Offering Info

Certificate III in Plumbing (General Plumber)

  • National Course Code: CPC32420
  • TAFE NSW code: CPC32420-01V01-22GLB-054

Location – Goulburn (Apprenticeship)


Part Time


On campus

Course Start Date


Study Commitment

8 Hours per week


3 years

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Apprenticeship Allowed
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer

Course Details

The nationally accredited Certificate III in Plumbing (General Plumber) equips you with the skills to become a trade qualified plumber or gasfitter. Learn the foundational knowledge to work with water, gas and drainage systems and start your career in this in-demand industry.


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

  • Lay and join hydraulic services
  • Install water services, pumpsets and water heating systems
  • Install and maintain gas appliances and gas services
  • Install roof coverings and drainage systems
  • Use hand and power tools


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Problem-solving skills and the ability to find solutions
  • Experience working safely in the construction industry
  • Strong time management skills
  • The ability to work collaboratively


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level
  • Eligibility to apply for a tradesperson certificate with NSW Fair Trading

Career opportunities:

  • Plumber
  • Plumber and drainer
  • Plumber and gasfitter
  • Gasfitter
  • Roof plumber
  • Mechanical services plumber


Take your career further with the:

  • Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services (Operations Stream)
  • Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services (Hydraulics stream)
  • Diploma of Hydraulic (Plumbing) Service Design

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


TAFE NSW offers the Certificate III in Plumbing (General Plumber) as an apprenticeship. There may also be options available for you to study as a non-apprentice.


To be eligible for this course, you must:

  • Be employed as an apprentice in the plumbing industry as evidenced by a letter of support from your employer
  • Submit your Training Plan Proposal (TPP) with your application

Enquire today to talk through your options.


Enquire today and one of our Apprenticeship and Traineeship team will help you understand any eligibility or entry requirements.


During your study, you will need to meet specific requirements to complete your course work.

Your teacher will let you know when you need to provide evidence of:

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


This is a licensed occupation. When you successfully complete the Certificate III in Plumbing (General Plumber) you can apply for licensing with NSW Fair Trading. They are the licensing and regulatory authority for trades in NSW. Visit NSW Fair Trading for more information.


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

  • Good communication and teamwork skills
  • A reasonable level of strength and agility
  • Confidence working at heights and in confined spaces
  • The ability to provide your own PPE such as work boots, gloves, protective clothing and safety glasses
  • Access to a computer/tablet or phone with internet access

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you are:

  • an apprentice (you will work in industry and study at the same time)
  • employed full time
  • signed up with an Apprentice Network Provider and have a Training Plan Proposal
  • seeking to gain skills and knowledge to become a qualified Plumber after successful completion

Discover the skills you need, for the job you want at a TAFE NSW Information Session.


This is a part time campus course. You must attend approximately 8 hours of class. You may also be required to complete approximately 2 hours of additional study. This additional study could include private study, work placements and research.

The course will run 1 day a week for 3 years.

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

Australian Apprenticeships training can be on-the-job, off-the-job or a combination of both. TAFE NSW will negotiate your attendance and study pattern with you and your employer.

This is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.


There are a range of study options for NSW Apprentices and eligible non-apprentices with relevant industry work experience in this course.

Under the NSW Government fee-free apprenticeship initiative, NSW apprentices that commence their training on or after 1 July 2018 may be eligible for fee-free training. Apprentices are required to provide evidence of their NSW apprenticeship to finalise their enrolment and applicable fees.

This course is also a TAFE NSW Trade Pathways Qualification and ideal if you have been working in this industry for an extended period of time but havent received a qualification. To be eligible to enrol as a non-apprentice and secure funding, you must firstly meet the Smart and Skilled eligibility criteria and be:

  • over 21 years of age
  • able to demonstrate and provide evidence of extensive industry experience and
  • able to demonstrate relevant ongoing work experience and provide workplace evidence to support the achievement of competence.
To study this course as a NSW apprentice or to check if you meet the non-apprentice requirements for NSW funding, please enquire now or call 131 601. For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Before you can start an apprenticeship, you first need to find an employer in the industry you're interested in that will support you through your studies. You and your employer should contact an Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP) and tell them you're interested in studying at TAFE NSW.

