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Course Type:
Pre-Apprenticeship; Accredited Course; Free TAFE; JobTrainer
Study Mode:
On Campus
6 months
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Course Overview

If you’re looking to do an apprenticeship but want to learn a few basic skills before you get started, then get prepared by studying a Certificate II in Plumbing.

This course will get you ready for a career in the plumbing industry as you tick off introductory units. You’ll learn how to work safely as part of a team and use basic industry terminology to communicate with other professionals.

Each unit will follow on from the last as you master how to measure and calculate projects, read plans and specifications, select and use plumbing tools and materials, use basic welding equipment and much more.

You’ll work closely with our expert teachers who will guide and support you every step of the way. You’ll gain the skills and confidence you need to take on further studies, while building relationships in the industry.

And because we know you’re a hands-on person, this course is designed to be as practical as possible, giving you real-world experience in the plumbing industry. Sounds pretty good to us!

When you complete this course, you’ll have a range of skills needed for employment, but you’ll also have the ability to study a higher-level qualification, the Certificate III in Plumbing (Apprenticeship).

The Certificate III in Plumbing (Apprenticeship) will help you gain expert level skills in the plumbing industry and improve your employment opportunities, which could even mean working for yourself.

Go on, take that first step towards becoming a licensed plumber with this exciting pre-apprenticeship.

ATTENTION: As much as we’d love to offer more, we can only offer one Free TAFE course per person. If you’ve already enrolled and commenced, or enrolled but didn’t complete a Free TAFE course at any Victorian TAFE in the past you will NOT be eligible for another and will need to pay tuition and materials fees when you enrol. Reach out to us if you think this is you.


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Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship).

Career Opportunities

Employability skills taught throughout the course. High percentage of Certificate II students attain to a Cert III plumbing apprenticeship.

Opportunities for Further Study

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Mandatory entry requirements

  • Students must complete a language, literacy and numeracy assessment and achieve the required levels.
  • Students must be physically fit.


Not Applicable

Online requirement

Not Applicable


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

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Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information



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Pathway to Industry Licence

This course may assist with obtaining the Australian Apprenticeship CPC32413 Certificate III in Plumbing. Upon the successful completion of CPC32413 Certificate III in Plumbing, applicants may undertake further study to become a licensed, registered Plumber.

Material and Equipment supplied by students

Steel capped Safety Boots. Long pants.

Student Services

Support is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Many TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Course Structure

Sample course units

Unit CodeUnit Description
BSBWRT311Write simple documents
CPCCCM1015Carry Out Measurements And Calculations
CPCCCM2001Read and interpret plans and specifications
CPCCWHS1001Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
CPCCWHS2001Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
CPCPCM2039ACarry out interactive workplace communication
CUAACD303Produce Technical Drawings
HLTAID002Provide basic emergency life support
VU23046Apply basic sheet metal practices
VU23047Cut and penetrate building materials and structures
VU23048Fabricate simple plumbing pipe systems
VU23049Identify career pathways in the plumbing industry
VU23050Perform basic oxy-acetylene welding and cutting
VU23051Prepare to work in the plumbing industry
VU23052Use and apply basic levelling equipment for plumbing
VU23053Use basic electric welding equipment and techniques
VU23054Use basic plumbing hand tools
VU23055Use basic power tools
VU23056Use plumbing pipes, fittings and fixtures to simulate plumbing installations


Practical experiences, practical demonstrations, practical demonstrations in simulated work conditions, problem solving, theory.