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Certificate III in Plumbing

CPC32413
Average Course Fee: $7170
Average Duration: 4 Years

This qualification provides a trade outcome in plumbing.

Occupational titles may include:

  • Plumber
  • Plumber and drainer
  • Plumber and gasfitter
  • Gasfitter
  • Roof plumber.
  • The qualification has core and elective unit of competency requirements that cover common and specialist skills for the plumbing industry in six specialist streams:

  • Stream 1 Water
  • Stream 2 Sanitary
  • Stream 3 Drainage
  • Stream 4 Mechanical services
  • Stream 5 Roofing
  • Stream 6 Gas services.
  • The plumbing industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units of competency to be delivered in this context.

    Completion of the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007) is required before entering a construction work site. Achievement of unit CPCCOHS1001A covers this requirement.

    These are the outcomes of graduates surveyed six months after completing their training for Certificate III in Plumbing

    82.0%

    Satisfied with the training
    85.6%

    Received job-related
    benefits from training
    Plumber (General) ( ANZSCO code 334111)
    Expected job openings
    Expected job openings are: above average Low Below average Average Above average High
    Above average
    87,100 persons were employed as Plumbers in 2015. Job openings over the next 5 years are expected to be between 25,001 and 50,000.
    Average weekly full time earnings
    Average weekly full time earnings are: below average Low Below average Average Above average High
    Below average
    Average weekly full time earnings before tax for Plumbers in 2014 are: $1,000. Average earnings for all occupations are: $1,200
    Source: Department of Employment. For full details on Plumbers visit Job Outlook
    This qualification is available as an Australian Apprenticeship in the states and territories shown by blue colouring in the table below.

    1. ACT
    2. NSW
    3. NT
    4. QLD
    5. SA
    6. TAS
    7. VIC
    For more information on apprenticeship pathways, please visit this course on aapathways.com.au
    This course may be subsidised in the following state and territories


    For more information about financial support and subsidies for training, please refer to the Financial assistance page

    Units of competency from a minimum of four of the following six plumbing streams are required for award of this qualification.

    Stream 1 Water and Stream 2 Sanitary are mandatory.

    The following units of competency are required for award of this qualification:

    Stream 1 Water (mandatory): 24 core units and 5 elective units from the water stream

    and Stream 2 Sanitary (mandatory): 6 core units and 4 elective units from the sanitary stream.

    Plus two of the following four streams:

    Stream 3 Drainage: 9 core units and 3 elective units from the drainage stream

    Stream 4 Mechanical services: 4 core units and 11 elective units from the mechanical services stream

    Stream 5 Roofing: 8 core units and 4 elective units from the roofing stream

    Stream 6 Gas services: 12 core units and 5 elective units from the gas services stream

    NB: Units of competency achieved in one stream count as credit for the same unit in the core or elective requirements for any other stream.

    Some units in this qualification may have prerequisite requirements, which must be met when packaging the qualification. Users are referred to the list of CPC08 units with prerequisite unit requirements available in this Training Package for this purpose.

