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Certificate III in Plumbing


Certificate III in Plumbing CPC32413

Course Overview

Join one of Australia's biggest industries, and future-proof your career with a Certificate III in Plumbing.

With time in our state-of-the-art workshop environment, you'll learn core skills in water, drainage, and sanitary systems, as well as roofing, gas, and mechanical services. Complete this course while doing your apprenticeship to set yourself up as a qualified Plumber.

Our fantastic trainers will help you practice your skills so you're ready for the job site.

Please note: the information on this page is relevant for 2022 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 prepares you to work as a:

  • Plumber
  • Drainer
  • Gasfitter
  • Roof Plumber

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the CPC40912 Certificate IV in Plumbing Services.

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - William Orr

Apprenticeship - Open from 7th February / 2022

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Apprenticeship - Open from 17th January / 2022

1. Subsidised Apprentice
2. Subsidised Apprentice (Concession)
Course Materials
Student Services Fees (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 2022 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 3 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:
    1. an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    2. an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    3. 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 or during the pre-training review Interview.

GOTAFE offers a range of payment options to help you pay your fees.
Learn more about fees, charges, refunds and payment options

This course is in transition. The course code, title, units, and content may change in the future. Further information will be provided upon enrolment, or during the course of your training.

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 & 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.
  • Please apply through the Apprenticeship Network Provider with your employer to organise your apprenticeship/traineeship contract prior to applying for this 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
Core Units
Carry out interactive workplace communication
Read plans and calculate plumbing quantities
Work effectively in the plumbing and services sector
Carry out WHS requirements
Handle and store plumbing materials
Use plumbing hand and power tools
Carry out levelling
Cut and join sheet metal
Mark out materials
Weld using oxy-acetylene equipment
Weld using manual metal arc welding equipment
Carry out simple concreting and rendering
Work safely on roofs
Flash penetrations through roofs and walls
Weld polyethylene and polypropylene pipes using fusion method
Fabricate and install non-ferrous pressure piping
Locate and clear blockages
Install domestic treatment plants
Install stormwater and sub-soil drainage systems
Drain work site
Install prefabricated inspection openings and enclosures
Plan layout of a residential sanitary drainage system
Install below ground sanitary drainage systems
Install on-site disposal systems
Fabricate and install fire hydrant and hose reel systems
Install LPG systems in caravans, mobile homes and mobile workplaces
Install LPG systems in marine craft
Install gas pressure control equipment
Install Type A gas appliance flues
Purge consumer piping
Disconnect and reconnect Type A gas appliances
Calculate and install natural ventilation for Type A gas appliances
Install gas piping systems
Size consumer gas piping systems
Install LPG storage of aggregate storage capacity up to 500 litres
Install and commission Type A gas appliances
Assemble mechanical services components
Fabricate and install steel pressure piping
Install small bore heating systems
Select and install roof sheeting and wall cladding
Collect and store roof water
Receive roofing materials
Fabricate and install roof drainage components
Fabricate and install external flashings
Install roof components
Install composite roof systems
Plan layout of a residential sanitary plumbing system
Install discharge pipes
Fabricate and install sanitary stacks
Install and fit off sanitary fixtures
Connect and install storage tanks to a domestic water supply
Set out and install water services
Install and adjust water service controls and devices
Install and commission water heating systems
Install water pumpsets
Fit off and commission heated and cold water services
Connect irrigation systems from drinking water supply
Install Trench Support
Elective Units
Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding
Work safely at heights
Operate elevated work platforms
Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
Cut using oxy-LPG-acetylene equipment
Maintain effluent disinfection systems
Install portable fire equipment
Install domestic and residential life safety sprinkler systems
Install Type B gas appliance flues
Maintain Type A gas appliances
Install gas sub-meters
Install LPG storage of aggregate storage capacity exceeding 500 litres and less than 8KL
Design domestic urban irrigation systems
Set out, install and commission irrigation systems
Install and commission domestic irrigation pumps
Select and fit insulation and sheathing
Install medical gas pipeline systems
Install and test ducting systems
Install air handling units
Install air conditioning control equipment
Maintain mechanical services equipment
Install and maintain evaporative air cooling systems
Install domestic solid fuel burning appliances
Fabricate roof coverings for curved structures
Install roof coverings to curved roof structures
Install pre-treatment facilities
Install sewerage pumpsets
Install and maintain domestic water treatment equipment
Install water service
Install water pipe systems
Apply Occupational Health and Safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace
Prepare and connect refrigerant tubing and fittings
Position, assemble and start up single head split air conditioning and water heating heat pump systems
Recover, pressure test, evacuate, charge and leak test refrigerants - split systems

Assessment methods may include:

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

Students must commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

This includes attending 10 blocks at GOTAFE over the duration of the course to complete on-campus training. Each block consists of five days, Monday to Friday.

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.

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.

Find how to reach out to our library in Shepparton

Jobs and study options

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

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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

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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