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Licensed Plumbers

Licensed Plumber (LP) Scheme (2018)

From 1 April 2018, only PUB Licensed Plumbers (LPs) licensed under this revised scheme are allowed to carry out water service and sanitary works.

Why do we have the revision?

The LP scheme aims to upgrade the industry’s standards by streamlining the operations of water service and sanitary plumbing - through training, licensing of qualified plumbers and enforcement against non-compliance with PUB's rules and regulations.

References

Click here for the press release to learn about this new licensing scheme.

For registration of briefing and course details, refer to the tables below.

Working as Plumbers During the Interim

The interim period refers to the duration from 1 April 2018 till 30 September 2018.

Existing LWSPs and SPS-registered plumbers can continue to offer water service or sanitary plumbing services up to 30 Sep 2018 while they undergo training for the new LP licence. For enquiries, do e-mail: pub_waterfittings@pub.gov.sg.

Reference for Homeowners/Service Hirers

Homeowners and service hirers can find out who they can hire during the interim here .

Simple Plumbing Works

Handymen without a licence can do the following simple plumbing works:

Water Service Works (Potable Water)

1.  Replacing or removing any tap or mixer.

2.  Replacing or removing any of the following accessories connected to a tap: 
(a)   a shower hose or a showerhead;
(b)   a connecting hose with a spring-loaded self-closing nozzle;
(c)   a connecting hose to a washing machine or a dish washer; or
(d)   a flexible hose. 

3.  Replacing or removing any pipe between a stop valve and an instantaneous water heater.

4.  Replacing or removing any of the following parts of a flushing cistern: 
(a)   any flushing mechanism; 
(b)   any flexible hose after the ball valve. 

      Sanitary Works (Used Water)


1. Installing, replacing or removing:
(a)   any washbasin or sink, including any bottle trap or fitting trap below the washbasin or sink; 
(b)   any bathtub, shower tray, or shower enclosure; 
(c)   any floor waste outlet; or 
(d)   any pipe conveying sullage water into a floor trap. 

2.  Replacing:
(a)   any floor trap grating or cover; or 
(b)   any floor waste grating or cover.

3. Installing, replacing or removing any urinal, including any fitting trap or any pipe connecting the urinal to a urinal trap.

4.  Installing, altering, replacing or removing any pipe for or appurtenance related to the conveyance of industrial effluent within an industrial premises. 

5.  Clearing any blockage in any floor trap, water closet or sanitary appliance.

6. Clearing and flushing any discharge pipe, ventilating pipe, drain-line, fitting, floor trap, inspection chamber, grease trap, pump or any other appurtenance related to the conveyance of sewage or sullage water from any sanitary appliance or sanitary facility to a sewerage system. 

 

Refer to the table below for full details.

Criteria to Qualify for LP Licence (2018)

      • Complete the Building and Construction Authority’s (BCA) Builder Certificate course in Plumbing and Pipe-Fitting (or equivalent qualifications).
      • Complete PUB’s sanitary and/or water service plumbing course and pass an assessment.  

Briefing 

All existing PUB LWSP and sanitary plumbers registered with Singapore Plumbing Society (SPS) are to attend a briefing conducted by PUB to understand the details of the revised scheme.

Auto-qualification for LP Licence 

PUB LWSP who are also SPS-registered sanitary plumbers will automatically qualify for the new LP licence. They should, however, still attend the briefing on the new LP scheme.

Compulsory Course

All other categories of plumbers will need to fulfil different criteria set out in the table below in order to obtain the LP Licence.

Refer to plumber categories in the next section for more information. Early registration is recommended. 

Enforcement (2018)

It is an offence for an individual who a carry out or offer or undertake any regulated works unless the individual is licensed plumber or the individual acts under the direct supervision of a licensed plumber. Public can direct their queries or report practices by unlicensed plumber to the building management or PUB’s 24-hour call centre at 1800-CALL-PUB (1800-2255-782)

 

Plumber Categories and Course Registration for Conversion to LP Scheme (2018)

Plumbers can refer to the five categories listed below for course selection.

For enquiries, please e-mail to pub_waterfittings@pub.gov.sg.

 Category Qualification Requirements for New Plumbing Licence Useful Links
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Group 1

PUB Licensed Water Service Plumbers who are also registered with SPS as Sanitary Plumbers.

Plumbers in Group 1 will automatically qualify for the new licence under the revised scheme.

Nil. 

2A

Group 2

Plumbers who are PUB Licensed Water Service Plumbers (LWSPs) and are either former ENV Registered (ENV-RPs) or former SPS-RPs Plumbers (with BC certification or equivalent). 

Plumbers in Group 2A are required to go through:

(i) A 2-day sanitary course.

Click here to register for the sanitary course.

2B

Plumbers who are PUB Licensed Water Service Plumbers (LWSPs) and are not former Registered Plumber (ENV-RPs) or former SPS RPs.  

Plumbers in Group 2B are required to go through:

(i) A 2-day sanitary course, and pass a written examination conducted by PUB. 

Click here to register for the sanitary course.

3

Group 3

Sanitary Plumbers who are registered with SPS, and hold, minimally, a Builder Certificate or other relevant qualifications acceptable to PUB.

Plumbers in Group 3 are required to go through:

(i) A 2-day course in water service works, and pass a writtten examination conducted by PUB.

Registration for the water service works course will be by e-mail invitation.

4

Group 4

Sanitary Plumbers who are registered with SPS, without a Builder Certificate or other acceptable plumbing qualifications.

Plumbers in Group 4 are required to go through:

Step 1: A Builder Certificate Course in Plumbing and Pipe Fitting, conducted by BCA Academy, or other relevant plumbing certificate course acceptable to PUB.

Step 2: A 3-day combined course in water service works and sanitary works, and pass a written examination conducted by PUB.

Click here to register for the Builder Certificate Course in Plumbing and Pipe Fitting by BCA Academy.

Registration for the combined water service and sanitary course will be by e-mail invitation.

5

Group 5

(A) Sanitary Plumbers not registered with SPS

(B) New Entrants to the Industry

Plumbers in Group 5 are required to go through:

Step 1: A Builder Certificate Course in Plumbing and Pipe Fitting conducted by BCA Academy. In addition, the plumbers have to have two years of relevant post-qualification plumbing experience including concurrent experience while working under a Licensed Plumber's supervision during that period.

Step 2: A 3-day course in water service works and sanitary works and pass a written and an oral examination conducted by PUB.

Click here to register for Builder Certificate Course in Plumbing and Pipe Fitting conducted by BCA Academy.

Click here to make an application to be a licensed plumber.

Application for Plumber Licence

There are 2 intakes every year: June and December. Click here to make an application to be a licensed plumber. 

Medisave Contributions

Under the CPF Act, the CPF Board requires all self-employed persons to pay Medisave contributions if they earn an annual  net trade income of more than S$6,000.

For application of new licences, applicants should ensure that they have paid up their Medisave liabilities or have arranged for payment by instalment.

Please log on to www.cpf.gov.sg to learn more on Medisave for Self-Employed Scheme and to check the Medisave payment status for licence application.

 
 

PUB Licensed Water Service Plumbers (LWSPs) must attend a mandatory refresher course once every 3 years. If these licensed plumbers do not comply and fail to attend the mandatory course, their licences shall be revoked.