    Core units

    Water stream

    CPCPCM2039A

    Carry out interactive workplace communication

    CPCPCM2040A

    Read plans and calculate plumbing quantities

    CPCPCM2041A

    Work effectively in the plumbing and services sector

    CPCPCM2043A

    Carry out WHS requirements

    CPCPCM2045A

    Handle and store plumbing materials

    CPCPCM2046A

    Use plumbing hand and power tools

    CPCPCM2047A

    Carry out levelling

    CPCPCM2050A

    Mark out materials

    CPCPCM2052A

    Weld using oxy-acetylene equipment

    CPCPCM2053A

    Weld using manual metal arc welding equipment

    CPCPCM2054A

    Carry out simple concreting and rendering

    CPCPCM2055A

    Work safely on roofs

    CPCPCM3021A

    Flash penetrations through roofs and walls

    CPCPCM3022A

    Weld polyethylene and polypropylene pipes using fusion method

    CPCPCM3023A

    Fabricate and install non-ferrous pressure piping

    CPCPFS3031A

    Fabricate and install fire hydrant and hose reel systems

    CPCPWT3020A

    Connect and install storage tanks to a domestic water supply

    CPCPWT3021A

    Set out and install water services

    CPCPWT3022A

    Install and adjust water service controls and devices

    CPCPWT3023A

    Install and commission water heating systems

    CPCPWT3025A

    Install water pumpsets

    CPCPWT3026A

    Fit off and commission heated and cold water services

    CPCPWT3027A

    Connect irrigation systems from drinking water supply

    HLTFA211A

    Provide basic emergency life support

    Sanitary stream

    CPCPCM2048A

    Cut and join sheet metal

    CPCPDR2021A

    Locate and clear blockages

    CPCPSN3011B

    Plan layout of a residential sanitary plumbing system

    CPCPSN3022A

    Install discharge pipes

    CPCPSN3023A

    Fabricate and install sanitary stacks

    CPCPSN3024A

    Install and fit off sanitary fixtures

    Drainage stream

    CPCPDR2021A

    Locate and clear blockages

    CPCPDR2022A

    Install domestic treatment plants

    CPCPDR2024A

    Install stormwater and sub-soil drainage systems

    CPCPDR2025A

    Drain work site

    CPCPDR2026A

    Install prefabricated inspection openings and enclosures

    CPCPDR3021A

    Plan layout of a residential sanitary drainage system

    CPCPDR3022A

    Install below ground sanitary drainage systems

    CPCPDR3023A

    Install on-site disposal systems

    RIICCM210A

    Install trench support

    Mechanical services stream

    CPCPCM2048A

    Cut and join sheet metal

    CPCPMS2021A

    Assemble mechanical services components

    CPCPMS3031A

    Fabricate and install steel pressure piping

    CPCPMS3033A

    Install small bore heating systems

    Roofing stream

    CPCPCM2048A

    Cut and join sheet metal

    CPCPRF2022A

    Select and install roof sheeting and wall cladding

    CPCPRF2023A

    Collect and store roof water

    CPCPRF3021A

    Receive roofing materials

    CPCPRF3022A

    Fabricate and install roof drainage components

    CPCPRF3023A

    Fabricate and install external flashings

    CPCPRF3024A

    Install roof components

    CPCPRF3026A

    Install composite roof systems

    Gas services stream

    CPCPCM2048A

    Cut and join sheet metal

    CPCPGS3046A

    Install LPG systems in caravans, mobile homes and mobile workplaces

    CPCPGS3047A

    Install LPG systems in marine craft

    CPCPGS3048A

    Install gas pressure control equipment

    CPCPGS3049A

    Install Type A gas appliance flues

    CPCPGS3051A

    Purge consumer piping

    CPCPGS3053A

    Disconnect and reconnect Type A gas appliances

    CPCPGS3054A

    Calculate and install natural ventilation for Type A gas appliances

    CPCPGS3056A

    Install gas piping systems

    CPCPGS3057A

    Size consumer gas piping systems

    CPCPGS3059A

    Install LPG storage of aggregate storage capacity up to 500 litres

    CPCPGS3061A

    Install and commission Type A gas appliances

    Elective units

    Water stream

    AHCIRG306

    Troubleshoot irrigation systems

    CPCCCM2008B

    Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding

    CPCCCM2010B

    Work safely at heights

    CPCCCM3001C

    Operate elevated work platforms

    CPCCOHS2001A

    Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

    CPCCPB3015A

    Install acoustic and thermal environmental protection systems

    CPCCRI3001A

    Operate personnel and materials hoists

    CPCCST2005A

    Carry out load slinging of off-site materials

    CPCPCM2048A

    Cut and join sheet metal

    CPCPCM2049A

    Cut using oxy-LPG-acetylene equipment

    CPCPFS2022A

    Install portable fire equipment

    CPCPFS3034A

