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Duration: 
2 years part time
Location: 
Industry
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face
Online
Workplace

Applications for next intake due 31 December 2018

Overview

Gain the knowledge and skills to become a licensed plumber with a Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services at Victoria Polytechnic.

This course is designed for registered plumbers and final-year apprentices looking to extend their technical skills and knowledge. You’ll be prepared to gain your plumbing licence with the Victoria Building Authority (VBA), subject to passing the VBA exam.

Through classroom teaching and work-based tasks, you’ll be equipped to manage and design plumbing projects. This course includes studies in:

  • drainage systems – roof, sanitary and stormwater
  • water supply
  • gas installations
  • mechanical services
  • reading plans and specifications
  • estimating work costs.

You’ll graduate with a nationally-recognised qualification, ready to operate as a contractor plumber or to start your own plumbing business.

Everything you learn at Victoria 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. 

You’ll learn at our $44 million state-of-the-art trades hub at our Sunshine Campus. Our ‘Construction Futures’ hub is a sustainable training facility sustainable with a 6 Star Green rating. It provides modern high-tech labs and dynamic workshops including:

  • concrete laboratory
  • survey laboratory
  • engine laboratory
  • soldering/construction laboratories
  • power systems laboratory
  • computer workstations with simulation and modelling software.

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.

Trades students from Victoria Polytechnic are consistently recognised for industry awards and in skills competitions, such as this plumbing apprentice who won bronze at an international competition.

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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 trade certificate will allow you to move into positions of responsibility in the plumbing services industry. Subject to passing the VBA licensing exam, you will be eligible to work as a licensed plumber, able to supervise registered plumbers.

You may find employment as a contractor or subcontractor, and work on domestic or commercial building sites. Our graduates find work in roles such as:

  • air conditioning technician
  • team leader/site supervisor
  • business owner/self employed plumber.

Course structure

To be awarded CPC40912 Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services, a student must successfully complete a total of fifteen (15) units of competency.

The Polytechnic offers the following stream: 

  • Plumbing and services - Operations stream.

Plumbing and services - Operations stream:

  • twelve (12) core units, comprising of:

  • four (4) common core units, and;
  • eight (8) Plumbing and services - Operations stream core units;
  • three (3) electives, of which:

  • up to three (3) units may be selected from the list of elective units in the Plumbing and services – Operations stream;
  • two (2) of the three (3) units may be selected from a Certificate IV qualification in another endorsed training package or from the core or elective units of another stream within the Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services, ensuring both the integrity of the AQF alignment and the industry context of the qualification are maintained;
  • one (1) of the three (3) units may be drawn from Certificate III or Diploma Plumbing and Services qualifications, and;
  • no more than three (3) units may be selected from the list of elective units common to all streams.

Graduates in CPC40912 Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services will acquire the following:

Knowledge

Graduates at this level will have factual, technical, procedural and some theoretical knowledge of a specific area of work and learning.

Skills

Graduates at this level will have a broad range of cognitive, technical and communication skills to select and apply a range of methods, tools, materials and information to:

  • complete routine and non-routine activities, and;

  • provide and transmit solutions to a variety of predictable and sometimes unpredictable problems.

Application

Graduates at this level will apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, judgment and limited responsibility in known or changing contexts and within established parameters. 

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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Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

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.

Applicants must have successfully completed the Certificate III in Plumbing or equivalent.

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

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

Apply direct to VU

Apply direct to VU using our admission centre submit applications for one or more courses, track and save your progress and upload additional information.

Direct applications are due on 31 December 2018

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After you apply

  • It’s important to check for emails from us (remember to check your Spam folder).
  • Complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered

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