CPC40920 Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services

VU course code: CPC40920 | Level of study: TAFE
3 years part time
Face to Face


No tuition fees for eligible students



Gain the knowledge and skills to become a licensed plumber with a Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services CPC40920 at Victoria University.

This course is designed for registered plumbers and final year apprentices looking to extend their technical skills and knowledge. It offers you a pathway to becoming a licensed plumber. Note: Those seeking licensing with the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) should check current licensing requirements with the VBA.

Through classroom teaching and work-based tasks, you will 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
  • risk control processes
  • regulatory requirements for the plumbing and services industry.

This course also offers a pathway to licensing in the following streams:

  • water
  • drainage
  • gasfitting
  • roofing
  • sanitary
  • irrigation
  • mechanical.

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

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NRT logoThis course is nationally recognised training.

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your education, work experience, current skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a different course. We call this a ‘pathway’.

You may also be eligible for ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’, which lets you finish your course more quickly when you have gained some of the skills required from past study or work experience.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Course Structure

To be awarded the CPC40920 Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services, 15 units must be completed comprising: * 10 core units * 5 elective units
Victoria University offers the following specialisation: * Operations
To be awarded the CPC40920 Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services (Operations), 15 units must be completed comprising: * 10 core units * 5 elective units - at least 1 elective from Group B - the remaining 4 elective units from Group A or Group B and may select - Up to 2 units may be replaced by units from other Training Packages or nationally accredited courses at Certificate IV level and above, provided they do not duplicate the outcome of another unit chosen for the qualification.

Fees & Scholarships

TAFE fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer.


Eligible students won’t be required to pay tuition fees for this course.

Free TAFE courses align with skills and jobs that are in high demand in from Victorian employers.




Possible career opportunities emerging from the completion of Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services CPC40920 include:

  • plumbing contractor
  • air conditioning technician
  • self-employed plumber.

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