Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate III in Plumbing ensures you receive a top trade qualification and learn the latest in plumbing skills to be an asset to your employer throughout your apprenticeship. Train on-the-job with your employer and off-site in our modern facilities.
Get ready for your plumbing career
There are lots of career opportunities for apprentice plumbers, within the building industry and also as sole traders.
At Melbourne Polytechnic, you will have the opportunity to work on full-sized projects at our Heidelberg campus, which features technologically advanced building and construction facilities.
Melbourne Polytechnic’s specialist teaching will ensure you will gain the essential skills and knowledge to specialise in:
- water, including hot and cold pipe work installations, and hot water service installations
- sanitary, including fixture installation, above ground pipe work
- drainage, including trench support installation, laying below ground drains, septic tanks installation, stormwater system installation
- gas fitting, including pipe work and appliance installation, commissioning, purging
- fire hydrant and sprinkler systems
- urban irrigation systems
- roofing, including roof and wall coverings, flashings and penetrations, rainwater tank installation
Experienced teachers to guide you
All Melbourne Polytechnic plumbing teaching staff are industry-qualified and experienced practitioners, providing in-depth training to ensure your success in your apprenticeship.
This course is available for students to complete as a non-apprenticeship. However, you will need to obtain approval from the Plumbing Industry Commission prior to enrolling as a non-apprentice.
If you can demonstrate current skills and knowledge in plumbing, fast-track your qualification and apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Contact the Building and Construction Department to arrange an assessment.
Ask us about pathways to further vocational training or higher education from this qualification.
Trade Support Loan (TSL) program
Australian apprentices undertaking this course may be eligible for the Commonwealthl Government’s Trade Support Loan (TSL) program.
While the main delivery of the Certificate III in Plumbing will be at Melbourne Polytechnic’s Heidelberg campus, several units of study will be delivered at the Epping campus. Units of study held at the Epping campus will be advised at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.
Course duration may vary depending on the student completing all competencies as required.
Class Schedule: *
Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM
**Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Career Advisor
The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an annual Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250
Assessment MethodsOn completion, the student will be tested on the practical area of the course by an external examination. On completion of the selected alternative streams, the student will be tested on the theoretical component of the streams by external examination.
MaterialsAll materials are supplied as part of enrolment fees. Equipment lists are available from the Building and Construction Department.
Entrance RequirementsApplicants must be apprenticed. A non-apprenticeship course is also available. Please contact the department for more information.
Pathways to further studyUpon successful completion of the course, students will have completed the 'off-the-job' requirements of the Certificate III in Plumbing, and will become eligible to undertake the Plumbing Industry Commission apprentice registration exam.
Career PathwaysFurther study is available to anyone who wishes to undertake the Certificate IV in Plumbing Services. On successful completion of the course, students can apply to the Plumbing Industry Commission for licensing assessment. This will be a requirement if you intend to operate a plumbing business.
Units Of Study
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.
|CPCCCM2008B||Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding||40|
|CPCCCM2010B||WORK SAFELY AT HEIGHTS||8|
|CPCCCM3001C||OPERATE ELEVATED WORK PLATFORMS||32|
