Certificate III in Plumbing

Cert 3 Plumbing

Certificate III in Plumbing

Course Code
Electrical & Plumbing
Study Area(s)
Course Length
Part-time(4 years)

Start Date(s): We offer rolling enrolments - start anytime
End Date(s): 4 years from start date
Days and Time:

Course Overview

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, we have adapted our course delivery to now encompass a combination of remote and flexible delivery methods. This includes easy to navigate online tutorials, video conferencing (classroom simulation) as well as face-to-face practical assessments and work placements – where safe and practical to implement. Our flexible model allows you to continue to study in a safe, guided and fully supported manner with continued access to all learning, personal and wellbeing supports. 

Certificate III in Plumbing CPC32413 is a trade qualification for those seeking to be plumbers in residential, industrial and commercial workplaces. You will gain plumbing skills to enable you to install, service and repair plumbing equipment associated with heating, cooling, water distribution, sanitary plumbing and sanitary drainage, gas, roofing and mechanical services.  This includes both existing and new constructions ensuring compliance with local and national regulations.

You will study at Kangan Institute's new Trades + Skills Centre which features new state-of-the-art plumbing training facilities including a multi storey plumbing training tower, sandpit, welding bays and gas equipment fitting training room. 

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Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
CPCPCM2040ARead plans and calculate plumbing quantities (CPCPCM2040A)8
CPCPCM2041AWork effectively in the plumbing and services sector (CPCPCM2041A)15
CPCPCM2043ACarry out WHS requirements (CPCPCM2043A)50
CPCPCM2045AHandle and store plumbing materials (CPCPCM2045A)6
CPCPCM2046AUse plumbing hand and power tools (CPCPCM2046A)40
CPCPCM2047ACarry out levelling (CPCPCM2047A)6
CPCPCM2048ACut and join sheet metal (CPCPCM2048A)8
CPCPCM2049ACut using oxy-LPG-acetylene equipment (CPCPCM2049A)8
CPCPCM2050AMark out materials (CPCPCM2050A)20
CPCPCM2052AWeld using oxy-acetylene equipment (CPCPCM2052A)16
CPCPCM2053AWeld using manual metal arc welding equipment (CPCPCM2053A)16
CPCPCM2054ACarry out simple concreting and rendering (CPCPCM2054A)16
CPCPCM2055AWork safely on roofs (CPCPCM2055A)20
CPCPCM3021AFlash penetrations through roofs and walls (CPCPCM3021A)18
CPCPCM3022AWeld polyethylene and polypropylene pipes using fusion method (CPCPCM3022A)8
CPCPCM3023AFabricate and install non-ferrous pressure piping (CPCPCM3023A)12
CPCPDR2021ALocate and clear blockages (CPCPDR2021A)8
CPCPDR2022AInstall domestic treatment plants (CPCPDR2022A)20
CPCPDR2023AMaintain effluent disinfection systems (CPCPDR2023A)4
CPCPDR2024AInstall stormwater and sub-soil drainage systems (CPCPDR2024A)15
CPCPDR2025ADrain work site (CPCPDR2025A)5
CPCPDR2026AInstall prefabricated inspection openings and enclosures (CPCPDR2026A)4
CPCPDR3021APlan layout of a residential sanitary drainage system (CPCPDR3021A)8
CPCPDR3022AInstall below ground sanitary drainage systems (CPCPDR3022A)30
CPCPDR3023AInstall on-site disposal systems (CPCPDR3023A)8
CPCPFS3031AFabricate and install fire hydrant and hose reel systems (CPCPFS3031A)40
CPCPFS3037AInstall domestic and residential life safety sprinkler systems (CPCPFS3037A)60
CPCPGS3046AInstall LPG systems in caravans, mobile homes and mobile workplaces (CPCPGS3046A)12
CPCPGS3047AInstall LPG systems in marine craft (CPCPGS3047A)12
CPCPGS3048AInstall gas pressure control equipment (CPCPGS3048A)8
CPCPGS3049AInstall Type A gas appliance flues (CPCPGS3049A)12
CPCPGS3050AInstall Type B gas appliance flues (CPCPGS3050A)4
CPCPGS3051APurge consumer piping (CPCPGS3051A)8
CPCPGS3052AMaintain Type A gas appliances (CPCPGS3052A)12
