Construction/Plumbing/Allied Trades

CPC32413 Certificate III in Plumbing

Do you want to become a Plumber? Then this is the course for you!

This qualification may only be accessed through a formalised apprenticeship. So the starting point is finding an employer to take you on as an apprentice. In hand with workplace experience the CPC32413 Certificate III in Plumbing gives you the skills you need to apply for a plumbing license at the end of your apprenticeship. You will learn about installation practices relating to sanitary and drainage waste disposal, gas fitting, water supply and roof plumbing for both commercial and domestic buildings.

You will gain the skills and knowledge to work effectively in the Plumbing industry, how to safely install, alter, and repair pipe work 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 drain pipes, how to make buildings waterproof all in compliance with Australian Standards, relevant legislation and workplace health and safety requirements.

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:

This qualification is generally delivered over 4 years off the workplace, but may be completed earlier depending on each individuals experience.

The apprenticeship is available state-wide, however campus training is delivered at our Claremont Campus in Hobart. 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 on campus training required.

Learning Options

This course is delivered via the following study modes:

  • In the workplace/on campus.

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.

  • 2013 Australian Standard: AS/NZS 5601 Gas Installations Part 1 & 2
  • 2015 Australian Standard: AS/NZS 3500 Plumbing and Drainage Parts 0 to 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
  • Associated text books

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?

  • Text books four stream (excluding gas)  –  $382.65
  • Text books five stream (including gas)  –  $465.60
  • Australian standards four stream  –  $60.00 approx.
  • Australian standards five stream  –  $100.00 approx.

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 practitioners licence so that you can operate as licenced plumber within Tasmania.


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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.


CPC32413 Certificate III in Plumbing.

Qualification Requirements

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

Stream 1 Water and Stream 2 Sanitary are mandatory.

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

  • Stream 1 Water (mandatory): 24 core units and 5 elective units from the water stream
  • Stream 2 Sanitary (mandatory): 6 core units and 4 elective units from the sanitary stream.

Plus two of the following four streams:

  • Stream 3 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

NOTE: 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 the list of CPC08 units with prerequisite unit requirements available in this Training Package for this purpose.

* In Tasmania, industry stakeholders have determined that you require a 5-stream outcome, including the Gas Stream. Apprentices will be enrolled in the 5 stream product as a general rule. An exception will be made for those employers that do not undertake any work that involves gas. These apprentices will be enrolled in a 4-stream product, excluding the gas stream. These students will not be eligible for Gas Licence training upon completion. Teachers need to identify which product apprentices are undertaking on enrolment and include that information on the Individual Training Plan.


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