Construction/Plumbing/Allied Trades

Short Course Plumber’s License – Short Courses

Selected units from CPC40912 – Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services

(License specific training courses – selected units)

To meet Tasmanian Occupational Licensing requirements for the Plumbing industry, the TasTAFE Plumbing and Refrigeration team offer semester-based structured delivery and assessment opportunities in selected units required for licensing. Most courses are conducted as night class sessions with some specific units delivered as daytime sessions.

All courses are structured towards the completion of relevant units within the allocated dates, allowing you to plan with some certainty the progression of your plumbing trade licensing requirements (subject to successful completion).

Location, dates and times

Common Core Licensing Units – all 4 units must be completed

Plans and Cost Estimation Course – Prerequisite Course prior to progression through other units

CPCCBC4012B – Read and interpret plans and specifications
CPCPCM4012A – Estimate and cost work

WHS and Risk Control Course

BSBOHS403B – Identify hazards and assess OHS risks
CPCPCM4011A – Carry out work-based risk control processes

Stream Specific Licensing Units – choose the units to match your licence needs

Roof Licensing

CPCPRF4011B – Design and size roof drainage systems

Sanitary Plumbing Licensing

CPCPSN4011B – Design and size sanitary plumbing systems

Water Licensing

CPCPWT4011B – Design and size heated and cold water services and systems

CPCPWT4022A – Commission and maintain backflow prevention devices

CPCPWT4023A – Commission and maintain hot and heated water temperature control devices

Claremont  – 1.5 days, Day 1 – 8am to 4.30pm, Day 2 – 8am to 12noon

Devonport – 1.5 days, Day 1 – 8am to 4.30pm, Day 2 – 8am to 12noon

Gas Licensing (Type A)

CPCPGS4011C – Design and size consumer gas installation

CPCPGS4022A Service Type A gas appliances

Drainage Licensing

CPCPDR4011B – Design and size sanitary drainage systems

CPCPDR4013B – Design and size domestic treatment plant disposal systems

CPCPDR4012B – Design and size stormwater drainage systems

Course duration will vary subject to the unit requirements however even some of the longer courses will be fully completed within a 5-6 week duration.
2 night sessions per week, or day time delivery only where specified

Learning Options

This course may be delivered via the following study modes:

  • On campus
  • Distance Education options exist for those students who reside in remote regions. Please contact us for further details.

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

Please contact us for details on specific stream costs.

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

Information on course cost funding assistance can be sought from the Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board (TBCITB) on (03) 6223 7804. The TBCITB requires that any applications must be approved prior to commencement of training.

What will I need to bring?

Specific unit requirements will be provided upon enrolment.

Are there any ‘other’ costs?

Most courses will require the purchasing of relevant Australian Standards and/or prescribed text books. Students will be provided with a list of required documents prior to course commencement. You will be able to purchase Standards through a commercial outlet, or once enrolled you will be able to print required Standards from a TasTAFE library for a nominal printing fee.

Essential Requirements

Students must have completed a Certificate III in Plumbing/Mechanical Services/Gas Fitting.
Current plumbing apprentices who have completed all campus-based training may be considered for inclusion.

Work Placements, Licensing and Other Requirements

Completion of selected units will enable the participant to approach the state Licensing Regulator and apply for Plumbing ‘Certifier’ licensing in a stream, or streams relevant to their workplace requirements. This would allow the applicant to ‘sign-off’ on prescribed work for an employer, or alternatively work as an independent plumbing contractor (coupled with Contractor Licensing).

Participants are encouraged to discuss their licensing needs with the licensing regulator at Building Standards and Occupational Licensing (BSOL).


Contact us today to find out if this is the right course for you. Prior to enrolment all applicants will be interviewed by a regional Certificate IV coordinator.

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.

Qualification Requirements

To achieve licensing outcomes, all students must successfully complete the four Common Core units plus those units specific to each stream as required by each person.

For purely licensing purposes, there is no requirement to complete the full Certificate IV.

Those who may wish to complete the FULL Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services should follow this link


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