Plumbing, gas fitting and electrical registration and contractors' licences
Individuals, including partners in a business and companies, must be licensed as plumbing, gas fitting or electrical (PGE) contractors if they run a business that carries out or organises that type of work.
If you do the physical trade work, you'll also need to register as a plumber, gas fitter or electrician. Check if your interstate or overseas licence can be transferred.
Sole traders, partners in a business and companies, including their directors, can apply unless they have legal restrictions on their work or business, such as bankruptcy, financial receivership or a suspended trade or business licence.
Experience and qualifications
You must have the right experience and qualifications to apply for a contractor’s licence. Companies need to show that a director also meets the business criteria.
You need to have at least $10,000 in net assets to apply for a contractor’s licence. If you don't, you can apply for a restricted licence as a subcontractor.
Photo and ID check
You will need to have your photo taken for your licence and undergo an ID check before being issued with a licence card.
Contractors will need a National Police Certificate (NPC) no more than 12 months old from either:
- South Australia Police
- National police checking service - accredited organisations - Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission.
You don't need an NPC if you:
- are a director of a company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange
- have lodged an NPC with CBS within the last year
- are an overseas resident and have never lived in Australia
- have held a licence within the last year and are applying for an equivalent licence
- have already supplied an NPC for a different licence issued under the same Act.
Plumbers and gas fitters
Qualified plumbers can register if they:
- work on water or sanitary plumbing, and drainage
- install or test backflow prevention devices.
Qualified gas fitters register if they work on gas pipes or equipment, which are downstream of:
- the licensed gas supplier’s meter
- a gas storage tank or cylinder.
Your electrical qualifications will determine the type of work that will be included on your registration.
Electrical work includes installing, altering, repairing or maintaining an electrical installation, subject to conditions limiting (in any way) the work that may be carried out under the authority of the registration.
Electrical qualifications - through a trade apprenticeship or Certificate lll
National Restricted Electrical Licence (NREL) qualifications allows the disconnection and reconnection of existing fixed wired equipment (connected to a supply of up to 1000 volts), while observing and maintaining the safety of the working environment.
The work performed includes:
- identifying point of isolation
- isolating equipment
- disconnecting the equipment
- determination of the electrical characteristics of the equipment
- selecting the replacement equipment
- reconnecting the equipment
- testing the equipment for operation and safety.
However, the registration does not permit you to perform electrical maintenance, fault finding, installation, rewiring, alterations or additions to any electrical equipment or fixed wiring.
All plumbing, gas fitting and electrical workers must have a photographic registration card, including apprentices. If you're not registered, both you and your employer can face significant penalties.
As soon as your training contract has been approved, CBS will contact you by email and SMS.
Within 14 days you need to visit CBS or a Service SA customer service centre and:
- take the email or SMS
- take 100 points of ID
- have your photo taken.
If you live remotely or outside of South Australia you can complete and send a proof of identity form (PDF 94KB) to CBS.
CBS will then post your registration card to you. There is no fee.
Contractor's licence needs to be renewed each year.
Your PGE workers' registration needs to be renewed every three years.
You'll need your licence or registration number and credit card to renew online or by phone
Other ways to renew
Phone 1300 668 531
Make cheque or money orders payable to the Commissioner for Consumer Affairs and attach to the front page of your renewal notice.
Consumer and Business Services|
GPO Box 1719
Notify CBS of these changes
- if you have committed an offence
- the business has gone bankrupt
- when you change or add a nominated supervisor
- you change your address - you can also update your address when you renew your licence.
- to surrender your occupational licence - you will no longer be able to work under this licence.
- if you have lost or damaged cards or certificates
- when you change directors in the company.
You can download your licence or registration to an Apple or Android smartphone or tablet using the mySA GOV app.
Hard copy licences will still be issued and it's a good idea to carry these with you until digital licences become widely accepted. For more information visit my.sa.gov.au.