Certificate III in Plumbing (Apprenticeship) (SA)

Free TAFE Pathways Program
Course Code CPC32413
Locations South Australia

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Study Mode Full-time, Apprenticeship
Length Three years
Commencement Apply any time
Timetable 27 one week-long blocks on campus over the duration of the course plus workplace training.
Course Overview

Get ready for your plumbing career. There are lots of career opportunities for apprentice plumbers, within the building industry and also as sole traders.

The Certificate III in Plumbing will give you a top trade qualification and you will learn the latest in plumbing skills to be an asset to your employer throughout your apprenticeship. You will gain experience in a variety of areas including water, roofing, drainage and gas fitting.

As an apprentice, you will be given the opportunity to put this knowledge into practice in the workplace, gaining hands-on skills and experience as a plumber.

What will I Learn?

This course allows you to gain knowledge and skills to work in the plumbing industry. Abilities to work in the areas of roof plumbing, Sanitary and drainage, hot cold and warm water, gas fitting, mechanical plumbing, irrigation and fire protection.

The course includes hands-on experience with theory and practical components, which will assist you while you are employed as an apprentice plumber. 

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion, you will have the skills and knowledge to gain work as a qualified plumber.


Upon successful completion of this course, you may choose to undertake the Certificate IV in Plumbing Services to gain a licence to operate your own plumbing business.

Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

You must be employed as an apprentice with a registered plumbing employer.

You must also live or work in South Australia for the duration of your course.

Apprenticeship/Traineeship Entry Requirements

You need to be employed in this field as an apprentice or trainee before commencing this course.

If you are currently not employed in this field please contact the Skills and Jobs Centre for further advice. 