    Install control valve assemblies, actuating devices and local alarms

    CPCPFS3037A

    Install domestic and residential life safety sprinkler systems

    CPCPFS3038A

    Test and maintain fire hydrant and hose reel installations

    CPCPFS3045A

    Fit off sprinkler heads, controls and ancillary equipment

    CPCPIG2021A

    Design domestic urban irrigation systems

    CPCPIG3021A

    Set out, install and commission irrigation systems

    CPCPIG3022A

    Install and commission domestic irrigation pumps

    CPCPMS3031A

    Fabricate and install steel pressure piping

    CPCPMS3032A

    Select and fit insulation and sheathing

    CPCPMS3033A

    Install small bore heating systems

    CPCPMS3040A

    Install and maintain evaporative air cooling systems

    CPCPRF2023A

    Collect and store roof water

    CPCPWT3024A

    Install and maintain domestic water treatment equipment

    CPCPWT3028A

    Install water services

    CPCPWT3029A

    Install water pipe systems

    CPCPWT3030A

    Install home fire sprinkler systems

    RIICCM210A

    Install trench support

    MEM05049B

    Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding

    MEM05050B

    Perform routine gas metal arc welding

    Sanitary stream

    CPCCCM2008B

    Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding

    CPCCCM2010B

    Work safely at heights

    CPCCCM3001C

    Operate elevated work platforms

    CPCCOHS2001A

    Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

    CPCCPB3015A

    Install acoustic and thermal environmental protection systems

    CPCCRI3001A

    Operate personnel and materials hoists

    CPCCST2005A

    Carry out load slinging of off-site materials

    CPCPCM2049A

    Cut using oxy-LPG-acetylene equipment

    CPCPDR2022A

    Install domestic treatment plants

    CPCPDR2023A

    Maintain effluent disinfection systems

    CPCPDR2024A

    Install stormwater and sub-soil drainage systems

    CPCPDR2025A

    Drain work site

    CPCPDR2026A

    Install prefabricated inspection openings and enclosures

    CPCPDR3022A

    Install below ground sanitary drainage systems

    CPCPDR3023A

    Install on-site disposal systems

    CPCPMS3032A

    Select and fit insulation and sheathing

    CPCPSN3025A

    Install pre-treatment facilities

    CPCPSN3026A

    Install sewerage pumpsets

    RIICCM210A

    Install trench support

    Drainage stream

    CPCCST2005A

    Carry out load slinging of off-site materials

    CPCPCM2048A

    Cut and join sheet metal

    CPCPCM2049A

    Cut using oxy-LPG-acetylene equipment

    CPCPDR2023A

    Maintain effluent disinfection systems

    CPCPSN3025A

    Install pre-treatment facilities

    CPCPWT3029A

    Install water pipe systems

    Mechanical services stream

    CPCCCM2008B

    Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding

    CPCCCM2010B

    Work safely at heights

    CPCCCM3001C

    Operate elevated work platforms

    CPCCOHS2001A

    Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

    CPCCPB3015A

    Install acoustic and thermal environmental protection systems

    CPCCRI3001A

    Operate personnel and materials hoists

    CPCCST2005A

    Carry out load slinging of off-site materials

    CPCPCM2049A

    Cut using oxy-LPG-acetylene equipment

    CPCPMS3032A

    Select and fit insulation and sheathing

    CPCPMS3034A

    Install medical gas pipeline systems

    CPCPMS3035A

    Install and test ducting systems

    CPCPMS3036A

    Install air handling units

    CPCPMS3037A

    Install and test split system air conditioning

    CPCPMS3038A

    Install air conditioning control equipment

    CPCPMS3039A

    Maintain mechanical services equipment

    CPCPMS3040A

    Install and maintain evaporative air cooling systems

    CPCPMS3041A

    Install domestic solid fuel burning appliances

    CPCPRF3023A

    Fabricate and install external flashings

    MEM05049B

    Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding

    MEM05050B

    Perform routine gas metal arc welding

    MEM10009B

    Install refrigeration and air conditioning plant and equipment

    MEM10010B

    Install pipework and pipework assemblies

    MEM18086B

    Test, recover, evacuate and charge refrigeration systems

    RIICCM210A

    Install trench support

    UEENEEE101A

    Apply Occupational Health and Safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace

    UEENEEJ102A

    Prepare and connect refrigerant tubing and fittings

    UEENEEJ105A

    Position, assemble and start up single head split air conditioning and water heating heat pump systems

    UEENEEJ172A

    Recover, pressure test, evacuate, charge and leak test refrigerants – split systems

