About the course

About the course

Are you interested in working as a plumber? Our plumbing apprenticeship course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to become a registered plumber and work in the housing and industrial sectors of the plumbing trade.

Our practical plumbing course will develop your competence in a range of industry-specific skills that are associated with undergoing a plumbing apprenticeship. You’ll learn from current industry professionals:

  • to safely use a wide range of tools and equipment such as pipe cutters, wrenches, spanners, pliers, pipe benders, plumbers knives, tile tools, saws, tank cutters, blow torches, gauges, solders, immersion heater spanners, radiator keys
  • to read plans and calculate measurements
  • to understand the layout of water supply, waste and venting systems
  • to install, repair and maintain plumbing fixtures and systems
  • about effective workplace communication
  • about team building
  • about customer relations.

You’ll study 6 pre-determined streams that include:

  • Stream 1 Water
  • Stream 2 Sanitary
  • Stream 3 Drainage
  • Stream 4 Roofing
  • Stream 5 Gas Services
  • Stream 6 Mechanical Services

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Intake Dates & Course Length


You can enrol throughout the year

Part time: 3 years (Monday to Friday, 8.05am - 4.35pm)

The time taken to complete this course will vary depending on your input

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Career Outcomes


After successful completion, you may wish to apply for work as a registered plumber in your specialist area of competency.

There are three requirements that the Victorian Building Authority require in order to become a registered plumber in Victoria

  • Successful completion of a Certificate III in Plumbing
  • Successful completion of a recognised plumbing apprenticeship
  • Successful completion of the VBA plumbing practical test, which is the Journeyman’s exam 

The Journeyman's exam is held 4 times a year during the term breaks at the Box Hill Institute, Elgar Campus.

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Entry Requirements


APPRENTICESHIP ENTRY REQUIREMENTS 

To apply for this course, you must also be registered with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider and have a training contract with an employer. 

We can provide information and support on how to apply for an apprenticeship with an employer listed by an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider. Contact the Skills & Jobs Centre on (03) 8892 1350 or email sajc.elgar@boxhill.edu.au.

PRE-TRAINING REVIEW

To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.

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Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

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Pathways & Accreditation


After successful completion, you will be eligible to undertake the Journeyman’s examination for registering with the Victorian Building Authority (VBA).  

You may wish to apply for entry to the Certificate IV in Plumbing units, which will assist in establishing a licenced plumbing business.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 3

Fees & Finance Options


This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
Apprentice Gov. Subsidised $1,701.00
Apprentice Concession $340.00
Full Tuition Fee $8,991.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities*$155.00
Core Skills Support**$75.00
Annual Material Fees$388.80
Retain Course Items***$200.00
* Does not apply to VETDSS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETDSS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.
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Course Structure


You will be completing 6 streams, comprising 89 units:

  • Stream 1 Water
  • Stream 2 Sanitary
  • Stream 3 Drainage
  • Stream 4 Roofing
  • Stream 5 Gas Services
  • Stream 6 Mechanical Services
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