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
CPCCCM2008B Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding 40 $0.00
CPCCCM2010B Work safely at heights 8 $0.00
CPCCCM3001C Operate elevated work platforms 32 $0.00
CPCCOHS1001A Work Safely In The Construction Industry 6 $70.00
CPCCOHS2001A Apply OHS Requirements, Policies And Procedures In The Construction Industry 20 $0.00
CPCPCM2039A Carry out interactive workplace communication 10 $0.00
CPCPCM2040A Read plans and calculate plumbing quantities 8 $0.00
CPCPCM2041A Work effectively in the plumbing and services sector 15 $0.00
CPCPCM2043A Carry out WHS requirements 50 $0.00
CPCPCM2045A Handle and store plumbing materials 6 $0.00
CPCPCM2046A Use plumbing hand and power tools 40 $0.00
CPCPCM2047A Carry out levelling 6 $0.00
CPCPCM2048A Cut and join sheet metal 8 $0.00
CPCPCM2049A Cut using oxy-LPG-acetylene equipment 8 $0.00
CPCPCM2050A Mark out materials 20 $0.00
CPCPCM2052A Weld using oxy-acetylene equipment 16 $0.00
CPCPCM2053A Weld using manual metal arc welding equipment 16 $0.00
CPCPCM2054A Carry out simple concreting and rendering 16 $0.00
CPCPCM2055A Work safely on roofs 20 $0.00
CPCPCM3021A Flash penetrations through roofs and walls 18 $0.00
CPCPCM3022A Weld polyethylene and polypropylene pipes using fusion method 8 $0.00
CPCPCM3023A Fabricate and install non-ferrous pressure piping 12 $0.00
CPCPDR2021A Locate and clear blockages 8 $0.00
CPCPDR2022A Install domestic treatment plants 20 $0.00
CPCPDR2023A Maintain effluent disinfection systems 4 $0.00
CPCPDR2024A Install stormwater and sub-soil drainage systems 15 $0.00
CPCPDR2025A Drain work site 5 $0.00
CPCPDR2026A Install prefabricated inspection openings and enclosures 4 $0.00
CPCPDR3021A Plan layout of a residential sanitary drainage system 8 $0.00
CPCPDR3022A Install below ground sanitary drainage systems 30 $0.00
CPCPDR3023A Install on-site disposal systems 8 $0.00
CPCPFS3031A Fabricate and install fire hydrant and hose reel systems 40 $0.00
CPCPFS3037A Install domestic and residential life safety sprinkler systems 60 $0.00
CPCPGS3046A Install LPG systems in caravans, mobile homes and mobile workplaces 12 $0.00
CPCPGS3047A Install LPG systems in marine craft 12 $0.00
CPCPGS3048A Install gas pressure control equipment 8 $0.00
CPCPGS3049A Intsall Type A gas appliance flues 12 $0.00
CPCPGS3050A Install Type B gas appliance flues 4 $0.00
CPCPGS3051A Purge consumer piping 8 $0.00
CPCPGS3052A Maintain Type A gas appliances 12 $0.00
CPCPGS3053A Disconnect and reconnect Type A gas appliances 16 $0.00
CPCPGS3054A Calculate and install natural ventilation for Type A gas appliances 8 $0.00
CPCPGS3056A Install gas piping systems 24 $0.00
CPCPGS3057A Size consumer gas piping systems 8 $0.00
CPCPGS3059A Install LPG storage of aggregate storage capacity up to 500 litres 22 $0.00
CPCPGS3060A Install LPG storage of aggregate storage capacity exceeding 500 litres and less than 8KL 4 $0.00
CPCPGS3061A Install and commission Type A gas appliances 30 $0.00
CPCPIG2021A Design domestic urban irrigation systems 5 $0.00
CPCPIG3021A Set out, install and commission irrigation systems 4 $0.00
CPCPIG3022A Install and commission domestic irrigation pumps 4 $0.00
CPCPMS2021A Assemble mechanical services components 12 $0.00
CPCPMS3031A Fabricate and install steel pressure piping 54 $0.00
CPCPMS3032A Select and fit insulation and sheathing 8 $0.00
CPCPMS3033A Install small bore heating systems 15 $0.00
CPCPMS3034A Install medical gas pipeline systems 24 $0.00
CPCPMS3035A Install and test ducting systems 12 $0.00
CPCPMS3036A Install air handling units 12 $0.00
CPCPMS3037A Install and test split system air conditioning 15 $0.00
CPCPMS3038A Install air conditioning control equipment 8 $0.00
CPCPMS3039A Maintain mechanical services equipment 8 $0.00
CPCPMS3040A Install and maintain evaporative air cooling systems 20 $0.00
CPCPRF2022A Select and install roof sheeting and wall cladding 16 $0.00
CPCPRF2023A Collect and store roof water 10 $0.00
CPCPRF3021A Receive roofing materials 4 $0.00
CPCPRF3022A Fabricate and install roof drainage components 48 $0.00
CPCPRF3023A Fabricate and install external flashings 16 $0.00
CPCPRF3024A Install roof components 10 $0.00
CPCPRF3025A Install roof coverings to curved roof structures 12 $0.00
CPCPRF3026A Install composite roof systems 20 $0.00
CPCPSN3011B Plan layout of a residential sanitary plumbing system 8 $0.00
CPCPSN3022A Install discharge pipes 28 $0.00
CPCPSN3023A Fabricate and install sanitary stacks 28 $0.00
CPCPSN3024A Install and fit off sanitary fixtures 20 $0.00
CPCPSN3025A Install pre-treatment facilities 8 $0.00
CPCPSN3026A Install sewerage pumpsets 8 $0.00
CPCPWT3020A Connect and install storage tanks to a domestic water supply 12 $0.00
CPCPWT3021A Set out and install water services 36 $0.00
CPCPWT3022A Install and adjust water service controls and devices 12 $0.00
CPCPWT3023A Install and commission water heating systems 25 $0.00
CPCPWT3024A Install and maintain domestic water treatment equipment 10 $0.00
CPCPWT3025A Install water pumpsets 8 $0.00
CPCPWT3026A Fit off and commission heated and cold water services 16 $0.00
CPCPWT3027A Connect irrigation systems from drinking water supply 6 $0.00
CPCPWT3028A Install water service 10 $0.00
CPCPWT3029A Install water pipe systems 12 $0.00
CPCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry 6 $70.00
HLTFA211A Provide Basic Emergency Life Support 8 $40.00
RIICCM210A Install Trench Support 16 $0.00
UEENEEE101A Apply Occupational Health And Safety Regulations, Codes And Practices In The Workplace 20 $0.00
UEENEEJ102A Prepare and connect refrigerant tubing and fittings 40 $0.00
UEENEEJ105A Position, assemble and start up single head split air conditioning and water heating heat pump systems 70 $0.00
UEENEEJ172A Recover, pressure test, evacuate, charge and leak test refrigerants - split systems 60 $0.00

