Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services (Operations)

National Code: CPC40920
TAFE SA Code: TP01362


Have you completed your Certificate lll in Plumbing and are now ready to develop your competencies and knowledge with specialist technical skills training?

This nationally recognised qualification reflects the role of an experienced plumbing service operator with advanced technical skills who want to upskill to advance their career.

You will be qualified to design and size drainage and sanitary plumbing systems, gas installations, disposal systems, water services and commission and maintain backflow prevention devices.
In addition, you will learn to identify hazards and risks, read and interpret plans and specifications, implement risk management and control, as well as estimate and cost plumbing and gas projects.

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24 months 

Part Time


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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

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 24 month course
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training requires applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).
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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.

  • 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.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services (Operations) (CPC40920)
    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 10 core units and 5 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.

    * 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
    Access and interpret regulatory requirements for the plumbing and services industry 15
    Carry out work-based risk control processes 24
    Design and size consumer gas installations 60
    Design and size heated and cold-water services and systems 80
    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 new business ventures 60
    Estimate and cost work 40
    Read and interpret plans and specifications 30


    Name Nominal Hours
    Commission and maintain backflow prevention devices 20
    Design and size domestic treatment plant disposal systems 35
    Design and size roof drainage systems 60
    Plan finances for new business ventures 50
    Service Type A gas appliances 180
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