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Get the training and support needed to gain your plumbing qualification with a Certificate III in Plumbing at Victoria University Polytechnic.

This is an apprenticeship course, designed for those currently employed as plumbing apprentices. It will provide you with the formal trade certificate you need in order to become a registered plumber.

Through classroom learning and work-based tasks, you’ll gain skills and knowledge to complement your on-the-job training. You’ll learn about:

  • water and sanitary services
  • drainage and blockage clearance
  • mechanical services
  • roofing
  • gasfitting
  • welding and pipe fabrication
  • reading plans and specifications
  • workplace safety.

You will graduate with the skills, confidence and experience to be job-ready.

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.

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

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

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Obtain your formal trade certificate in order to become a registered plumber through Victoria University Polytechnic's Certificate III in Plumbing.

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 industry-focused trade certificate from Victoria University Polytechnic will ensure you are ready to start your career in plumbing. You will be eligible to work as a registered plumber, under the supervision of a licensed plumber.

Potential job titles include:

  • plumber
  • plumber and drainer
  • plumber and gasfitter
  • gasfitter
  • roof plumber.

Course structure

To be awarded the CPC32413 Certificate III in Plumbing, a student must successfully complete:

  • all core units from:

  • Stream 1 Water (24) and Stream 2 Sanitary (6) as well as;
  • Stream 1 Water elective units (5) and Stream 2 Sanitary elective units (4).

Plus two of the following four stream requirements:

  • Stream 3 Drainage: 9 core units and 3 elective units from the drainage stream;
  • Stream 4 Mechanical services: 4 core units and 11 elective units from the mechanical services stream;
  • Stream 5 Roofing: 8 core units and 4 elective units from the roofing stream, and;
  • Stream 6 Gas services: 12 core units and 5 elective units from the gas services stream.

NB: Units of competency achieved in one stream count as credit for the same unit in the core or elective requirements for any other stream.

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

Water Stream

Sanitary Stream

Drainage Stream

Mechanical Services Stream

Roofing Stream

Gas Services Stream

Elective units

Water Stream

Sanitary Stream

Drainage Stream:

Mechanical Services Stream:

Roofing Stream:

Gas Services Stream:

This qualification provides a trade outcome in plumbing.

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

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.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

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.

Before you apply

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