Certificate III in Plumbing

National Code: CPC32413
TAFE SA Code: TP00702


As an Apprentice you will learn the skills and knowledge required for tasks ranging from underfloor drainage plumbing systems to multi-storey stack systems which can lead to opportunities in the plumbing industry. Apprentices will develop the technical skills and underpinning knowledge to apply these skills in the workplace.

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Up to 48 months 
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Course Admission Requirements

  • You must have a Contract of Training with an employer to undertake this course
Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 48 month course
$562 - $804
$4,499 - $6,431
$318 - $454
$2,543 - $3,635

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.

Subsidised Training Eligibility
Full Fee

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.

  • 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 qualification provides a trade outcome in plumbing.

    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.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate III in Plumbing (CPC32413)
    The course covers heated and cold water, fire suppression systems, roofing and guttering, storm water drainage systems as well as communication skills and safety requirements.

    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.

  • 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 Subject Code National Code
    Apply OHS Requirements, Policies and Procedures in the Construction Industry 20 FYAA CPCCOHS2001A
    Calculate and install natural ventilation for Type A gas appliances 8 CABAN CPCPGS3054A
    Carry out interactive workplace communication 10 CAAXM CPCPCM2039A
    Carry out levelling 6 CAAXW CPCPCM2047A
    Carry out simple concreting and rendering 16 CAAYS CPCPCM2054A
    Carry out WHS requirements 50 CAAXR CPCPCM2043A
    Collect and store roof water 10 CAAYW CPCPRF2023A
    Connect and install storage tanks to a domestic water supply 12 CABBE CPCPWT3020A
    Connect irrigation systems from drinking water supply 6 CABBN CPCPWT3027A
    Cut and join sheet metal 8 CAAXX CPCPCM2048A
    Cut using oxy-LPG-acetylene equipment 8 CAAYC CPCPCM2049A
    Design domestic urban irrigation systems 5 CABAY CPCPIG2021A
    Disconnect and reconnect Type A gas appliances 16 CABAM CPCPGS3053A
    Drain work site 5 CAAZX CPCPDR2025A
    Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding 40 FYCB CPCCCM2008B
    Fabricate and install external flashings 16 CAAYM CPCPRF3023A
    Fabricate and install fire hydrant and hose reel systems 40 CABAC CPCPFS3031A
    Fabricate and install non-ferrous pressure piping 12 CAAYT CPCPCM3023A
    Fabricate and install roof drainage components 48 CAAYL CPCPRF3022A
    Fabricate and install sanitary stacks 28 CABBA CPCPSN3023A
    Fit off and commission heated and cold water services 16 CABBM CPCPWT3026A
    Flash penetrations through roofs and walls 18 CAAYB CPCPCM3021A
    Handle and store plumbing materials 6 CAAXS CPCPCM2045A
    Install and adjust water service controls and devices 12 CABBG CPCPWT3022A
    Install and commission Type A gas appliances 30 MABAA CPCPGS3061A
    Install and commission water heating systems 25 CABBH CPCPWT3023A
    Install and fit off sanitary fixtures 20 CABBB CPCPSN3024A
    Install and maintain domestic water treatment equipment 10 CABBK CPCPWT3024A
    Install below ground sanitary drainage systems 30 CABAA CPCPDR3022A
    Install composite roof systems 20 CAAYR CPCPRF3026A
    Install discharge pipes 28 CABAZ CPCPSN3022A
    Install domestic treatment plants 20 CAAZT CPCPDR2022A
    Install gas piping systems 24 CABAP CPCPGS3056A
    Install gas pressure control equipment 8 CABAG CPCPGS3048A
    Install gas sub-meters 8 CABAR CPCPGS3055A
    Install home fire sprinkler systems 50 CABBP CPCPWT3030A
    Install LPG storage of aggregate storage capacity up to 500 litres 4 CABAW CPCPGS3059A
    Install LPG systems in caravans, mobile homes and mobile workplaces 12 CABAE CPCPGS3046A
    Install LPG systems in marine craft 12 CABAF CPCPGS3047A
    Install on-site disposal systems 8 CABAB CPCPDR3023A
    Install portable fire equipment 24 CABBX CPCPFS2022A
    Install prefabricated inspection openings and enclosures 4 CAAZY CPCPDR2026A
    Install pre-treatment facilities 8 CABBC CPCPSN3025A
    Install roof components 10 CAAYN CPCPRF3024A
    Install roof coverings to curved roof structures 12 CAAYP CPCPRF3025A
    Install sewerage pumpsets 8 CABBD CPCPSN3026A
    Install stormwater and sub-soil drainage systems 15 CAAZW CPCPDR2024A
    Install Trench Support 16 FAZS RIICCM210D
    Install Type A gas appliance flues 12 CABAH CPCPGS3049A
    Install water pumpsets 8 CABBL CPCPWT3025A
    Locate and clear blockages 8 CAAYF CPCPDR2021A
    Maintain effluent disinfection systems 4 CABBY CPCPDR2023A
    Maintain Type A gas appliances 12 CABAL CPCPGS3052A
    Mark out materials 20 CAAXY CPCPCM2050A
    Operate Elevated Work Platforms 32 FYCD CPCCCM3001C
    Perform routine gas metal arc welding 20 HXBN MEM05050B
    Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding 20 HXBL MEM05049B
    Plan layout of a residential sanitary drainage system 8 CAAZZ CPCPDR3021A
    Plan layout of a residential sanitary plumbing system 8 CAANM CPCPSN3011B
    Provide basic emergency life support 8 AADHW HLTFA211A
    Purge consumer piping 8 CABAK CPCPGS3051A
    Read plans and calculate plumbing quantities 8 CAAXN CPCPCM2040A
    Receive roofing materials 4 CAAYK CPCPRF3021A
    Select and install roof sheeting and wall cladding 16 CAAYA CPCPRF2022A
    Set out and install water services 36 CABBF CPCPWT3021A
    Size consumer gas piping systems 8 CABAS CPCPGS3057A
    Test and maintain fire hydrant and hose reel installations 60 CABAD CPCPFS3038A
    Use plumbing hand and power tools 40 CAAXT CPCPCM2046A
    Weld polyethylene and polypropylene pipes using fusion method 8 CAAZP CPCPCM3022A
    Weld using manual metal arc welding equipment 16 CAAYE CPCPCM2053A
    Weld using oxy-acetylene equipment 16 CAAYD CPCPCM2052A
    Work effectively in the plumbing and services sector 15 CAAXP CPCPCM2041A
    Work Safely At Heights 8 CAAHE CPCCCM2010B
    Work safely on roofs 20 CAAXZ CPCPCM2055A
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