The ANP will help you and your employer to complete a Training Contract. Once you have a Training Contract, we will help you, your employer and the ANP to complete a Training Plan Proposal. Once you have both these documents, the ANP will lodge them with State Training Services, who will provide further advice about next steps.

Find out more:

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

Core Units
Number Title
CPCCCM2012 Work safely at heights
CPCPCM2039 Carry out interactive workplace communication
CPCPCM2040 Read plans, calculate quantities and mark out materials
CPCPCM2041 Work effectively in the plumbing services sector
CPCPCM2043 Carry out WHS requirements
CPCPCM2045 Handle and store plumbing materials
CPCPCM2046 Use plumbing hand and power tools
CPCPCM2047 Carry out levelling
CPCPCM2048 Cut and join sheet metal
CPCPCM2054 Carry out simple concreting and rendering
CPCPCM2055 Work safely on roofs
CPCPCM3021 Flash penetrations through roofs and walls
CPCPCM3022 Weld polymer pipes using fusion method
CPCPCM3023 Fabricate and install non-ferrous pressure piping
CPCPCM3024 Prepare simple drawings
CPCPCM3025 Install trench support
CPCPDR2021 Locate and clear blockages
CPCPDR2025 Install stormwater and sub-soil drainage systems and drain work site
CPCPDR2026 Install prefabricated inspection openings and inspection chambers
CPCPDR3021 Plan layout and install below ground sanitary drainage systems
CPCPDR3023 Install on-site domestic wastewater treatment plants and disposal systems
CPCPFS3031 Fabricate and install fire hydrant and hose reel systems
CPCPGS3048 Install gas pressure control equipment
CPCPGS3049 Install gas appliance flues
CPCPGS3051 Purge consumer piping
CPCPGS3053 Disconnect and reconnect Type A gas appliances
CPCPGS3054 Calculate and install natural ventilation for Type A gas appliances
CPCPGS3056 Size and install consumer gas piping systems
CPCPGS3059 Install LPG storage of aggregate storage capacity up to 500 litres
CPCPGS3061 Install and commission Type A gas appliances
CPCPRF2023 Collect and store roof water
CPCPRF3022 Fabricate and install roof drainage systems
CPCPRF3023 Fabricate and install external flashings
CPCPRF3024 Install roof components
CPCPSN3011 Plan the layout of a residential sanitary plumbing system and fabricate and install sanitary stacks
CPCPSN3022 Install discharge pipes
CPCPWT3020 Connect and install storage tanks to a domestic water supply
CPCPWT3021 Set out and install water services
CPCPWT3022 Install and commission water heating systems and adjust controls and devices
CPCPWT3025 Install water pumpsets
CPCPWT3026 Install and fit off sanitary fixtures, water services and adjust water service controls
CPCPWT3027 Install backflow prevention devices
HLTAID011 Provide First Aid
Elective Units
Number Title
CPCPGS3046 Install LPG systems in caravans, mobile homes and mobile workplaces
CPCPGS3052 Maintain Type A gas appliances
CPCPGS3055 Install gas sub-meters
CPCCCM2008 Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding
CPCCCM3001 Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres
CPCCCM2008 Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding
CPCCCM3001 Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres
CPCCWHS2001 Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
CPCCCM2008 Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding
CPCCCM3001 Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres
CPCPCM2052 Weld mild steel using oxy-acetylene equipment
CPCPIG3021 Set out, install and commission irrigation systems
CPCPIG3022 Install and commission domestic irrigation pumps
CPCPWT3024 Install and maintain domestic water treatment equipment
CPCPWT3028 Install property service
CPCPWT3029 Install water pipe systems
CPCPWT3030 Install home fire sprinkler systems
RIIWHS202E Enter and work in confined spaces
CPCPSN3025 Install pre-treatment facilities
CPCPSN3026 Install sewerage pumpsets
RIIWHS202E Enter and work in confined spaces

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Plumber and drainer
Plumber and gasfitter
Roof plumber
Mechanical services plumber.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

Goulburn (Apprenticeship)
Phone 131 601

Fees information

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