Why must I register?

Many and increasingly more Metropolitans, Local authorities and Insurance Company’s require that any person working on plumbing works within their jurisdiction or being part of their panel plumbers must be registered with the Plumbing Industry Registration Board. It is illegal for any person who works on plumbing installation if he/she is not a qualified plumber or not working under the adequate supervision of a qualified plumber.

There are numerous people who call themselves plumbers in the South Africa, but sadly not all of these plumbers hold qualifications or experience. Good plumbers are vital to sanitation, clean drinking water and the control of disease. Many of us could not go without the luxuries of hot water and a proper flushing toilet, but yet plumbers are held in a very low regard by some people.

This problem is partly caused by the “bakkie” or “cowboy” trades-person who tarnish the reputation of professional plumbers, endanger the public health, cause damage to properties poor installations and have a total disregard for plumbing standards. The problems consumers face in trying to find a competent plumber and this will only get worse as the shortage of skilled trades people deepens.

The PIRB believes that registration will help make the “bakkie” element obsolete, as all person wanting to be part of the plumbing industry will have to meet certain criteria before being allowed to operate in the industry.

It is believed that registration will raise the standards of plumbing in the public interest, and improve the image, standing and reputation of plumbers and plumbing in South Africa.

PIRB Registered plumbers have demonstrated their qualifications and in some case their experience, and required to have an appropriate level of insurance cover. All PIRB Registered Plumbers are uploaded on to our Web Page for all consumers to verify the authentication of the PIRB registered plumbers.