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Certificate III in Plumbing

CRICOS Code: 089369J   |   Course Code: CPC32413



This qualification provides a trade outcome in plumbing.

English language entry requirements

International Student Entry: English Language level of IELTS 5.5 or its equivalent.

Career Pathway

  • Plumber
  • Plumber and drainer
  • Plumber and gasfitter
  • Gasfitter
  • Roof plumber
  • Registered Building Practitioner
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Entry requirements

Applicants should have completed a year 12 or equivalent level of secondary education. Applicants must be over the age of 18 at the time of commencement. This qualification may be accessed by direct entry.

This is a licensed occupation. Check with relevant state and territory licensing and regulatory authorities. State and territory jurisdictions may have different regulatory requirements.

Course fees

Tuition: $14,800
Application Fee: $250 (Non Refundable)

Safety Equipment: $200 

Material Fees: $350 

Tool Kit: $400 (Or student can provide their own)

Fee for Service:
Domestic and International. Government funding may be available for this course. Click here to find our more.

As Delivered by Australian Industrial Systems Institute

Compulsory Units:

  • CPCPCM2039A Carry out interactive workplace communication [Core (Water Stream)]
  • CPCPCM2040A Read plans and calculate plumbing quantities [Core (Water Stream)]
  • CPCPCM2041A Work effectively in the plumbing and services sector [Core (Water Stream)]
  • CPCPCM2043A Carry out WHS requirements [Core (Water Stream)]
  • CPCPCM2045A Handle and store plumbing materials [Core (Water Stream)]
  • CPCPCM2046A Use plumbing hand and power tools [Core (Water Stream)]
  • CPCPCM2047A Carry out levelling Core [(Water Stream)]
  • CPCPCM2050A Mark out materials Core [(Water Stream)]
  • CPCPCM2052A Weld using oxy-acetylene equipment [Core (Water Stream)]
  • CPCPCM2053A Weld using manual metal arc welding equipment [Core (Water Stream)]
  • CPCPCM2054A Carry out simple concreting and rendering [Core (Water Stream)]
  • CPCPCM2055A Work safely on roofs [Core (Water Stream)]
  • CPCPCM3021A Flash penetrations through roofs and walls [Core (Water Stream)]
  • CPCPCM3022A Weld polyethylene and polypropylene pipes using fusion method [Core (Water Stream)]
  • CPCPCM3023A Fabricate and install non-ferrous pressure piping [Core (Water Stream)]
  • CPCPFS3031A Fabricate and install fire hydrant and hose reel systems [Core (Water Stream)]
  • CPCPWT3020A Connect and install storage tanks to a domestic water supply [Core (Water Stream)]
  • CPCPWT3021A Set out and install water services [Core (Water Stream)]
  • CPCPWT3022A Install and adjust water service controls and devices [Core (Water Stream)]
  • CPCPWT3023A Install and commission water heating systems [Core (Water Stream)]
  • CPCPWT3025A Install water pumpsets [Core (Water Stream)]
  • CPCPWT3026A Fit off and commission heated and cold water services [Core (Water Stream)]
  • CPCPWT3027A Connect irrigation systems from drinking water supply [Core (Water Stream)]
  • HLTFA211A Provide basic emergency life support [Core (Water Stream)]
  • CPCPDR2021A Locate and clear blockages [Core (Sanitary Stream) / Core (Drainage Stream)]
  • CPCPSN3011B Plan layout of a residential sanitary plumbing system [Core (Sanitary Stream)]
  • CPCPSN3022A Install discharge pipes [Core (Sanitary Stream)]
  • CPCPSN3023A Fabricate and install sanitary stacks [Core (Sanitary Stream)]
  • CPCPSN3024A Install and fit off sanitary fixtures [Core (Sanitary Stream)]
  • CPCPDR2022A Install domestic treatment plants [Core (Drainage Stream)]
  • CPCPDR2024A Install stormwater and sub-soil drainage systems [Core (Drainage Stream)]
  • CPCPDR2025A Drain work site [Core (Drainage Stream) /Elective (Sanitary Stream)]
  • CPCPDR2026A Install prefabricated inspection openings and enclosures [Core (Drainage Stream) / Elective (Sanitary Stream)]
  • CPCPDR3021A Plan layout of a residential sanitary drainage system [Core (Drainage Stream)]
  • CPCPDR3022A Install below ground sanitary drainage systems [Core (Drainage Stream)]
  • CPCPDR3023A Install on-site disposal systems [Core (Drainage Stream)]
  • RIICCM210A Install trench support [Core (Drainage Stream)/ Elective (Mechanical Services Stream)]
  • CPCPCM2048A Cut and join sheet metal [Core (Sanitary Stream)/ Core (Mechanical Services Stream) / Elective (Water Stream) / Elective (Drainage Stream)]
  • CPCPMS2021A Assemble mechanical services components [Core (Mechanical Services Stream)]
  • CPCPMS3033A Install small bore heating systems [Core (Mechanical Services Stream) / Elective (Water Stream)]

Course Duration

52 weeks with a minimum of 20 hours per week of scheduled classes.

Course Commencement

Monthly Intake commencing the first Monday of every month.

  • CPCCCM2008B Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding [Elective (Water Stream) / Elective (Sanitary Stream) / Elective (Mechanical Services Stream)]
  • CPCCCM2010B Work safely at heights [Elective (Water Stream) / Elective (Sanitary Stream) / Elective (Mechanical Services Stream)]
  • CPCPDR2023A Maintain effluent disinfection systems [Elective (Drainage Stream)]
  • CPCPWT3029A Install water pipe systems [Elective (Drainage Stream)]
  • CPCCOHS2001A Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry [Elective (Mechanical Services Stream)]
  • MEM05049B Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding [Elective (Mechanical Services Stream)]
  • MEM05050B Perform routine gas metal arc welding [Elective (Mechanical Services Stream)]
  • CPCPMS3037A Install and test split system air conditioning [Elective (Mechanical Services Stream)]
  • CPCPMS3038A Install air conditioning control equipment [Elective (Mechanical Services Stream)]
  • CPCPMS3035A Install and test ducting systems [Elective (Mechanical Services Stream)]
  • MEM10010B Install pipework and pipework assemblies [Elective (Mechanical Services Stream)]
  • MEM18086B Test, recover, evacuate and charge refrigeration systems [Elective (Mechanical Services Stream)]
  • UEENEEE101A Apply Occupational Health and Safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace [Elective (Mechanical Services Stream)]

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.

Refer to here for further details and a full listing.


Pathways from the qualification

After achieving the CPC32413 Certificate III in Plumbing, candidates may undertake the CPC40912 Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services.


Assessment comprises written assignments, tests and practical application projects. Students are required to attend tests and practical demonstration sessions as scheduled, with tests generally scheduled during normal class time. Students must demonstrate competence on a construction site.

Training and Assessment Note

Parts of this course will be conducted off-campus within a construction environment.