Certificate III in Plumbing - CPC32420


Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00591E

This is a trade qualification for plumbers in residential, industrial and commercial workplaces who are responsible for assembling, installing and maintaining water services, sanitary plumbing and sanitary drainage, gas, roofing and mechanical services in both existing and new constructions.Occupational titles could include:PlumberPlumber and drainerPlumber and gasfitterGasfitterRoof plumberMechanical services plumber.The plumbing industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units of competency to be delivered and assessed in this context.Completion of the general construction induction training program specified by the model Code of Practice for Construction Work is required before entering a construction work site. Achievement of CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry meets this requirement.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.This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship pathway.


  • Weld using metal arc welding equipment
  • Recover, pressure test, evacuate, charge and leak test refrigerants - split systems
  • Prepare simple drawings
  • Organise and communicate information
  • Disconnect and reconnect Type A gas appliances
  • Fabricate and install roof drainage systems
  • Complete penetrations and flashings
  • Install air conditioning control equipment
  • Purge consumer piping
  • Install prefabricated inspection openings and inspection chambers
  • Install residential life safety sprinkler systems
  • Install LPG systems in caravans, mobile homes and mobile workplaces
  • Use plumbing hand and power tools
  • Install and commission domestic irrigation pumps
  • Carry out simple concreting and rendering
  • Work safely at heights
  • Set out, install and commission irrigation systems
  • Collect and store roof water
  • Maintain mechanical services equipment
  • Fabricate and install steel pressure piping
  • Install roof components
  • Select and install a heritage roof system
  • Locate and clear blockages
  • Install water pipe systems
  • Install and commission a single head split system air conditioning
  • Install LPG systems in marine craft
  • Fabricate and install fire hydrant and hose reel systems
  • Select and fit insulation and sheathing
  • Install LPG storage of aggregate storage capacity up to 500 litres
  • Install trench support
  • Calculate and install natural ventilation for Type A gas appliances
  • Design domestic urban irrigation systems
  • Apply work health and safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace
  • Install and fit off sanitary fixtures, water services and adjust water service controls
  • Install air handling units
  • Fabricate and install external flashings
  • Flash penetrations through roofs and walls
  • Work effectively in the plumbing services sector
  • Receive roofing materials
  • Install roof coverings to curved roof structures
  • Size and install consumer gas piping systems
  • Install and commission water heating systems and adjust controls and devices
  • Plan layout and install below ground sanitary drainage systems
  • Carry out levelling
  • Install and maintain domestic water treatment equipment
  • Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres
  • Install gas sub-meters
  • Select and install roof sheeting and wall cladding
  • Handle and store plumbing materials
  • Test and maintain fire hydrant and hose reel installations
  • Maintain Type A gas appliances
  • Install and commission evaporative air cooling systems
  • Install property service
  • Install water pumpsets
  • Install cure in-place linings for existing pipeline systems
  • Read plans, calculate quantities and mark out materials
  • Cut using oxy-acetylene equipment
  • Install gas pressure control equipment
  • Install roof sheets, wall cladding and complex flashings
  • Install backflow prevention devices
  • Set out and install water services
  • Enter and work in confined spaces
  • Install home fire sprinkler systems
  • Install gas appliance flues
  • Perform routine gas metal arc welding
  • Provide First Aid
  • Weld polymer pipes using fusion method
  • Install and commission Type A gas appliances
  • Plan the layout of a residential sanitary plumbing system and fabricate and install sanitary stacks
  • Plan layout and install vacuum drainage systems
  • Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering
  • Install sewerage pumpsets
  • Install and test medical gas pipeline systems
  • Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
  • Connect and install storage tanks to a domestic water supply
  • Carry out WHS requirements
  • Install small bore heating systems
  • Prepare and connect refrigerant tubing and fittings
  • Install LPG storage of aggregate storage capacity exceeding 500 litres and less than 8 kl
  • Install and start up single head split air conditioning and water heating heat pump systems
  • Undertake manual handling
  • Carry out interactive workplace communication
  • Install on-site domestic wastewater treatment plants and disposal systems
  • Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding
  • Install domestic solid fuel burning appliances
  • Fabricate and install non-ferrous pressure piping
  • Install discharge pipes
  • Install pre-treatment facilities
  • Install stormwater and sub-soil drainage systems and drain work site
  • Install and test ducting systems
  • Assemble mechanical services components
  • Cut and join sheet metal
  • Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Albury Campus No
  • Part-time : 3 years
Coffs Harbour Education Campus CHEC No
  • Part-time : 3 years
Goulburn Campus No
  • Part-time : 3 years
Granville College No
  • Part-time : 3 years
Maitland Campus No
  • Part-time : 3 years
Meadowbank Campus No
  • Part-time : 3 years
Miller College No
  • Part-time : 3 years
Mount Druitt College No
  • Part-time : 3 years
Orange College, March Street Campus No
  • Part-time : 3 years
Randwick College, Main Campus No
  • Part-time : 3 years
St Leonards Campus No
  • Part-time : 3 years
Sutherland College, Gymea Campus No
  • Part-time : 3 years
Tamworth Campus No
  • Part-time : 3 years
Wagga Wagga Campus No
  • Part-time : 3 years
Wollongbar Campus No
  • Part-time : 3 years
Wollongong Campus No
  • Part-time : 3 years
Wyong Campus No
  • Part-time : 3 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Mount Druitt College.

**ADDITIONAL RESOURCES**$500 ($125 x 4 Semesters only) Material fee for Supplementary workbooks and materials.

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