Required for migrant plumbers who are currently working in Australia as plumbers

CPC32420 Certificate III in Plumbing

///Minimum Australian Context Gap Training///

12 months
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This course is required for migrant plumbers who are currently working in Australia as plumbers. The training for this program is delivered to you in a way that meets the requirements for CPC32420 – Certificate III in Plumbing. This will include content that focuses on the knowledge requirements of the qualification and practical tasks that focus on the skills required for this qualification. The assessments will focus on the demonstration of competency for both knowledge and skills that you have gained through your work experience in Australia.

Subject to each individual, the structure of delivery and assessment will be a blended method of work placed based, structured online learning and mentoring workshops/webinars.

Anyone who is currently in Australia as a migrant plumber and working in Plumbing on a provisional licence.

Each individual training plan will designed to suit your specific needs, our expected course duration is 12 months.

This is program is delivered in a blended combination of work placed based, virtual classroom and self-directed learning.

For the award of the CPC32420 Certificate III in Plumbing (General Plumber) a minimum of 58 units are to be completed as follows: 

  • 43 core units
  • 15 elective units

From the CPC Companion Volume Implementation Guide 

Option 1 nominates a minimum of 58 units in total. A candidate can achieve this occupational stream by completing a minimum of 58 units or the candidate may select to undertake further training and achieve the stream with an end total of 70 units, which would assist them in their chosen specialisation, e.g., Gas, drainage, mechanical services etc.


Unit CodeUnit Name
CPCCCM2012 Work safely at heights
CPCPCM2039 Carry out interactive workplace communication
CPCPCM2040 Read plans, calculate quantities and mark out materials
CPCPCM2041 Work effectively in the plumbing services sector
CPCPCM2043 Carry out WHS requirements
CPCPCM2045 Handle and store plumbing materials
CPCPCM2046 Use plumbing hand and power tools
CPCPCM2047 Carry out levelling
CPCPCM2048 Cut and join sheet metal
CPCPCM2054 Carry out simple concreting and rendering
CPCPCM2055 Work safely on roofs
CPCPCM3021 Flash penetrations through roofs and walls
CPCPCM3022 Weld polymer pipes using fusion method
CPCPCM3023 Fabricate and install non-ferrous pressure piping
CPCPCM3024 Prepare simple drawings
CPCPCM3025 Install trench support
CPCPDR2021 Locate and clear blockages
CPCPDR2025 Install stormwater and sub-soil drainage systems and drain work site
CPCPDR2026 Install prefabricated inspection openings and inspection chambers
CPCPDR3021 Plan layout and install below ground sanitary drainage systems
CPCPDR3023 Install on-site domestic wastewater treatment plants and disposal systems
CPCPFS3031 Fabricate and install fire hydrant and hose reel systems
CPCPGS3048 Install gas pressure control equipment
CPCPGS3049 Install gas appliance flues
CPCPGS3051 Purge consumer piping
CPCPGS3053 Disconnect and reconnect Type A gas appliances
CPCPGS3054 Calculate and install natural ventilation for Type A gas appliances
CPCPGS3056 Size and install consumer gas piping systems
CPCPGS3059 Install LPG storage of aggregate storage capacity up to 500 litres
CPCPGS3061 Install and commission Type A gas appliances
CPCPSN3011 Plan the layout of a residential sanitary plumbing system and fabricate and install sanitary stacks
CPCPSN3022 Install discharge pipes
CPCPWT3020 Connect and install storage tanks to a domestic water supply
CPCPWT3021 Set out and install water services
CPCPWT3022 Install and commission water heating systems and adjust controls and devices
CPCPWT3025 Install water pumpsets
CPCPWT3026 Install and fit off sanitary fixtures, water services and adjust water service controls
CPCPWT3027 Install backflow prevention devices
CPCPRF2023 Collect and store roof water
CPCPRF3022 Fabricate and install roof drainage systems
CPCPRF3023 Fabricate and install external flashings
CPCPRF3024 Install roof components
HLTAID011 Provide first aid

Electives are to be selected as followed:

  • 8 units from Group A and
  • 4 units from Group B and
  • 3 units from Group C

All electives have been chosen to meet vocational outcomes and regulatory requirements for licensing across all jurisdictions. 


8 units from Group A

Unit CodeUnit Name
CPCCCM3001 Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres
CPCPCM2049 Cut using oxy–acetylene equipment
CPCPCM2052 Weld mild steel using oxy-acetylene equipment
CPCPFS3037 Install residential life safety sprinkler systems
CPCPFS3038 Test and maintain fire hydrant and hose reel installations
CPCPIG2021 Design domestic urban irrigation systems
CPCPIG3021 Set out, install and commission irrigation systems
CPCPIG3022 Install and commission domestic irrigation pumps

CPCPCM2043 – Carry out WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry is a pre-requisite for the following units


CPCCWHS2001 – Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry is a pre-requisite for the following units


CPCPCM3021 – Flash penetrations through roofs and walls is a pre-requisite for the following units


CPCPCM3023 – Fabricate and install non-ferrous pressure piping is a pre-requisite for the following units


CPCPCM3024 – Prepare simple drawings is a pre-requisite for the following units 


CPCPCM2055 – Work safety on roofs is a pre-requisite for the following units


CPCPGS3054 – Calculate and install natural ventilation for Type A gas appliances – Flash penetrations through roofs and walls is a pre-requisite for the following units


The pre-requisites of study requirements for entry into this qualification.

