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Course Duration:
3 years
Commencing in:
  • 2024

2024 Intake

General Plumber Roofing
Intake Date Campus Attendance Days
Ongoing Bairnsdale Trade Centre Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8:00am-4:00pm
Ongoing Morwell Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8:00am-4:00pm
General Plumber Roofing and Mechanical
Intake Date Campus Attendance Days
Ongoing Bairnsdale Trade Centre Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8:00am-4:00pm
Ongoing Morwell Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8:00am-4:00pm

About this course

If you’re someone who enjoys a challenge, meeting new people and want a career where your skills are always in high demand, then a Certificate III in Plumbing  - (Apprenticeship) is the course you’ve been looking for!

When you study this course, you’ll gain skills in a number of areas, including welding, drainage, sanitation, water supply, gas fitting, roofing, and so much more – no wonder plumbers are one of the most highly sought-after tradespeople going around.

Designed so you can work and study at the same time, you’ll complete this course while you work with an employer, putting your new skills into action straight away. This will allow you to gain real-world experience from the very beginning, increasing your chances for employment later on.

Not only that, during the three years it takes to complete this course, you’ll also be guided by our expert teachers when you complete the on-campus part of this qualification, meaning you’ll have a variety of people helping you achieve success.

When you finish this course, you’ll become a qualified plumber and be eligible to sit the Victorian Building Authority Plumbing Registration exam, after which you’ll become a registered plumber.

You will then be able to work in the industry, gaining hands-on experience while you decide if you want to take your career further. Going further might mean studying a Certificate IV in Plumbing Services. This course will add to your skills and increase your employment opportunities.

So, if you’re after a qualification offering opportunities that will keep you employed for the long term, we are here to help you take the steps for success.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of the Certificate III in Plumbing  can enable students to be eligible to sit the Victorian Building Authority Plumbing Registration exam, upon successful completion of this exam it will allow the student to become registered as a Plumber on the completion of their apprenticeship. Given this is a apprenticeship qualification, students will already be employed in industry. They will also then be eligible to work as a registered plumber in the streams successfully completed.

Opportunities for Further Study

Skills or Knowledge gained

CPC32420 Certificate III in Plumbing - offers students the opportunity to develop the following skills and knowledge:
Communication with clients, colleagues and others using clear and direct forms of communication whilst actively listening and identifying and confirming requirements for the task or job to be carried out.
Obtaining and understanding all relevant trade and technical terms, symbols, abbreviations and language, working as part of a team, providing assistance and encouragement to other team members, utilising specialist skills that are part of the team and using these strengths to the best of their abilities.
ability to ensure that that equipment is checked regularly and up to date meeting site and job requirements and where applicable any hazards are reported and documented.
Throughout their training, apprentices may choose to undertake additional streams. These streams may include;
Each stream will provide the skills and knowledge to undertake these roles within the plumbing industry.

Entry Requirements

Are there specified requirements for entry into the course/qualification?: Yes

Mandatory entry requirements:

Students must be employed as an Apprentice in Certificate III in Plumbing to undertake this qualification.
Must be 15 years of age or older for a School Based Apprenticeship.
If students are no longer at secondary school and are under 17 years of age they must have a "school leaving certificate" from the Department of Education before they can enrol in this qualification.

Recommended entry Requirements:

Students should have access to a computer or laptop to and a reliable internet connection for the 3 years of their studies

Limitations to course Entry:

For each Learner enrolling in a vocational qualification, regardless of eligible or ineligible status under the Victorian Training Guarantee, TAFE Gippsland will conduct a Pre-Training Review of current competencies (including literacy and numeracy skills) prior to commencement in training.

Minimum Industry Requirement

Not applicable.

Licensing/Regulatory Requirements

Will this course/qualification or a constituent unit provide a pathway to an industry licence or regulated outcome: true

Once you have successfully completed the requirements CPC32420 Certificate III in Plumbing as an Australia Apprentice you can apply to undertake a VBA exam "Journeyman Exam" of each class you wish to be registered for.
For more information on this process and the requirements please go to:

Qualifications and Recognition - 2024

  • Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate III in Plumbing (Apprenticeship).

