Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship)


Course Length

Full time:

5 months

Contact Hours

Full time:

4 days a week


Subsidised Standard:


Subsidised Standard (Concession):


Full Fee:


Course Materials:


Student Services Fees (per year):



Shepparton - William Orr

Delivery Mode



Course Overview

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

Get a head start on your Apprenticeship and learn the tools and equipment of the plumbing trade. You'll learn to plan, mark out, and calculate basic plumbing tasks.

You'll learn in our professional workshops, where you can practice skills and try things you might not see on an everyday worksite.

On completion of the Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship) 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

The outcome of the Certificate II in Plumbing(Pre-apprenticeship) does not meet the requirements for a registered plumber.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We've had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we're currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

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, you might like to undertake further study in the CPC32413 Certificate III in Plumbing.

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - William Orr

VETDSS - Starts on 20th May, 1 day a week - 9am - 3.30pm / 2021

Pre Apprentice - Open from 16/08/2021 - (Mon,Tue,Thu,Frid) - 9am - 4pm / 2021

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard: $1,722.00

2. Subsidised Standard (Concession): $344.00

3. Full Fee: $3,444.00

Course Materials: $566.00

Student Services Fees (per year): $70.00

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2021 and may change without notice.

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 Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

All students are required to pay an annual Student Services Fee (SSF) of $70.00. The Student Services Fee contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF does not apply to short course participants.

Further details on fees available

Entry Requirements

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:

  • 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
  • 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 unit CPCCOHS1001A covers this requirement.

Course Study Units

Core Units
BSBWRT311 - Write simple documents
CPCCCM1015 - Carry out measurements and calculations
CPCCCM2001 - Read and interpret plans and specifications
CPCCWHS1001 - Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
CPCCWHS2001 - Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
CPCPCM2039A - Carry out interactive workplace communication
CUAACD303 - Produce technical drawings
HLTAID002 - Provide basic emergency life support
VU23046 - Apply basic sheet metal practices
VU23047 - Cut and penetrate building materials and structures
VU23048 - Fabricate simple plumbing pipe systems
VU23049 - Identify career pathways in the plumbing industry
VU23050 - Perform basic oxy-acetylene welding and cutting
VU23051 - Prepare to work in the plumbing industry
VU23052 - Use and apply basic levelling equipment for plumbing
VU23053 - Use basic electric welding equipment and techniques
VU23054 - Use basic plumbing hand tools
VU23055 - Use basic power tools
VU23056 - Use plumbing pipes, fittings and fixtures to simulate plumbing installations

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

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

Attendance & 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.

Students will undertake simulated workplace experience within the GOTAFE workshop on campus. Attendance at all classes is highly recommended.

This course runs over a 5 month period and students are enrolled full-time (4 days per week, 8 hours per session). Study is on-campus in a workshop model which includes access to and use of a Simulated Workshop where the student can practice their skills and demonstrate the knowledge they have acquired).

Students are encouraged to engage with their trainer outside of their scheduled classes in order to enhance their learning and to clarify assessment requirements, learning content, and a general understanding of the course/units. The trainer will be available to the student for extra support across the duration of the course.

Students are also supported by Trainers and Assessors where required in regards to their Language, Literacy and Numeracy skills, as well as social welfares issues. Most of this support involves referrals to the Learning Skills Unit and the Student Welfare Unit. GOTAFE also offers free access for all students to Studiosity, as well as free tutoring services through the Student Welfare Unit.

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.

Learning support

A free and confidential service to help you build the foundation skills you need to be successful at TAFE. Improve your english language, maths and/or writing skills; enhance your computer, exam and study skills.

Learn more about our learning support services


Our library team are passionate about supporting students to achieve their study goals. They have subject guides, referencing help, and online resources to assist you with you assessments.

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Jobs and study options

Our Skills and Jobs Centres can assist and talk through options for courses, careers, assistance with job applications and more.

Reach out to our Skills and Jobs Centres

Student Support

Whether you need support with time management, your mental health, grief and loss, a diagnosed disability, financial hardship, or any other challenge life through your way, we are here to help.

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.

Find out how the Student Experience Team can help you

Disability support

Get access to the supports and adjustments you need for your disability or medical condition to be successful in your studies.

Seek support from our Equitable Learning Advisors

Counselling services

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

Learn about our Student Wellbeing Advisors

Learner's Rights

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

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.