The Certificate III in Plumbing, Mechanical Stream, provides comprehensive training for all plumbing and gasfitting apprentices, and covers the practical and theoretical aspects of the industry.
Career opportunities, include:
- Commercial plumber (general and mechanical plumbing)
- Mechanical plumber (domestic and commercial)
Pathways to further study:
- CPC40912 Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services (Plumbing Licence Training)
- welding certificates
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Studying the Certificate III in Plumbing at Holmesglen
Students will gain skills in areas such as welding, water supply, sanitary plumbing, gasfitting and mechanical services.
This course is delivered in Holmesglen's specially designed plumbing and mechanical services facilities, where an emphasis is placed on providing hands on learning in a high tech. environment.
Students will be taught by professional, qualified teachers who have all completed formal apprenticeships and have extensive experience in the plumbing industry.
At the commencement of the course students will be trained in the basic skills associated with the plumbing industry, with a focus on developing your hand skills.
Once they have completed the basic skills aspect, they will move onto more advanced tasks.
Training is provided in four plumbing streams that are relevant to the mechanical plumber section of the industry.
There are two mandatory streams and four elective streams.
Each stream has core units and elective units. Students must be able to demonstrate competency in all units selected in the two mandatory streams and a minimum of two elective streams.
The plumbing streams are:
Water supply (mandatory) - design and installation of hot and cold water supply, including domestic fire services and irrigation
Sanitary (mandatory) - sanitary fixtures (baths, basins, sinks, etc), cold water services, flushometers, discharge pipes and water closets
Drainage (elective) - measuring and levelling, unvented branch drains, above ground drains, trench shoring and property drains
Gas services (elective) - combustion, flame adjustment, flueing, controls, fitting lines, appliances (such as space heaters and cookers), LP gas twin cylinder system, commissioning and hot water heaters
Roofing (elective) - flashing of pipe penetrations, eaves gutters, metal roofs, flashings, and collection and storage of water
Mechanical services (elective) - mechanical services equipment, heating water systems, plan reading, installing copper and steel pipe heating water systems, central heating, low pressure hot water heater and welding, and split systems.
||Carry out WHS requirements
||Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
||Use plumbing hand and power tools
||Cut and join sheet metal
||Weld using oxy-acetylene equipment
||Cut using oxy-LPG-acetylene equipment
||Handle and store plumbing materials
||Weld using manual metal arc welding equipment
||Read plans and calculate plumbing quantities
||Mark out materials
||Work effectively in the plumbing and services sector
||Carry out interactive workplace communication
||Fabricate and install non-ferrous pressure piping
||Carry out levelling
||Carry out simple concreting and rendering
||Install trench support
||Weld polyethylene and polypropylene pipes using fusion method
||Flash penetrations through roofs and walls
||Work safely on roofs
||Work safely at heights
||Provide basic emergency life support
||Operate elevated work platforms
||Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding
||Install water service
||Set out and install water services
||Install and adjust water service controls and devices
||Install water pumpsets
||Connect and install storage tanks to a domestic water supply
||Connect irrigation systems from drinking water supply
||Design domestic urban irrigation systems
||Set out, install and commission irrigation systems
||Install and commission domestic irrigation pumps
||Install and commission water heating systems
||Fit off and commission heated and cold water services
||Install and maintain domestic water treatment equipment
||Locate and clear blockages
||Assemble mechanical services components
||Fabricate and install steel pressure piping
||Install gas piping systems
||Size consumer gas piping systems
||Install Type A gas appliance flues
||Install and commission Type A gas appliances
||Install air handling units
||Install small bore heating systems
||Install discharge pipes
