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Certificate III in Plumbing (CPC32413)

Course summary

This qualification provides a trade outcome in plumbing. 

Course details

Course Type Qualification
Student Availability
  • - Domestic
Application Mode
  • Direct To University
How to Apply Please Enquire
Study Area
  • - Apprenticeships, Trades & Training
Skill Area
  • - Building and Construction
  • - Utilities
AQF Level Level 3: Certificate III

Entry Requirements

This course is for apprenticeship training only. Students must be employed as apprentices in a relevant industry.

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

Licensed Plumber, Drainer and Gasfitter

Course Structures

Please select a Course Structure from the options below:

Standard Course Structure

Approximately 1034 nominal hours, as required by The Plumbing Industry Council approved course list.

  • On-campus
Packaging Rules

Units of competency from a minimum of four of the following six plumbing streams are required for award of this qualification.

Stream 1 - Water and Stream 2 - Sanitary are mandatory.

The following units of competency are required for award of this qualification:

Stream 1 - Water (mandatory): 24 core units and 5 elective units from the water stream, and;

Stream 2 - Sanitary (mandatory): 6 core units and 4 elective units from the sanitary stream.

Plus two of the following four streams:

Stream 3 - Drainage: 9 core units and 3 elective units from the drainage stream

Stream 4 - Mechanical services: 4 core units and 11 elective units from the mechanical services stream

Stream 5 - Roofing: 8 core units and 4 elective units from the roofing stream

Stream 6 - Gas services: 12 core units and 5 elective units from the gas services stream

NB: Units of competency achieved in one stream count as credit for the same unit in the core or elective requirements for any other stream.

Some units in this qualification may have prerequisite requirements, which must be met when packaging the qualification. Users are referred to the list of CPC08 units with prerequisite unit requirements available in this Training Package and can be viewed at

Common Stream
CPCCCM2008B Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding
CPCCOHS2001A Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
CPCPCM2039A Carry out interactive workplace communication
CPCPCM2040A Read plans and calculate plumbing quantities
CPCPCM2041A Work effectively in the plumbing and services sector
CPCPCM2043A Carry out WHS requirements
CPCPCM2045A Handle and store plumbing materials
CPCPCM2046A Use plumbing hand and power tools
CPCPCM2049A Cut using oxy-LPG-acetylene equipment
CPCPCM2052A Weld using oxy-acetylene equipment
CPCPCM2053A Weld using manual metal arc welding equipment
HLTFA211A Provide basic emergency life support
Part Roofing Stream
CPCPCM2048A Cut and join sheet metal
CPCPCM2050A Mark out materials
CPCPCM2055A Work safely on roofs
CPCPCM3021A Flash penetrations through roofs and walls
CPCPRF2022A Select and install roof sheeting and wall cladding
CPCPRF2023A Collect and store roof water
CPCPRF3022A Fabricate and install roof drainage components
CPCPRF3023A Fabricate and install external flashings
CPCPRF3026A Install composite roof systems
Water Stream
CPCPCM3023A Fabricate and install non-ferrous pressure piping
CPCPFS3031A Fabricate and install fire hydrant and hose reel systems
CPCPFS3038A Test and maintain fire hydrant and hose reel installations
CPCPWT3020A Connect and install storage tanks to a domestic water supply
CPCPWT3021A Set out and install water services
CPCPWT3022A Install and adjust water service controls and devices
CPCPWT3023A Install and commission water heating systems
CPCPWT3024A Install and maintain domestic water treatment equipment
CPCPWT3025A Install water pumpsets
CPCPWT3026A Fit off and commission heated and cold water services
CPCPWT3027A Connect irrigation systems from drinking water supply
Drainage Stream
CPCPCM2047A Carry out levelling
CPCPCM2054A Carry out simple concreting and rendering
CPCPDR2021A Locate and clear blockages
CPCPDR2022A Install domestic treatment plants
CPCPDR2023A Maintain effluent disinfection systems
CPCPDR2024A Install stormwater and sub-soil drainage systems
CPCPDR2025A Drain work site
CPCPDR2026A Install prefabricated inspection openings and enclosures
CPCPDR3021A Plan layout of a residential sanitary drainage system
CPCPDR3022A Install below ground sanitary drainage systems
CPCPDR3023A Install on-site disposal systems
CPCPSN3025A Install pre-treatment facilities
RIICCM210A Install trench support
Sanitary Stream
CPCPCM3022A Weld polyethylene and polypropylene pipes using fusion method
CPCPSN3011B Plan layout of a residential sanitary plumbing system
CPCPSN3022A Install discharge pipes
CPCPSN3023A Fabricate and install sanitary stacks
CPCPSN3024A Install and fit off sanitary fixtures
Gas Stream
CPCPGS3046A Install LPG systems in caravans, mobile homes and mobile workplaces
CPCPGS3047A Install LPG systems in marine craft
CPCPGS3048A Install gas pressure control equipment
CPCPGS3049A Install Type A gas appliance flues
CPCPGS3051A Purge consumer piping
CPCPGS3052A Maintain Type A gas appliances
CPCPGS3053A Disconnect and reconnect Type A gas appliances
CPCPGS3054A Calculate and install natural ventilation for Type A gas appliances
CPCPGS3055A Install gas sub-meters
CPCPGS3056A Install gas piping systems
CPCPGS3057A Size consumer gas piping systems
CPCPGS3059A Install LPG storage of aggregate storage capacity up to 500 litres
CPCPGS3060A Install LPG storage of aggregate storage capacity exceeding 500 litres and less than 8KL
CPCPGS3061A Install and commission Type A gas appliances
Study Sequence

As set by the Plumbing Industry Council approved course list at its meeting on 2 April 2014, the Plumbing Industry Council (PIC) decided that the above list of training competencies, delivered through the Certificate III in Plumbing (CPC32413), are the approved competencies under Schedule 1 of the Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003.

Study sequence (Training Plan) will be discussed at time of sign-up where the employer and apprentice will each receive a copy.

Course Assessment Information

Assessment Types
Written/Electronic Assessment
Practical Task

Course Intakes

Apprenticeship Training

This course is for apprentices only.

For individual class days and times for each intake please check the TAFE Timetable located here

Related Courses

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Contact Us

To apply, or to find out more about this course, contact the Student Advice Team on 13 27 86.

Course Requirements

Basic literacy and mathematic ability must be developed for successful course completion.

Resource and Textbook Requirements

These details will be advised at the start of each block.

Is what I already know taken into account?

Yes. Your history of study, skills and experience does matter. Consideration is given to your prior life and work experiences as well as formal and informal training. This may be applied using the national standard for Mutual Recognition or through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Documentary evidence will be requested.

What else might I find useful?

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