National code: CPC20720

Certificate II in Drainage

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Overview About this course

Get a head start in a high-demand industry and gain practical experience working as a drainage tradesperson on residential, commercial and industrial projects. With further study, you will be prepared to become a licensed drainer.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Read and interpret plans

  • Install below ground sanitary drainage systems

  • Install storm water and subsoil drainage systems

  • Work with levelling equipment

  • Perform concreting and rendering

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • The skills to cut, lay and join pipes and underground pipe services

  • Experience in installing trench support equipment

  • A sound understanding of storm water management

  • Skills and knowledge to become a registered drainer

  • A strong pathway to becoming a licenced drainer

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • That you are currently employed in the drainage industry

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Relevant employment as a drainer, or drainer’s labourer

  • Intermediate level fitness to manage physical demands

  • An interest in practical, hands-on work in various locations

  • A smart phone or device to support your learning at home on online platforms

  • A budget of approximately $150 to supply Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 10 high school level

  • TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test.

  • This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like:

Drainage, Sewerage and Stormwater Labourer

Drainage, Sewerage and Stormwater Labourers perform routine tasks in maintaining drainage, sewerage and stormwater systems.

  • Full-time share Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).

    85%

  • Employment size Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.

    1,500 workers

  • Average age This is the average age of all workers in this job.

    44 years

  • Weekly pay Median earnings are shown for full-time, non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax or any amounts that are salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide to earnings only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.

    $1,250

  • Average full-time The average full-time hours that people in this role work each week.

    42 hours

  • Skill level rating Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job roles. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job.

    Entry level

  • Gender share

    3% female

  • Future growth The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers in this role, or industry, over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change compared to all other job roles.

    Moderate Growth

Other jobs include: Registered drainer and Licenced drainer

Licensing

This is a licensed occupation. When you successfully complete the Certificate II in Drainage, and four units from the Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services you can apply for a licence. Visit NSW Fair Trading for licensing requirements and guidelines before you apply. A white card (or general construction induction card) is required for any worker who needs to access a construction site. Local regulations should also be checked for requirements. Visit the SafeWork website for more information on applying for your white card.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 0 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

The Certificate II in Drainage does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 0 Courses

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

The Certificate II in Drainage does not have any post-graduate courses.

Related study 2 Courses

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate II in Drainage qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 18 Units of competency, including 13 core and 5 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Carry out simple concreting and rendering CPCPCM2054

  • Carry out interactive workplace communication CPCPCM2039

  • Read plans, calculate quantities and mark out materials CPCPCM2040

  • Work effectively in the plumbing services sector CPCPCM2041

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TAFE NSW Services Facilities and Support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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