Certificate III in Plumbing


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.

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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.

Please Note:

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.

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Part-time: available
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 Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250

Find out more on fees and charges

Assessment Methods

On 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.


All materials are supplied as part of enrolment fees. Equipment lists are available from the Building and Construction Department.

Entrance Requirements

Applicants must be apprenticed. A non-apprenticeship course is also available. Please contact the department for more information.

Pathways to further study

Upon 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 Pathways

Further 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.

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • July

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.