Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services (Hydraulic Services Design)

National Code: CPC40912
TAFE SA Code: TP00770


This course provides the skills and knowledge to design plumbing systems in industry. These skills are for the design of plumbing systems to domestic, commercial and multi-storey buildings including heated and cold water, roofing and guttering and stormwater drainage systems.

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Up to 24 months 

Part Time

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In response to COVID-19, TAFE SA has had to make some changes to how courses are delivered. If any changes are made to the delivery or completion date of your course, TAFE SA will communicate with you directly.

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Course Admission Requirements

  • Be currently employed as a consultant in hydraulics and provide evidence of this before an offer can be made OR
  • Certificate III in Plumbing or Gasfitting
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.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 24 month course
$553 - $1,321
$2,214 - $5,283
$394 - $941
$1,578 - $3,765

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. Assessing your eligibility may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

Subsidised Training Eligibility
Full Fee
$2,149 - $5,128
$8,596 - $20,513

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

    • TAFE SA will contact you to verify your employment status if you do not have a Certificate III in Plumbing or Gasfitting. To access subsidised training you will also be required to undertake the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA).
    • 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.
  • 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 tradespersons 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.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services (Hydraulic Services Design) (CPC40912)
    This course covers identifying hazards and risk, 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.

    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 find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2019 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of 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 units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply codes and standards to building trade and services contracting 40
    Carry out work-based risk control processes 24
    Design and size domestic treatment plant disposal systems 35
    Design and size heated and cold water services and systems 80
    Design and size sanitary plumbing systems 50
    Design and size stormwater drainage systems 45
    Estimate and cost work 40
    Identify hazards and assess OHS risks 60
    Read and interpret plans and specifications 30


    Name Nominal Hours
    Contribute to WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control 60
    Design and size consumer gas installations 60
    Design and size sanitary drainage systems 40
    Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices 40
    Manage occupational health and safety in the building and construction workplace 40
    Prepare simple sketches and drawings 20
    Produce 2-D architectural drawings using CAD software 40
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