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Become an experienced plumbing service operator with advanced technical skills and/or responsibility for project design and supervision

CPC40920 - Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services


0.5 – 1.0 years
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Course Overview

This qualification reflects the role of an experienced plumbing service operator with advanced technical skills and/or responsibility for project design and supervision; or a hydraulic consultant responsible for designing hydraulic components and systems that meet client requirements and help in effective water management in domestic, commercial and industry contexts.

The plumbing industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units of competency to be delivered and assessed in this context.

Completion of the general construction induction training program specified by the model Code of Practice for Construction Work is required before entering a construction work site. Achievement of CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry meets this requirement.

This is a licenced occupation in some jurisdictions. Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements may vary between states and territories. Relevant state and territory regulatory authorities should be consulted to confirm those requirements.

Career Opportunities

  • Plumbing contractor

Course Duration

Typically, 0.5 – 1.0 years and may vary on individual applicants’ circumstances

Delivery Locations

This course is delivered in the following locations

Avante Education Campus

Entry Requirements

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


Minimum technology Requirements

  • Have access to a TECHkit and basic understanding with the following minimum requirements for the full duration of this qualification.
  • Tablet or laptop device
  • Access to the Internet wirelessly 
  • Device is able to install  1. A Mac, Window, Vista, IOS or android operating systems, 
  • Google account or gmail


Prospective learners will be required to go through a formal face to face and/ or CiRT Interview with one of our Learning Pathway Advisors to establish whether the desired course is the correct qualification for their career path/job prospects.  

Applicants who have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification are not required to complete a LLN Assessment.

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.

This qualification is suitable for an Australian Traineeship pathway

Units of Competency

For the award of the CPC40920 Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services (Operations) electives are to be completed as follows:

  • 15 units of competency:
  • 10 core units
  • at least 1 elective from Group B
  • the remaining 4 elective units from Group A or Group B
  • 2 units may be replaced by units from other Training Packages or nationally accredited courses at Certificate IV level and above, provided they do not duplicate the outcome of another unit chosen for the qualification.


The elective units must ensure the integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.

An asterisk (*) against a unit code below indicates that the unit has a prerequisite. Please check the unit for information on this. All prerequisites are packaged in the qualification.

Unit CodeUnit Name
BSBESB402 Establish legal and risk management requirements of new business ventures
CPCCBC4012 Read and interpret plans and specifications
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
CPCPDR4011 Design and size sanitary drainage systems
CPCPDR4012 Design and size stormwater drainage systems
CPCPGS4011 Design and size consumer gas installations
CPCPSN4011 Design and size sanitary plumbing systems
CPCPWT4011 Design and size heated and cold-water services and systems


The electives selected for the qualification are the following

Unit CodeUnit Name
CPCCBC4002 Manage work health and safety in the building & construction workplace
CPCCBC4024 Resolve business disputes
CPCPCM2043 Carry out WHS requirements
CPCPDR4013 Design and size domestic treatment plant disposal systems
CPCPRF4011 Design and size roof drainage systems


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.

Trainers will be provided with detailed instructions to assessment requirements for each unit. (The specific methods for each Unit of Competency are identified within this document under ‘Evidence Gathering Techniques’; further detail is available in the Assessor Assessment Guide).

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 learner’s, classroom and CiRT

Refer to the section on Evidence Gathering techniques

Accreditation & Award

Upon successful completion of all 10 core units and 5 elective units in this course of study, learners will be awarded the qualification CPC40920 Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services (Operations). The issuance of this qualification is subject to:

Credit Transfer

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.

Recognition of Prior Learning

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.

Fees & Funding

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

Application Fee $400 $400
Digital Learner Resources1 TBA TBA
Tuition Fee TBA 02
  • 1 - Accessing the learner resources can either be digital (online access via a personal computer or mobile device) or hardcopy (printed learner resources). Printed learner resources are an extra $420
  • 2 - Tuition Fee for students eligible for Victorian Government subsidised training

Payment Options

We have payment options to suit your needs.   Payment options are selected in the Pre-Training Review stage after your initial application

  • humm Buy Now, Pay Later
  • zip Buy Now, Pay Later
  • Credit Card


Once you officially accept your Letter of Offer in your Pre-Training Proposal payment can be made to then be official enrolled into the program

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Pay via Credit Card
Pay via credit card via our payment gateway once you receive your official invoice via email.


If you have decided that you are ready to start the CPC40920 – Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services course then please apply for one of our upcoming intakes below.

When you apply for an intake, you will fill out the Enrolment form online and you will received confirmation details once payment has been made at the end of this form.

If you have any question about any of our upcoming intakes or you can’t find one that suits you, then please fill out the enquiry form here and we will be happy to assist you further.

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Available Intakes

Learning Mode Location Course Start Date Course End Date
PL411T4/C2201 | Certificate IV in Plumbing (Operations) | WPB | General Mason Campus | Unit 1 484 Ballarat Rd, Sunshine North VIC 3020 28/02/2022
PL411T5/C220 | CPC40912 - Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services (Operations) | Assessment Only Mason Campus | Unit 1 484 Ballarat Rd, Sunshine North VIC 3020

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