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Applications due 31 December 2018


Lay the groundwork for an apprenticeship in the plumbing industry with a Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship) at Victoria Polytechnic.

This practical course will ensure you are prepared to enter the trades industry by introducing you to a range of foundational plumbing skills and knowledge including:  

  • working safely as part of a team
  • measuring and calculating
  • using industry terminology to communicate effectively
  • reading plans and specifications
  • using plumbing tools, equipment and materials
  • producing simple technical drawings
  • using basic welding equipment
  • using plumbing pipes, fittings and fixtures to simulate plumbing installations.

When you graduate from this course, you’ll be on your way towards a plumbing apprenticeship.

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[Supp. Desc. Info] 22304VIC - Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-Apprenticeship)

Form the groundwork for an apprenticeship in the plumbing industry with Victoria Polytechnic's pre-apprenticeship program.


The plumbing services industry provides licensed plumbing and drainage services including installing and repairing water supply, sewer lines, septic tanks, drainage and gas systems. Plumbers mostly work in small businesses.

This pre-apprenticeship from Victoria Polytechnic can help you get your foot in the door. It will give you the industry skills to apply for an apprenticeship and start your career in plumbing. Employers often prefer apprentice applicants that have undertaken a pre-apprenticeship.  

Course structure

To be awarded the 22304VIC Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship) all 19 units of competency must be achieved.

All units are core to provide a consistent outcome for graduates with basic skills that allows for employment across all streams of plumbing.

Where the full course is not completed a Statement of Attainment will be issued for any completed unit.

This qualification has been developed to enable participants to achieve the outcomes that will enable students to:

- perform tasks where the choice between a limited range of options is required (e.g. pipe sizes and lengths);

- demonstrate skills and problem-solving techniques where the range of skills and solutions is clearly defined (e.g. select appropriate basic plumbing tools and equipment for use;

- demonstrate basic operational knowledge in a moderate range of areas particularly trade-specific skills (e.g. use power tools);

- collect, interpret and record information from varied sources (e.g. read and interpret plans and specifications);

- take limited responsibility for his or her own productivity in work and learning (e.g. the ability to complete tasks within a given timeframe);

- develop methods and strategies to obtain employment in the plumbing sector.

This qualification is not linked to any occupational regulatory outcome.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: VET

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place, you’ll pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution.
  • full-fee paying place, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

It is recommended that applicants have basic communication, literacy and numeracy skills that are sufficiently well developed for them to participate in the training.

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

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You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

How to apply for this course

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