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

Course will be replaced

Please note: This course will change in the near future and alterations to the structure will occur. All new students will be enrolled into the new course.

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

You can enrol throughout the year

Part time: 3 years (this is a blended delivery course which will include a combination of online, remote and face to face delivery Monday to Friday, 8.05am - 4.35pm)

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

This is a blended delivery course which will include a combination of online, remote and face to face delivery. Blended learning can involve a range of online programs and resources including StudentWeb, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Skype, specific industry platforms, pre-recorded sessions, assigned reading, tutorials, discussion boards, and online activities. Blended learning also involves face-to-face attendance at classes or practical placements.

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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


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.


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 with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments.

Full FeeApprenticeship ConcessionApprenticeship Gov Subsidised
Tuition Fee$29,415$1,204$6,020
Service Fee$804$804$804
Core Skills Support Fee$0$0$0
Material Fee$1,505$1,505$1,505
Retain Course Items$270$270$270
Total Course Estimate$31,994$3,783$8,599
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$10,372$1,405$2,960

Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2023 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. 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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