    Roofing stream

    CPCCCM2008B

    Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding

    CPCCCM2010B

    Work safely at heights

    CPCCCM3001C

    Operate elevated work platforms

    CPCCOHS2001A

    Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

    CPCCPB3015A

    Install acoustic and thermal environmental protection systems

    CPCCRI3001A

    Operate personnel and materials hoists

    CPCCST2005A

    Carry out load slinging of off-site materials

    CPCPCM2049A

    Cut using oxy-LPG-acetylene equipment

    CPCPRF2024A

    Fabricate roof coverings for curved structures

    CPCPRF3025A

    Install roof coverings to curved roof structures

    MEM05049B

    Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding

    MEM05050B

    Perform routine gas metal arc welding

    RIICCM210A

    Install trench support

    Gas services stream

    CPCCCM2008B

    Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding

    CPCCCM2010B

    Work safely at heights

    CPCCCM3001C

    Operate elevated work platforms

    CPCCOHS2001A

    Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

    CPCCRI3001A

    Operate personnel and materials hoists

    CPCCST2005A

    Carry out load slinging of off-site materials

    CPCPCM2049A

    Cut using oxy-LPG-acetylene equipment

    CPCPGS3050A

    Install Type B gas appliance flues

    CPCPGS3052A

    Maintain Type A gas appliances

    CPCPGS3055A

    Install gas sub-meters

    CPCPGS3060A

    Install LPG storage of aggregate storage capacity exceeding 500 litres and less than 8KL

    CPCPMS2021A

    Assemble mechanical services components

    CPCPMS3031A

    Fabricate and install steel pressure piping

    CPCPMS3033A

    Install small bore heating systems

    CPCPMS3035A

    Install and test ducting systems

    CPCPMS3036A

    Install air handling units

    MEM05049B

    Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding

    MEM05050B

    Perform routine gas metal arc welding

    RIICCM210A

    Install trench support

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    Student outcomes for Certificate III in Plumbing

    These are the outcomes of graduates surveyed six months after completing their training for Certificate III in Plumbing

    92%

    Of people who were not employed before starting their course were employed after completing it.
    Technicians and Trades Workers
    87.9 %

    Construction Trades Workers

    Of those employed after training, were in the same occupation as their course.
    Technicians and Trades Workers
    89.6%
    Technicians and Trades Workers
    Labourers
    5.7*%
    Labourers
    Median salary of those employed in their first full-time job
    (includes those employed prior to training)

    $58,700

    $50,800

    $42,900


    Destination
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    This
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    Employed or in further study after training (%) 96.4 96.1 85.2
    Employment outcomes:
    Employed (%)
    Full-time (%)
    Part-time (%)
     
    95.5
    86.6
    8.0*
     
    94.6
    81.9
    12.1
     
    77.3
    46.1
    30.9
    Further study outcomes:
    Enrolled at University (%)
    Enrolled at TAFE (%)
    Enrolled at Other provider (%)
     
    -
    25.5
    6.4*
     
    0.3*
    10.4
    11.8
     
    5
    9.8
    13.8
    Satisfied with the training (%) 82 86.1 86.1
    Received job-related benefits from training (%) 85.6 81.7 70.9
    Received personal benefits from training (%) 95.4 89.7 90.2
    Achieved main reason for undertaking training (%) 93.9 90.5 83.6
    Recommend the training to other (%) 95.6 91.9 90.5

    Employment
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    Median salary (Full-time) ($) 58,700 50 800 42 900
    Top Occupations (%):
    Technicians and Trades Workers
    Labourers
     
    89.6
    5.7*
     
    70
    21.2
     
    27.4
    26
    Top Industries (%):
    Construction
     
    90.6
     
    86.7
     
    21

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    Employed after training (%) - 96.3 89.8
    Median salary (Employed full-time) ($) - 64 700 46 100
    Enrolled in further study (%) - 22.4 27
    Satisfied with the training (%) - 85.4 85.8
    Achieved main reason for undertaking training (%) - 91.3 86.8

    Employment
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    Employed after training (%) 92 81.5 50.3
    Median salary (Employed full-time) ($) - 39 600 40 000
    Enrolled in further study (%) 33.3 24.6* 31.7
    Satisfied with the training (%) - 84.1 86.1
    Achieved main reason for undertaking training (%) - 86.1 76.9

    Please Note:
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    * The estimate has a relative standard error greater than 25% and therefore should be used with caution.
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