About the course

About the course

Develop your career and employment options. If you’re a qualified plumber or an apprentice plumber and you’d like to become a licenced plumber, you will be required to complete Certificate IV in Plumbing.

Our plumbing and services course is partial delivery only as we deliver some of the core units and some of the elective units. The units that Box Hill Institute delivers will equip you with the knowledge to manage plumbing projects and give you the skills to eventually operate your own business.

We offer the operations stream of this qualification, which covers the following specialised areas:

  • gas fitting
  • water supply
  • sanitation
  • roofing (stormwater)
  • drainage

Once you complete all of the required units in the Certificate IV Plumbing qualification, you will be to apply to the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) for a licence to undertake specialised plumbing work (subject to passing the VBA exam).

Please contact the VBA for advice on licence requirements, including VBA exams. 

Course Details

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Intake Dates & Course Length


You can enrol throughout the year commencing in January.

Part time: 2 years (the time taken to complete this course will vary depending on your input)

For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page

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Career Outcomes


Becoming a licenced plumber will increase your employment opportunities in the field.

When you complete the Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services, you’ll be able to work on a broad range of plumbing jobs and seek application to become a registered plumbing business.

Upon successful completion, you may apply for employment opportunities in roles such as:

  • specialist plumber
  • operator roles with deep technical skills, and/or
  • operate your own business
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Entry Requirements


You must have a relevant plumbing trade qualification or equivalent.

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.

Applying


Direct entry

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation


Successful completion will enable you to apply for further courses in the building and plumbing trades to further your industry skills and knowledge.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 4

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
Free TAFE^ $0.00
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $1,215.00
Gov. Subsidised - Concession $243.00
Full Tuition Fee $5,032.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities*$155.00
Core Skills Support**$75.00
Annual Material Fees$277.60
Retain Course Items***No fee applies
^ This course is on the 2019 Free TAFE list - find out more.
* 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


To complete the full Certificate IV in Plumbing you will need to continue your studies at another institute.  The full course requires completion of 12 core and 3 electives.

Those wanting to apply to the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) for a specialised plumbing licence or licences will undertake specific units to comply with the VBA's requirements. Please contact the VBA for advice on licence requirements. 

The course consists of a combination of face-to-face and simulated practical training. This will vary depending on the work you are exposed to in the industry. Blended options will include online theory and underpinning knowledge assessments of the core units.

All students must complete OHS prerequisites.

  • BSBSMB401A Establish Legal And Risk Management Requirements Of Small Business
    60.0 hours

    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to identify and comply with the regulatory, legal, taxation and insurance requirements, and risk management needs of small business. Specific legal requirements apply to the management of a small business.

  • CPCPCM4011A Carry Out Work-Based Risk Control Processes
    24.0 hours

    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to carry out work-based risk control processes. It covers the identification of hazards, the assessment of risk, the identification of unacceptable risk and the determination, preparation and completion of a course of action.

  • CPCPCM4012A Estimate And Cost Work
    40.0 hours

    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to estimate materials, labour and time requirements and to establish costs for provision of services or products.

    The unit covers the gaining of information, the estimation of materials, labour and time, the calculation of costs and the associated documentation.

  • CPCPDR4012B Design And Size Stormwater Drainage Systems
    45.0 hours

    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to design, size and document the layout of surface and sub-soil stormwater drainage systems up to legal points of discharge.

    It covers the preparation for the planning, identification and confirmation of system specifications and requirements, the planning of the system layout and work finalisation processes, including records and documentation.

  • CPCPDR4013B Design And Size Domestic Treatment Plant Disposal Systems
    35.0 hours

    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to design, size and document the layout of domestic treatment plant disposal systems.

    It covers preparation for the planning, identification and confirmation of system specifications and requirements, and the planning of the system layout and work finalisation processes, including records and documentation.

  • CPCPSN4011B Design And Size Sanitary Plumbing Systems
    50.0 hours

    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to design, size and document the layout of sanitary plumbing systems for multi-floor buildings.

  • CPCPDR4011B Design And Size Sanitary Drainage Systems
    40.0 hours

    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to design, size and document the layout of sanitary drainage systems for unit developments.

    It covers the preparation for the work, the identification and confirmation of system specifications and requirements, the planning of the system layout, and work finalisation processes, including records and documentation.


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