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CPC32420 - Certificate III in Plumbing

Put your training and experience to use with ITEC’s RPL services and earn a nationally recognised qualification with a CPC32420 – Certificate III in Plumbing via our RTO partners.

Qualification Overview

Qualification Name:

Certificate III in Plumbing

Qualification Code and Units of Competency:

CPC32420

Duration:

Within four weeks of receiving sufficient and complying evidence of competency in all applied for units of competency.

To qualify for this certificate, you must provide evidence demonstrating that your skills and knowledge align with the courser’s learning outcomes. This evidence can take various forms. Demonstrating your current proficiency at a comparable level can be done through a CV (your student support representative can assist with this), an employment letter, or an employment contract.

Additionally, documents from prior work or educational experiences, such as references from licensed tradespeople you’ve collaborated with, apprenticeship records, academic transcripts, or assessments from relevant past qualifications, all contribute to the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. You can also submit proof of overseas qualifications or visual evidence of your work, especially for practical roles.

Required documents
ID
Resume
Payslips/work contract/ABN if self-employed
Photos/videos (for practical roles)
Risk Assessment and Management Documents
Incident Report Forms
Plans and Specifications
Job Cards
Quotes/Invoices

This particular course of  a certificate iii in plumbing is open to plumbers who have at least 5 years related local experience, as well as local students who have completed part of their studies in Australia. Recognition of overseas qualifications are also accepted by this program, provided applicants can provide the appropriate evidence and proof of experience. Instead of wasting your time and money learning various aspects of the industry again, why not skip it all and fast-track your progress with our RPL assessment?

Noble Training Academy RTO: 70201
Unique College of Technology RTO: 91358
Alpha Training & Recognition Pty Ltd RTO: 45282
Australian Institute of Accreditation Pty Ltd RTO: 45009
Delacroy Training RTO: 32267

Once you are qualified, possible roles include:

  • Plumber

Anywhere in Australia, you can obtain a certification with a nationally acknowledged credential.
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Portfolio of Experience

Your dedicated consultant will guide you through the process of putting together a portfolio of evidence. This can contain overseas qualifications, transcripts, certificates, photos and videos, samples or work examples, letters of reference, your current resume, etc.

Evidence Review

Once one of our partner registered training organisations (RTOs) has assessed your portfolio, the assessor assigned to your case may be in touch if any additional evidence is required. If you have any weak areas, the RTO may assign a trainer to upskill you at no cost to you.

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ITEC Australia is partnered with Registered Training Organisations whose qualifications are nationally recognised in Australia, and are the same as the qualification you would receive from full time study. Qualifications can also be useful for licensing or immigration purposes.

Qualification Description

This is a trade qualification for plumbers in residential, industrial and commercial workplaces who are responsible for assembling, installing and maintaining water services, sanitary plumbing and sanitary drainage, gas, roofing and mechanical services in both existing and new constructions.

Occupational titles could include:

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

The plumbing industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units of competency to be delivered and assessed in this context.

Completion of the general construction induction training program specified by the model Code of Practice for Construction Work is required before entering a construction work site. Achievement of CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry meets this requirement.

This is a licenced occupation. State and territory jurisdictions may have different licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements. Relevant state and territory regulatory authorities should be consulted to confirm those requirements.

This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship pathway.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Packaging Rules

To be awarded this qualification, competency in one of the four occupational options must be achieved.

OPTION 1: General Plumbing 

For the award of the CPC32420 Certificate III in Plumbing (General Plumber) a minimum of 58 units are to be completed as follows: 

  • 43 core units
  • 15 elective units

Electives are to be selected as followed:

  • 8 units from Group A and
  • 4 units from Group B and
  • 3 units from Group C

Up to 4 elective units may be replaced by units from any other group or from any relevant nationally endorsed Training Package or accredited course. The units must contribute to the vocational outcomes of the qualification.

OPTION 2: General Plumbing – Roofing  

For the award of the CPC32420 Certificate III in Plumbing (General Plumber and Roofing) a minimum of 62 units are to be completed as follows: 

  • 43 core units
  • 19 elective units.

Electives are to be selected as followed:

  • 8 units from Group A and
  • 4 units from Group B and
  • 3 units from Group C and
  • 4 units from Group D

Up to 4 elective units may be replaced by units from any other group or from any relevant nationally endorsed Training Package or accredited course. The units must contribute to the vocational outcomes of the qualification.

