Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship)

Course code: 22569VIC

Registered Training Organisation: Federation University

RTO Code: 4909

Course Summary

Plumbers are well-paid and in high demand. They also have the freedom to work for themselves or as a valued employee in a diverse range of environments from a small business to a large construction company.

With this VET program, you will develop skills that will equip you for the workforce whilst you undertake applied learning in an adult learning environment. You will gain a nationally recognised qualification, or credit towards a qualification, that also contributes to the satisfactory completion of VCE, VCE: VM or VPC. You will learn practical plumbing skills in our industry-specific plumbing workshops, including reading and interpreting plans and specifications, producing technical drawings using plumbing pipes, fittings and fixtures.


Contribution towards VCE: VM

It is mandated that students studying VCE: VM complete 180 hours of a VET course in a Certificate II or above.  This will contribute 2 VET credits towards a student’s program.

Contribution towards VPC

Students studying VPC may choose to include a VET program, however it is not mandated.

Contribution towards VCE

Students who complete this program may be eligible for recognition of two or more units at units 1 & 2 level and a units 3 & 4 sequence.

ATAR Contribution

Students who receive a Units 3 and 4 sequence will be eligible for an increment towards their ATAR (10 per cent of the lowest study score of the primary four studies).

Scored Assessment Available


State Accreditation

Program Delivery

Program structure

Delivered over two years


Federation University

Wimmera Campus (Horsham)

Contact Days/Hours

Wednesdays 9.20 am to 3.20 pm

School to Work

It is recommended that students undertake a minimum of 40 hours SWL or work experience each year of this program with a licensed plumber to enhance their learning and job prospects.

Employment and Study Pathways

Possible study pathways

Career opportunities include:

  • Apprentice Plumber.

Potential career paths

After further study:

  • Qualified Plumber
  • Plumber and Gas-fitter
  • Roof Plumber
  • Small Business Owner.

Fees and Equipment


Students are required to wear Australian standard work boots* and long work pants each week. Other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements will be advised at Induction Day.

*Work boots are required to meet AS2210.3 class 1
i.e. comprising of a safety toe and a sole that is resistant to most oils, acids and chemicals.

Students experiencing financial disadvantage may be eligible to receive free Work Boots provided by the State Schools’ Relief Program. Contact your VET Coordinator to find out if you are eligible.

Materials Fees

Select fees to be paid for by DE for students attending public schools.  Independent schools will discuss fees with their families.

Additional Requirements

Students need to be at least in Year 10 at the time of enrolment. Must complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment and Pre-Training Review

Study Units

Units may include:

Prepare to work safely in the construction industry (CI card) CPCCWHS1001
Use basic plumbing hand tools VU23054
Use plumbing pipes, fittings and fixtures to simulate plumbing installations VU23056
Fabricate simple plumbing pipe systems VU23048
Cut and penetrate building material and structures VU23047
Produce technical drawings CUAACD303
Read and interpret plans and specifications CPCCCM2001
Write simple documents, (2nd yr only) BSBWRT301

Note: Program commencement subject to enrolment numbers. Units of Competency are subject to change. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals. All details are accurate at the time of publication.


RTO Contact

Federation University

Kim Boulton

Contact the WSMVET Cluster Coordinator via the Contact Page

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