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Training to Skill,
Up-Skill and Re-Skill

Training with your Union

The Plumbing and Pipe Trades Employees Union aims to connect Members with relevant courses and RTOs, with access to subsidised training and a state of the art training centre.

Supporting industry development and ongoing career growth for members, make sure to contact us to see what we can do for you.

Get Trained

Short Courses for your development, including Backflow Prevention and Backflow Re-validation.

Post Trade Qualifications, including: Certificate III in Fire Protection and Certificate IV in Fire Protection Inspection and Testing.

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Training will get you more Employable: Health and Safety Representative (HSR) 5 Day Training and Health and Safety Representative Refresher.

Workplace Health and Safety
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Pathways for Mechanical services workers to obtain the Mechanical Services Occupational License.

Mechanical Services
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Industry Skills Coordination – Working in Partnership with CSQ


This Industry Skills Coordination (ISCP) Program leverages the capabilities and capacity of industry stakeholders by providing funding to targeted organisations for workforce planning and skills development.

Each year we invite industry partners to apply for funding through the program. Our partners include employer associations, unions, major building enterprises, and organisations working in regional and remote areas, including Indigenous communities.

The program provides funding for industry partners to enable:

  • development and training strategies

  • progressive skilling and workforce planning

  • insights into future skilling needs

  • coordinated workforce training programs for the industry

  • increased diversity

  • strategies to improve the uptake, retention and completion of apprentices and trainees, including improving mentoring practices and models

  • best practice to facilitate improvements in attraction, retention, safety, productivity and innovation.


Since its introduction in 2016, the program has allowed us to work collectively to build on industry learnings, ensuring we’re always delivering best practice improvements in workforce planning and development, retention, safety, productivity and innovation.

The program allows CSQ to develop and shape future training investment.

CSQ Funding


Short courses - Construction Skills Queensland

Keep your skills up to date and stay in demand. Are you an existing worker in the building and construction industry looking to learn new and important skills that will help you to further your career in construction or re-enter the industry? Our Short Courses program could be right for you.


Subsidised training - Construction Skills Queensland

CSQ funds up to 75% of training costs across a range of courses removing much of the cost barrier to upskilling staff. CSQ’s subsidised training assists in building the workforce capacity of the building and construction industry through targeted skills investment.

CSQ programs provide funding to eligible Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) to deliver building and construction qualifications and short courses to existing workers, those who are currently under-employed, or those that are out of work in the building and construction industry.


Apprentice Advance Plus - Short Courses

CSQ is committed to working with industry to continue to improve apprentice completion rates in Queensland. The Apprentice Advance+ program offers *free additional training to eligible apprentices and trainees to boost their skills and career prospects.

Find out if you are eligible for the AA+ funding here.

Launched in the 2019-20 Annual Training Plan, the program covers the training costs for eligible apprentices and trainees to:

  • undertake key training to complement the skills they are developing, and

  • access higher level training and short courses for 12 months after they have completed their apprenticeship or traineeship.

This targeted support helps apprentices and trainees to:

  • gain licences essential to their future work that is outside of their apprenticeship or traineeship training

  • be competitive in the market by broadening their skill set

  • transition from apprentice to tradesperson, licensee and business owner.


* Free means that CSQ will cover the full cost of training (as set by CSQ) so that eligible participants do not pay training fees. NB: participants may incur related costs to undertake training such as uniforms and equipment, travel and /or accommodation costs to attend training, text books and other study materials, and parking or transport costs (to attend training).

BERT Training Fund (BTF) Worker Grants


BERT Training Fund (BTF) assists in the training of workers in the building and construction industry who are members of the Building Employees Redundancy Trust (BERT). Through skills training, workers can increase their skills, knowledge and expertise. This leads to better employment options, higher wages and a more productive industry. BTF will provide assistance in both the trade and non-trade occupations and in the building, civil and engineering construction sectors of the industry. The applicant may either be employed or unemployed.


The Plumbers Union QLD and BTF work in partnership to ensure that members are provided quality training and funding where eligible. We aim to ensure that members that are eligible for BTF Worker Grants are assisted through the Training Coordination program with all paperwork required and is hassle-free for our members. To apply for a Worker Grant contact our office and download the form here to have filled out and sent through to

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Other Industry Partners

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