Certificate III in Plumbing


Course Length

Part time:

4 Years


Subsidised Apprentice:


Subsidised Apprentice (Concession):


Course Materials:


Student Services Fees (per year):



Shepparton - William Orr

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Delivery Mode


School Based Apprenticeship

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

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Apprentice: $6,336.00

2. Subsidised Apprentice (Concession): $1,267.00

Course Materials: $3,048.00

Student Services Fees (per year): $85.00

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

Entry Requirements

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

Course Study Units

Core Units
CPCPCM2039A - Carry out interactive workplace communication
CPCPCM2040A - Read plans and calculate plumbing quantities
CPCPCM2041A - Work effectively in the plumbing and services sector
CPCPCM2043A - Carry out WHS requirements
CPCPCM2045A - Handle and store plumbing materials
CPCPCM2046A - Use plumbing hand and power tools
CPCPCM2047A - Carry out levelling
CPCPCM2048A - Cut and join sheet metal
CPCPCM2050A - Mark out materials
CPCPCM2052A - Weld using oxy-acetylene equipment
CPCPCM2053A - Weld using manual metal arc welding equipment
CPCPCM2054A - Carry out simple concreting and rendering
CPCPCM2055A - Work safely on roofs
CPCPCM3021A - Flash penetrations through roofs and walls
CPCPCM3022A - Weld polyethylene and polypropylene pipes using fusion method
CPCPCM3023A - Fabricate and install non-ferrous pressure piping
CPCPDR2021A - Locate and clear blockages
CPCPDR2022A - Install domestic treatment plants
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
CPCPFS3031A - Fabricate and install fire hydrant and hose reel 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
CPCPGS3051A - Purge consumer piping
CPCPGS3053A - Disconnect and reconnect Type A gas appliances
CPCPGS3054A - Calculate and install natural ventilation for Type A gas appliances
CPCPGS3056A - Install gas piping systems
CPCPGS3057A - Size consumer gas piping systems
CPCPGS3059A - Install LPG storage of aggregate storage capacity up to 500 litres
CPCPGS3061A - Install and commission Type A gas appliances
CPCPMS2021A - Assemble mechanical services components
CPCPMS3031A - Fabricate and install steel pressure piping
CPCPMS3033A - Install small bore heating systems
CPCPRF2022A - Select and install roof sheeting and wall cladding
CPCPRF2023A - Collect and store roof water
CPCPRF3021A - Receive roofing materials
CPCPRF3022A - Fabricate and install roof drainage components
CPCPRF3023A - Fabricate and install external flashings
CPCPRF3024A - Install roof components
CPCPRF3026A - Install composite roof systems
CPCPSN3011B - Plan layout of a residential sanitary plumbing system
CPCPSN3022A - Install discharge pipes
CPCPSN3023A - Fabricate and install sanitary stacks
CPCPSN3024A - Install and fit off sanitary fixtures
CPCPWT3020A - Connect and install storage tanks to a domestic water supply
CPCPWT3021A - Set out and install water services
CPCPWT3022A - Install and adjust water service controls and devices
CPCPWT3023A - Install and commission water heating systems
CPCPWT3025A - Install water pumpsets
CPCPWT3026A - Fit off and commission heated and cold water services
CPCPWT3027A - Connect irrigation systems from drinking water supply
RIICCM210A - Install Trench Support
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
CPCPCM2049A - Cut using oxy-LPG-acetylene equipment
CPCPDR2023A - Maintain effluent disinfection systems
CPCPFS2022A - Install portable fire equipment
CPCPFS3037A - Install domestic and residential life safety sprinkler systems
CPCPGS3050A - Install Type B gas appliance flues
CPCPGS3052A - Maintain Type A gas appliances
CPCPGS3055A - Install gas sub-meters
CPCPGS3060A - Install LPG storage of aggregate storage capacity exceeding 500 litres and less than 8KL
CPCPIG2021A - Design domestic urban irrigation systems
CPCPIG3021A - Set out, install and commission irrigation systems
CPCPIG3022A - Install and commission domestic irrigation pumps
CPCPMS3032A - Select and fit insulation and sheathing
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
CPCPRF2024A - Fabricate roof coverings for curved structures
CPCPRF3025A - Install roof coverings to curved roof structures
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
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

Attendance & Commitment

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.

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.

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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.