Enrolments are now open for the Mechanical Services apprenticeship training program. Far more than just a training program, the course has been specifically designed to offer apprentices the best possible training experience.

Apprenticeship Program: Plumbing Mechanical Services

Certificate III in Plumbing Mechanical Services (CPC32513)

Nationally Recognised Training


The strong technology focus of this apprenticeship program will attract the best and brightest apprentices. Participants will gain skills in the use of new industry construction technologies and equipment with support from leading manufactures and trainers. This qualification provides competencies in installing pipe work; testing and maintaining pipes, gas appliances and water heaters; mechanical ducting; and heating and cooling systems.

In addition to training which is specifically tailored for the commercial sector, eligible employers and apprentices will receive a range of additional benefits. The most significant of these is the reimbursement to employers for the additional four weeks of training time for apprentices.

Once enrolled, eligible apprentices will receive:

  • An iPad with access to online course content and electronic log book
  • Uniforms
  • Access to apprentice mentors
  • Additional four weeks of apprenticeship training with employee wage reimbursement

Additional training weeks, available to eligible clients only:

Year 1

  • Industry Awareness
  • Confined Space
  • Introduction to Construction Technology:
    • Introduction to BIM
    • Microsoft Office
    • Mates in Construction

Year 2

  • Elevated Work Platforms (TILILIC2005A – Licence to operate a boom-type elevating work platform with a boom length 11 meters or more)
  • Forklift (TILILIC2001A – Licence to operate a forklift truck)
  • Poly Welding (PMBWELD301B – Butt weld Polyethylene Plastic Pipeline and PMBWELD302B – Electrofusion weld polyethylene Pipelines)

Course Details

Entry Requirements

Students must be employed as an apprentice in the relevant industry and have a signed up through an Australian Apprenticeship Centre, stating The Service Trades College Australia as the Supervising Registered Training Organisation (SRTO).

The additional benefits provided in the apprenticeship training program are funded by BERT Training Queensland, thanks to the Plumbers Union Queensland and the Master Plumbers Association’s Major’s Group.

Participation in this apprenticeship is via an Expression of Interest and is only available to eligible employers and their apprentices.

If you are not eligible for participation in the apprenticeship program, you can still enrol your apprentice at the College and undertake the standard curriculum delivery, although BERT Training Queensland will not fund any additional benefits for your trainee.

Face to Face Learning

On Campus learning allows you to learn in a traditional classroom environment. This form of learning gives you the opportunity to bounce ideas off your facilitator and others within your learning group.

Training is delivered at our state of the art Salisbury Campus, South Brisbane. The Campus provides simulated work environments that provide dynamic and practical learning in a safe setting. Our knowledgeable trainers utilise the latest industry methods and equipment to prepare specialists for the future.

Block Release

Block release is a form of scheduled learning structure to support learners, employers and industry, to reinforce individual development. Block training typically consists of College attendance three times a year for two weeks each time Monday to Friday (7am –3pm). At apprenticeship commencement an individual training plan is developed for each apprentice. The duration of attendance may vary depending on the stage and the units of competency specified in the apprentices individual training plan.

Resources Required

Personal protective equipment supplied by trainee:

  • cotton drill shirt and cotton drill shorts or trousers
  • protective footwear steel capped (AS/NZ 2210)

Personal protective equipment supplied by College:

  • clear safety glasses or clip-ons, if prescription glasses are normally worn (AS/NZ 1336 or 1337)
  • ear protection – ear muffs or plugs (AS/NZ 1269 or 1270)

Additional mandatory safety equipment required for welding classes:

  • long sleeve cotton drill shirts and long cotton drill pants, or overalls (no nylon)
  • oxy welding goggles
  • drop down arc welding face shield
  • gauntlet leather welding gloves

Important Information for Year 12 graduates:

You are eligible for fee-free training for this course if you:

  • have completed Year 12 in Queensland and hold a Senior Statement issued by the Queensland Studies Authority or equivalent

  • within 12 months of completing Year 12 in Queensland enrol and start study within 12 months of completing Year 12 in Queensland in 2013 or 2014 (e.g. if you graduated in 2014, you must enrol before the end of the 2015)

  • live permanently in Queensland.

Course Modules and Units

The units marked with an asterisk (*) are clustered into groups and all assessments within a group are conducted concurrently. Students must complete all work in the cluster to achieve an assessment outcome

Year 1

  • *CPCPCM2041A Work effectively in the plumbing and service sector
  • *CPCPCM2039A Carry out interactive workplace communication
  • CPCPCM2043A Carry out WHS requirements
  • *CPCPCM2045A Handle and store plumbing materials
  • *CPCPCM2046A Use plumbing hand and power tools
  • HLTFA211A Provide basic emergency life support (Paradise First Aid RTO: 32268)
  • CPCCOHS2001A Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
  • CPCCCM3001C Operate elevated work platforms (WH&S More Skills RTO: 32365)
  • CPCPCM2055A Work safely on roofs (WH&S More Skills RTO: 32365)
  • CPCPCM2040A Read plans and calculate plumbing quantities
  • *CPCPCM2048A Cut and join sheet metal
  • *CPCPCM2049A Cut using oxy-LPG/acetylene equipment
  • *CPCPCM2050A Mark out materials
  • *CPCPCM2052A Weld using oxy-acetylene equipment
  • *CPCPCM2053A Weld using manual metal arc welding equipment
  • CPCPCM3023A Fabricate and install non-ferrous pressure piping
  • *CPCPWT3020A Connect and install storage tanks to a domestic water supply
  • *CPCPWT3021A Set out and install water services
  • *CPCPWT3022A Install and adjust water service controls and devices
  • *CPCPWT3023A Install and commission water heating systems
  • *CPCPWT3024A Install and maintain domestic water treatment equipment
  • *CPCPWT3026A Fit off and commission heated and cold water services