OPTION 3: General Plumbing – Mechanical 

For the award of the CPC32420 Certificate III in Plumbing (General Plumbing and Mechanical) a minimum of 73 units are to be completed as follows: 

  • 43 core units
  • 30 electives

Electives are to be selected as followed:

  • 8 units from Group A and
  • 4 units from Group B and
  • 3 units from Group C and
  • 7 units from Group E and
  • 8 units from Group F

Up to 4 elective units may be replaced by units from any other group or from any relevant nationally endorsed Training Package or accredited course. The units must contribute to the vocational outcomes of the qualification.

OPTION 4: General Plumbing – Roofing and Mechanical 

For the award of the  CPC32420 Certificate III in Plumbing (General Plumber Roofing and Mechanical) a minimum of 77   units are to be completed as follows: 

  • 43 core units
  • 34 electives

Electives are to be selected as followed:

  • 8 units from Group A and
  • 4 units from Group B and
  • 3 units from Group C and
  • 4 units from Group D and
  • 7 units from Group E and
  • 8 units from Group F

Up to 4 elective units may be replaced by units from any other group or from any relevant nationally endorsed Training Package or accredited course. The units must contribute to the vocational outcomes of the qualification.

An asterisk (*) against a unit code below indicates that the unit has a prerequisite. Please check the unit for information on this. All prerequisites are packaged in the qualification.

 

Core Units 

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

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

CPCPRF2023*

Collect and store roof water

CPCPRF3022*

Fabricate and install roof drainage systems

CPCPRF3023*

Fabricate and install external flashings

CPCPRF3024*

Install roof components

HLTAID011

Provide First Aid

 

 

Electives Units  

Group A 

CPCCCM2008*

Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding

CPCCCM3001

Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres

CPCPCM2049*

Cut mild steel using oxy-LPG-acetylene equipment

CPCPCM2052*

Weld mild steel using oxy-acetylene equipment

CPCPFS3037*

Install residential life safety sprinkler systems

CPCPFS3038*

Test and maintain fire hydrant and hose reel installations

CPCPIG2021*

Design domestic urban irrigation systems

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

MEM11011*

Undertake manual handling

MEM13015

Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering

MEM16006*

Organise and communicate information

MEM05049*

Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding

MEM05050*

Perform routine gas metal arc welding

RIIWHS202E

Enter and work in confined spaces

 

 

Group B 

CPCPCM2053*

Weld using metal arc welding equipment

CPCPGS3046*

Install LPG systems in caravans, mobile homes and mobile workplaces

CPCPGS3052*

Maintain Type A gas appliances

CPCPGS3055*

Install gas sub-meters

CPCPGS3060*

Install LPG storage of aggregate storage capacity exceeding 500 litres and less than 8 kl 

CPCPGS3047*

Install LPG systems in marine craft

 

 

Group C 

CPCPDR3025*

Plan layout and install vacuum drainage systems

CPCPSN3025*

Install pre-treatment facilities

CPCPSN3026*

Install sewerage pumpsets

RIIWHS202E

Enter and work in confined spaces

RIICTT306E

Install cure in-place linings for existing pipeline systems

 

 

Group D 

CPCCCM2008*

Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding

CPCCCM3001

Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres

CPCPRF2022*

Select and install roof sheeting and wall cladding

CPCPRF2024*

Fabricate roof coverings for curved structures

CPCPRF3021*

Receive roofing materials

CPCPRF3025*

Install roof coverings to curved roof structures

CPCPRF3026*

Install roof sheets, wall cladding and complex flashings

CPCPRF3027*

Select and install a heritage roof system

 

 

Group E 

CPCPMS2021*

Assemble mechanical services components

CPCPMS3031*

Fabricate and install steel pressure piping

CPCPMS3032*

Select and fit insulation and sheathing

CPCPMS3035*

Install and test ducting systems

CPCPMS3036*

Install air handling units

CPCPMS3038*

Install air conditioning control equipment

CPCPMS3039*

Maintain mechanical services equipment

 

 

Group F  

CPCCCM2008*

Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding

CPCCCM3001

Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres

CPCCWC2001*

Complete penetrations and flashings

CPCCWHS2001

Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

CPCPCM2053*

Weld using metal arc welding equipment

CPCPMS3033*

Install small bore heating systems

CPCPMS3034*

Install and test medical gas pipeline systems

CPCPMS3037*

Install and commission a single head split system air conditioning

CPCPMS3040*

Install and maintain evaporative air-cooling systems

CPCPMS3041*

Install domestic solid fuel burning appliances

UEECD0007*

Apply work health and safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace

UEERA0049*

Install and start up single head split air conditioning and water heating heat pump systems

UEERA0059*

Prepare and connect refrigerant tubing and fittings

UEERA0064*

Recover, pressure test, evacuate, charge and leak test refrigerants – split systems

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