Certificate IV in Plumbing and Service

Course Code CPC40912
Campus Benalla - Samaria Road
Duration 784 hours

Course Overview

The CPC40912 Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services is the recognised qualification to become a Plumbing Supervisor.

This course is delivered as a post-trade Licensing course. Successful applicants will complete a number of units of competency from the Plumbing and services – Operation stream, however will not be awarded the full qualification. Successful students will be issued with a Statement of Attainment for the units they complete.

Beat your competition to the mark. Use your trade and business know-how to cement your career as a plumber with the Certificate IV in Plumbing and Service. You’ll learn what you need to apply to the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) to gain your licence.

Run your own business and employ contractors and apprentices of your own. Gain knowledge and experience in design, installation and maintenance of stormwater, water supply and mechanical services. Master gas, roofing and sanitary. You’ll also learn the business side: managing risks and costing work. Learn from our experts. Share your challenges and wins with other local plumbers.

This course is delivered on campus. You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Please note: this course is available as part of the 2019 Free TAFE Courses for eligible students.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The CPC40912 Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the Building Trade Industry.

Job roles include:

  • Plumbing contractor
  • Fire services supervisor
  • Air conditioning technician
  • Specialist hydraulic designer.

Working in this industry may involve hard work and be physically demanding. Applicants should consider their physical ability to complete the job role e.g. bending, lifting, manual handling etc.

Further studies
After gaining the CPC40912 Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services, you might wish to undertake further study in the CPC50412 Diploma of Plumbing and Services.

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.

You will be enrolled in a total of 784 training hours.

Attendance at all classes is highly recommended. You are encouraged to attend all scheduled appointments with your GOTAFE Trainer/Assessor.

Sessions - Dates/Times

Campus Times
Benalla – Samaria Road Post Trade Licensing Course-Not full Qual – 1xMon & Tues p/month – 8.30am-4.30pm

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.

Attendance at all classes is highly recommended. You are encouraged to attend all scheduled appointments with your GOTAFE Trainer/Assessor.

Course Co-ordinator

Name: Ross Wilkinson
Location: William Orr

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Standard 784 $2.36 $1,850.24 $11.00 $8,624.00
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession 784 $0.47 $370.05 $11.00 $8,624.00
Full Fee 784 $6.15 $4,821.60 N/A N/A
Course Materials 784 $0.80 $627.20 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 a number of different entry requirements depending on which stream of study students choose. Successful applicants are encouraged to discuss this with the Course Coordinator to ensure that all requirements are met.

Also, completion of the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007) is required before entering a construction work site. Achievement of units CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry or CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry covers this requirement.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Attend an interview
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course
  • Must have relevant trade experience in the Plumbing industry or be referred for training for the plumbing industry commission.
Units of Competency

CPC40912 – Core Units
CPCPCM4011A – Carry out work-based risk control processes
CPCPCM4012A – Estimate and cost work
BSBOHS403B – Identify hazards and assess OHS risks
CPCCBC4012B – Read and interpret plans and specifications

CPC40912 – Elective Units
BSBSMB401 – Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business
BSBSMB401A – Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business
CPCPDR4011B – Design and size sanitary drainage systems
CPCPDR4012B – Design and size stormwater drainage systems
CPCPDR4013B – Design and size domestic treatment plant disposal systems
CPCPGS4011C – Design and size consumer gas installations
CPCPMS4011B – Design, size and lay out heating and cooling systems
CPCPRF4011B – Design and size roof drainage systems
CPCPSN4011B – Design and size sanitary plumbing systems
CPCPWT4011B – Design and size heated and cold water services and systems
CPCPWT4022A – Commission and maintain backflow prevention devices
CPCPWT4023A – Commission and maintain hot and heated water temperature control

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Knowledge tests
  • Projects
  • Work documentation
  • VBA exam.
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

If you would like further details or information, 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 general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

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?

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