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CPC32420 Certificate III in Plumbing (General Plumber Roofing & Mechanical)


Next intake Ongoing 2024
LocationsEast Geelong Campus
ApprenticeshipFull-time: 3 Yrs | Part-time: 6 yrs (School-Based)

Course description

Are you looking to start a plumbing apprenticeship? This trade-level qualification for apprentices will teach you plumbing skills focused on installation practices for commercial and domestic buildings. You will learn about sanitary (waste disposal), drainage (below ground), mechanical services, gas fitting, roof plumbing and water supply.

Possible career outcomes

  • Licensed plumber
  • Registered plumber
  • Sales representative in trade industry

Applications & attendance

Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants

To become an apprentice or trainee, you will first need to find an employer willing to employ you. An Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider can assist you with this and will also start your application and enrolment process. Find a local provider here

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2024 Ongoing
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2023
Close: 15 Dec 2024 
Class DayTimetable supplied once admitted
Apprenticeship:Full-time: 3 Yrs | Part-time: 6 yrs (School-Based)    


Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course. An application does not guarantee a place in this course.

  • Applicants are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills at Year 10 or Year 11 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 2.

  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Free TAFE. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Apprenticeship and traineeship requirements

Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants must be currently employed under a training contract and referred by their employer.

Pre-training review

Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

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

Core Code Hours
Apply WHS requirements policies and procedures in the construction industry CPCCWHS2001 20
Apply work health and safety regulations codes and practices in the workplace UEECD0007 20
Assemble mechanical services components CPCPMS2021 12
Calculate and install natural ventilation for Type A gas appliances CPCPGS3054 8
Carry out interactive workplace communication CPCPCM2039 10
Carry out levelling CPCPCM2047 6
Carry out simple concreting and rendering CPCPCM2054 16
Carry out WHS requirements CPCPCM2043 50
Collect and store roof water CPCPRF2023 10
Complete penetrations and flashings CPCCWC2001 20
Connect and install storage tanks to a domestic water supply CPCPWT3020 12
Cut and join sheet metal CPCPCM2048 8
Cut using oxy-acetylene equipment CPCPCM2049 8
Design domestic urban irrigation systems CPCPIG2021 5
Disconnect and reconnect Type A gas appliances CPCPGS3053 16
Enter and work in confined spaces RIIWHS202E 30
Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding CPCCCM2008 40
Fabricate and install external flashings CPCPRF3023 16
Fabricate and install fire hydrant and hose reel systems CPCPFS3031 40
Fabricate and install non-ferrous pressure piping CPCPCM3023 12
Fabricate and install roof drainage systems CPCPRF3022 48
Fabricate and install steel pressure piping CPCPMS3031 54
Flash penetrations through roofs and walls CPCPCM3021 18
Handle and store plumbing materials CPCPCM2045 6
Install air conditioning control equipment CPCPMS3038 8
Install air handling units CPCPMS3036 12
Install and commission domestic irrigation pumps CPCPIG3022 4
Install and commission Type A gas appliances CPCPGS3061 30
Install and commission water heating systems and adjust controls and devices CPCPWT3022 35
Install and fit off sanitary fixtures water services and adjust water service controls CPCPWT3026 36
Install and maintain domestic water treatment equipment CPCPWT3024 10
Install and maintain evaporative air-cooling systems CPCPMS3040 20
Install and start up single head split air conditioning and water heating heat pump systems UEERA0049 70
Install and test ducting systems CPCPMS3035 12
Install and test medical gas pipeline systems CPCPMS3034 24
Install backflow prevention devices CPCPWT3027 6
Install discharge pipes CPCPSN3022 28
Install domestic solid fuel burning appliances CPCPMS3041 20
Install gas appliance flues CPCPGS3049 12
Install gas pressure control equipment CPCPGS3048 8
Install LPG storage of aggregate storage capacity exceeding 500 litres and less than 8 kl CPCPGS3060 4
Install LPG storage of aggregate storage capacity up to 500 litres CPCPGS3059 22
Install LPG systems in caravans mobile homes and mobile workplaces CPCPGS3046 12
Install LPG systems in marine craft CPCPGS3047 12
Install on-site domestic wastewater treatment plants and disposal systems CPCPDR3023 25
Install prefabricated inspection openings and inspection chambers CPCPDR2026 4
Install pre-treatment facilities CPCPSN3025 8
Install property service CPCPWT3028 10
Install residential life safety sprinkler systems CPCPFS3037 60
Install roof components CPCPRF3024 10
Install roof coverings to curved roof structures CPCPRF3025 12
Install roof sheets wall cladding and complex flashings CPCPRF3026 30
Install sewerage pumpsets CPCPSN3026 8
Install small bore heating systems CPCPMS3033 15
Install stormwater and sub-soil drainage systems and drain work site CPCPDR2025 20
Install trench support CPCPCM3025 16
Install water pipe systems CPCPWT3029 12
Install water pumpsets CPCPWT3025 8
Locate and clear blockages CPCPDR2021 8
Maintain mechanical services equipment CPCPMS3039 8
Maintain Type A gas appliances CPCPGS3052 12
Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres CPCCCM3001 32
Plan layout and install below ground sanitary drainage systems CPCPDR3021 38
Plan the layout of a residential sanitary plumbing system and fabricate and install sanitary stacks CPCPSN3011 36
Prepare and connect refrigerant tubing and fittings UEERA0059 40
Prepare simple drawings CPCPCM3024 20
Provide First Aid HLTAID011 18
Purge consumer piping CPCPGS3051 8
Read plans calculate quantities and mark out materials CPCPCM2040 28
Receive roofing materials CPCPRF3021 4
Recover pressure test evacuate charge and leak test refrigerants - split systems UEERA0064 60
Select and fit insulation and sheathing CPCPMS3032 8
Select and install roof sheeting and wall cladding CPCPRF2022 30
Set out and install water services CPCPWT3021 36
Set out install and commission irrigation systems CPCPIG3021 4
Size and install consumer gas piping systems CPCPGS3056 32
Test and maintain fire hydrant and hose reel installations CPCPFS3038 60
Use plumbing hand and power tools CPCPCM2046 40
Weld mild steel using oxy-acetylene equipment CPCPCM2052 16
Weld polymer pipes using fusion method CPCPCM3022 8
Weld using metal arc welding equipment CPCPCM2053 16
Work effectively in the plumbing services sector CPCPCM2041 15
Work safely at heights CPCCCM2012 8
Work safely on roofs CPCPCM2055 20


Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

  • Hands-on projects
  • Workplace tasks
  • Written assignments

This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their Free TAFE opportunity will not incur any tuition fees. Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Concession Tuition AUD $0.72 per hour 1713 AUD $1,233.00 AUD $29,528.00
Standard Tuition AUD $3.60 per hour 1713 AUD $6,167.00 AUD $29,528.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $19.94 per hour 1713 AUD $34,157.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Materials AUD $2,135.00 Once
Education Levy AUD $256.95
Resources AUD $650.00 Once


All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

Which fee will I pay?

Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

Fee help and student loans

VET Student Loans are available for eligible students for tuition fees ONLY.
The current years maximum VET Student Loan Course Cap is $

Payment plans may be available for eligible students who need assistance to manage their fee payments.

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Date published: 4/04/2024 6:01:55 PM