Work Placement - 2024

Does this course require placement?: No

Further Information - 2024


Fees and charges Government subsidised concession Government subsidised Full-fee paying student
Maximum full course tuition fee* (GST exempt) $1,885.95 $9,429.75 $38,957.25
Materials fee* (GST exempt) $2,543.00 $2,543.00 $2,543.00
Total $4,428.95 $11,972.75 $41,500.25
VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

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Sample course units

CPCCCM2012 Work safely at heights
CPCCCM3001 Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres
CPCCWHS2001 Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
CPCPCM2039 Carry out interactive workplace communication
CPCPCM2040 Read plans, calculate quantities and mark out materials
CPCPCM2041 Work effectively in the plumbing services sector
CPCPCM2043 Carry out WHS requirements
CPCPCM2045 Handle and store plumbing materials
CPCPCM2046 Use plumbing hand and power tools
CPCPCM2047 Carry out levelling
CPCPCM2048 Cut and join sheet metal
CPCPCM2049 Cut using oxy-acetylene equipment
CPCPCM2052 Weld mild steel using oxy-acetylene equipment
CPCPCM2054 Carry out simple concreting and rendering
CPCPCM2055 Work safely on roofs
CPCPCM3021 Flash penetrations through roofs and walls
CPCPCM3022 Weld polymer pipes using fusion method
CPCPCM3023 Fabricate and install non-ferrous pressure piping
CPCPCM3024 Prepare simple drawings
CPCPCM3025 Install trench support
CPCPDR2021 Locate and clear blockages
CPCPDR2025 Install stormwater and sub-soil drainage systems and drain work site
CPCPDR2026 Install prefabricated inspection openings and inspection chambers
CPCPDR3021 Plan layout and install below ground sanitary drainage systems
CPCPDR3023 Install on-site domestic wastewater treatment plants and disposal systems
CPCPFS3031 Fabricate and install fire hydrant and hose reel systems
CPCPFS3037 Install residential life safety sprinkler systems
CPCPFS3038 Test and maintain fire hydrant and hose reel installations
CPCPGS3046 Install LPG systems in caravans, mobile homes and mobile workplaces
CPCPGS3047 Install LPG systems in marine craft
CPCPGS3048 Install gas pressure control equipment
CPCPGS3049 Install gas appliance flues
CPCPGS3051 Purge consumer piping
CPCPGS3052 Maintain Type A gas appliances
CPCPGS3053 Disconnect and reconnect Type A gas appliances
CPCPGS3054 Calculate and install natural ventilation for Type A gas appliances
CPCPGS3056 Size and install consumer gas piping systems
CPCPGS3059 Install LPG storage of aggregate storage capacity up to 500 litres
CPCPGS3060 Install LPG storage of aggregate storage capacity exceeding 500 litres and less than 8 kl
CPCPGS3061 Install and commission Type A gas appliances
CPCPIG2021 Design domestic urban irrigation systems
CPCPIG3021 Set out, install and commission irrigation systems
CPCPIG3022 Install and commission domestic irrigation pumps
CPCPRF2022 Select and install roof sheeting and wall cladding
CPCPRF2023 Collect and store roof water
CPCPRF3021 Receive roofing materials
CPCPRF3022 Fabricate and install roof drainage systems
CPCPRF3023 Fabricate and install external flashings
CPCPRF3024 Install roof components
CPCPRF3025 Install roof coverings to curved roof structures
CPCPRF3026 Install roof sheets, wall cladding and complex flashings
CPCPSN3011 Plan the layout of a residential sanitary plumbing system and fabricate and install sanitary stacks
CPCPSN3022 Install discharge pipes
CPCPSN3025 Install pre-treatment facilities
CPCPSN3026 Install sewerage pumpsets
CPCPWT3020 Connect and install storage tanks to a domestic water supply
CPCPWT3021 Set out and install water services
CPCPWT3022 Install and commission water heating systems and adjust controls and devices
CPCPWT3024 Install And Maintain Domestic Water Treatment Equipment
CPCPWT3025 Install water pumpsets
CPCPWT3026 Install and fit off sanitary fixtures, water services and adjust water service controls
CPCPWT3027 Install backflow prevention devices
CPCPWT3028 Install property service
CPCPWT3029 Install water pipe systems
HLTAID011 Provide first aid

The assessment for each course varies. It may include knowledge questions, practical skills tasks, projects, research work, on the job assessment, etc. Your assessor or educator will provide specific information on the requirements for your course.

You can expect that:

  • assessment methods are clear
  • assessment tasks are relevant and meet the requirements of your course
  • assessor or educator demonstrate fairness and lack of bias when assessing your work
  • educators will provide open and honest feedback about assessment tasks.