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Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services

Operations Stream

Free TAFE Jobtrainer Code: CPC40912

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Overview

Campus

Heidelberg

Duration

3 years part time

Next Intake

February

Deepen your technical skills

Take your plumbing career to the next level with a Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services CPC40912 at Melbourne Polytechnic. This partial qualification can help you enhance your opportunities by developing the skills and knowledge you’ll need to apply for specialist plumbing licences. These skills include water, drainage, sanitary, roofing and gas fitting. The plumbing industry is projected to grow at an annual rate of 2.2% from 2019 to 2024, making now the perfect time to grow your skill-set and gain a competitive edge.

Hands-on learning in a supportive environment

Learn how to design and manage specialist projects such as sanitary drainage systems, stormwater systems, consumer gas installations and more. Our experienced staff are fully qualified plumbers who apply real world standards on every learning exercise and project you’ll undertake. With Melbourne Polytechnic’s high-end training facilities, you can build your expertise and confidence in workspaces that simulate specific tasks. You’ll join some of the best in the business, as our plumbing students have a reputation for excellence, receiving industry recognition at the Plumbing and Fire Industry Awards and Master Plumbers Awards.

Secure your future with a dynamic skill-set

Plumbers with specialised skills are in high demand. Once you complete this course, you’ll be equipped with a broad range of skills that might see you working on a wide variety of building sites and projects, with the ability to earn higher specialist wages. With broadened expertise, you’ll have the flexibility to respond to market demands as you find your passion in the plumbing trade.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

Once you complete this course, you’ll be equipped with a broad range of skills that might see you working on a wide variety of building sites and projects.
  • Domestic Plumber
  • Subcontractor
  • Commercial Plumber

Pathways

After successfully completing this course you may be eligible to undertake the VBA license examination.

Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Blended delivery

Class Schedule

Delivered part-time in day and night school. Please call the department for availability.

Assessment Methods

Assessment is done through theory-based tasks. To complete a competency, you will be required to successfully complete an assessment for that competency. Please note - the Victorian Building Authority has its own licence assessment requirements that sit outside this course.

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
BSBSMB401A ESTABLISH LEGAL AND RISK MANAGEMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR SMALL BUSINESS Core 60
CPCPCM4011A CARRY OUT WORK BASED RISK CONTROL PROCESSES Core 24
CPCPCM4012A ESTIMATE AND COST WORK Core 40
CPCPDR4011B DESIGN AND SIZE SANITARY DRAINAGE SYSTEMS Core 40
CPCPDR4012B DESIGN AND SIZE STORMWATER DRAINAGE SYSTEMS Core 45
CPCPDR4013B DESIGN AND SIZE DOMESTIC TREATMENT PLANT DISPOSAL SYSTEMS Core 35
CPCPGS4011B DESIGN AND SIZE CONSUMER GAS INSTALLATIONS Core 60
CPCPRF4011B DESIGN AND SIZE ROOF DRAINAGE SYSTEMS Core 60
CPCPSN4011B DESIGN AND SIZE SANITARY PLUMBING SYSTEMS Core 50
CPCPWT4011B DESIGN AND SIZE HEATED AND COLD WATER SERVICES AND SYSTEMS Core 80

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Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Free TAFE Job Trainer Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $0 $0 $860 $4300 $12950
Materials fee $245 $245 $245 $245 $245
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250 $175 $250 $250
Total payable $495 $495 $1280 $4795 $13445
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Per semester $

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 1 November 2021. 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

Eligible students will pay 20 per cent of the standard Government subsidised tuition fee. Students can access up to one full qualification and one short course or skill set under the JobTrainer fund, including Free TAFE courses.

Who is eligible for JobTrainer?

To qualify for a non-traineeship JobTrainer course, you must

  • be aged 17 – 24 at the time of commencement of training, or
  • be a Job Seeker of any age, where a Job Seeker is defined as a person who holds a valid and current Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card; or unemployed. 

To qualify for a traineeship JobTrainer course, you must

  • be aged 17 – 24 at the time of commencement of training, or
  • be a Job Seeker of any age, where a Job Seeker is defined as a person who holds a valid and current Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card; or
    have been unemployed at the commencement date of the Training Contract; or became employed within 31 days before the commencement date of their Training Contract

To find out if you are eligible for Job Trainer or Free TAFE, call us on 1300 635 276.

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

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The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Check your eligibility here.

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.

We will supply all training materials and the relevant Australian standards. You will need to supply your own basic writing materials, including notebook and pens

Requirements

To undertake the Certificate IV subjects and be eligible for a VBA license, you must have completed a Certificate III in Plumbing CPC32413 or be a registered plumber.

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

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

You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment.

Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend our Skills and Job Centre, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

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

Application procedure

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