Course Type:
Accredited Course; Apprenticeship
Study Mode:
On Campus, Workplace
4 years
Starting Date:
Ongoing enrolments
Bairnsdale Trade Centre, Morwell

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Course Overview

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 four 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.


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm

Qualifications and Recognition

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

Career Opportunities

Certificate III in Plumbing will provide you with a qualification as a plumber, students are 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

CPC40912 Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Mandatory entry requirements

  • Students must be an indentured apprentice to undertake and complete this qualification.

Recommended entry requirements

  • To be enrolled into Certificate III in Plumbing each student must have a current employer a the time of enrolment due to this course being for apprentices only. Each apprentice will also be signed by an Apprenticeship Centre of choosing by the employer and have a training contract  that states the relationship between the employer, apprentice and RTO. Once the training contract has been released a Apprentice Sign up and Induction is completed within 5 working days and the apprentice commences class once enrolment has been confirmed.

Limitations to entry

  • Students must be an indentured apprentice to undertake and complete this qualification.


Not Applicable

Online requirement

Not Applicable


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

Help with Fees

Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information

Not Applicable


Not Applicable

Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

  • Students must own their own general plumbing tools

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
CPCCCM2008BErect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding
CPCCCM2010BWork safely at heights
CPCCCM3001COperate elevated work platforms
CPCCOHS2001AApply OHS Requirements, Policies And Procedures In The Construction Industry
CPCPCM2039ACarry out interactive workplace communication
CPCPCM2040ARead plans and calculate plumbing quantities
CPCPCM2041AWork effectively in the plumbing and services sector
CPCPCM2043ACarry out WHS requirements
CPCPCM2045AHandle and store plumbing materials
CPCPCM2046AUse plumbing hand and power tools
CPCPCM2047ACarry out levelling
CPCPCM2048ACut and join sheet metal
CPCPCM2049ACut using oxy-LPG-acetylene equipment
CPCPCM2050AMark out materials
CPCPCM2052AWeld using oxy-acetylene equipment
CPCPCM2053AWeld using manual metal arc welding equipment
CPCPCM2054ACarry out simple concreting and rendering
CPCPCM2055AWork safely on roofs
CPCPCM3021AFlash penetrations through roofs and walls
CPCPCM3022AWeld polyethylene and polypropylene pipes using fusion method
CPCPCM3023AFabricate and install non-ferrous pressure piping
CPCPDR2021ALocate and clear blockages
CPCPDR2022AInstall domestic treatment plants
CPCPDR2023AMaintain effluent disinfection systems
CPCPDR2024AInstall stormwater and sub-soil drainage systems
CPCPDR2025ADrain work site
CPCPDR2026AInstall prefabricated inspection openings and enclosures
CPCPDR3021APlan layout of a residential sanitary drainage system
CPCPDR3022AInstall below ground sanitary drainage systems
CPCPDR3023AInstall on-site disposal systems
CPCPFS3031AFabricate and install fire hydrant and hose reel systems
CPCPFS3037AInstall domestic and residential life safety sprinkler systems
CPCPGS3046AInstall LPG systems in caravans, mobile homes and mobile workplaces
CPCPGS3047AInstall LPG systems in marine craft
CPCPGS3048AInstall gas pressure control equipment
CPCPGS3049AInstall Type A gas appliance flues
CPCPGS3050AInstall Type B gas appliance flues
CPCPGS3051APurge consumer piping
CPCPGS3052AMaintain Type A gas appliances
CPCPGS3053ADisconnect and reconnect Type A gas appliances
CPCPGS3054ACalculate and install natural ventilation for Type A gas appliances
CPCPGS3056AInstall gas piping systems
CPCPGS3057ASize consumer gas piping systems
CPCPGS3059AInstall LPG storage of aggregate storage capacity up to 500 litres
CPCPGS3060AInstall LPG storage of aggregate storage capacity exceeding 500 litres and less than 8KL
CPCPGS3061AInstall and commission Type A gas appliances
CPCPIG2021ADesign domestic urban irrigation systems
CPCPIG3021ASet out, install and commission irrigation systems
CPCPIG3022AInstall and commission domestic irrigation pumps
CPCPRF2022ASelect and install roof sheeting and wall cladding
CPCPRF2023ACollect and store roof water
CPCPRF3021AReceive roofing materials
CPCPRF3022AFabricate and install roof drainage components
CPCPRF3023AFabricate and install external flashings
CPCPRF3024AInstall roof components
CPCPRF3025AInstall roof coverings to curved roof structures
CPCPRF3026AInstall composite roof systems
CPCPSN3011BPlan layout of a residential sanitary plumbing system
CPCPSN3022AInstall discharge pipes
CPCPSN3023AFabricate and install sanitary stacks
CPCPSN3024AInstall and fit off sanitary fixtures
CPCPSN3025AInstall pre-treatment facilities
CPCPSN3026AInstall sewerage pumpsets
CPCPWT3020AConnect and install storage tanks to a domestic water supply
CPCPWT3021ASet out and install water services
CPCPWT3022AInstall and adjust water service controls and devices
CPCPWT3023AInstall and commission water heating systems
CPCPWT3024AInstall And Maintain Domestic Water Treatment Equipment
CPCPWT3025AInstall water pumpsets
CPCPWT3026AFit off and commission heated and cold water services
CPCPWT3027AConnect irrigation systems from drinking water supply
CPCPWT3028AInstall water service
CPCPWT3029AInstall water pipe systems
HLTFA211AProvide basic emergency life support
RIICCM210AInstall trench support


Practical experiences, practical demonstrations, practical demonstrations in simulated work conditions, problem solving, documents, critical incident reports, journals, oral presentations, presentations to audiences, interviews, videos, visuals/slides/audio tapes, case studies, projects, group projects, group discussions, examinations.