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CPC32413 - Certificate III in Plumbing


At a glance

This qualification provides a trade outcome in plumbing.

Study Mode On-campus
Units/Credits 0 units
Availability Mackay, Ooralea; Rockhampton, City On-campus
Intake Dates
Full course cost$15750.00

Please refer to the VET student fees price lists, eligibility criteria applies for subsidised funding. If you are unsure please call us on 13 27 86.

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

1. Students will receive a Result of Assessment within 21 days of completion of each unit/module or within 21 days of the ‘close of study’ date. 2. Students who successfully complete all required units/modules will receive their qualification and an Academic Statement itemising all units/modules successfully completed. 3. Following receipt of written advice from the student (or teacher) that the student does not intend to complete the full course, the student will be issued with a Statement of Attainment listing all units/modules successfully completed.

Licensed Plumber, Drainer and Gasfitter

Entry Requirements

This course is for apprenticeship training only. Students must be employed as apprentices in a relevant industry.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Is what I already know taken into account?

Yes. Your history of study, skills and experience does matter. Consideration is given to your prior life and work experiences as well as formal and informal training. This may be applied using the national standard for Mutual Recognition or through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Documentary evidence will be requested.

Structure and assessment


Standard Course Structure

Common Stream units

  • Provide basic emergency life support(HLTFA211A)
  • Weld using manual metal arc welding equipment(CPCPCM2053A)
  • Weld using oxy-acetylene equipment(CPCPCM2052A)
  • Cut using oxy-LPG-acetylene equipment(CPCPCM2049A)
  • Use plumbing hand and power tools(CPCPCM2046A)
  • Handle and store plumbing materials(CPCPCM2045A)
  • Carry out WHS requirements(CPCPCM2043A)
  • Work effectively in the plumbing and services sector(CPCPCM2041A)
  • Read plans and calculate plumbing quantities(CPCPCM2040A)
  • Carry out interactive workplace communication(CPCPCM2039A)
  • Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry(CPCCOHS2001A)
  • Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding(CPCCCM2008B)

Drainage Stream units

  • Install trench support(RIICCM210A)
  • Install pre-treatment facilities(CPCPSN3025A)
  • Install on-site disposal systems(CPCPDR3023A)
  • Install below ground sanitary drainage systems(CPCPDR3022A)
  • Plan layout of a residential sanitary drainage system(CPCPDR3021A)
  • Install prefabricated inspection openings and enclosures(CPCPDR2026A)
  • Drain work site(CPCPDR2025A)
  • Install stormwater and sub-soil drainage systems(CPCPDR2024A)
  • Maintain effluent disinfection systems(CPCPDR2023A)
  • Install domestic treatment plants(CPCPDR2022A)
  • Locate and clear blockages(CPCPDR2021A)
  • Carry out simple concreting and rendering(CPCPCM2054A)
  • Carry out levelling(CPCPCM2047A)

Gas Stream units

  • Install and commission Type A gas appliances(CPCPGS3061A)
  • Install LPG storage of aggregate storage capacity exceeding 500 litres and less than 8KL (CPCPGS3060A)
  • Install LPG storage of aggregate storage capacity up to 500 litres(CPCPGS3059A)
  • Size consumer gas piping systems(CPCPGS3057A)
  • Install gas piping systems(CPCPGS3056A)
  • Install gas sub-meters(CPCPGS3055A)
  • Calculate and install natural ventilation for Type A gas appliances(CPCPGS3054A)
  • Disconnect and reconnect Type A gas appliances(CPCPGS3053A)
  • Maintain Type A gas appliances(CPCPGS3052A)
  • Purge consumer piping(CPCPGS3051A)
  • Install Type A gas appliance flues(CPCPGS3049A)
  • Install gas pressure control equipment(CPCPGS3048A)
  • Install LPG systems in marine craft(CPCPGS3047A)
  • Install LPG systems in caravans, mobile homes and mobile workplaces(CPCPGS3046A)

Part Roofing Stream units

  • Install composite roof systems(CPCPRF3026A)
  • Fabricate and install external flashings(CPCPRF3023A)
  • Fabricate and install roof drainage components(CPCPRF3022A)
  • Collect and store roof water(CPCPRF2023A)
  • Select and install roof sheeting and wall cladding(CPCPRF2022A)
  • Flash penetrations through roofs and walls(CPCPCM3021A)
  • Work safely on roofs(CPCPCM2055A)
  • Mark out materials(CPCPCM2050A)
  • Cut and join sheet metal(CPCPCM2048A)

Sanitary Stream units

  • Install and fit off sanitary fixtures(CPCPSN3024A)
  • Fabricate and install sanitary stacks(CPCPSN3023A)
  • Install discharge pipes(CPCPSN3022A)
  • Plan layout of a residential sanitary plumbing system(CPCPSN3011B)
  • Weld polyethylene and polypropylene pipes using fusion method(CPCPCM3022A)

Water Stream units

  • Connect irrigation systems from drinking water supply(CPCPWT3027A)
  • Fit off and commission heated and cold water services(CPCPWT3026A)
  • Install water pumpsets(CPCPWT3025A)
  • Install and maintain domestic water treatment equipment(CPCPWT3024A)
  • Install and commission water heating systems(CPCPWT3023A)
  • Install and adjust water service controls and devices(CPCPWT3022A)
  • Set out and install water services(CPCPWT3021A)
  • Connect and install storage tanks to a domestic water supply(CPCPWT3020A)
  • Test and maintain fire hydrant and hose reel installations(CPCPFS3038A)
  • Fabricate and install fire hydrant and hose reel systems(CPCPFS3031A)
  • Fabricate and install non-ferrous pressure piping(CPCPCM3023A)

Study Sequence

To view more information about these units, as well as the suggested study plan, please visit the handbook.


Apprenticeship Training

This course is for apprentices only.


Duration and Dates

Fees and scholarships


Full course cost: $15750.00

Please refer to the VET student fees price lists, eligibility criteria applies for subsidised funding. If you are unsure please call us on 13 27 86.

The Queensland Government determines the schedule set by CQUniversity. Additional fees may be charged for printed materials, protective clothing and tools etc. A full copy of all regulations associated with VET fees can be accessed from the Queensland Government Legislation website.

All fees must be paid to finalise enrolment or a payment arrangement entered into. You will be liable for all payments, even if you discontinue enrolment, subject to the Refund Policy. Debt recovery action will be taken to recover outstanding fees. Please select from the following:

  • VET Student Loans
    VET Student Loans will commence from 1 January 2017 and is an interest free Australian Government income contingency loan that assists eligible full fee paying students to pay their Tuition Fees.
  • VET Government funded programs
    The cost of these programs is based on a student contribution fee. A concession may be available in some situations. Additional resource/material costs will vary from program to program.
  • VET fee-for-service programs (full fee paying)
    These are competitively priced full-fee paying programs which do not attract concessions.

Price lists


Please refer to the scholarship pages for more information.

How to Apply

How do I secure an apprenticeship or traineeship?

Traineeships and apprenticeships need to be secured with an employer before you can start your study. Your employer will then work with CQUniversity to pull together the training program that is right for you. If you would like to become an apprentice or trainee, visit the Australian Government Australian Apprenticeships website and follow the steps to become an apprentice.

For further information

If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 13 27 86.

You can also register your interest to stay up-to-date with course developments, application timelines and events happening in your area.

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Key dates

20 SEP
Online Chat Session
28 SEP
On Time Applications to QTAC, UAC, VTAC, SATAC,
11 OCT
Online Chat
11 OCT
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