you have a one-to-one with our Australian Plumbing Assessor.  This chat will last for a couple of hours and a suitable time will be arranged due to the time difference. Please note you can do this technical interview from your house at present; ATTC will provide an invigilator for the purpose of compliance.

Plumbing skills assessment Stage 3

The third stage is the Plumbing practical assessment, this is the last stage of your Plumbing skills assessment. This assessment will take place from the Down Under Centre where we deliver the practical assessments every month and assess Plumbers for the purpose of migration. You will be assessed on your plumbing hand-tool skills; you are not assessed against the Australian Plumbing regulations. You’ll also have a drawing to work from with measurements to follow and are required to complete a first fix using copper fittings and pipe work, pressure test your work, use benders and plumbing hand tools and complete some drainage work. All materials will be supplied and you will be given a list of tools to bring on the day of your assessment.

Upon successful completion of the Plumbing skills assessment you will be issued with your TRA skills assessment certificate and your OTSR (Offshore Technical Skills Record) which is required to gain your Australian plumbing registration which you need to find work in Australia as a Plumber.

To be eligible for a skills assessment for Australia as a Plumber you are required to have completed an apprenticeship and hold relevant qualifications, such as NVQ 3, and 4 years of paid work experience.

If you have had no formal training and/or no qualifications, you must be able to prove at least 6 years of paid work experience as a Plumber.

TRA set the fees and they are the same regardless of which RTO processes your assessment.

Stage 1; Documentary assessment $1,280

Stage 2; Technical interview $2,000

Stage 3; Plumbing practical assessment $2,200.

You pay in stages as and when you are approved through each stage of the Plumbing skills assessment.

A skills assessment is required so you, the migrant, can apply for a visa to work in Australia as a Plumber. The skills assessment is the way Australian Immigration can confirm that you have the relevant plumbing skills to match the Australian guidelines.

Even if you don’t need the plumbing assessment for the purposes of a visa, you will need it to become a registered Plumber in Australia as you require the OTSR to obtain your registration which is a mandatory requirement to work as a Plumber in Australia.  

Australian Trade Training College (ATTC) is a TRA approved assessing body for delivering the Plumber skills assessment for Plumbers looking to emigrate to Australia.

They have an office in the Down Under Centre and can be contacted on +44 (0)203 780 2437.

The DUC collaborates with Australian Trade Training College (ATTC) to deliver the Plumber skills assessment for migration to Australia. We know exactly what is required and offer an Agency service to assist with that skills assessment. The DUC Agency Fee is £550 + VAT.

What’s included in that Agency Fee?

You will receive a unique login to the DUC Client Portal which explains everything you need to provide, giving templates and precise details on what to gather and how to gather it. For many this is the hardest part of the process but is key to a successful application; we know what is required because the DUC Skills Team work closely with the assessing body. We have been part of the Plumber skills assessment process for 8+ years. The DUC Skills Team will lodge your application and liaise with the assessing body.

Telephone assistance Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm – and even out-of-hours by arrangement. We have staff specifically dedicated to working with Plumbers, so you’ll always be working with the same person. 

As a DUC client you also have access to our exclusive Facebook Group where you can get expert help from other DUC Plumbers who can give you an insight into the content of the technical interview.  You can chat with other DUC clients, who may be at different stages of the process, for their guidance on the English test, skills process and the practicalities of moving to Australia.  The DUC Visa Team post relevant updates as they happen.

We will also provide information on the various English tests available, the various scoring systems and even provide a 10% discount code for the PTE Pearson Academic test.

You, will receive FREE access to the DUC Employment Hub (and your partner, if applicable) – a tool that connects migrants to employers and provides invaluable assistance with your relocation.  You will receive a 1-hour consultation with a relocation expert who has migrated themselves. This consultation will introduce you to our service provider partners who can save you money on your move. See how the DUC EH works.

Our founder, Wes Zandt, is a Plumber by trade and he knows exactly how to get Plumbers jobs in Australia, how to complete the Plumbing Gap Training and the DUC works with Australian plumbing employers who can employ our Plumbers when they arrive in Australia.

The Down Under Centre are very proud to be working with a recognised TRA plumbing skills assessment provider. We have many years’ experience migrating Plumbers to Australia, have developed software to assist with all areas of the process, and have the staff to hold your hand throughout the Plumbers skills assessment process.

You also get the opportunity to speak with other Plumbers who have gone through the plumbing skills assessment process via our exclusive Facebook Group. Learn from Plumbers who have already emigrated to Australia and found work as a Plumber and completed the required plumbing gap training.

Our founder Wes Zandt is a plumber by trade; he is part of the assessment process for the practical assessments and he enjoys chatting to other Plumbers and is full of great tips on how to migrate to Australia as a Plumber.

Migrating to Australia as a Plumber has its challenges and you, the migrant, will have plenty of questions. We know the answers and are always available to answer any of your questions. Also check out what our clients say about how we help them through the skills assessment and visa process to move to Australia as a plumber.

Your TRA Plumbing skills assessment is valid for 3 years from the date the skills assessment is issued.  This means you need to have received your Invitation to Apply for the Visa before the 3 years is up.

Getting a job as a Plumber in Australia will depend on the current job market; most states of Australia are searching for migrant Plumbers. Plumbing is Australia is a licensed trade so you are required to hold at least your provisional plumbing registration.

Upon completion of your Australian Plumbing skills assessment you will receive your OTSR (Off-Shore Technical Skills Record). You take this to any Australian Plumbing State Regulator to receive your plumbing provisional registration.

The Down Under Centre works with many plumbing employers who want English speaking, skilled migrants.  Our employers hire our Plumbers moving to Australia via our DUC Employment Hub www.ducemploymenthub.com. The DUC Employment Hub will also explain how  to prepare for your move to Australia. and has a section that explains what each state requires for Plumbers to apply for their Australian plumbing registration.

Our Relocation Team in Australia can also help Plumbers with Australian employment opportunities.

Plumbers emigrating to Australia do usually need to complete an English test, to generate points towards the visa application.

If you are a Plumber hoping to migrate to Australia, you need to be between 18 and 45 years old. However, at age 18, Plumbers will not have yet achieved the necessary qualifications and experience to prove their competence. Plumbers between the ages of 25-32 years old generate the maximum points for age towards their visa application.

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