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22569VIC VETDSS - Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship)*

Course description

*At the completion of this VETDSS course students will gain a partial qualification only.

Are you currently attending secondary school and wanting to enter the plumbing industry or get a taste of the trade before undertaking an apprenticeship? This pre-apprenticeship course will increase your opportunities to gain a plumbing apprenticeship. You will learn about plumbing materials, equipment and occupational health and safety procedures to ensure you work safely and effectively on building sites. When you complete the course, you may gain credit towards your VCE.

Work placement/industry experience

10 days of work placement over two years is strongly recommended. This may occur during the term holidays.

The sourcing of placement will be the joint responsibility of the secondary school, the student and the Local Learning and Employment Network.

Possible career outcomes

  • Full-time apprenticeship in the plumbing

How to apply

You must first speak to your school about VETDSS before proceeding with the below application.

  1. View the application requirements to find out what documents you will need to complete your application or watch our how to apply video.
  2. Apply online by selecting an intake from the Applications & attendance table below.

If you need help, visit Customer Service or request application support via email.
Submission of an application does not guarantee a place in the course.

Applications & attendance

2023 VET Full Year
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 16 Aug 2022
Close: 6 Mar 2023 
Class DayDelivered East Geelong Campus
Part-time: 2 years  Apply  
2023 VET Full Year
Hobsons Bay 
Open: 16 Aug 2022
Close: 6 Mar 2023 
Class DayDelivered Emmanuel College
Part-time: 2 years  Apply  
2023 VET Full Year
Hoppers Crossing Trades Campus 
Open: 16 Aug 2022
Close: 6 Mar 2023 
Class DayDelivered Wyndham Central College TTC
Part-time: 2 years  Apply  
2023 VET Full Year
Werribee (area) 
Open: 16 Aug 2022
Close: 6 Mar 2023 
Class DayDelivered Wyndham Central College TTC
Part-time: 2 years  Apply  
2023 VET Full Year
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 16 Aug 2022
Close: 6 Mar 2023 
Class DayIntake Only for Gordon VCE Student
Part-time: 2 years  Apply  


Unfortunately we cannot always guarantee you will secure a place in your selected course. We recommend you apply early.

  • Applicants must be 15 years or over
  • Must be attending Secondary School

The Gordon is committed to ensuring all students have access to the educational and support services they may need while studying. We do this by carrying out a pretraining review that is integrated with the application and enrolment process. For most courses, this review also includes a short literacy and numeracy assessment relevant to the course. The outcomes of the pretraining review assist our teachers and trainers to better understand each student’s capabilities prior to training and enable all students to be matched to the right program for them.

Applicants are expected to have an appropriate literacy and numeracy level equivalent to the successful completion of year 9.

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

  • Secondary school referral
  • Via the VETDSS department

Core Units Code Hours
Apply basic sheet metal practices VU23046 50
Apply WHS requirements policies and procedures in the construction industry CPCCWHS2001 20
Carry out interactive workplace communication CPCPCM2039A 10
Carry out measurements and calculations CPCCCM1015 20
Cut and penetrate building materials and structures VU23047 30
Fabricate simple plumbing pipe systems VU23048 30
Identify career pathways in the plumbing industry VU23049 30
Perform basic oxy-acetylene welding and cutting VU23050 20
Prepare to work in the plumbing industry VU23051 20
Prepare to work safely in the construction industry CPCCWHS1001 6
Produce technical drawings CUAACD303 50
Provide basic emergency life support HLTAID010 12
Read and interpret plans and specifications CPCCCM2001 36
Use and apply basic levelling equipment for plumbing VU23052 8
Use basic electric welding equipment and techniques VU23053 20
Use basic plumbing hand tools VU23054 50
Use basic power tools VU23055 20
Use plumbing pipes fittings and fixtures to simulate plumbing installations VU23056 30
Write simple documents BSBWRT311 30

Please note that the electives listed are those delivered by the Gordon but you may not be required to complete all of these to successfully complete this qualification. In order to clarify what is required to complete this qualification, please check

Assessment is based on:

  • Hands-on projects
  • Written assignments

Many Gordon courses offer pathways to higher qualifications within The Gordon and in some cases, to university degrees. Your Gordon course may provide credit points which could reduce further study time. Follow the link to find more information about pathways, or contact Customer Service.

Date published: 31/01/2023 10:02:41 AM