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Certificate III in Construction Waterproofing

Free TAFE Code: CPC31420

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6 months part time

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January, February, April, May, July, August

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February, March, August

Fast track your career in with Certificate III in Construction Waterproofing CPC31420

The Certificate III in Construction Waterproofing CPC31420 at Melbourne Polytechnic is a hands-on course that caters to both experienced tradespeople and students new to construction. Highly skilled and qualified waterproofers are in high demand as water leaks are one of the most commonly reported issues in finished buildings. Waterproofing in commercial buildings alone is predicted to generate strong demand over the next five years. Have a competitive edge by gaining expertise in a crucial niche of the construction industry.

Learn industry techniques from industry experts

You’ll practice core skills for the construction industry, as well as specialised techniques for internal, external, below-ground and remedial waterproofing. Learn how to prevent water and dampness penetrating building walls with hands-on training in our dedicated construction training facilities, using the latest industry technologies. At Melbourne Polytechnic, our industry-experienced teachers guide you through every step in a supportive learning environment. This combination of support and real-world experience will help you feel confident putting your new skills into practice in any domestic and commercial building site.

Specialise or broaden your services

When you graduate you’ll have developed a deep understanding of waterproofing techniques and how to apply them in-line with Australian standards, manufacturers’ specifications and industry best practice. You can undertake a range of waterproofing jobs in the residential, commercial or industrial construction industry as either a specialist or in addition to your general construction practice.

Career Pathways

Where will the Certificate III in Construction Waterproofing CPC31420 take me?

Seal your future career in building and construction. On completion of this course you will become a construction waterproofer and will have the expertise you need to find employment in the dynamic building and construction industry.

  • Commercial Waterproofing Specialist
  • Construction Site Tradesperson
  • Domestic Waterproofing Specialist
  • Subcontractor
  • Industrial Waterproofing Specialist
  • Labourer

Study Pathways

Students wanting to expand their skill set may continue on to a Certificate IV or a Diploma level qualification in the Building and Construction industry.

Image of a smiling female, wearing a black vest and jumper covered in dust. She is standing in a timber warehouse.
It feels really good, especially being a female in the industry as well as for all the people who are neurodivergent and in the trades.
Jessica Currie
Certificate III in Cabinet Making and Joinery and Outstanding Apprentice/Trainee of the Year 2023

Course Details

How you will study

Each course has a dedicated learning method that is designed to let you thrive in your studies.


Interactive learning in a face-to-face environment. Classes will be held at a Melbourne Polytechnic campus or partner institute. Visit the How You'll Study page for more information.

Class Schedule

Day and evening classes offered.

Assessment Methods

You must complete 19 units (14 compulsory and five electives) to achieve this qualification. A maximum of two of the five required elective units may be substituted by selecting relevant units of competency from any Certificate III or Certificate IV construction qualification in another endorsed training package (eg. if you are a tiler or carpenter by trade, you can substitute two of the electives from the tiling or carpentry package by showing competency (RPL) in both electives).

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subject Elective Hours
CPCCCM2006 Apply basic levelling procedures Elective 8
CPCCCO2013 Carry out concreting to simple forms Elective 20
CPCCOM1012 Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry Core 20
CPCCOM1013 Plan and organise work Core 20
CPCCOM1014 Conduct workplace communication Core 20
CPCCOM1015 Carry out measurements and calculations Core 20
CPCCOM2001 Read and interpret plans and specifications Core 36
CPCCSH2003 Apply and install sealant and sealant devices Elective 16
CPCCWF2001 Handle wall and floor tiling materials Elective 32
CPCCWF2002 Use wall and floor tiling tools and equipment Elective 96
CPCCWHS2001 Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry Core 20
CPCCWP2001 Handle waterproofing materials and components Core 24
CPCCWP2002 Use waterproofing tools and equipment Core 60
CPCCWP2004 Prepare surfaces for waterproofing application Core 100
CPCCWP3001 Apply waterproofing system to below ground level wet areas Core 50
CPCCWP3002 Apply waterproofing process to internal wet areas Core 50
CPCCWP3003 Apply waterproofing process to external above-ground wet areas Core 50
CPCCWP3004 Apply waterproofing remedial processes Core 50
CPCCWP3005 Assess construction waterproofing processes Core 100

Attend an Information Session

Our information sessions will give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and answer your questions about your course.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Free TAFE Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $0 $550 $2750 $11250
Maximum annual amenities $250 $175 $250 $250
Total payable $250 $725 $3000 $11500
Per year $0
Per semester $0

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1st of November. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Fees explained

The State Government’s Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition (excluding Amenities Fees and Materials Fees) for students who are eligible for government subsidised training and enrol into one of the Priority listed course.

Free TAFE is available to eligible students for one course enrolment in a lifetime.

Free TAFE places are limited. Please call 1300 635 276 and we can advise you whether Free TAFE places are still available.

Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition fees for students who are eligible. Materials and amenities may still apply.

The Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative will pay your tuition fees for only one course. Once you have commenced in a tuition-free priority course, you are not eligible for further tuition-free places again, even if you do not finish your first tuition-free priority course.

Check your eligibility

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

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The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

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Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking

Additional expenses

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

What we will supply
We supply the standard tools, equipment and materials used by waterproofers for you to use while undertaking the course.
What you will need to supply
You must supply your own safety equipment. i.e. safety glasses, earmuffs, work clothing and boots.


No formal requirements for entry to this course, however the course has been designed for people currently working in waterproofing or who have sufficient experience in the construction industry. Candidates with no experience may also apply.

Next Steps

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form from the Apply Now page.

After you complete that form we will send you an email with a link to an application form webpage. If you don’t receive the email, check your spam and junk folders.

Complete the application form on the application form webpage.

You will be required to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment.

Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend an enrolment appointment over the phone or on campus.

For certificate-level courses, you can pay by weekly or fortnightly direct debit using our Tuition Payment Plan. Read more about Tuition Payment Plans here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 1300 635 276 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

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Nationally Recognised Training

Nationally Recognised Training This course is government accredited and has national recognition.

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