  • Hold an Australian provisional work licence issued by the regulatory authority responsible for regulating plumbing work and licensing of workers in the jurisdiction where the training will take place.
  • Be employed and legally have the right to work as a worker in Australia or have access to a workplace environment that replicates workplace conditions. This is needed to enable your workplace logging of Australian Gap training units being applied in an Australian workplace context.
  • Hold a certificate in HLTAID011 – Provide First Aid (or we can help you get one prior to training)
  • Hold a CPCWHS1001 – Prepare to work safely in the construction industry (Commonly referred to as white card) (or we can help you get one prior to training)


As part of the Pre-training interview process with a prospective learner, a digital literacy evaluation will be conducted (PC Skills) to ensure that they will be successfully able to complete a course with an online component.

This includes but not limited to:

  • The ability to logon to a computer
  • Access emails and click a link within an email.
  • Login into an online database (LLN Tool)
  • Use a mouse and keyboard.
  • Read and respond to online text.

Candidates who meet the minimum requirements for LLN evaluation would be considered to meet PC Literacy requirements

Candidates who do not meet the minimum requirements for LLN evaluation will be evaluated individually

An LLN test will be provided in the application journey to determine your level in language, literacy, and numeracy, and whether extra support will be needed for you to complete this course.

Click here for the details of our Online Service Standards

The assessment process will include the gathering of evidence to demonstrate the learner’s competency as demonstrated in the workplace and underpinning knowledge in theory-based assessments.

This is a competency-based program, assessment occurs throughout the entire program until the learner either achieves competency in the assessment tasks or any further training needs are identified and addressed.

Assessment arrangements are as follows:

  1. Theory based Assessments
  2. Workplace placed based Assessments 


Upon successful assessment of all core units and chosen stream electives units in this course, students will be awarded the qualification CPC32420 Certificate III in Plumbing – General Plumber

 The issuance of this qualification is subject to:

  • All fees and charges paid in accordance with AVANTE Fees, Charges, Refund Policy
  • USI Number disclosure

Avante Education has a policy to acknowledge formal Statements of Attainments issued by another RTO.

Where learners have made an application for Credit Transfer on any of the equivalent units in this qualification, credit will be granted, and the learner will not be required to repeat the training in those units where application has been made and credit has been granted.

The competencies in this qualification may be attained through the process of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). RPL takes into consideration the candidates’ previous training, work and life experience.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) opportunities will be identified and addressed during the pre-training interview process.

Learners will also be provided with an RPL Candidate guide to assist the learner in identifying any Recognition of Prior Learning either through previous training, work, or life experience or to how to prepare a portfolio of evidence.

At Avante Education we believe that your course should be tailored for you.  Our pre-enrolment process will take you on a personal journey and allows you to be part of the process.

This includes

1. Us getting to know you…

  • Who you are, your prior work experience (if any)
  • Your learning preferences
  • Your career aspirations
  • How much time you have available to complete your course
  • The best learning environment suited for you at your workplace or on campus
  • How much support you will need with language, literacy, numeracy skills and computer skills

2. Thanks to your contribution we can now provide you with a tailored course plan which includes…

  • Key course information
  • Delivery schedule adjustments for any approved course credits that may reduce your length of training
  • Delivery and assessment proposed dates
  • Delivery and assessment methods
  • Minimum technology requirements
  • Statement of fees indicating all fees, government subsidies (if eligible), and options of payment
  • Terms & Conditions

3. After these formalities you will be prepared for your commencement and…

  • Be invited to join an induction to go through some best practice protocols for a successful learning journey
  • Be acquantied with your Trainer
  • Be provided access to your digital learner portal

4. You are now ready to…

  • Join your own personally designed learning program on course commencement date

To make the program more beneficial to you and to also keep the cost of the program down, there are 3 ‘tickets’ you will be required to get during your training to be marked competent in those units.  These units are

  • RIIWHS202E – Enter and work in confined spaces
  • CPCCCM2012 – Work safely at heights
  • CPCCCM3001 – Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres

This can be done at a local RTO near you which we can refer to you if needed.

This is a more cost-effective approach as it will be cheaper for you, you will also have the flxibility to do it in your own state and you will also be able to walk away with tickets in your wallet increasing your ability to secure more jobs and add to your portfolio.

This course is delivered in the following locations

This is our standard fee based on a full program enrolment. Program fees vary based on each individual’s enrolment details. Final course fees are offered after an individual assessment.  For more information click here

Course fees will be paid progressively throughout the period of your training plan and will be determined in conjunction with you during your application journey.

Application Fee $400
Hardcopy Learner Resources $250
Tuition Fee $5750

  • First payment of $2150 is upon enrolment into the program.
    • The $2150 includes the non-refundable application fee of $400.00 and non-refundable resource fee of $250 (once books have been ordered). This fee will be deducted from the full course fees, should the learner decide to not progress with the enrolment and a refund is requested. This enrolment fee is an upfront, one-off payment that cannot be paid off through a payment plan.
  • The learner (or other party, as agreed below) will be liable for all fees due.
  • Course duration is 12 months maximum without additional costs. This is set by our contractual arrangements for the course and by regulatory occupational licences/permits of the states and territories in Australia.
  • Payment plans can be arranged per student
  • If any students program exceeds past the 12-month date, a continuation fee of $450 per application will be charged to allow the student to continue. This will be only granted for a three-month maximum period.


If you have decided that you are ready to start the CPC32420 Certificate III in Plumbing course then please click the apply button below. You will need to fill out an online application form. Once we receive your application you will receive confirmation via email.  One of our course advisors will contact you shortly after. If you have any question about any of our upcoming intakes then please fill out the enquiry form here and we will be happy to assist you further.

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