CPCPGS3053ADisconnect and reconnect Type A gas appliances (CPCPGS3053A)16
CPCPGS3054ACalculate and install natural ventilation for Type A gas appliances (CPCPGS3054A)8
CPCPGS3056AInstall gas piping systems (CPCPGS3056A)24
CPCPGS3057ASize consumer gas piping systems (CPCPGS3057A)8
CPCPGS3059AInstall LPG storage of aggregate storage capacity up to 500 litres (CPCPGS3059A)4
CPCPGS3060AInstall LPG storage of aggregate storage capacity exceeding 500 litres and less than 8KL (CPCPGS3060A)6
CPCPGS3061AInstall and commission Type A gas appliances (CPCPGS3061A)30
CPCPIG2021ADesign domestic urban irrigation systems (CPCPIG2021A)5
CPCPIG3021ASet out, install and commission irrigation systems (CPCPIG3021A)4
CPCPIG3022AInstall and commission domestic irrigation pumps (CPCPIG3022A)4
CPCPMS2021AAssemble mechanical services components (CPCPMS2021A)12
CPCPMS3031AFabricate and install steel pressure piping (CPCPMS3031A)54
CPCPMS3032ASelect and fit insulation and sheathing (CPCPMS3032A)8
CPCPMS3033AInstall small bore heating systems (CPCPMS3033A)15
CPCPMS3034AInstall medical gas pipeline systems (CPCPMS3034A)24
CPCPMS3035AInstall and test ducting systems (CPCPMS3035A)12
CPCPMS3036AInstall air handling units (CPCPMS3036A)12
CPCPMS3037AInstall and test split system air conditioning (CPCPMS3037A)15
CPCPMS3038AInstall air conditioning control equipment (CPCPMS3038A)8
CPCPMS3039AMaintain mechanical services equipment (CPCPMS3039A)8
CPCPMS3040AInstall and maintain evaporative air cooling systems (CPCPMS3040A)20
CPCPRF2022ASelect and install roof sheeting and wall cladding (CPCPRF2022A)16
CPCPRF2023ACollect and store roof water (CPCPRF2023A)10
CPCPRF3021AReceive roofing materials (CPCPRF3021A)4
CPCPRF3022AFabricate and install roof drainage components (CPCPRF3022A)48
CPCPRF3023AFabricate and install external flashings (CPCPRF3023A)16
CPCPRF3024AInstall roof components (CPCPRF3024A)10
CPCPRF3025AInstall roof coverings to curved roof structures (CPCPRF3025A)12
CPCPRF3026AInstall composite roof systems (CPCPRF3026A)20
CPCPSN3011BPlan layout of a residential sanitary plumbing system (CPCPSN3011B)8
CPCPSN3022AInstall discharge pipes (CPCPSN3022A)28
CPCPSN3023AFabricate and install sanitary stacks (CPCPSN3023A)28
CPCPSN3024AInstall and fit off sanitary fixtures (CPCPSN3024A)20
CPCPSN3025AInstall pre-treatment facilities (CPCPSN3025A)8
CPCPSN3026AInstall sewerage pumpsets (CPCPSN3026A)8
CPCPWT3020AConnect and install storage tanks to a domestic water supply (CPCPWT3020A)12
CPCPWT3021ASet out and install water services (CPCPWT3021A)36
CPCPWT3022AInstall and adjust water service controls and devices (CPCPWT3022A)12
CPCPWT3023AInstall and commission water heating systems (CPCPWT3023A)25
CPCPWT3024AInstall and maintain domestic water treatment equipment (CPCPWT3024A)10
CPCPWT3025AInstall water pumpsets (CPCPWT3025A)8
CPCPWT3026AFit off and commission heated and cold water services (CPCPWT3026A)16
CPCPWT3027AConnect irrigation systems from drinking water supply (CPCPWT3027A)6
CPCPWT3028AInstall water services (CPCPWT3028A)10
CPCPWT3029AInstall water pipe systems (CPCPWT3029A)12
MEM10009BInstall refrigeration and air conditioning plant and equipment (MEM10009B)40
MEM18086BTest, recover, evacuate and charge refrigeration systems (MEM18086B)40
UEENEEJ105APosition, assemble and start up single head split air conditioning and water heating heat pump systems (UEENEEJ105A)70
UEENEEJ172ARecover, pressure test, evacuate, charge and leak test refrigerants — split systems (UEENEEJ172A)60
CPCCCM2008BErect And Dismantle Restricted Height Scaffolding (CPCCCM2008B)40
CPCCCM2010BWork Safely At Heights (CPCCCM2010B)8
CPCCCM3001COperate Elevated Work Platforms (CPCCCM3001C)32
CPCPCM2039ACarry out interactive workplace communication (CPCPCM2039A)10
HLTFA211AProvide basic emergency life support (HLTFA211A)8
MEM10010BInstall Pipework And Pipework Assemblies (MEM10010B)40
RIICCM210AInstall trench support (RIICCM210A)16

