Certificate III in Plumbing

National Code: CPC32420
TAFE SA Code: TP01214


Become a qualified plumber when you undertake this nationally recognised qualification as part of your trade apprenticeship. Combine your TAFE SA study with the guidance of a licensed tradesperson at work and you’ll soon be ready for your plumber’s licence. Learn how to install and maintain water services, domestic treatment plants, sanitary fixtures, irrigation, LPG and gas systems, under-floor draining systems and multi-stack systems. The course also includes heated and cold water, fire suppression systems, roofing and guttering, storm water drainage systems, and the fundamentals of communication skills and safety requirements.

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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
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).

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 (CPC32420)
    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. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 43 core units and 15 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 are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2023 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
    Calculate and install natural ventilation for Type A gas appliances 8
    Carry out interactive workplace communication 10
    Carry out levelling 6
    Carry out simple concreting and rendering 16
    Carry out WHS requirements 50
    Collect and store roof water 10
    Connect and install storage tanks to a domestic water supply 12
    Cut and join sheet metal 8
    Disconnect and reconnect Type A gas appliances 16
    Fabricate and install external flashings 16
    Fabricate and install fire hydrant and hose reel systems 40
    Fabricate and install non-ferrous pressure piping 12
    Fabricate and install roof drainage systems 48
    Flash penetrations through roofs and walls 18
    Handle and store plumbing materials 6
    Install and commission Type A gas appliances 30
    Install and commission water heating systems and adjust controls and devices 35
    Install and fit off sanitary fixtures, water services and adjust water service controls 36
    Install backflow prevention devices 6
    Install discharge pipes 28
    Install gas appliance flues 12
    Install gas pressure control equipment 8
    Install LPG storage of aggregate storage capacity up to 500 litres 22
    Install on-site domestic wastewater treatment plants and disposal systems 25
    Install prefabricated inspection openings and inspection chambers 4
    Install roof components 10
    Install stormwater and sub-soil drainage systems and drain work site 20
    Install trench support 16
    Install water pumpsets 8
    Locate and clear blockages 8
    Plan layout and install below ground sanitary drainage systems 38
    Plan the layout of a residential sanitary plumbing system and fabricate and install sanitary stacks 36
    Prepare simple drawings 20
    Provide First Aid 18
    Purge consumer piping 8
    Read plans, calculate quantities and mark out materials 28
    Set out and install water services 36
    Size and install consumer gas piping systems 32
    Use plumbing hand and power tools 40
    Weld polymer pipes using fusion method 8
    Work effectively in the plumbing services sector 15
    Work safely at heights 8
    Work safely on roofs 20


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry 20
    Cut using oxy-acetylene equipment 8
    Install and maintain domestic water treatment equipment 10
    Install gas sub-meters 8
    Install LPG systems in caravans, mobile homes and mobile workplaces 12
    Install LPG systems in marine craft 12
    Install pre-treatment facilities 8
    Install property service 10
    Install roof sheets, wall cladding and complex flashings 30
    Install sewerage pumpsets 8
    Install water pipe systems 12
    Maintain Type A gas appliances 12
    Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres 32
    Test and maintain fire hydrant and hose reel installations 60
    Weld mild steel using oxy-acetylene equipment 16
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