3 months full time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face
Start dates:
29 January 2024
13 May 2024
19 August 2024
Application due dates:
Applications for this course are currently being accepted.


Lay the groundwork for an apprenticeship in the plumbing industry with a Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship) 22569VIC at Victoria University Polytechnic.

This practical course will ensure you're 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.

This course can be delivered via VET Delivered to Secondary Students.

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You will learn in our workplace-simulated workshops, where you will be exposed to all aspects of plumbing. Our workshops have dedicated areas that relate to specific streams of plumbing.

Our training infrastructure includes:

  • oxy/acetylene welding stations throughout the facility
  • 15 arc welding bays
  • 25x10 metre sand pit to allow for real in ground installation of plumbing pipes and fittings
  • backflow and thermostatic mixing valve lab
  • a realistic 6 unit structure, to complete real plumbing fixture installations as you would in the workplace once you’re employed
  • dedicated gas, roofing and mechanical plumbing workshops.

Everything you learn at Victoria University Polytechnic has direct links to the real world. You’ll learn practical skills on special-purpose machinery at our Construction Hub, giving you the chance to test out your theoretical knowledge. Learning with us means you’ll get the hands-on learning to be job-ready when you graduate.

You’ll learn from teachers who have valuable industry contacts and the latest industry-standard skills.  You’ll also develop links with industry and professional experience through:

  • industry projects
  • live work
  • site visits.

Victoria University Polytechnic is a supportive place to study. We have a range of academic support programs that can help you if you're struggling with your studies.

We can help you with your assignments and assessment tasks, maths, writing skills and English language support, as well as showing you effective ways to study and manage your time and preparation. Our study support programs include:

  • workshops and study groups
  • student mentors and peer learning
  • maths and writing resources.

We also have disability support services and counselling services available for all students.

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TAFE resources

How a pre-apprenticeship can launch your trades career

A pre-apprenticeship allows you to lay the foundations for an exciting career in trades.

Application support sessions

Do you need help applying for a pre-apprenticeship? Attend an application support session to be guided through your pre-apprenticeship application at VU Polytechnic.

Careers in plumbing

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 University 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.

Award-winning students

Trades students from Victoria University Polytechnic are consistently recognised for awards, such as these plumbing apprentices who were awarded Reece grants.

Course structure

To be awarded the 22569VIC Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship) all nineteen (19) units of competency must be achieved. All units are core, providing a consistent outcome for graduates with basic skills that allow 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.

VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).

Core Units

Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers

Previous completion of units at the Polytechnic or any other Registered Training Organisation and/or previous attainment of skills and knowledge may be credited towards this course. Units must satisfy the completion rules of the qualification and be assessed as appropriate by Victoria University Polytechnic.

The Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship) prepares graduates with the skills and knowledge for entry into an apprenticeship (Certificate III in Plumbing).

On completion of Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship) participants will have the skills and knowledge to:
• define and use 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 apply safe working procedures.

This qualification is not linked to any occupational regulatory outcome.

Vocational Education Delivered to Secondary Schools (VDSS) and Victorian Certificate of Education
This qualification forms part of the credit suite specified by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) and may contribute towards the satisfactory completion of the Victoria Certificate of Education (VCE) Vocational Major (VM) or the Victoria Pathways Certificate (VPC).

VCE VET programs for VM and VPC students:

- are fully recognised within the Units 1 to 4 structure of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE VM) and therefore may contribute towards satisfactory completion of the VCE VM.

- may contribute to the satisfactory completion of the Victorian Pathways Certificate (VPC)
- function within the National Training Framework.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type for this course: VET

Fee type definitions

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

Students who enrol in a:

  • government subsidised place pay subsidised tuition fees (the government contributes the rest), and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee along with any material fees
  • full fee-paying place 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.

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Entry requirements

Standard applicants
As part of the application process, applicants must complete a Pre-training Review (PTR) and undertake a literacy and numeracy (LN) assessment to determine suitability for admission.
Applicants must be 16 years and over at the time of course commencement. It is recommended applicants will have basic IT skills and communication skills that are sufficiently well developed to participate in the course.
VDSS or VCE (Vocational Major) applicants:
The suitability, literacy and numeracy levels of applicants will be assessed through consultation with the relevant secondary school or with VU VCE teaching staff.

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.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you could get towards your course, based on your previous study.

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

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.

Available start dates:

  • 29 January 2024
  • 13 May 2024
  • 19 August 2024

Before you apply

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