Construction/Plumbing/Allied Trades

CPC32513 Certificate III in Plumbing (Mechanical Services)

Are you hot and just want to be cool? If so this is the career for you! Become a mechanical services plumber.

This qualification CPC32513 Certificate III in Plumbing (Mechanical Services) provides a trade outcome in plumbing, specialising in mechanical services.

This apprenticeship has a strong technology focus to the program and attracts the best and brightest apprentices.   Apprentices will learn the necessary skills to be able to use industry construction technologies and equipment.   You will learn how to install pipe work; testing and maintaining pipes, gas appliances and water heaters; mechanical ducting; and heating and cooling systems.

Mechanical Services plumbing work involves mechanically heating, cooling and ventilating residential and commercial buildings. It also includes plumbing work for medical gas equipment.

The qualification has core and elective unit of competency requirements that cover mechanical services specialist skills and common and other specialist skills for the plumbing industry.

Career Opportunities

This course may lead to the following career opportunities:

  • Mechanical Services Plumber

On completion of your apprenticeship you will have the opportunity to apply for a practitioners licence so that you can operate as a licenced Mechanical Services Plumber within Tasmania.

Location, dates and times

This qualification is available year round, as it is delivered in the workplace through an apprenticeship.

For more information and advice on all aspects of Australian Apprenticeships, contact your local Apprenticeship Network provider or call the Australian Apprenticeships referral line on 13 38 73.  Apprenticeship Network providers are contracted by the Australian Government to provide free Australian Apprenticeships support services to apprentices and employers.  If you are a school student thinking of starting an Australian Apprenticeship while still at school, your school careers adviser should be your first point of call for information on Australian Apprenticeships.  Useful Links:

Duration:  This qualification is generally delivered over 4 years off the workplace, but may be completed earlier depending on each individuals experience.  Apprentices attend block release at our Claremont campus from across the state for approx. 5 weeks per year except the 4th year where there will be less training required.

Location:  The apprenticeship is available state-wide but campus training is delivered at our Claremont Campus in Hobart.

Learning Options

Learning is primarily completed at TasTAFE and is put into practice in the workplace using daily work activities under the supervision of an employer/supervisor

Assessment Process

Assessment of the units in this qualification is generally completed at TasTAFE, using evidence from activities conducted during theory and practical classes. Generally a combination of observations, work projects and questioning are used for assessment in our simulated work environment.

Recognition of Prior Learning

It makes sense that you should be recognised for the things you already know how to do. TasTAFE can assess your skills and knowledge based on your previous education, work history or life experience. This may help you gain your qualification a whole lot faster.

For further details please refer to our Recognition of Prior Learning page.

Fees and Payments

For further fee and payment information visit our Fees and Payment page.

What will I need to bring?

Participants must supply, pen, paper, Australian Standards, clear safety glasses, steel capped footwear and appropriate workplace clothing. (Combination overalls for Welding)

  • 2015 Australian Standard: AS/NZS 3500 Plumbing and Drainage Parts 0-1-4
  • Australian Standard SA HB39:2015 Installation code for Metal Roof and Wall Cladding
  • Australian Standard AS/NZS 1596:2014 The storage & handling of LP Gas

Standards are available on enrolment and can be downloaded from TasTAFE Libraries at a reduced cost.   Please discuss the purchase of text books with your trainer

Are there ‘other’ costs?

  • Australian Standards – $100 approx.
  • Text books Mechanical Services – $508.60 (over 3 years)

Essential Requirements

There are no essential requirements for this course, other than you need to be under a contract of training with an employer.

Work Placements, Licensing and Other Requirements

On completion of your apprenticeship, you will have the opportunity to apply for a practitioner’s license so that you can operate as licensed roof plumber within Tasmania.


Contact us today to find out if this is the right course for you.

Student Support

TasTAFE’s enrolment and orientation process provides information about our resources, services and support. Further details relating to Student Support Services are available at our Student Support Services page.


CPC32513 Certificate III in Plumbing (Mechanical Services)

Qualification Requirements

Units of competency from a minimum of four of the following six plumbing streams are required for award of this qualification.

The following units of competency are required for award of this qualification:

Stream 1
Mechanical services (mandatory): 4 core units and 11 elective units from the mechanical services stream

Stream 2
Water (mandatory): 24 core units and 5 elective units from the water stream.

Plus two of the following four streams:

Stream 3
Sanitary: 6 core units and 4 elective units from the sanitary stream

Stream 4
Drainage: 9 core units and 3 elective units from the drainage stream

Stream 5
Roofing: 8 core units and 4 elective units from the roofing stream

Stream 6
Gas services: 12 core units and 5 elective units from the gas services stream

NB: Units of competency achieved in one stream count as credit for the same unit in the core or elective requirements for any other stream.

Some units in this qualification may have prerequisite requirements, which must be met when packaging the qualification.  Users are referred to to the list of CPC08 units with prerequisite unit requirements available in this Training Package for this purpose.


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