Enrolments are now open for the plumbing apprenticeship training program. This STC course has been specifically designed to offer apprentices the best possible training experience in Queensland and New South Wales.

Apprenticeship Program: Plumbing

CPC32413 – Certificate III in Plumbing

Nationally Recognised Training


The strong technology focus of this apprenticeship program will be of interest to the best and brightest participants. Participants will gain skills in the use of new construction industry technologies and equipment with support from leading manufactures and trainers. This qualification provides competencies in installing pipe work; testing and maintaining pipes, fixtures, and gas regulators; installing pumps, gas appliances, water tanks, water heaters and water heating 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 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 and Smart and Skilled New South Wales.

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 with STC 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 PICAC Beenleigh, QLD and PICAC Glenwood, NSW. Both training centres provide 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.

QLD: Block training typically consists of attendance three times a year for two weeks each time Monday to Friday (7am –3pm).
NSW: Day release training typically consists of attendance for 30 – 36 weeks a year, one day a week (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 the 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

Students failing to meet these minimum standards of dress will not be permitted entry in to practical classes.

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 services 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 (CEPUTEC RTO: 4612)
  • 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
  • CPCPDR2026A Install prefabricated inspection openings and enclosures
  • CPCPDR3021A Plan layout of a residential sanitary drainage system
  • CPCPDR3022A Install below ground sanitary drainage systems
  • CPCPDR2022A Install domestic treatment plants
  • CPCPDR2023A Maintain effluent disinfection systems
  • CPCPDR2024A Install stormwater and sub-soil drainage systems
  • CPCPDR2025A Drain work site
  • CPCPDR3023A Install on-site disposal systems
  • CPCPSN3025A Install pre-treatment facilities
  • 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


QLD: Apprentices under 21 years of age will not be required to pay student contribution fees.

Eligible apprentices 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 $1667.20.  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.

NSW: Apprentices who are funded under Smart and Skilled, and who commence subsidised training on or after 1 July 2018, may be eligible for free of cost training.  Check your eligibility

For more information about the costs associated with undertaking an apprenticeship, please call to discuss.

  • $321.60

    Stage 1

  • $121.60

    Stage 2

  • $196.80

    Stage 3

  • $198.40

    Stage 4

  • $188.80

    Stage 5

  • $147.20

    Stage 6

  • $128.00

    Stage 7

  • $96.00

    Stage 8

  • $182.40

    Stage 9

  • $86.40

    Stage 10

  • $1,667.20



On successful completion of this course you will receive CPC32413 – Certificate III in Plumbing 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 who 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


PICAC Glenwood
1000 Old Windsor Road
Glenwood NSW 2768



Contact Us

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

ServiceTradesCollegeApprenticeship Program: Certificate III in Plumbing (QLD & NSW)