Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship)

Course code: 22304VIC

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 for Senior Secondary Schools 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 or VCAL. 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 VCAL

One credit towards a VCAL learning program is awarded upon successful completion of 90 nominal hours of accredited VET curriculum.

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


National 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

Structured Workplace Learning

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

To be paid for by DET 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:

Unit code

Units Over Two Years


Use and Apply Basic Levelling Equipment for Plumbing


Perform Basic Oxy-Acetylene Welding and Cutting


Prepare to Work Safely in the Construction Industry (CI Card – 1st year unit)


Apply OHS Requirements, Policies and Procedures in the Construction Industry


Read and Interpret Plans and Specifications


Carry Out Interactive Workplace Communication


Cut and Penetrate Building Materials and Structures


Fabricate Simple Plumbing Pipe Systems


Use Basic Plumbing Hand Tools


Use Plumbing Pipes, Fittings and Fixtures to Simulate Plumbing Installations


Write simple documents (2nd-year unit only)


Produce technical drawings (2nd-year unit only)


Use basic power tools


Provide basic emergency life support


Carry out measurements and calculations


Use basic electric welding equipment & techniques


Apply basic sheet metal practices


Prepare to work in the Plumbing industry


Identify career pathways in the Plumbing industry


RTO Contact

Visit: federation.edu.au

Contact the WSMVET Cluster Coordinator via the Contact Page

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