||Install and fit off sanitary fixtures
||Install medical gas pipeline systems
||Install and test ducting systems
||Install and maintain evaporative air cooling systems
||Purge consumer piping
||Calculate and install natural ventilation for Type A gas appliances
||Install pre-treatment facilities
||Install sewerage pumpsets
||Fabricate and install fire hydrant and hose reel systems
||Install domestic and residential life safety sprinkler systems
||Disconnect and reconnect Type A gas appliances
||Install air conditioning control equipment
||Maintain mechanical services equipment
||Select and fit insulation and sheathing
||Apply occupational health and safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace
||Prepare And Connect Refrigerant Tubing And Fittings
||Position, assemble and start up single head split air conditioning and water heating heat pump syste
||Recover, Pressure Test, Evacuate, Charge And Leak Test Refrigerants - Split Systems
||Install and test split system air conditioning
||Install gas pressure control equipment
||Install LPG storage of aggregate storage capacity up to 500 litres
||Install LPG storage of aggregate storage capacity exceeding 500 litres and less than 8KL
||Plan layout of a residential sanitary plumbing system
||Fabricate and install sanitary stacks
||Install LPG systems in caravans, mobile homes and mobile workplaces
||Install LPG systems in marine craft
||Install Type B gas appliance flues
||Maintain Type A gas appliances
||Install water pipe systems
| Code || Name |
|CPCPCM2043A||Carry out WHS requirements|
|CPCCOHS2001A||Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry|
|CPCPCM2046A||Use plumbing hand and power tools|
|CPCPCM2048A||Cut and join sheet metal|
|CPCPCM2052A||Weld using oxy-acetylene equipment|
|CPCPCM2049A||Cut using oxy-LPG-acetylene equipment|
|CPCPCM2045A||Handle and store plumbing materials|
|CPCPCM2053A||Weld using manual metal arc welding equipment|
|CPCPCM2040A||Read plans and calculate plumbing quantities|
|CPCPCM2050A||Mark out materials|
|CPCPCM2041A||Work effectively in the plumbing and services sector|
|CPCPCM2039A||Carry out interactive workplace communication|
|CPCPCM3023A||Fabricate and install non-ferrous pressure piping|
|CPCPCM2047A||Carry out levelling|
|CPCPCM2054A||Carry out simple concreting and rendering|
|RIICCM210A||Install trench support|
|CPCPCM3022A||Weld polyethylene and polypropylene pipes using fusion method|
|CPCPCM3021A||Flash penetrations through roofs and walls|
|CPCPCM2055A||Work safely on roofs|
|CPCCCM2010B||Work safely at heights|
|HLTFA211A||Provide basic emergency life support|
|CPCCCM3001C||Operate elevated work platforms|
|CPCCCM2008B||Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding|
|CPCPWT3028A||Install water service|
|CPCPWT3021A||Set out and install water services|
|CPCPWT3022A||Install and adjust water service controls and devices|
|CPCPWT3025A||Install water pumpsets|
|CPCPWT3020A||Connect and install storage tanks to a domestic water supply|
|CPCPWT3027A||Connect irrigation systems from drinking water supply|
|CPCPIG2021A||Design domestic urban irrigation systems|
|CPCPIG3021A||Set out, install and commission irrigation systems|
|CPCPIG3022A||Install and commission domestic irrigation pumps|
|CPCPWT3023A||Install and commission water heating systems|
|CPCPWT3026A||Fit off and commission heated and cold water services|
|CPCPWT3024A||Install and maintain domestic water treatment equipment|
|CPCPDR2021A||Locate and clear blockages|
|CPCPMS2021A||Assemble mechanical services components|
|CPCPMS3031A||Fabricate and install steel pressure piping|
|CPCPGS3056A||Install gas piping systems|
|CPCPGS3057A||Size consumer gas piping systems|
|CPCPGS3049A||Install Type A gas appliance flues|
|CPCPGS3061A||Install and commission Type A gas appliances|
|CPCPMS3036A||Install air handling units|
|CPCPMS3033A||Install small bore heating systems|
|CPCPSN3022A||Install discharge pipes|
|CPCPSN3024A||Install and fit off sanitary fixtures|
|CPCPMS3034A||Install medical gas pipeline systems|
|CPCPMS3035A||Install and test ducting systems|
|CPCPMS3040A||Install and maintain evaporative air cooling systems|
|CPCPGS3051A||Purge consumer piping|
|CPCPGS3054A||Calculate and install natural ventilation for Type A gas appliances|
|CPCPSN3025A||Install pre-treatment facilities|
|CPCPSN3026A||Install sewerage pumpsets|
|CPCPFS3031A||Fabricate and install fire hydrant and hose reel systems|
|CPCPFS3037A||Install domestic and residential life safety sprinkler systems|
