Pre-Apprenticeship course guide

Course name:
22304VIC Certificate II in Plumbing Pre-Apprenticeship

A Pre-Apprenticeship is designed for new entrants to the plumbing industry who are preparing for a plumbing apprenticeship. It will provide learners with a range of introductory plumbing skills and knowledge that will make them more attractive to prospective employers. By completing this course learners will gain:

  • Industry knowledge
  • Hands on experience
  • Workplace exposure.

A Pre-Apprenticeship is an optional stepping-stone to an Apprenticeship.

Course Information

It is anticipated that learners who complete this qualification will be in a position to apply for employment as a plumbing Apprentice.


Master Plumbers specifies the following entry requirements:

  • Year 10 completion as a minimum (Year 12 completion is preferred)
  • Applicants must be aged 17 years or older
  • It is recommended that learners are able to demonstrate language, literacy and numeracy skills equivalent to Level 2 of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF).

An application and interview process is involved, including a language, literacy and numeracy pre-assessment designed to identify their level of ability against the ACSF.


Course delivery is structured as follows:
  • 416 hours of trainer led learning and assessment, delivered over 13 weeks (8 hours per day, 4 days per week)
  • plus 76 hrs self directed learning activities including work experience (1 day a week; minimum 9 weeks)
There are 19 units of competency in this course as listed below.
  1. CPPCM2039A – Carry out interactive workplace communication
  2. BSBWRT301 Write simple documents
  3. HLTAID002 – Provide basic emergency life support*
  4. CPCCOHS1001A – Work safely in the construction industry*
  5. CPCCOHS2001A – Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
  6. VU21794 – Prepare to work in the plumbing industry
  7. CPCCCM1015A – Carry out measurements and calculations
  8. VU21795 Use and apply basic levelling equipment for plumbing
  9. CPCCCM2001A – Read and interpret plans and specifications
  10. CUVACD303A – Produce technical drawings
  11. VU21797 – Use basic plumbing hand tools
  12. VU21798 – Use basic power tools
  13. VU21793 – Perform basic oxy-acetylene welding and cutting
  14. VU21796 – Use basic electric welding equipment and techniques
  15. VU21799 – Use plumbing pipes, fittings and fixtures to simulate plumbing installations
  16. VU21789 – Apply basic sheet metal practices
  17. VU21791 – Fabricate simple plumbing pipe systems
  18. VU21790 – Cut and penetrate building materials and structures
  19. VU21792 – Identify career pathways in the plumbing industry

*These two units may be delivered and assessed by CEPUTEC (RTO #4612)

Learner fees for government funded courses are calculated in accordance with the State Government of Victoria’s Skills First program. Learner fees include tuition fees and materials fees. This course also may incur an additional cost for tools.

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Fees summary
The following fees and charges are valid for enrolments after 1 January 2019 where training will be delivered entirely during 2018. Note that learner tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

22304VIC Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship)

  Tuition Fees Materials Fee Other Costs* Total Course Fees (excluding toolbox) Gvt Contribution
Government funded learner $984.00 $492.00 $510.00 (toolbox) $1476.00 $6150.00
Fee concession learner $196.80 $492.00 $510.00 (toolbox) $688.80 $6937.20
Indigenous learner $196.80 $492.00 $510.00 (toolbox) $688.80 $6937.20
Full fee paying learner $5289.00 $492.00 $510.00 (toolbox) $5781.00 NIL

*Learners may supply their own tools if preferred. A tool list is available on request. Tools must be approved by Master Plumbers.

The delivery of this course is structured into ‘streams’ to replicate the different sectors of the plumbing industry.

Training delivery methods include;

  • Practical activities and learning tasks completed in the practical workshop (approximately 70% of the course).
  • Face to face teacher led theory classes (approximately 30% of the course)
  • Guest speakers.

The course is delivered at the purpose built facilities at the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre (PICAC).

Assessment arrangements

Assessment for this course includes a combination of strategies such as:

  • Oral and/or written questioning to test underpinning knowledge
  • Practical tasks relevant to plumbing work to a standard consistent with AQF level II indicators
  • Short written reports/assignments on plumbing issues and topics.

On successful completion of this course learners will be able to:

  • maintain safe working conditions
  • provide basic emergency life support
  • select and use plumbing tools, equipment and materials
  • locate, interpret and apply relevant information
  • work effectively with others using appropriate communication
  • follow instructions in a designated sequence
  • use appropriate manual handling procedures
  • produce technical drawings
  • perform basic calculations
  • apply principles of sustainability
  • identify methods and strategies to identify employment opportunities in the plumbing industry.


On successful completion learners will receive the qualification 22304VIC Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship).

As the course contains a number of units from nationally endorsed Training Packages, credit transfer is available into qualifications/courses that contain these units.

Learners may apply to have the skills and knowledge they develop by completing 22304VIC Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-Apprenticeship) recognised when enrolling in CPC32413 Certificate III in Plumbing.