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CPC40920 Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services - Drainage Work

Free TAFE Plumbing

Next intake January 2024
LocationsEast Geelong Campus
Duration Part-time: 11 weeks

Course description

This is now a day course!

Are you a qualified plumber looking to apply for your specialist plumbing licence?
The Gordon can get there you!

To be eligible to apply for a VBA licence, you must complete the Certificate IV in Plumbing - Business and Estimating stream, along with your chosen specialist stream.

Upon successful completion, you will be issued a 'Statement of Attainment' and there will be an external (VBA) exam. This exam will incur a cost from the VBA which is separate from the enrolment fee set by The Gordon.

Possible career outcomes

Licensed Plumber – Drainage Work

Applications & attendance

How to apply

  1. Follow our instructions for how to apply for a course.
  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.

2024 January
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2023
Close: 12 Jan 2024 
BlendedStart: 5 Feb 2024
Monday 8 am - 4 pm
Part-time: 11 weeks  Apply  


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.

  • Applicants must be 17 years and over at the time of course commencement.
  • Applicants are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills at Year 11 or Year 12 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 3.

  • Applicants must hold Certificate III in Plumbing and hold a relevant plumbing registration with the VBA
  • In order to complete the VBA requirements and sit the licensing exam, you must be eligible for plumbing registration in the class you are seeking. The Plumbing Regulations 2018 introduced a minimum requirement that must be met in order for a registered plumber to apply for their plumbing licence. You will need an apprenticeship and two years of experience (after your apprenticeship) or six years of experience (if you have not completed an apprenticeship). See more information about the plumbing licence here.
  • 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.

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 .

In order to prepare for your LLN, you may wish to attempt some practise tests in which you will find similar questions (with solutions too). These practice tests are not VSL approved but may be similar in question type and level of difficulty to what may be asked in the VSL approved LLN. Click here for practice tests. Please note, the VSL approved LLN cannot be resat within 3 months of undertaking it.

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 Units Code Hours
Design and size domestic treatment plant disposal systems CPCPDR4013 35
Design and size sanitary drainage systems CPCPDR4011 40
Design and size stormwater drainage systems CPCPDR4012 45


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:

  • Written assignments
  • Exam
  • Team Projects    

This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their one 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 $1.06 per hour 120 AUD $127.00 AUD $11,293.00
Standard Tuition AUD $5.32 per hour 120 AUD $638.00 AUD $11,293.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $15.56 per hour 120 AUD $1,867.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Resources AUD $138.00 Once
Education Levy AUD $18.00


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.

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: 24/11/2023 9:10:56 AM