|CPCPGS3053A||Disconnect and reconnect Type A gas appliances|
|CPCPMS3038A||Install air conditioning control equipment|
|CPCPMS3039A||Maintain mechanical services equipment|
|CPCPMS3032A||Select and fit insulation and sheathing|
|UEENEEE101A||Apply occupational health and safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace|
|UEENEEJ102A||Prepare And Connect Refrigerant Tubing And Fittings|
|UEENEEJ105A||Position, assemble and start up single head split air conditioning and water heating heat pump syste|
|UEENEEJ172A||Recover, Pressure Test, Evacuate, Charge And Leak Test Refrigerants - Split Systems|
|CPCPMS3037A||Install and test split system air conditioning|
|CPCPGS3048A||Install gas pressure control equipment|
|CPCPGS3059A||Install LPG storage of aggregate storage capacity up to 500 litres|
|CPCPGS3060A||Install LPG storage of aggregate storage capacity exceeding 500 litres and less than 8KL|
|CPCPSN3011B||Plan layout of a residential sanitary plumbing system|
|CPCPSN3023A||Fabricate and install sanitary stacks|
|CPCPGS3046A||Install LPG systems in caravans, mobile homes and mobile workplaces|
|CPCPGS3047A||Install LPG systems in marine craft|
|CPCPGS3050A||Install Type B gas appliance flues|
|CPCPGS3052A||Maintain Type A gas appliances|
|CPCPWT3029A||Install water pipe systems|
Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards.
Training agreement with a registered employer from the plumbing industry. Preference may be given to students who have successfully completed a pre-apprenticeship program in a related field.
Prior to enrolment or commencement of training you will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment and a pre-training interview. These will assist with determining your suitability to the course, verify your training plan, and identify any learning support needs.
Students wishing to enter the mechanical plumbing apprentice program must be employed by a firm working at least partially in the field in order to gain suitable industry experience, recognised by VBA.
Students should have achieved as a minimum satisfactory levels at Year 11 but preferably YEAR 12, VCE.
Recognition of prior learning
You may be able to shorten the length of your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.
Qualification and recognition
On successful completion you will receive CPC32413 Certificate III in Plumbing (Mechanical)
Students will be able to apply to the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) to undergo a 'Journeyman's 'exam. If successful in the exam, apprentices will then be able to apply for registration status and able to then continue to work in the industry.
Graduates from the apprentice plumbing program will need to work for an additional two years before being eligible to apply for licensing to work as a plumbing contractor under the Victorian Building Authority. This amounts to a total of six years in the industry from start of the apprenticeship to becoming eligible for licences.
Holmesglen runs a variety of licence level (Certificate IV) plumbing courses, also various full fee (non-government subsidised) courses.
How to apply
A training contract must be completed by the employer and apprentice within the first two weeks of employment.
A representative from the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network will visit the workplace to complete the training contract with the employer and the apprentice.
for more information.
If you have further questions about your application, please contact the department:
1300 639 888
Holmesglen may engage third parties to recruit students on behalf of the institute. Third party recruiters receive a commission and this will not impact on your fees.
Find out more about your rights and obligations as a student and the services we provide at Holmesglen.
|Tuition fees (GST exempt)
|Gov. subsidised Apprenticeship||$8,492.80|
|Other fees* (GST inc)
*Materials and Activities fees are still payable by all students including students who may be eligible for Government subsidised/Concession fees.
Additional costs may apply to students who may require a Working With Children Check, National Police Check, consumables such as learning resources, personal protective equipment/clothing and immunisation costs as relevant to the course requirements.
All fees are indicative only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth funding. Find out more about paying for your course.
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