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CPC32420 Certificate III in Plumbing

National ID: CPC32420 State ID: BGC2
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Does your career pipe dream involve real pipes?

Please note, this course can only be accessed by an employed apprentice, if this course interests you, please speak to your employer or employment agency about signing up as an apprentice.

In this course you will gain the knowledge and skills to work effectively in the construction industry, how to safely install, alter, and repair pipework services and appliances to suit domestic, commercial and industrial needs, cold and hot water supply, gas supply, sewage, waste and rainwater disposal, how to install and repair roofing, gutters and drainpipes, and how to make buildings waterproof, and workplace health and safety.

Personal requirements:

  • Enjoy practical work
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Able to work independently
  • Able to work at heights and in various weather conditions
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job, and
  • Good interpersonal skills and good mobility.

Some of the knowledge and skills you will gain are:

  • Preparing and/or studying plans and specifications to determine the layout of plumbing systems and materials needed.
  • Finding and marking positions for connections, measuring pipes and marking cutting or bending lines, then cutting holes through walls and floors to accommodate pipes.
  • Cutting, threading and bending pipes, assembling and installing piping, valves and fittings, joining pipe sections and securing pipes.
  • Testing lines as required by local plumbing regulations.
  • Installing equipment such as boilers, chillers, pumps, heating and cooling systems, gas appliances, water tanks, water heaters and solar water heating systems, and fixtures such as toilets, washbasins and industrial processing units.
  • Welding and braising pipework (steel, copper, plastic and stainless steel).
  • System testing and commissioning.
  • Maintaining and repairing plumbing systems.

Half price fees apply!



This course is half price for everyone (excl. school students) as part of the Lower Fees, Local Skills initiative. Fees are also capped at $1,200; or $400 if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more here.

^ You’ll pay half price course fees on Lower fees, Local Skills qualifications, however please note other fees may apply such as for resources that are specifically needed for your course.

School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
OLNA or NAPLAN 9 Band 8 C Grades in Year 10 English and Maths or equivalent Certificate I or Certificate II

RTO Entrance Requirements

Minimum literacy and numeracy requirements.

For public safety and to ensure gas fitters can meet the technical standards required minimum literacy and numeracy standards must be met before a person can be deemed competent to carryout gas fitting work. Once the training provider issues the student with the agreed document identified in the training recognition process the student may be issued with a gas fitting permit. The applicant for a gas fitting permit or authorisation must have sufficient literacy and numeracy skills so that they are, in the workplace, able to work independently:

(a) read, interpret and apply regulations, industry codes, standards, and manufacturers’ installation instructions;

(b) Duly complete the administration requirements of the Regulations. This includes, but is not limited to Notices of Completion and compliance badges; and

(c) Correctly calculate ventilation requirements, correctly size fluing, correctly size piping systems, and correctly plan a gas installation.                               

Energy Safety WA Guidelines for Class G gasfitters, issued May 2011


To meet the above requirements stipulated in the Energy Safety WA Guidelines, students are required to complete numeracy and literacy assessments at the beginning of their first block. The result of these assessments determines any requirement for numeracy and literacy support. If students require additional support, this is supplied through the CAVVS program run by CRTAFE.

Certificate III in Plumbing is an apprenticeship: you must be employed in a training contract by an appropriate organisation to study.

Licensing Outcomes

On completion of this qualification, apprentices will need to apply for a Gas Fitter's Licence and Plumbing License. If you desire to undertake further studies in Certificate IV in Plumbing, you will need to attain a Contractor's License. 


Upon successful completion you will receive a Certificate III in Plumbing.

Job opportunities include:

  • Plumber

For more information about job and career pathways, visit JobOutlook(opens in a new tab)  or Jobs and Skills WA

Please note: This list is a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.

We offer a range of further study opportunities, view our course list here. (opens in a new tab)

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Available all year round, 2023

Geraldton - Apprenticeship


 This apprenticeship course is a full-time employment-based training program over 4 years.  Learners will attend TAFE for scheduled face-to-face classes and practical workshops in blocks over a 3.25 year training period. 

You must have a Training Contract to enrol in an Apprenticeship course.

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When Available all year round, 2023
Where Geraldton
How Apprenticeship


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