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2 years part time
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face

Applications due 31 December 2018


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.

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[Supp. Desc. Info] CPC40912 - Certificate IV in Plumbing and Service


Develop the practical skills to manage and design plumbing projects and gain your plumbing licence.


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.

Victoria 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:


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


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.


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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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 for this course

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.

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Direct applications due 31 December 2018.

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