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 licensed plumber, you will be required to complete the Certificate IV in Plumbing qualification.

Our plumbing and services course is partial delivery only as we deliver 3 of the common core 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. These units are:

  • CPCSMB401A: Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business
  • CPCCM4011A: Carry out work based risk control processes
  • CPCCM4012A: Estimate and cost work

We offer the above 3 core common units in the operations stream of this qualification. This full qualification covers the following specialised areas:

  • gas fitting
  • water supply
  • sanitation
  • roofing (storm water)
  • 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


Intake Dates & Course Length


CPCCM4012A: Estimate and cost work | Monday night (online): 5.30pm to 9.30pm, 30/05/2022 to the 04/07/2022


CPCSMB401A: Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business | Monday night (online): 5.30pm to 9.30pm, 11/07/2022 to the 05/09/2022

CPCCM4011A: Carry out work based risk control processes | Monday night (online): 5.30pm to 9.30pm, 03/10/2022 to the 24/10/2022

CPCCM4012A: Estimate and cost work | Monday night (online): 5.30pm to 9.30pm, 30/10/2022 to the 04/12/2022

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

This is a remote course in which you will be required to submit your completed assessments via the Student Web portal.

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

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

Becoming a licensed 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.


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.

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 with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments.

Free-TAFE or Job TrainerGovernment Subsidised ConcessionGovernment Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$0$559$2,797$10,663
Service Fee$166$166$166$166
Core Skills Support Fee$83$83$83$83
Material Fee$278$278$278$278
Retain Course Items$0$0$0$0
Total Course Estimate$527$1,086$3,324$11,190
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$527$805$1,915$5,819

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 2022 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

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 the OHS prerequisites.

  • BSBSMB401AEstablish 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.

  • CPCPCM4011ACarry 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.

  • CPCPCM4012AEstimate 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.

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