Plumbing Industry Commission Victoria  gave away the Plumbing Industry Training Awards (PITAs) to Victorian plumbing practitioners, who were recognised for bringing new levels of professionalism and service delivery to the industry.  

Held recently in Melbourne, the awards recognise and encourage post-apprenticeship training and development in the plumbing industry.  

According to Plumbing Industry Commissioner Michael Kefford, the PITAs showcase the contribution made by Victorian plumbing practitioners to the industry and the wider community through life-long learning that enables them to up-skill and stay in touch with new technologies, regulations and business techniques.  

He pointed out that the plumbing practitioners not only took the training but also applied the learnings in delivering high quality service to the community.  

The PITAs are given across eight categories with five awards recognising individual practitioners as well as an award each for an employer, trainer and training organisation.  

Each winner received a Certificate of Recognition, a PITA trophy and a prize of $1000. All winners would also be acknowledged at the World Plumbing Day event at the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre in Brunswick.  

Winners of the 2012 PITA awards:  

  • Environment Award – Energy: Brenden Day, Warringal Plumbing
  • Return to Study Award: Brett Congues, NSG Plumbing Pty Ltd
  • Challenge Award: George Miller, Unlimited Plumbing
  • Individual Award: Russell Menzies, CEPUTEC
  • Environment Award – Water: Troy Diston, Diston Sewage Purification
  • Innovation Award: Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre (PICAC)
  • Employer’s Award: NSG Plumbing Pty Ltd
  • Trainer Award: Lyle Kelson, Bendigo Regional Institute of TAFE