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
  • Four weeks of employee wage reimbursement

Additional training weeks, available to eligible clients only:

Year 1

  • Industry Awareness
  • Mates in Construction
  • Confined Space
  • Asbestos Awareness Training

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 Support Network (AASN) provider, 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 Beenleigh Campus. 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

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


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 total qualification fee is $1768. The table below lists the maximum costs per block covering all aspects of training. These fees will be invoiced at the commencement of each block.

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

  • $321.60

    Stage 1

  • $121.60

    Stage 2

  • $196.80

    Stage 3

  • $198.40

    Stage 4

  • $188.80

    Stage 5

  • $147.20

    Stage 6

  • $60.80

    Stage 7

  • $264.00

    Stage 8

  • $182.40

    Stage 9

  • $86.40

    Stage 10

  • $1,768.00



On successful completion of this course you will receive CPC32513 – Certificate III in Plumbing (Mechanical Services) qualification.

A Statement of Attainment will be issued to students who partially complete the qualification.

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 Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider to organise your training contract and they will contact the College. Links to the websites of some AASN providers are listed below:

Credit Transfer (CT) and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) are two ways that a student may obtain credit towards their program of study. Students with relevant industry experience or hold one or more units of competency in this qualification are encouraged to discuss the matter further with the Service Trades College team.

The RPL and credit transfer process must be commenced within 3 months of the Training Plan being signed and prior to the commencement of the first training block (whichever is the earlier). Any late applicants will be advised in writing by the college that they are not eligible and will need to complete the entire apprenticeship through training.


PICAC Beenleigh
6 Quindus Street
Beenleigh QLD 4207



Contact Us

Phone: 1300 222 727
Email: info@tstca.com.au

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