National code: CPC32413

Certificate III in Plumbing

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Overview About this course

Become trade-qualified and develop in-demand skills that open doors to a variety of exciting career paths. Learn a wide range of practical skills, graduate with a strong foundation in plumbing services and be ready to join the workforce as a regular or industry specified plumber.

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Bend and join pipes

  • Weld, lay, install and join underground pipes

  • Test and maintain pipes

  • Mark out and install roof rainwater components

  • Read and interpret plans

Course Outcomes

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

  • Real-world experience in TAFE NSW workshops and purpose-built facilities, including simulated kitchens and bathrooms

  • Experience in installing hot and cold-water pipe services and above and below ground drainage services

  • Eligibility to register as a journeyman plumber with NSW Fair Trading

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

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

  • Be employed as an apprentice in the plumbing industry evidenced by a letter of support from your employer

  • Submit your training plan proposal (TPP) with your application

Completion requirements

During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

  • A general construction induction card (commonly known as a white card) you will need this before you can enter a construction site

Entry recommendations

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

  • Good communication and problem-solving skills

  • A reasonable level of strength and agility to lift heavy tools and move freely

  • The ability to work as part of a team

  • Some experience in handling tools and equipment

  • A reliable nature

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: Plumber , Plumber and drainer, Plumber and gasfitter, Gasfitter and Roof plumber


Occupational licenses are required if you want to work as a plumber nationally. State and territory jurisdictions have different regulatory requirements depending on the level of licensing you need. Check with your state or territory licensing and regulatory authorities regarding their educational requirements.

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 III in Plumbing does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 0 Courses

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

The Certificate III in Plumbing does not have any post-graduate courses.

Related study 0 Courses

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

The Certificate III in Plumbing does not have any related courses.

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 III in Plumbing qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 16 Units of competency, including 9 core and 7 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.

  • Cut and join sheet metal CPCPCM2048A

  • Locate and clear blockages CPCPDR2021A

  • Select and install roof sheeting and wall cladding CPCPRF2022A

  • Fabricate and install external flashings CPCPRF3023A

  • ... 15

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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