Duration:
4 years part time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face
Location: 
Start date:
3 January 2023
Study off-campus:
Available for Apprenticeship.
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Application due dates:
Applications for this course are currently being accepted.

Overview

Get the training and support needed to gain your plumbing qualification with a Certificate III in Plumbing CPC32420 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 apply to become a registered plumber. 

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

  • water and sanitary services
  • drainage and blockage clearance
  • plumbing materials 
  • plumbing hand and power tools
  • mechanical services
  • roofing
  • gasfitting
  • welding and pipe fabrication
  • maintaining evaporative air-cooling systems
  • reading plans and specifications
  • workplace safety.

With your employer, you can choose to complete any one or a combination of the four occupational options:

  • General Plumbing
  • General Plumbing – Roofing
  • General Plumbing – Mechanical 
  • General Plumbing – Roofing and Mechanical.

You will graduate with the skills, confidence and experience to be job-ready, able to work in residential, industrial and commercial workplaces in both existing and new constructions.

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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Careers in plumbing

This is a trade qualification for plumbers in residential, industrial and commercial workplaces who are responsible for assembling, installing and maintaining water services, sanitary plumbing and sanitary drainage services in both existing and new constructions.

Occupational titles could include:

  • plumber
  • plumber and drainer.

Course structure

The course structure comprises the following core and elective units. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. 
To be awarded the CPC32420 Certificate III in Plumbing, competency in one of the four occupational options must be achieved.

OPTION 1: General Plumbing 
To be awarded the CPC32420 Certificate III in Plumbing (General Plumber), a student must successfully complete a minimum of Fifty Eight (58) units of competency, comprising of: 

*Forty three (43) core units
*Fifteen (15) elective units, of which:

  • Eight (8) units from Group A and
  • Four (4) units from Group B and
  • Three (3) units from Group C
  • Up to four (4) elective units may be replaced by units from any other group or from any relevant nationally endorsed Training Package or accredited course. The units must contribute to the vocational outcomes of the qualification.

OPTION 2: General Plumbing – Roofing  
To be awarded the CPC32420 Certificate III in Plumbing (General Plumber and Roofing), a student must successfully complete a minimum of Sixty Two (62) units of competency, comprising of: 
*Forty three (43) core units
*Nineteen (19) elective units, of which;

  • Eight (8) units from Group A and
  • Four (4) units from Group B and
  • Three (3) units from Group C and
  • Four (4) units from Group D
  • Up to four (4) elective units may be replaced by units from any other group or from any relevant nationally endorsed Training Package or accredited course. The units must contribute to the vocational outcomes of the qualification.

OPTION 3: General Plumbing – Mechanical 
To be awarded the CPC32420 Certificate III in Plumbing (General Plumbing and Mechanical), a student must successfully complete a minimum of Seventy Three (73) units of competency, comprising of:
*Forty three (43) core units
*Thirty (30) electives, of which;

  • Eight (8) units from Group A and
  • Four (4) units from Group B and
  • Three (3) units from Group C and
  • Seven (7) units from Group E and
  • Eight (8) units from Group F
  • Up to four (4) elective units may be replaced by units from any other group or from any relevant nationally endorsed Training Package or accredited course. The units must contribute to the vocational outcomes of the qualification.

OPTION 4: General Plumbing – Roofing and Mechanical 
To be awarded the CPC32420 Certificate III in Plumbing (General Plumber Roofing and Mechanical), a student must successfully complete a minimum of Seventy Seven (77) units of competency, comprising of: 
*Forty three (43) core units
*Thirty four (34) electives, of which;

  • Eight (8) units from Group A and
  • Four (4) units from Group B and
  • Three (3) units from Group C and
  • Four (4) units from Group D and
  • Seven (7) units from Group E and
  • Eight (8) units from Group F
  • Up to four (4) elective units may be replaced by units from any other group or from any relevant nationally endorsed Training Package or accredited course.

Elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification, maintain the integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.

Victoria Polytechnic's delivery structure is designed around Option 4: General Plumbing - Roofing and Mechanical, with the other 3 options embedded in the overall program. This provides students with the opportunity to complete all 4 options within the one program.
Note - Additional units have been included to the course structure, to meet the requirements of the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) Gazette for plumbing registration.

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

Elective units

Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D

Group E

Group F

Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers:

Previous completion of units at the VU 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 the Polytechnic.

This is a trade qualification for plumbers in residential, industrial and commercial workplaces who are responsible for assembling, installing and maintaining water services, sanitary plumbing and sanitary drainage, gas, roofing and mechanical services in both existing and new constructions.
To be awarded this qualification, competency in one of the four occupational options must be achieved:
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OPTION 1: General Plumbing
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OPTION 2: General Plumbing – Roofing
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OPTION 3: General Plumber – Mechanical
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OPTION 4: General Plumbing – Roofing and MechanicalThe Polytechnic's delivery structure is designed around Option 4: General Plumbing - Roofing and Mechanical, with the other 3 options embedded in the overall program. This provides students with the opportunity to complete all 4 options within the one program.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type for this course: VET

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  • 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

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.
Local admission requirements for applicants:
* must be employed as an apprentice with a training contract with their employer
* must have an active Epsilon number prior to commencing the course

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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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:

  • 3 January 2023

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