OFO No: 642601

Other names for Plumber:

  • Drain Technician
  • Drainage Contractor
  • Drainer / Drainlayer
  • Hot Water System Installer
  • Maintenance Plumber
  • Plumbing Contractor
  • Sanitary Plumber
  • Septic Tank Installer
  • Sewer Pipe Layer
  • Water Plumber



Youtube clip – Plumber Job

For training options in South Africa – scroll down


What is a Plumber?

  • Plumbers are always needed, even in a recession!

A Plumber is a tradesperson who specializes in installing and maintaining systems used for drinking water, sewage, drainage, heating, air-conditioning and industrial process plant piping.

What does a Plumber do?

  • meets clients and project managers to determine the requirements or problems
  • assesses material and equipment needed
  • prepares and issues quotations
  • reads architectural blueprints to determine work details and procedures
  • does complex calculations and plans for special or very large jobs
  • installs pipes, fittings, valves
  • installs appliances such as dishwashers and water heaters and fixtures such as sinks and toilets
  • uses pressure gauges to detect and locate leaks and fixing them
  • keeps records of assignments and produces detailed work reports

Are you … ?

  • interested in the building industry?
  • practical?
  • good with your hands?
  • alert?
  • conscientious and accurate?
  • healthy?
  • strong and fit?
  • willing to sometimes work in cramped spaces like in a roof?

How do I become a Plumber?

You can choose one of these career pathways:


  • Apprenticeship (training at a TVET college with practical training under a qualified artisan)
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Plumbing Level 2, 3 and 4
  • Trade Test


  • National Certificate (Plumbing) N1, N2 and N3
  • Trade Test


  • National Certificate (Engineering Studies) N1, N2 and N3
  • Workplace experience
  • Trade Test

    PATH 5

    • Artisan Internship
    • Trade Test

    PATH 6

    • Artisan Internship
    • Trade Test

    PATH 7

    • RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) for Artisans: CLICK HERE
    • If you have already been working a long time as a Plumber without qualifications, you may be able to get your qualification through RPL
    • Trade Test


    • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
    • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
    • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. 
    • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 

    The Plumbing COC (Certificate of Compliance) is issued by Licensed Plumbers to certify that their plumbing work complies with all regulatory installation requirements.  They will be held responsible for their plumbing work and be held accountable.  The COC is available in a paper format and now in an electronic format as well.

    • PIRB: Plumbing Industry Registration Board


    Here are a few accredited examples:


    Offers both Basic and Advanced courses in Plumbing.


    Offers apprenticeships in Plumbing.


    OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Electrician … or … 2nd Engineering Officer

    Is becoming a Plumber the right career choice for me?