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Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship)


Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship) 22569VIC

Course Overview

The Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship) is the recognised pre-apprenticeship pathway into a career in plumbing.

In this course, students will get a head start on their apprenticeship and learn the tools and equipment of the plumbing trade. They'll learn to plan, mark out, and calculate basic plumbing tasks.

Individuals will learn in our professional workshops, where they can practice skills and try things they might not see on an everyday worksite.

On completion of this course, participants will have the skills and knowledge to:

  • Define and relate plumbing industry terminology.
  • Distinguish plumbing industry streams and opportunities.
  • Identify the properties and characteristics of plumbing and building materials.
  • Distinguish, select and use plumbing tools for their appropriate application.
  • Plan, calculate and mark out basic plumbing tasks.
  • Follow work instructions and select safe working procedures.

Important: the outcome of this course does not meet the requirements for a registered plumber. This course is designed specifically for those interested in obtaining employment as a plumbing apprentice.

This course is delivered as a pre-apprenticeship or as part of the VETDSS (VET Delivered to Secondary Schools) program. Students interested in undertaking this course through VETDSS need to enrol through their school.

This course is currently available as part of the Free TAFE scheme but is subject to eligibility requirements and may change in the future.

Please note: The information on this page is relevant for 2023 enrolments.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

During COVID‐19 lockdown periods, this course will have the majority of the training delivered using online methods of teaching and communication while students engage from home with their trainers. Any required practical components of the course will be moved to a more appropriate time later in the year.

Career Pathways

This course acts as an entry point to the plumbing industry.

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

Further Study

After graduating, students might like to undertake further study in the CPC32420 Certificate III in Plumbing.

Course Dates & Times

Wangaratta - Docker Street

On Campus - Starts 20th February - 4 days (M,T,T,F) - 8am - 4.30pm / 2023

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Full Fee
Course Materials
Student Services Fee (per year)

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.

Please note that the fees on this webpage, for this particular course:

  • are correct at the time of publishing for those enrolling in 2023 and may change without notice.
  • will be discussed with applications as part of the application process to ensure it is understood what is being paid for and which fee rates they may be eligible for.

Course Fees consist of three different components:

  1. Student Tuition Fee - cover the costs of training and assessment. These fees vary across courses and are calculated based on a rate per nominal hour enrolled in. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Circumstances may include:
    a) an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    b) an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    c) ineligible individuals who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs
  2. Material Fee - where applicable, cover the costs of classroom consumables, handouts and booklets, e-Learning resources and associated license access fees and excursions
  3. Student Services Fee (SSF) – contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF is a non-refundable annual fee that does not apply to short course participants.

Additionally, some courses require students to purchase or supply textbooks, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session, induction session, or during the pre-training review Interview.

GOTAFE offers a range of payment options to help you pay your fees.
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Training package entry requirements

There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) online test to ensure the required literacy and numeracy levels for the course are met.
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review by interview to ensure the course suits their needs and aspirations, and that they are likely to complete the course successfully.
  • Complete the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007) before entering a construction work site. Achievement of unit CPCCOHS1001A covers this requirement.
  • This course is designed specifically for students from a range of age groups and backgrounds who are interested in gaining an apprenticeship as a Plumber. Apprentices in the plumbing trade often work outdoors and should have a reasonable level of fitness to undertake manual labor.
  • VETDSS: Please ask your School's VET coordinator or Careers advisor to apply for this course.
Core Units
Write simple documents
Carry out measurements and calculations
Read and interpret plans and specifications
Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
Carry out interactive workplace communication
Produce technical drawings
Apply basic sheet metal practices
Cut and penetrate building materials and structures
Fabricate simple plumbing pipe systems
Identify career pathways in the plumbing industry
Perform basic oxy-acetylene welding and cutting
Prepare to work in the plumbing industry
Use and apply basic levelling equipment for plumbing
Use basic electric welding equipment and techniques
Use basic plumbing hand tools
Use basic power tools
Use plumbing pipes, fittings and fixtures to simulate plumbing installations

Assessment methods may include:

  • Knowledge tests
  • Projects
  • Work observation/ demonstration
  • Online assessments

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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.

Students will undertake simulated workplace experience within the GOTAFE workshop on campus. Attendance at all classes is highly recommended. Students have the opportunity to participate in learning workshops which allows them to work at their own pace/level. Trainers will continue to provide their support throughout their course offering advice and guidance.

Pre-apprentice students:

  • This course consists of five months of face-to-face training on campus (four days per week, eight hours per session).

VETDSS students:

  • This course consists of 24 months of face-to-face training on campus (one-day per week, six hours per session).

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Support for personal issues

We have a dedicated team to ensure students have the help they need with personal issues impacting studies such as homelessness, family problems & setting up payment plans.

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Counselling services

We offer free counselling services to help you work through life's challenges including grief and loss, mental health or relationships.

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Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.

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

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

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.

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