Certificate III in Plumbing

Course Code CPC32413
Campus Contact your local GOTAFE campus on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) for full details
Duration 1502 hours

Course Overview

The CPC32413 Certificate III in Plumbing is the recognised qualification to become a qualified Plumber.

The CPC32413 is the new standard required to become a qualified Plumber. This qualification provides a trade outcome in plumbing. Occupational titles may include:

  • Plumber
  • Plumber and drainer
  • Plumber and gasfitter
  • Gasfitter
  • Roof plumber

The qualification has core and elective unit of competency requirements that cover common and specialist skills for the plumbing industry in six specialist streams:

  • Stream 1 Water
  • Stream 2 Sanitary
  • Stream 3 Drainage
  • Stream 4 Mechanical services
  • Stream 5 Roofing
  • Stream 6 Gas services

The plumbing industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units of competency to be delivered in this context.

You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The CPC32413 Certificate III in Plumbing is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the Plumbing services industry as a Plumber, plumber and drainer, plumber and gasfitter, gasfitter or roof plumber.

Working in this industry will involve working out doors or on on-site instillations and servicing. Hours of work may vary depending on where you work.

Further studies
After gaining the CPC32413 Certificate III in Plumbing, you might wish to undertake further study in the CPC40912 Certificate IV in Plumbing Services.

Sessions - Dates/Times

Contact your local GOTAFE campus on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) for full details

Attendance and Commitment

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

This course is Competency based and employer verification is required.

Students are required to attend all classes where possible to and will have access to a trainer outside of class times if required.

Course Co-ordinator

Name Len Redfern
Email lredfern@gotafe.vic.edu.au
Phone 03 5723 6147
Location Wangaratta

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Apprentice 1,502 $3.30 $4,956.60 $15.00 $22,530.00
Govt Subsidised-Apprentice Concession 1,502 $0.66 $991.32 $15.00 $22,530.00
Full Fee 1,502 $6.15 $9,237.30 N/A N/A
Course Materials 1,502 $1.60 $2,403.20 N/A N/A

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

You will receive an Indicative Fee Statement when you decide upon your course. A finalised invoice will be issued upon enrolment. Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Book Shop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your Course Information session or during the Pre-Training review Interview.

Entry Requirements

Training package entry requirements
There are no Training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

  • Complete a Pre-training review
  • Be employed as an apprentice or be able to demonstrate experience in the trade
  • Sit a Language, Literacy and Numeracy assessment to provide an indication of existing levels of LL&N capability
  • Acceptance through an Australian Apprenticeship pathway is preferred
Units of Competency

CPC32413 – Core Units
CPCPCM2039A – Carry out interactive workplace communication
CPCPCM2047A – Carry out levelling
CPCPCM2054A – Carry out simple concreting and rendering
CPCPCM2043A – Carry out WHS requirements
CPCPWT3020A – Connect and install storage tanks to a domestic water supply
CPCPWT3027A – Connect irrigation systems from drinking water supply
CPCPCM2048A – Cut and join sheet metal
CPCPFS3031A – Fabricate and install fire hydrant and hose reel systems
CPCPCM3023A – Fabricate and install non-ferrous pressure piping
CPCPSN3023A – Fabricate and install sanitary stacks
CPCPWT3026A – Fit off and commission heated and cold water services
CPCPCM3021A – Flash penetrations through roofs and walls
CPCPCM2045A – Handle and store plumbing materials
CPCPWT3022A – Install and adjust water service controls and devices
CPCPWT3023A – Install and commission water heating systems
CPCPSN3024A – Install and fit off sanitary fixtures
CPCPSN3022A – Install discharge pipes
CPCPWT3025A – Install water pumpsets
CPCPDR2021A – Locate and clear blockages
CPCPCM2050A – Mark out materials
CPCPSN3011B – Plan layout of a residential sanitary plumbing system
HLTFA211A – Provide Basic Emergency Life Support
CPCPCM2040A – Read plans and calculate plumbing quantities
CPCPWT3021A – Set out and install water services
CPCPCM2046A – Use plumbing hand and power tools
CPCPCM3022A – Weld polyethylene and polypropylene pipes using fusion method
CPCPCM2053A – Weld using manual metal arc welding equipment
CPCPCM2052A – Weld using oxy-acetylene equipment
CPCPCM2041A – Work effectively in the plumbing and services sector
CPCPCM2055A – Work safely on roofs

