$1500 fine for fake testimonial on plumbing licence application

Laws, regulations & standards

A man who provided a fake testimonial for a plumbing licence application has been ordered to pay more than $1,500 in fines and costs.

The Plumbers Licensing Board took the man to court for contravening WA's Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards Regulations 2000, which prohibit licence applicants from knowingly providing false or misleading information.

The offender holds a restricted plumbing permit that allows him to perform limited plumbing work on hot water systems.

In July 2022, he applied for a plumbing provisional tradesperson’s licence to enable him to carry out water supply, sanitary and drainage plumbing work. The application included a fake testimonial that was supposedly from a licensed plumber and gasfitter in Perth. However, the person whose name was on the testimonial had never met him and did not sign it.

For full details, see the Plumbers Licensing Board media statement.