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Licensed Plumbers

Revised Licensed Plumber (LP) Scheme (2018)

PUB will revise the existing Licensed Water Service Plumber (LWSP) scheme for plumbers from 1 April 2018 to require all sanitary plumbers to also be licensed. 

From 1 April 2018, only PUB LPs licensed under this revised scheme will be allowed to install, fix and maintain plumbing systems for 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 a press release on 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 click here to find out who they can hire during the interim.

Simple Plumbing Works

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

Water Service Works (Potable Water)

      • Changing of shower hose and showerhead from tap
      • Changing of connecting hose from tap (i.e. after terminal fitting) to washing machine, dish washer 
      • Changing of connecting hose with spring loaded self-closing nozzle from tap/ garden tap (i.e. after terminal fitting)
      • Connection of instantaneous water heaters after stop valve
      • Changing of flushing mechanism within flushing cistern or flexible hose to flushing cistern
      • Changing of tap or flexible hose to tap

Sanitary Works (Used Water)

    • Installation, replacement or removal of any washbasin, sink, bathtub/ shower tray/ enclosure, including installation or replacement of bottle trap/ fitting trap below the wash basin/ sink, floor waste outlets and associated pipes which connect to an existing floor trap 
    • Replacement of grating or cover of floor trap or floor waste
    • Clearing of blockage in floor trap/ water closet/ sanitary appliances 
    • Clearing and flushing of sanitary pipes and sanitary drain-lines/ inspection chambers

Briefing and Training Summary

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 (May – July 2017)

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.

Refer to the table below for details of registration. Early registration is recommended.

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)

From 1 October 2018, it is an offence for anyone to carry out water service or sanitary plumbing works, advertise or otherwise pretend to be an LP without a valid PUB LP licence. The public can direct their queries or report practices by unlicensed plumbers to the building management or PUB's 24-hour Call Centre at 1800-CALL-PUB (1800-2255-782).

Categories and Course Registration

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

Plumbers can refer to the five categories listed below to select the courses relevant to them.

For enquiries, do e-mail: 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 are required to attend a briefing conducted by PUB.

They will automatically qualify for the new licence under the revised scheme.

Click here to register for the briefing.

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Group 2

PUB Licensed Water Service Plumbers who are not registered with SPS.

Plumbers in Group 2 are required to go through:

Step 1: A briefing conducted by PUB.

Step 2: A 2-day course in sanitary works and pass a written examination conducted by PUB.

Click here to register for the briefing.

Registration for the sanitary course will be by e-mail invitation.

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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:

Step1: A briefing conducted by PUB.

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

Click here to register for the briefing.

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

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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 briefing conducted by PUB.

Step 2: A Builder Certificate Course in Plumbing and Pipe Fitting, conducted by BCA Academy, or other relevant plumbing certificate course acceptable to PUB.

Step 3: 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.

Click here to register for the briefing.

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.

Step 2: A 3-day course in water service works and sanitary works and pass a written 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.

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.

Refresher Course for (Existing) Licensed Water Service Plumbers

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.

  • Registration Details:

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  • Dates of Refresher Course for LWSPs. 

    - 23 May 2017 (Tuesday)
    - 25 May 2017 (Thursday)
    - 11 July 2017 (Tuesday)
    - 13 July 2017 (Tuesday)
    - 12 Sep 2017 (Tuesday)
    - 14 Sep  2017 (Thursday)    

    Venue:  PUB Waterhub, 80, Toh Guan Road East, Singapore 608575

    Duration:  Half-day

    Time:  9am to 1pm

    Course fee with GST:  S$57.78

    Please click here for more details [PDF].