CPC32413 – Elective Units
CPCCCM2008B – Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding
CPCCCM2010B – Work safely at heights
CPCCCM3001C – Operate Elevated Work Platforms
CPCCOHS2001A – Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
CPCPCM2048A – Cut and join sheet metal
CPCPCM2049A – Cut using oxy-LPG-acetylene equipment
CPCPDR2021A – Locate and clear blockages
CPCPDR2022A – Install domestic treatment plants
CPCPDR2023A – Maintain effluent disinfection systems
CPCPDR2024A – Install stormwater and sub-soil drainage systems
CPCPDR2025A – Drain work site
CPCPDR2026A – Install prefabricated inspection openings and enclosures
CPCPDR3021A – Plan layout of a residential sanitary drainage system
CPCPDR3022A – Install below ground sanitary drainage systems
CPCPDR3023A – Install on-site disposal systems
CPCPFS2022A – Install portable fire equipment
CPCPFS3037A – Install domestic and residential life safety sprinkler systems
CPCPGS3046A – Install LPG systems in caravans, mobile homes and mobile workplaces
CPCPGS3047A – Install LPG systems in marine craft
CPCPGS3048A – Install gas pressure control equipment
CPCPGS3049A – Install Type A gas appliance flues
CPCPGS3050A – Install Type B gas appliance flues
CPCPGS3051A – Purge consumer piping
CPCPGS3052A – Maintain Type A gas appliances
CPCPGS3053A – Disconnect and reconnect Type A gas appliances
CPCPGS3054A – Calculate and install natural ventilation for Type A gas appliances
CPCPGS3055A – Install gas sub-meters
CPCPGS3056A – Install gas piping systems
CPCPGS3057A – Size consumer gas piping systems
CPCPGS3059A – Install LPG storage of aggregate storage capacity up to 500 litres
CPCPGS3060A – Install LPG storage of aggregate storage capacity exceeding 500 litres and less than 8KL
CPCPGS3061A – Install and commission Type A gas appliances
CPCPIG2021A – Design domestic urban irrigation systems
CPCPIG3021A – Set out, install and commission irrigation systems
CPCPIG3022A – Install and commission domestic irrigation pumps
CPCPMS2021A – Assemble mechanical services components
CPCPMS3031A – Fabricate and install steel pressure piping
CPCPMS3032A – Select and fit insulation and sheathing
CPCPMS3033A – Install small bore heating systems
CPCPMS3034A – Install medical gas pipeline systems
CPCPMS3035A – Install and test ducting systems
CPCPMS3036A – Install air handling units
CPCPMS3038A – Install air conditioning control equipment
CPCPMS3039A – Maintain mechanical services equipment
CPCPMS3040A – Install and maintain evaporative air cooling systems
CPCPMS3041A – Install domestic solid fuel burning appliances
CPCPRF2022A – Select and install roof sheeting and wall cladding
CPCPRF2023A – Collect and store roof water
CPCPRF2024A – Fabricate roof coverings for curved structures
CPCPRF3021A – Receive roofing materials
CPCPRF3022A – Fabricate and install roof drainage components
CPCPRF3023A – Fabricate and install external flashings
CPCPRF3024A – Install roof components
CPCPRF3025A – Install roof coverings to curved roof structures
CPCPRF3026A – Install composite roof systems
CPCPSN3025A – Install pre-treatment facilities
CPCPSN3026A – Install sewerage pumpsets
CPCPWT3024A – Install and maintain domestic water treatment equipment
CPCPWT3028A – Install water service
CPCPWT3029A – Install water pipe systems
RIICCM210A – Install Trench Support
UEENEEE101A – Apply Occupational Health And Safety Regulations, Codes And Practices In The Workplace
UEENEEJ102A – Prepare And Connect Refrigerant Tubing And Fittings
UEENEEJ105A – Position, assemble and start up single head split air conditioning and water heating heat pump systems
UEENEEJ172A – Recover, Pressure Test, Evacuate, Charge And Leak Test Refrigerants – Split Systems

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Knowledge tests
  • Projects
  • Work observation
  • Work documentation
  • Demonstration
  • Online
Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification.  There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking.  You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.
Information Sessions

For further information regarding this course please call 1300 468 233.


Please note:  Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review.  This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer
Individual Needs

Enrolment in an apprenticeship course is commenced after GOTAFE receives a Training Contract completed at an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN). To locate an AASN, please go to australianapprenticeships.gov.au or call 13 38 73.

Learner’s Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.
Further information is provided at course induction.

Student Welfare Unit

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.
Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Where to from here?

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or click Enquire Now.