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  • CPC40912

Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services

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At a glance

At a glance

Progress your plumbing career with this mid-level technical course covering a range of specialisations and/or industry licences.

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CPC40912 Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services

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Course overview

Course overview

Take your plumbing career to the next level with this mid-level technical course. Develop the advanced skills and knowledge required for a range of specialisations and/or industry licences. With 25,000 to 50,000 job openings expected for plumbers over the next five years, now is the perfect time to expand your skills.

If you choose to complete the full qualification, depending on location, you have the option to specialise in:

  • Hydraulics services design
  • Plumbing operations

Alternatively licencing endorsements can be achieved by completion of selected units, in areas including:

  • Commissioning and maintaining backflow prevention devices
  • Thermostatic mixing valves

You also have the option to complete selected units only to be eligible to apply for a range of industry licences including:

  • Drainer licence (Occupational)
  • Full Gas Work licence
  • Plumbing licence (Occupational)
  • Contractor's licence (Plumbing and Drainage)
  • Contracting gas licence

Units

Plumbing and services – Operations stream 

This stream has an entry requirement of the completion of a relevant trade qualification or equivalent.

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in:

15 units of competency:

  • 12 core units
  • 3 elective units.

The units must be completed as follows:

  • all four common core units
  • all eight core units (Plumbing and services – Operations stream)
  • three elective units, ensuring that any licensing requirements are addressed.

Hydraulic services design stream 

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in:

15 units of competency:

  • 10 core units
  • 5 elective units.

The units must be completed as follows:

  • all four common core units
  • all six core units in the hydraulic services design stream
  • five elective units.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
Core Units - Plumbing and services - Operations Stream
BSBOHS403B
Identify hazards and assess OHS risks
CPCCBC4012B
Read and interpret plans and specifications
CPCPCM4011A
Carry out work-based risk control processes
CPCPCM4012A
Estimate and cost work
BSBSMB401
Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business
CPCPDR4011B
Design and size sanitary drainage systems
CPCPDR4012B
Design and size stormwater drainage systems
CPCPDR4013B
Design and size domestic treatment plant disposal systems
CPCPGS4011C
Design and size consumer gas installations
CPCPRF4011B
Design and size roof drainage systems
CPCPSN4011B
Design and size sanitary plumbing systems
CPCPWT4011B
Design and size heated and cold water services and systems
Core Units - Plumbing and services - Hydraulic services design
BSBOHS403B
Identify hazards and assess OHS risks
CPCCBC4012B
Read and interpret plans and specifications
CPCPCM4011A
Carry out work-based risk control processes
CPCPCM4012A
Estimate and cost work
CPCCBC4034A
Apply codes and standards to building trade and services contracting
CPCPDR4011B
Design and size sanitary drainage systems
CPCPDR4012B
Design and size stormwater drainage systems
CPCPDR4013B
Design and size domestic treatment plant disposal systems
CPCPSN4011B
Design and size sanitary plumbing systems
CPCPWT4011B
Design and size heated and cold water services and systems

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
Elective Units - Plumbing and services - Operations Stream
CPCPGS4022A
Service Type A gas appliances
CPCPWT4022A
Commission and maintain backflow prevention devices
CPCPWT4023A
Commission and maintain hot and heated water temperature control devices
Elective Units - Plumbing and services - Hydraulic services design
CPCPGS4011C
Design and size consumer gas installations
BSBITU202A
Create and use spreadsheets
CPCPCM4014A
Prepare simple sketches and drawings
CPCPCM4013A
Produce 2-D architectural drawings using CAD software
CPCPRF4011B
Design and size roof drainage systems

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

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Ways to study

Ways to study

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University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

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  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, get in touch. We're here to help.

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This is the total cost of the course you need to pay when you enrol if you are not eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


Entry requirements

It is a mandatory requirement of the national Training Package that students have completed a relevant trade qualification or equivalent (Certificate III in Plumbing). 

Selection criteria

It is highly recommended that students also hold:   

  • a current Provisional Plumbers Licence; 
  • a current Provisional Drainers Licence; or 
  • a current Interim Gas Work Licence  

All students must have a consultation with a teacher prior to enrolment. Only approved students who have completed this consult can be enrolled into this course.

Resources required

Students will be required to attend class with an electronic device (laptop or tablet) to complete the online learning components.

Please ensure your device is up-to-date with software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player.  Please see the relevant documents section for any relevant uniform and resource kit lists required for this course.

Need to know

To be eligible for the Higher Level Skills subsidised price, you must:

  • hold a plumbing trade (Certificate III) qualification (evidence must be supplied prior to enrolment).
  • be aged 15 years or over, and no longer at school
  • permanently reside in Queensland
  • be an Australian citizen, permanent resident (includes humanitarian entrant), temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency, or a New Zealand citizen
  • not hold or be currently enrolled in a Certificate IV or higher-level qualification (does not include qualifications completed at school or foundation skills training).

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

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How to apply

How to apply

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers


Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland