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Course Number: CPC32413-02V01
Are you a person who likes to work with your hands, sees tangible outcomes and loves a new challenge each day? Our Certificate III in Plumbing provides comprehensive training for all plumbing and gas fitting apprentices, and covers the practical and theoretical aspects of the industry. You will gain skills in areas such as welding, water supply, drainage, sanitation and gas fitting.This program is delivered in specially designed plumbing services facilities, with an emphasis on hands-on learning. You will be taught by professional teachers, all who have completed formal apprenticeships and have extensive experience in the plumbing industry. At the completion of their Certificate III, students can continue their study into the Certificate IV Plumbing (Operations Stream). This, along with two years’ combined industry experience will enable the student to apply for a contractor licence or supervisor certificate.To enter into this qualification, you must first gain an apprenticeship with an appropriately licensed plumber. You way also gain access if you have an overseas plumbing qualification and at least five years’ industry experience. Students can undertake a plumbing pre-vocational, or TVET course to help gain basic skills and knowledge of the trade. Because of the technical nature of the industry and the amount of reading and content knowledge required (57 units of competence), students need to be able to demonstrate a minimum Australian Skills Core Framework (ACSF) level of three in learning, reading, writing, oral communication and numeracy. Good hand skills are a must.Completion of the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007) is required before entering a construction work site. Achievement of unit CPCCOHS1001A covers this requirement. At the completion of your apprenticeship and Certificate III in Plumbing, you will be able to apply for a tradesperson certificate with NSW Fair Trading.
Prior to Certificate III many students will have had exposure to the industry in a Certificate II or TVET Pre-trade Foundation Skills package. Most students enter the qualification after gaining employment with a contractor who then takes them on as an apprentice.To enter into this qualification you must first gain an apprenticeship with an appropriately licensed Plumber. You way also gain access if you have an overseas plumbing qualification and at least five years' industry experience.
Cert III is recognised with industry experience and at the completion the student can work under a licence plumber, unsupervised. Continuing to Cert IV will enable the student to apply for registration as a licenced plumber, once their 4 year apprenticeship has been completed. During this time the student will often undertake one or more Statements of Attainment depending on the specialisation of their individual workplace.
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A TAFE NSW Certificate IV or Diploma could give you up 6 to 12 months advanced standing in a university degree and some Advanced Diplomas offer even more credit.
Choosing a TAFE to University Pathway at North Coast TAFE is a great way to get practical ‘job ready’ skills and then gain entry to a university at an advanced stage.
More information can be found on our TAFE 2 uni page on our website.
Why study something again if you already have the skills and knowledge? Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is about helping you get your qualification faster and getting you to where you want to be!
Working with one of our RPL assessors we’ll review your life and work experiences as well as any previous study you may have done to confirm just what we can match up with your current course of study.
Note: Some short, licensing or compliance courses, eg Food Safety for Supervisors or First Aid are not granted RPL as demonstrated competency is required by regulatory authorities.
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