Certificate IV Program in Plumbing Services (Operations for Plumbing Contractor)

TAFE SA Code: CP00277

Incorporating: Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services (Operations) (CPC40912)


Have you completed your Certificate lll in Plumbing and are now ready to develop your competencies and knowledge with specialist technical skills training? This course is designed for plumbing services tradespeople and operators who want to upskill to advance their career. You will learn to identify hazards and risks, read and interpret plans and specifications, implement risk management and control, and estimate and cost projects. Drainage systems, gas installations, disposal systems, water services and systems, and sanitary plumbing systems are all covered in this comprehensive skills-intensive qualification.

To meet the current and future industry skills for the Plumbing Industry, the current qualification CPC40912 Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services has been superseded and the new qualification CPC40920 Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services has been endorsed by Artibus Innovations. This qualification will be delivered commencing Semester 1, 2023.

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24 months 

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Course Admission Requirements

  • Certificate III in Plumbing
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

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This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place during the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

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Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

    • Students wishing to access subsidised training will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills.
    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
    • This qualification has been superseded and will change in 2023. You can still apply for this course and you will be supported to transfer into the new qualification once it becomes available. This may result in changes to the course structure, content and fees.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    This course provides an outcome for specialist plumbing services tradespeople and operators seeking to add to their technical skills.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Skills Covered

    Certificate IV Program in Plumbing Services (Operations for Plumbing Contractor)
    This course covers identifying hazards and risks, interpreting plans and specifications, risk management and estimating/costing work. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 12 core units and 3 elective units.


    Successful completion of this course provides you with the following qualifications:

    Qualification TAFE SA Code National Code
    Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services (Operations) TP00769 CPC40912

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2021 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Carry out work-based risk control processes 24
    Design and size consumer gas installations 60
    Design and size domestic treatment plant disposal systems 35
    Design and size heated and cold water services and systems 80
    Design and size roof drainage systems 60
    Design and size sanitary drainage systems 40
    Design and size sanitary plumbing systems 50
    Design and size stormwater drainage systems 45
    Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business 60
    Estimate and cost work 40
    Identify hazards and assess OHS risks 60
    Read and interpret plans and specifications 30


    Name Nominal Hours
    Commission and maintain backflow prevention devices 20
    Plan small business finances 50
    Service Type A gas appliances 180
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