Courses

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.

Local Students

Code

CPC32413

Campuses

EPPING, HEIDELBERG

Department

Trades College
03 9269 8400

Duration

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

Fees for 2017

Eligible:$5100
Ineligible:$22450
Concession:$1,020
Materials:$769

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

View 2016 Fees

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.

Materials

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
  • Midyear

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.

Code Subjects Hours
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.