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed to show that you have achieved the skills and knowledge required by the course. Assessments may include written, oral or practical assessment methods.

You will know in advance about the type of assessments that are to be undertaken. 

Additional comments

What will I study?

  • Stream 1: Water
  • Stream 2: Sanitary
  • Stream 3: Drainage
  • Stream 4: Mechanical services
  • Stream 5: Roofing
  • Stream 6: Gas services

For course information, please call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or fill our enquiry form.

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For information on disability support at Kangan Institute, click here.

Some or all of this training is provided with State or Federal Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

You may be eligible for concession. Find out now!

To you check your eligibility click here.

Free TAFE and JobTrainer courses only: Students eligible for Free TAFE receive the tuition rate free. Students eligible for JobTrainer pay 20% of the tuition. Materials, consumables and student services fees are payable by all students and do not receive a JobTrainer discount, however concession rates for student services fees are available for concession card holders, apprentices, trainees and 100% off campus delivery courses. Please note that these tuition rates only apply to courses offered under the Free TAFE or JobTrainer schemes.

The fees listed below relate to 2022 courses and are indicative pricing only as total costs vary depending on the units you elect to study.

Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

Payment plans are available. Click here to find out more.
Course availability is subject to enrolment numbers.

Your total course fee will typically include your tuition fee (table 1), any applicable consumables and/or material fees (table 2).

Table 1

Enrolment type
Government Subsidised
Indicative total tuition fee#
Indicative total tuition fee#
Check your eligibility
Full Fee
Indicative total tuition fee#

Table 2

Average course
material fees*


Average course
consumable fees*

# The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.
* Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student.

Click here to view maximum tuition fees. We strongly urge you to contact us for a more exact calculation of your fees. Additional fees may apply. 

Your total course fee will typically include your tuition fee and non-tuition fees (table 1) and any applicable consumables and/or material fees (table 2).

student contact hours

Total hours^ Indicative hours* Government Subsidised $/SCH Indigenous Concession $/SCH Full fee $/SCH
1443 1443 $0.0 $0.0 $0.0

^This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the total duration of the course. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student.

*This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the calendar year of 2022. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student. If you have to undertake training as part of Skills Recognition, your tuition fees are charged according to the applicable rate per Student Contact Hour depending on your eligibility for government subsidised, concession or full fees.

For more information about our fees structure, click here.

What costs and other fees should I expect?

Please refer to the Fees tab. For further information, call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or enquiries@kangan.edu.au. There may be extra costs for reference books, protective clothing or specialised materials.

Can I apply?

You must currently be employed in the industry to apply for this course.

A signed apprenticeship training agreement between yourself, your employer, an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider (AASN) and a registered training organisation is required.

Where and how can I study?

You will study this course at our Broadmeadows campus on a part-time basis.

What employment opportunities will I have?

  • Plumber
  • Plumber and Drainer
  • Plumber and Gasfitter
  • Gasfitter
  • Roof plumber

What skills will I have when I complete this course?

You will gain the skills required to install, maintain and repair plumbing equipment associated with heating, cooling, water distribution and sanitation systems.

What qualifications will I receive?

 On completion of this course, you will be awarded the nationally accredited Certificate III in Plumbing CPC32413

What opportunities for further studies will I have?

Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services CPC40912

How do I apply?

You must sign an apprenticeship training agreement between yourself, your employer, an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider (AASN) and a registered training organisation. 

For more information call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or email enquiries@kangan.edu.au

How will I be selected for this course?

All applicants for this course will complete an assessment to evaluate their language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills. This helps to ensure that you enrol in a course that is the right level of study for you.