This course involves accredited units.  You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes.  A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment. 

Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the Institute's simulated workshops/classrooms.  Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance.  You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.

South Australian students

This course is supported through Skills SA by the Government of South Australia.

Skills SA is a South Australian government initiative that brings together funding for training, employment and skills activities.

Find out more about WorkReady and eligibility for government subsidy.

Government of South Australia

Course fees

Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. Your fees each year are made up of 2 different elements:

  • Tuition fee
  • Consumables/material fee

There are 3 different rates of tuition fees. Only one will apply to you depending on your eligibility and circumstances. The 3 categories include:

The fees listed below are indicative only and may be subject to change without notice and given individual circumstances. Your actual fees will be calculated based on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Funding made available to eligible individuals by State and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect future opportunities to access additional funding in the future.

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Student type Indicative Course Fee
South Australian Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $5,865.00
Concession rate $1,175.00
Resource and/or materials costs

Some courses require specific resources or materials necessary for your study eg: tools of the trade, excursions, etc. Final costs will be determined upon enrolment.

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Fee type Indicative Course Fee
Maximum Consumable/Materials Fee $282.00
Which fee applies to me?

Government-subsidised rate - Skills SA

We offer government-subsidised places to South Australian students through Skills SA to provide greater access to study with TAFE at an affordable price.
Check your eligibility for Skills SA

Skills SA eligibility exemptions

Government eligibility exemptions for TAFE via Skills SA funding gives South Australian students greater access to study with TAFE at an affordable price.
Find out more about Skills SA Government-subsidised Training

Concession rate

If you meet all Skills SA eligibility criteria and hold a current healthcare or pension card that you can provide at enrolment, you may be eligible for the concession rate. It’s important to note that the concession rate is only applicable for Certificate l to Certificate lV courses.
Find out more about concession rates

Full fee rate

If you do not meet the Skills SA eligibility criteria, don't qualify for an exemption or are enrolling in a course that is not government-subsidised, you may be required to pay the full fee rate.

How do I pay my fees?

Once we have processed your enrolment form, you will receive an email with your invoice.

You have three options when organising your payment:

  1. Upfront payment - can be made over the phone with EFTPOS
  1. Payment plan - can be directly debited from your bank account, debited from your Centrelink payments or via a VET Student Loan (for diploma or advanced diploma courses only)
  1. Paid by employer, school or job network agency - if your fees are being paid by your employer, school or job network agency, you will need to complete an Authority to Invoice form.

Payments will need to be arranged within five(5) business days of receiving the email containing your invoice.

We also offer a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with course fees.

Next Steps
How to apply

To apply for this apprenticeship, simply register your interest and a member of our team will get in touch with the next steps in applying for this course.

Careers and Course Advice

Not sure which course is right for you? South West TAFE will help you find your way.

Our Careers Coaches at the Skills and Jobs Centre is here to support you. Whether you’re exploring career options, transitioning from school to the workforce or looking to study after school we’re here to help you.

Student Support

As a SWTAFE student, you can access a variety of support services that will enhance your study experience and help you complete your studies successfully. For more information about any of these services, visit our student page.