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 six 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

National Code CPC32413
Study Areas Plumbing
Study Level Apprenticeship
Study Type Local
Study Mode

PT: 3 years,

Course Type Apprenticeship
Campuses Workplace, Box Hill, Lilydale

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
Apprentice Gov. Subsidised $1,215.00
Apprentice Concession $243.00
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 VETiS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETiS, 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.

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

You can enrol throughout the year

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

Workplace, Box Hill, Lilydale

You must be:

  • registered with an Australian Network Provider
  • employed as an apprentice with a training contract


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs the Institute and CAE 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.

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.

Direct entry

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

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

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.

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
Last updated: February 22, 2019 01:02pm