|CPCPCM2039A||CARRY OUT INTERACTIVE WORKPLACE COMMUNICATION||10|
|CPCPCM2040A||READ PLANS AND CALCULATE PLUMBING QUANTITIES||8|
|CPCPCM2041A||WORK EFFECTIVELY IN THE PLUMBING AND SERVICES SECTOR||15|
|CPCPCM2043A||CARRY OUT WHS REQUIREMENTS||50|
|CPCPCM2045A||HANDLE AND STORE PLUMBING MATERIALS||6|
|CPCPCM2046A||USE PLUMBING AND HAND POWER TOOLS||40|
|CPCPCM2047A||CARRY OUT LEVELLING||6|
|CPCPCM2048A||CUT AND JOIN SHEET METAL||8|
|CPCPCM2049A||CUT USING OXY-LPG-ACETYLENE EQUIPMENT||8|
|CPCPCM2050A||MARK OUT MATERIALS||20|
|CPCPCM2052A||WELD USING OXY-ACETYLENE EQUIPMENT||16|
|CPCPCM2053A||WELD USING MANUAL METAL ARC WELDING EQUIPMENT||16|
|CPCPCM2054A||CARRY OUT SIMPLE CONCRETING AND RENDERING||16|
|CPCPCM2055A||WORK SAFELY ON ROOFS||20|
|CPCPCM3021A||FLASH PENETRATIONS THROUGH ROOFS AND WALLS||18|
|CPCPCM3022A||WELD POLYETHYLENE AND POLYPROPYLENE PIPES USING FUSION METHOD||8|
|CPCPCM3023A||FABRICATE AND INSTALL NON-FERROUS PRESSURE PIPING||12|
|CPCPDR2021A||LOCATE AND CLEAR BLOCKAGES||8|
|CPCPDR2022A||INSTALL DOMESTIC TREATMENT PLANTS||20|
|CPCPDR2023A||MAINTAIN EFFLUENT DISINFECTION SYSTEMS||4|
|CPCPDR2024A||Install stormwater and sub-soil drainage systems||15|
|CPCPDR2025A||DRAIN WORK SITE||5|
|CPCPDR2026A||INSTALL PREFABRICATED INSPECTION OPENINGS AND ENCLOSURES||4|
|CPCPDR3021A||PLAN LAYOUT OF A RESIDENTIAL SANITARY DRAINAGE SYSTEM||8|
|CPCPDR3022A||INSTALL BELOW GROUND SANITARY DRAINAGE SYSTEMS||30|
|CPCPDR3023A||INSTALL ONSITE DISPOSAL SYSTEMS||8|
|CPCPFS3031A||FABRICATE AND INSTALL FIRE HYDRANT AND HOSE REEL SYSTEMS||40|
|CPCPFS3037A||INSTALL DOMESTIC AND RESIDENTIAL LIFE SAFETY SPRINKLER SYSTEMS||60|
|CPCPGS3046A||INSTALL LPG SYSTEMS IN CARAVANS, MOBILE HOMES AND MOBILE WORKPLACES||12|
|CPCPGS3047A||INSTALL LPG SYSTEMS IN MARINE CRAFT||12|
|CPCPGS3048A||INSTALL GAS PRESSURE CONTROL EQUIPMENT||8|
|CPCPGS3049A||INSTALL TYPE A GAS APPLIANCE FLUES||12|
|CPCPGS3050A||INSTALL TYPE B GAS APPLIANCE FLUES||4|
|CPCPGS3051A||PURGE CONSUMER PIPING||8|
|CPCPGS3052A||MAINTAIN TYPE A GAS APPLIANCES||12|
|CPCPGS3053A||DISCONNECT AND RECONNECT TYPE A GAS APPLICANCES||16|
|CPCPGS3054A||Calculate and install natural ventilation for Type A gas appliances||8|
|CPCPGS3056A||INSTALL GAS PIPING SYSTEMS||24|
|CPCPGS3057A||SIZE CONSUMER GAS PIPING SYSTEMS||8|
|CPCPGS3059A||INSTALL LPG STORAGE OF AGGREGATE STORAGE CAPACITY UP TO 500 LITRES||22|
|CPCPGS3060A||INSTALL LPG STORAGE OF AGGREGATE STORAGE CAPCITY EXCEEDING 500 LITRES AND LESS THAN 8KL||4|
|CPCPGS3061A||INSTALL AND COMMISSION TYPE A GAS APPLIANCES||30|
|CPCPIG2021A||Design domestic urban irrigation systems||5|
|CPCPIG3021A||SET OUT, INSTALL AND COMMISSION IRRIGATION SYSTEMS||4|
|CPCPRF2022A||SELECT AND INSTALL ROOF SHEETING AND WALL CLADDING||16|
|CPCPRF2023A||COLLECT AND STORE ROOF WATER||10|
|CPCPRF3021A||RECEIVE ROOFING MATERIALS||4|
|CPCPRF3022A||FABRICATE AND INSTALL ROOF DRAINAGE COMPONENTS||48|
|CPCPRF3023A||FABRICATE AND INSTALL EXTERNAL FLASHINGS||16|
|CPCPRF3024A||INSTALL ROOF COMPONENTS||10|
|CPCPRF3025A||Install roof coverings to curved roof structures||12|
|CPCPRF3026A||INSTALL COMPOSITE ROOF SYSTEMS||20|
|CPCPSN3011B||PLAN LAYOUT OF A RESIDENIAL SANITARY PLUMBING SYSTEM||8|
|CPCPSN3022A||INSTALL DISCHARGE PIPES||28|
|CPCPSN3023A||FABRICATE AND INSTALL SANITARY STACKS||28|
|CPCPSN3024A||INSTALL AND FIT OFF SANITARY FIXTURES||20|
|CPCPSN3025A||INSTALL PRE TREATMENT FACILITIES||8|
|CPCPSN3026A||Install sewerage pumpsets||8|
|CPCPWT3020A||CONNECT AND INSTALL STORAGE TANKS TO A DOMESTIC WATER SUPPLY||12|
|CPCPWT3021A||SET UT AND INSTALL WATER SERVICES||36|
|CPCPWT3022A||INSTALL AND ADJUST WATER SERVICE CONTROLS AND DEVICES||12|
|CPCPWT3023A||INSTALL AND COMMISSION WATER HEATING SYSTEMS||25|
|CPCPWT3024A||INSTALL AND MAINTAIN DOMESTIC WATER TREATMENT EQUIPMENT||10|
|CPCPWT3025A||Install water pumpsets||8|
|CPCPWT3026A||FIT OFF AND COMMISSION HEATED AND COLD WATER SERVICES||16|
|CPCPWT3027A||CONNECT IRRIGATION SYSTEMS FROM DRINING WATER SUPPLY||6|
|CPCPWT3028A||INSTALL WATER SERVICE||10|
|CPCPWT3029A||INSTALL WATER PIPE SYSTEMS||12|
|HLTFA211A||PROVIDE BASIC EMERGENCY LIFE SUPPORT||8|
|RIICCM210A||INSTALL TRENCH SUPPORT||16|
Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.