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PUB revises licensing for plumbers from 1 April 2018206 revises licensing for plumbers from 1 April 201823/4/2017 4:00:00 PMIssue DatePress ReleaseAbout PUB, Singapore’s National Water AgencyFind out more about us<font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p>National water agency PUB will revise the licensing scheme for plumbers from 1 April 2018 to require all sanitary plumbers<sup>1</sup> to also be licensed. </p><p>Named the Licensed Plumber (LP) scheme, the revision is an expansion of PUB’s existing Licensed Water Service Plumber (LWSP) scheme, under which licensing is currently mandatory only for water service plumbers<sup>2</sup> .<sup></sup> Sanitary plumbers are currently not required to be licensed. <br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Raising Competency of Plumbing Industry</span><br>The new 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. <br><br>“Plumbing is a fundamental part of maintaining the consumer end of water supply and used water collection. Water and sanitary pipes in buildings and homes must be built properly with competent knowledge in both water service and sanitary plumbing to maintain public health standards. This is why we are expanding the licensing framework to include sanitary plumbers – to better ensure the quality of works carried out by them and to better protect consumer interests”, said Tan Yok Gin, Deputy Chief Executive (Operations), PUB. <br><br>The new LP scheme will see both water service and sanitary plumbers operating under one common licence and be competent in executing both types of plumbing work.  It will also place the plumbing industry under the authority of PUB. <br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Benefits for Consumers</span><br>For development projects, Qualified Persons (QPs) are responsible for ensuring that sanitary piping work adhere to regulatory standards. With the revision, only LPs are allowed to carry out any form of plumbing work, before the QP certifies the completed work. This offers an additional level of quality assurance for consumers.<br><br>For homeowners who require plumbing services for renovation or general maintenance, the licensing of sanitary plumbers will provide more quality assurance of the plumbing work.  <br><br>Developers and homeowners who require both water service and sanitary plumbing services will also enjoy the convenience of engaging just one LP to do both works. From 1 April 2018, consumers and developers can refer to the PUB website (<a href=""></a>) for a full list of LPs available for hire, as well as a list of water service and sanitary works which must be carried out by a LP. </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Training Requirements for the LP Licence</span><br>Similar to the current LWSP scheme, obtaining the new LP licence requires plumbers to complete the Building and Construction Authority’s (BCA) Builder Certificate course in Plumbing and Pipe-Fitting (or equivalent qualifications).<br><br>In addition, plumbers will also have to attend PUB’s sanitary and/or water service plumbing course and pass an assessment. To enhance capability development for the industry, the Singapore Water Academy (SgWA) in PUB is developing a specialised training programme for plumbers which will build on their current competencies in water service and sanitary plumbing. <br><br>The PUB courses will update plumbers on both the Singapore Standard CP48:2005 - Code of Practice for Water Services and the Code of Practice on Sewerage and Sanitary Works. They will also cover safety, water quality, public health and water conservation guidelines which must be complied with when carrying out plumbing works.<br><br>Online registration is open now at <a href=""></a> for BCA’s Builder Certificate course that commences from May 2017. Registration for PUB’s courses held from July 2017 opens on 30 April 2017 at <a href=""></a>. <br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Plumbers Automatically Qualified for LP Licence</span><br>An estimated 260 plumbers, who are licensed by PUB under the LWSP scheme and also hold the Singapore Plumbing Society (SPS) registration certificate for sanitary plumbers, will automatically qualify for the new LP licence. This is because they have obtained the requisite training and are already practising and familiar with the industry codes of practice for both water services and sanitary work.  <br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Plumbers Required to Undergo Training before Obtaining LP Licence</span><br>Another estimated 600 LWSPs and 22 SPS-registered sanitary plumbers who do not have the full set of required qualifications will be given up to 30 Sep 2018 to obtain the necessary qualifications to obtain the new LP licence. They can also continue to offer water service or sanitary plumbing services up to 30 Sep 2018 while they undergo the training to qualify for the LP licence. Please refer to Annex A and B for details. <br><br>PUB will waive the new LP licence application fee as well as the PUB course and assessment fees for existing LWSPs and SPS-plumbers. <br><br>Non SPS-registered, freelance sanitary plumbers must obtain the full set of required qualifications (see Annex B) and obtain the LP licence by 1 April 2018. Thereafter, only those with the LP licence can offer sanitary plumbing services. After 1 April 2018, freelance sanitary plumbers without the LP license can only work under the direction of plumbers who have already received the LP licence (or current LWSPs or SPS-registered plumbers until 30 Sep 2018). <br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Partnering the Industry</span><br>PUB has been working closely with the Singapore Plumbing Society (SPS), a key trade association, in jointly evaluating plumbers on competency in sanitary works to qualify for the SPS registry. PUB has also engaged SPS prior to the implementation of the LP Scheme. <br><br>“For over two decades, SPS has been PUB’s important industry partner on plumbing and sanitary matters and we are supportive of the expanded licensing to raise and recognise the professionalism of the sanitary plumbers. Moving forward, we will be sharing our technical expertise to jointly conduct sanitary plumbing courses with PUB for plumbers to transit to the enhanced LP Scheme. We also encourage plumbers to continue to sign up with SPS as members to keep themselves abreast of developments in the plumbing and sanitary sector. Collectively, SPS can act as an enabler in the industry to raise the industry standards for the good of public health and well-being”, said Tan Wee Teck, President, Singapore Plumbing Society. <br><br>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).<br><br><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">1 Sanitary plumbers carry out installation and repair works on sanitary appliances, pipes and sanitary drain-lines which convey used water from buildings/ premises to public sewers. They are currently not required to be licensed for such work.</span><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">2 Water service plumbers carry out installation and repair works on water pipes, tanks, taps and fittings which convey water supplied by PUB in buildings/premises. Under the current scheme, they must be licensed by PUB before they can carry out such work.<br><br><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">(Please click <a href="">here</a> to read the annexes)</span><br></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p>PUB is a statutory board under the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources. It is the national water agency, and manages Singapore’s water supply, water catchment and used water in an integrated way.</p><p>PUB has ensured a diversified and sustainable supply of water for Singapore with the Four National Taps (local catchment water, imported water, NEWater, desalinated water).</p><p>PUB calls on everyone to play a part in conserving water, in keeping our waterways clean, and in caring for Singapore’s precious water resources. 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