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Continuing professional development for builders and plumbers

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is considering a proposal to introduce a framework that will require all registered building practitioners and licensed and registered plumbers to complete continuing professional development (CPD) requirements.

The framework will seek to enhance practitioner competence in building and plumbing work by ensuring that they maintain and develop their professional knowledge and skills through ongoing education and training.

CPD Consultation Paper

DELWP has prepared a Consultation Paper outlining three high-level options for introducing CPD requirements in Victoria, with a particular focus on the possible CPD training content that could form part of the scheme. The purpose of this paper is to seek your views on the options presented and to collect your feedback on how the development of a CPD framework that could best be introduced to improve professionalism in the industry and the quality of building and plumbing work carried out by practitioners.

Have your say

The Consultation Paper is available on the Engage Victoria website.

Submissions on the paper can be made by:

  • uploading a submission to the project’s webpage on Engage Victoria
  • completing the online survey on the project’s webpage on Engage Victoria
  • emailing a submission directly to building.policy@delwp.vic.gov.au
  • posting a submission to the Continuing Professional Development Team, Building Division, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Level 16, 150 Lonsdale Street, Victoria 3000.

The public consultation period will close at 5:00pm, Friday 24 July 2020.

Next steps

At the end of the consultation period, DELWP will review all submissions received and take this feedback into consideration when developing further options to be included in a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) later this year. The RIS will analyse the costs and benefits of options and will be accompanied by a draft version of the regulations reflecting the preferred option. It is anticipated that new regulations will come into operation in 2021 subject to considerations regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts and feedback from industry.

For more information about the Continuing Professional Development project, please send an email to building.policy@delwp.vic.gov.au or call the Victorian Government Contact Centre on 1300 366 356.