Year 2

  • CPCPFS3031A Fabricate and install fire hydrant and hose reel systems
  • CPCPFS3038A Test and maintain fire hydrant and hose reel installations
  • CPCPRF2023A Collect and store roof water
  • CPCPWT3025A Install water pumpsets
  • CPCPWT3027A Connect irrigation systems from drinking water supply
  • *CPCPCM3021A Flash penetrations through roofs and walls
  • *CPCPRF2022A Select and install roof sheeting and wall cladding
  • *CPCPRF3022A Fabricate and install roof drainage components
  • *CPCPRF3023A Fabricate and install external flashings
  • *CPCPRF3026A Install composite roof systems
  • *CPCPSN3011B Plan layout of a residential sanitary plumbing system
  • *CPCPSN3022A Install discharge pipes
  • *CPCPSN3023A Fabricate and install sanitary stacks
  • *CPCPSN3024A Install and fit off sanitary fixtures
  • CPCPCM3022A Weld polyethylene and polypropylene pipes using fusion method

Year 3

  • CPCPCM2047A Carry out levelling
  • CPCPCM2054A Carry out simple concreting and rendering
  • RIICCM210A Install trench support
  • CPCPDR2021A Locate and clear blockages
  • CPCPMS2021A Assemble mechanical services components
  • CPCPMS3031A Fabricate and install steel pressure piping
  • CPCPMS3032A Select and fit insulation and sheathing
  • CPCPMS3033A Install small bore heating systems
  • CPCPMS3035A Install and test ducting systems
  • CPCPMS3036A Install air handling units
  • CPCPMS3038A Install air-conditioning control equipment
  • CPCPMS3039A Maintain mechanical services equipment
  • MEM05049B Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding
  • MEM05050B Perform routine gas metal arc welding
  • CPCPGS3051A Purge consumer piping
  • CPCPGS3052A Maintain Type A gas appliances
  • CPCPGS3053A Disconnect and reconnect Type A gas appliances
  • CPCPGS3054A Calculate and install natural ventilation for Type A gas appliances
  • CPCPGS3055A Install gas sub-metres
  • CPCPGS3056A Install gas piping systems
  • CPCPGS3057A Size consumer gas piping systems
  • CPCPGS3061A Install and commission Type A gas appliances

Year 4

  • CPCPGS3046A Install LPG systems in caravans, mobile homes and mobile workplaces
  • CPCPGS3047A Install LPG systems in marine craft
  • CPCPGS3048A Install gas pressure control equipment
  • CPCPGS3049A Install Type A gas appliance flues
  • CPCPGS3059A Install LPG storage of aggregate storage capacity of up to 500 litres
  • CPCPGS3060A Install LPG storage of aggregate storage capacity exceeding 500 litres but less than 8KL


Eligible apprentices and trainees that meet the Queensland state funding requirements will be charged a student contribution fee of $1.60 per nominal hour. The Indicative total qualification fee is $1,768.00, for more information on Nominal Hour Rates for the course visit NCVER Nominal Hours and download the Nationally Agreed Hours attachment where you will find individual units and total nominal hours for those units.

The Student tuition fees are indicative only and are subject to change given circumstances at enrolment. Additional fees may apply such as student service and resource fees.

For more information about the costs associated with undertaking an apprenticeship, please give us a call.


On successful completion of this course you will receive CPC32513 – Certificate III in Plumbing Mechanical Services qualification. Meaning you will be eligible for a restricted water plumber’s licence.

The combination of industry specific trade training, important life skills and leading-edge training facilities will add substantial value to this apprenticeship program.

How To Enrol

If you are already employed as an apprentice or trainee, let your employer know that you want The Service Trades College Australia to be your Supervising Registered Training Organisation (SRTO). Contact an Australian Apprenticeships Centre to organise your training contract and they will contact the College.

Credit Transfer (CT) and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) are two ways that a student may obtain credit towards their program of study.


Credit Transfer is an administrative process, by which a training provider recognizes and accepts Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications and Statements of Attainment issued by another Registered Training Organization (RTO).

It allows a student to obtain credit for already, successfully completed formal training which is equivalent to a component in a current program the student is enrolled in. The student may have been formally trained by the RTO they are currently enrolled with, or by another RTO where the component is recognized as equivalent by the current RTO.

To be granted Credit Transfer the student must provide evidence of successful completion of the component, generally in the form of an academic transcript. Where Credit Transfer is granted, no training needs to take place in that component of the program. For the student it may reduce the time it takes to complete their program of study, however it does not necessarily reduce the cost.


RPL is the acknowledgement of a person’s skills and knowledge acquired through previous relevant training, work or life experience, which may be used to grant status or credit in a subject or a whole qualification. A student may apply for RPL upon enrolling with the training provider. The applicant must supply evidence to substantiate the claim for credit. This may be in a form of a portfolio with relevant documentation such as a resume, third party verifications, statutory declarations, photographic evidence of work performed, copies of current licenses and academic transcripts and competency conversations, etc. Evidence supplied in support of an RPL application must be assessed and mapped by the RTO for RPL to be granted. Unlike credit transfer the student has not previously been assessed as being competent and must go through an assessment process to be awarded RPL. RPL cannot be given for partial Units of Competency. Where a Not Yet Competent (NYC) decision is given by the assessor, a student may complete those particular units though Gap Training. The outcome of an RPL application is either the applicant is issued a qualification or Statement of Attainment for the units applied for or a partial Statement of Attainment with the recommendation that further gap training be undertaken for units deemed NYC. It’s important to note that an RTO is unable to issue a partial qualification. Only a full qualification can be issued once competence has been achieved for all units within the qualification.


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