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Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services

CRICOS Code: 106694F   |   Course Code: CPC40920

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Description

This qualification reflects the role of an experienced plumbing service operator with advanced technical skills and/or responsibility for project design and supervision; or a hydraulic consultant responsible for designing hydraulic components and systems that meet client requirements and help in effective water management in domestic, commercial and industry contexts.

This Training and Assessment strategy addresses specialist plumbing services tradespersons and operators seeking to deepen their technical skills (Plumbing and services – Operations).

Licensing & Regulatory Information:

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) regulates plumbers, plumbing work and plumbing standards.

The Victorian Plumbing Regulations 2018 (the Regulations) define ten main classes of plumbing work and five specialised classes.

To lawfully carry out plumbing work in one or more of these classes in Victoria, you must be one of the following:

  • Licensed in the class
  • Registered in the class (or hold provisional registration in the class)
  • Be in training under the supervision of a licensed plumber.

Specialist or restricted classes.

The process is different for specialised and restricted classes of plumbing.

For specialised classes, you will need to hold registration or licence in the relevant parent class. For restricted classes, you must have completed the relevant education pathway or hold equivalent knowledge and skills.

Plumbing practitioners also need to satisfy the Qualifications and Experience Review Committee (QERC) they are competent to carry out work in that class of plumbing. This requires an interview and assessment.

This is a licenced occupation. State and territory jurisdictions may have different licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements. Relevant state and territory regulatory authorities should be consulted to confirm those requirements.

 

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English language entry requirements

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

Career Pathway

  • Plumbing contractor
  • Fire services supervisor
  • Air conditioning technician
  • Specialist hydraulic designer
  • Registered Building Practitioner

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. The course program stream as delivered by AISI (Plumbing and services – Operations stream) has an entry requirement of the completion of a relevant trade qualification or equivalent.

Course fees

Tuition: $15,420

Application Fee: $250 (Non Refundable)

Material Fee: $330

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:

  • BSBESB402 Establish legal and risk management requirements of new business ventures
  • CPCCBC4012 Read and interpret plans and specifications
  • CPCPCM4011 Carry out work-based risk control processes
  • CPCPCM4012 Estimate and cost work
  • CPCPCM4015 Access and interpret regulatory requirements for the plumbing and services industry
  • CPCPDR4011 Design and size sanitary drainage systems
  • CPCPDR4012 Design and size stormwater drainage systems
  • CPCPGS4011 Design and size consumer gas installations
  • CPCPSN4011 Design and size sanitary plumbing systems
  • CPCPWT4011 Design and size heated and cold-water services and systems

Course Duration

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

Course Commencement

Monthly Intake commencing the first Monday of every month.

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  • CPCPCM2043 Carry out WHS requirements
  • CPCPGS4022 Service Type A gas appliances
  • CPCPWT3027 Install backflow prevention devices
  • CPCPWT4022 Commission and maintain backflow prevention devices
  • CPCPWT4023 Commission and maintain hot and heated water temperature control devices

Fire services stream

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in:

15 units of competency:

  • 8 core units
  • 7 elective units.

The units must be completed as follows:

  • all four common core units
  • all four core units shared between air conditioning and mechanical services stream and fire services
  • seven elective units, ensuring that any licensing requirements are addressed.

Of these seven electives:

  • at least four units must be selected from the pool of elective units in the fire services stream
  • up to two units may be selected from a Certificate IV qualification in another endorsed
  • Training Package or from the core or elective units of another stream within the Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services, ensuring both the integrity of the AQF alignment and the industry context of the qualification are maintained
  • one unit may be selected from Certificate III or Diploma Plumbing and Services qualifications
  • no more than three units may be selected from the common pool of elective units.

Air conditioning and mechanical services stream

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in:

15 units of competency:

  • 8 core units
  • 7 elective units.

The units must be completed as follows:

  • all four common core units
  • all four core units shared between air conditioning and mechanical services stream and fire services
  • seven elective units, ensuring that any licensing requirements are addressed.

Of these seven electives:

  • at least four units must be selected from the pool of elective units in the air conditioning and mechanical services stream
  • up to two of the seven units may be selected from a Certificate IV qualification in another endorsed Training Package or from the core or elective units of another stream within the Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services, ensuring both the integrity of the AQF alignment and the industry context of the qualification are maintained
  • one of the seven units may be drawn from Certificate III or Diploma Plumbing and Services qualifications
  • no more than three units may be selected from the common pool of elective units.

Plumbing and services – Management stream

Industry considers it appropriate for people seeking to complete Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services – Management stream to hold a relevant Certificate III qualification in the industry.

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in:

15 units of competency:

  • 10 core units
  • 5 elective units.

The units must be completed as follows:

  • all four common core units
  • all six core units (Plumbing and services – Management stream)
  • five elective units, ensuring that any licensing requirements are addressed.

Of these five electives:

  • up to five units may be selected from the pool of elective units in the Plumbing and services – Management stream
  • two of the five units may be selected from a Certificate IV qualification in another endorsed Training Package or from the core or elective units of another stream within the Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services, ensuring both the integrity of the AQF alignment and the industry context of the qualification are maintained
  • one of the five units may be drawn from Certificate III or Diploma Plumbing and Services qualifications
  • no more than three units may be selected from the pool of elective units common to all streams.

Plumbing and services – Operations stream

This stream has an entry requirement of the completion of a relevant trade qualification or equivalent.

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in:

15 units of competency:

  • 12 core units
  • 3 elective units.

The units must be completed as follows:

  • all four common core units
  • li>all eight core units (Plumbing and services – Operations stream)

    li>three elective units, ensuring that any licensing requirements are addressed.

Of these three electives:

  • up to three units may be selected from the pool of elective units in the Plumbing and services – Operations stream
  • two of the three units may be selected from a Certificate IV qualification in another endorsed Training Package or from the core or elective units of another stream within the Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services, ensuring both the integrity of the AQF alignment and the industry context of the qualification are maintained
  • one of the three units may be drawn from Certificate III or Diploma Plumbing and Services qualifications
  • no more than three units may be selected from the pool of elective units common to all streams.

Hydraulic services design stream

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in:

15 units of competency:

  • 10 core units
  • 5 elective units.

The units must be completed as follows:

  • all four common core units
  • all six core units in the hydraulic services design stream
  • five elective units.

Of these five electives:

  • at least two units must be selected from the pool of elective units in the hydraulic services design stream
  • one of the five units may be selected from a Certificate IV qualification in another endorsed Training Package, ensuring both the integrity of the AQF alignment and the industry context of the qualification are maintained
  • one of the five units may be drawn from the Diploma of Hydraulic Services Design qualification
  • no more than three units may be selected from the common pool of elective units.

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.

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Pathways from the qualification

Further training pathways from this qualification may include other higher level Plumbing Qualifications such as CPC50420 – Diploma of Plumbing and Services or other relevant qualifications.

Assessment

Assessment comprises written assignments, tests and practical application projects. Students are required to attend tests and examinations as scheduled, with test generally scheduled during normal class time.