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:

  • Observation
  • Student demonstration
  • Questioning
  • Written tasks
  • Tests

Students are given a number of opportunities to demonstrate competence across the range of competency standards covered by this course.


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.


Students will undertake the following units of competency: 18 units: 17 core, 1 elective


  • CPCCWHS2001
    Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
  • CPCPCM2043A
    Carry out WHS requirements
  • CPCPCM2045A
    Handle and store plumbing materials
  • CPCPCM2039A
    Carry out interactive workplace communication
  • CPCPCM2040A
    Read plans and calculate plumbing quantities
  • CPCPCM2050A
    Mark out materials
  • CPCPCM2046A
    Use plumbing hand and power tools
  • CPCPCM2052A
    Weld using oxy-acetylene equipment
  • CPCPCM3023A
    Fabricate and install non-ferrous pressure piping 
  • CPCPWT3022A
    Install and adjust water service controls and devices
  • CPCPWT3021A
    Set out and install water services
  • CPCPWT3023A
    Install and commission water heating systems
  • CPCPWT3020A
    Connect and install storage tanks to a domestic water supply
  • CPCPWT3027A
    Connect irrigation systems from drinking water supply
  • CPCPWT3025A
    Install water pumpsets
  • CPCPCM3022A
    Weld polyethylene and polypropylene pipes using fusion method
  • CPCPCM2053A
    Weld using manual metal arc welding equipment
  • HLTFA211A
    Provide basic emergency life support


  • CPCCWHS1001
    Prepare to work safely in the construction industry



Job Roles

  • 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

Personal Attributes

  • 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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