Certificate III in Plumbing - CPC32413

RMIT University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Vocational Education and Training (VET)
CRICOS: 00122A

This qualification is part of the Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package. It provides a trade outcome in plumbing in roles such as plumber, gasfitter, drainer or roof plumber. There are six streams available: water, sanitary, drainage, mechanical services, roofing and gas services.


  • Stream 1 Water (mandatory): 24 core
  • 5 elective
  • and Stream 2 Sanitary (mandatory): 6 core
  • 4 elective
  • plus units from the following streams: drainage, mechanical services, roofing and gas services.


  • Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding
  • Install LPG systems in caravans, mobile homes and mobile workplaces
  • Install LPG systems in marine craft
  • Plan layout of a residential sanitary plumbing system
  • Carry out levelling
  • Install discharge pipes
  • Position, assemble and start up single head split air conditioning and water heating heat pump systems
  • Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding
  • Handle and store plumbing materials
  • Calculate and install natural ventilation for Type A gas appliances
  • Disconnect and reconnect Type A gas appliances
  • Maintain effluent disinfection systems
  • Locate and clear blockages
  • Test and maintain fire hydrant and hose reel installations
  • Install gas sub-meters
  • Receive roofing materials
  • Install pre-treatment facilities
  • Fit off sprinkler heads, controls and ancillary equipment
  • Maintain mechanical services equipment
  • Drain work site
  • Operate personnel and materials hoists
  • Install and maintain evaporative air cooling systems
  • Maintain Type A gas appliances
  • Assemble mechanical services components
  • Install control valve assemblies, actuating devices and local alarms
  • Install home fire sprinkler systems
  • Operate elevated work platforms
  • Install water pipe systems
  • Install Type A gas appliance flues
  • Install small bore heating systems
  • Fit off and commission heated and cold water services
  • Work safely on roofs
  • Install and commission Type A gas appliances
  • Carry out interactive workplace communication
  • Install domestic treatment plants
  • Collect and store roof water
  • Install air handling units
  • Select and install roof sheeting and wall cladding
  • Carry out simple concreting and rendering
  • Provide basic emergency life support
  • Fabricate and install fire hydrant and hose reel systems
  • Apply Occupational Health and Safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace
  • Fabricate and install external flashings
  • Install trench support
  • Install LPG storage of aggregate storage capacity exceeding 500 litres and less than 8KL
  • Install water service
  • Troubleshoot irrigation systems
  • Install roof coverings to curved roof structures
  • Install and test split system air conditioning
  • Carry out WHS requirements
  • Install gas pressure control equipment
  • Install pipework and pipework assemblies
  • Read plans and calculate plumbing quantities
  • Install and commission water heating systems
  • Install roof components
  • Cut and join sheet metal
  • Fabricate and install non-ferrous pressure piping
  • Carry out load slinging of off-site materials
  • Select and fit insulation and sheathing
  • Install water pumpsets
  • Install Type B gas appliance flues
  • Prepare and connect refrigerant tubing and fittings
  • Cut using oxy-LPG-acetylene equipment
  • Install composite roof systems
  • Install sewerage pumpsets
  • Size consumer gas piping systems
  • Fabricate and install roof drainage components
  • Install gas piping systems
  • Install stormwater and sub-soil drainage systems
  • Work safely at heights
  • Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
  • Plan layout of a residential sanitary drainage system
  • Test, recover, evacuate and charge refrigeration systems
  • Perform routine gas metal arc welding
  • Install domestic solid fuel burning appliances
  • Install medical gas pipeline systems
  • Work effectively in the plumbing and services sector
  • Weld using manual metal arc welding equipment
  • Install and test ducting systems
  • Install LPG storage of aggregate storage capacity up to 500 litres
  • Connect and install storage tanks to a domestic water supply
  • Weld polyethylene and polypropylene pipes using fusion method
  • Install and commission domestic irrigation pumps
  • Weld using oxy-acetylene equipment
  • Install and adjust water service controls and devices
  • Install portable fire equipment
  • Install and fit off sanitary fixtures
  • Install air conditioning control equipment
  • Install refrigeration and air conditioning plant and equipment
  • Design domestic urban irrigation systems
  • Mark out materials
  • Fabricate roof coverings for curved structures
  • Fabricate and install steel pressure piping
  • Flash penetrations through roofs and walls
  • Install and maintain domestic water treatment equipment
  • Fabricate and install sanitary stacks
  • Use plumbing hand and power tools
  • Install domestic and residential life safety sprinkler systems
  • Install acoustic and thermal environmental protection systems
  • Install below ground sanitary drainage systems
  • Set out, install and commission irrigation systems
  • Recover, pressure test, evacuate, charge and leak test refrigerants - split systems
  • Install prefabricated inspection openings and enclosures
  • Set out and install water services
  • Install on-site disposal systems
  • Connect irrigation systems from drinking water supply
  • Purge consumer piping

Study pathways

This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship pathway.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Melbourne City No

Further information

Completion of the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (SAC 2006) is required before entering a construction work site. Achievement of unit CPCCOHS1001A covers this requirement.

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