This course is designed to introduce learners to the recognised trade callings in the plumbing industry and provide meaningful credit in a plumbing industry Australian Apprenticeship.
The qualification may be completed post school as part of an apprenticeship. Occupational titles may include plumber, gas fitter and drainer and outcomes will be dependent on streams undertaken within the course.
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This is a 240 hour course that runs over 2 years (SBAT only 300 hour course)
This is a Board Endorsed Course and therefore has no HSC examination. It cannot be counted towards an ATAR.
While NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) does not require students to complete mandatory work placement, the Catholic Schools Office, Lismore Diocese RTO recommends a minimum of 70 hours be undertaken by all students enrolled in the Plumbing course. Days worked as part of a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship satisfies this requirement.
A course fee is generally charged by schools to cover consumable materials. Your school will provide further advice.
This course is competency based and the student’s performance is recognised against a prescribed industry standard. Assessment strategies may include:
- Student demonstration
- Written tasks
Students are given a number of opportunities to demonstrate competence across the range of competency standards covered by this course.
RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING
You may be entitled to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning. If you have completed any training, either through your part-time work, TAFE or other school VET courses you have completed recently, or through experience gained in other ways you can apply for RPL. You should talk to your School VET Coordinator, Careers Adviser or course teacher for further information.
UNITS OF COMPETENCY
Students will undertake the following units of competency: 18 units: 17 core, 1 elective
Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
Carry out WHS requirements
Handle and store plumbing materials
Carry out interactive workplace communication
Read plans and calculate plumbing quantities
Mark out materials
Use plumbing hand and power tools
Weld using oxy-acetylene equipment
Fabricate and install non-ferrous pressure piping
Install and adjust water service controls and devices
Set out and install water services
Install and commission water heating systems
Connect and install storage tanks to a domestic water supply
Connect irrigation systems from drinking water supply
Install water pumpsets
Weld polyethylene and polypropylene pipes using fusion method
Weld using manual metal arc welding equipment
Provide basic emergency life support
Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
- Installs, maintains, and repairs pipes and fixtures associated with heating, cooling, water distribution, and sanitation systems in residential and commercial structures.
- Fixes domestic appliances, such as dishwashers and gas cookers. Inspects drainage and other plumbing systems for compliance with local and national regulations.
Duties and Tasks
- collaborate with contractors, construction workers, electricians and pipefitters in installing and repairing plumbing
- install pipes and fixtures, such as sinks and toilets, for water, gas, steam, air, or other liquids
- interpret blueprints and building specifications to map layout for pipes, drainage systems, and other plumbing materials
- follow health and safety standards and comply with building codes
- analyse problem and identify appropriate tools and materials for repair
- modify length of pipes, fixtures, and other plumbing materials as needed for a building
- perform inspections of plumbing systems to identify and replace worn parts
- enjoy practical work
- physical stamina and strength
- problem-solving and analytical skills
- stress and time-management skills
- customer-service and interpersonal skills
- mechanical and technical skills
- business and accounting skills
- good listening and strong verbal communication
- able to work as part of a team.
Students can complete their Certificate III in Plumbing post-school and continue on to Diploma and Certificate IV qualifications, including:
- Air Conditioning Technician (Plumber)
- Fire Services Supervisor (Plumber)
- Plumbing Contractor
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