Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services (Operations)

Course Code CPC40920

  • Part Time
  • 2 years
  • On Campus
  • Chadstone

This course is not available for International Students

Free TAFE Course

You may be eligible to study this course for FREE.


The Certificate IV In Plumbing and Services (Operations) will enable you to become a licensed plumber and expand your employment opportunities in the field. With this course, you will be able to work on a broad range of plumbing jobs.

Career Opportunities

  • drainage
  • gasfitting
  • mechanical Services
  • roofing (stormwater)
  • sanitary
  • water supply

Pathway to further studies

  • • CPC40120 - Certificate IV in Building and Construction
  • • CPC50220 - Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)

Studying the Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services (Operations) at Holmesglen

You will be mentored by experienced expert plumbers and industry teachers who will help you build the skills and knowledge to undertake complex plumbing projects, specialising in specific fields of plumbing such as:<br>water<br>gas<br>drainage<br>sanitary<br>mechanical<p>This course combines face-to-face classes with both theoretical and practical lessons. These will challenge knowledge learned in class, while developing your critical thinking skills to resolve problems experienced in the plumbing industry.<p>You will gain core competencies to carry out work-based risk control processes, establish legal and risk requirements of new business ventures, cost and estimate work, read and interpret plans and specifications, and access and interpret regulatory requirements. <p>Competency in these areas is required and forms the foundation of the 'main classes' of plumbing, as defined by the VBA. This course focuses on the following 'main classes':<br>drainage<br>gasfitting<br>mechanical services<br>roofing (stormwater)<br>sanitary<br>water supply<p>The course also includes VBA licensed specialised classes of plumbing work: <br>• Type A appliance servicing<br>• Backflow prevention

Entry Requirements

To be eligible, students must be at least 16 years of age.<p>For the operations stream, a candidate must hold a Certificate III in Plumbing or be authorised to undertake plumbing work by an Australian regulator/licensing body.
Prior to enrolment or commencement of training, you will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment and a pre-training interview. These will assist with determining your suitability for the course, verify your training plan, and identify any learning support needs.

Recognition of prior learning

You may be able to reduce the number of units to be studied in your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.

Course Structure

Unit code Unit name
BSBESB402 Establish legal and risk management requirements of new business ventures
CPCPCM4011 Carry out work-based risk control processes
CPCPCM4012 Estimate and cost work
CPCPCM4015 Access and interpret regulatory requirements for the plumbing and services industry
CPCCBC4012 Read and interpret plans and specifications
CPCPDR4011 Design and size sanitary drainage systems
CPCPDR4012 Design and size stormwater drainage systems
CPCPGS4011 Design and size consumer gas installations
CPCPWT4011 Design and size heated and cold-water services and systems
CPCPSN4011 Design and size sanitary plumbing systems
Unit code Unit name
CPCPCM4013 Produce 2-D architectural drawings using design software
CPCPDR4013 Design and size domestic treatment plant disposal systems
CPCPRF4011 Design and size roof drainage systems
CPCPCM2043 Carry out WHS requirements
CPCPCM3023 Fabricate and install non-ferrous pressure piping
CPCPWT3027 Install backflow prevention devices
CPCPWT4022 Commission and maintain backflow prevention devices
CPCPWT4023 Commission and maintain hot and heated water temperature control devices
CPCPWT3022 Install and commission water heating systems and adjust controls and devices
CPCPMS4011 Design, size and lay out heating and cooling systems


Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards.

How to apply

We are no longer accepting new applications for this course. Please contact the Holmesglen Connect team at 1300 639 888 if you need further information.

Visit How to Apply for more information on the application process.


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Qualification and Recognition

On completion, you will receive the CPC40920 Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services (Operations).

Industry Connections


Tuition fees GST exempt Cost
Full Fee $18,831
Government subsidised $6,968
Concession $1,394
Free TAFE eligible student FREE
Mandatory materials Cost
Materials fee $300

Additional Course Cost

Fold-out ruler notebook <br>HB Pencil <br>blue or black pen eraser calculators <br>scale rulers highlighters <br>drawing instruments <br>• Compass <br>• Protractor <br>• Dividers <br>• 30/60 degree set square <br>• 45 degree set square <br>• Rubber <br>The cost will be approximately $100. <br>BYO Device-Laptop $400 <br>Total $500

All fees are indicative only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth funding. <a href="/study-with-us/tafe-study/tafe-fees-and-scholarships/government-subsidised-training">Find out now if you are eligible for Government-subsidised fees or Concession. </a>


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