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RPL Certificate IV in Plumbing

13 Jul RPL Certificate IV in Plumbing

If you have a wide range of experience as a plumber, drainer, gas fitter or roof plumber but haven’t completed your qualification for whatever reason, then you’re in the right place. Getting your plumbing experience and skills converted into a nationally recognised qualification is simple, fast and headache free! We will help you attain the right qualification and subjects you need for your plumbing licence.

In most states and territories, there are two phases of licensing. The first is your journeyman’s or trades person certificate. This is can generally achieved upon completion of your Certificate III in Plumbing along with an associated practical component such as your apprenticeship or equivalent. The second phase would then be your contractor’s licence. This involves the completion of certain subjects or units of competency from the Certificate IV in Plumbing.

Qualify Me! offers the following plumbing streams:

  • Water Plumbing
  • Draining Work
  • Gasfitting Work
  • LP Gasfitting Work (for restricted LP gasfitting work)
  • Roof Plumbing

What's involved?

1. Free Skills Assessment

You need to have valid industry experience in order to qualify for this RPL program. When you first touch base, we will help you identify your skills and advise on whether this qualification is right for you. As a rule of thumb if you have more than 3 years experience in your field, then you are likely to be eligible.

2. Evidence Portfolio
  • Valid Identification
  • list showing relevant employment history
  • work samples and documents (such as tender documents, invoices, quotations, plans, sketches etc)
  • letter of employment
  • reference letters from licensed plumbers you have worked with
  • photos and videos of your work
  • overseas qualifications
  • related licenses, short courses, accreditation, certificates, transcripts or assessments you have attained
  • Apprenticeship papers (if available)
3. Skills Check
  1. You will be having a conversation covering questions for each unit with our qualified assessor
  2. The assessor may choose to also perform a practical observation.
  3. Where gap training is required, you will need to complete theory or practical assessments as required. Theory components can be completed from home and practical components can be completed at your work site.
4. Qualified!

All certificates are Nationally Recognised and issued by a Qualify Me! partner college. Now you can grab that licence!

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this RPL Program you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification in:

Certificate IV in Plumbing

Licensing

NSW

Scope of work

Water Plumbing involves work of water supply (being the construction, alteration, extension, disconnection, removal, maintenance, repair, renewal or clearing of any pipes or fittings of any water service connecting or intending to connect, directly or indirectly with a water main) including such work on pipes and fittings, whether or not connected or intended to be connected to a water main, that are in a building in which any part of the sewerage service is connected to an onsite wastewater management system.

Qualifications required for Water Plumbing:

CPC32413 – Certificate III in Plumbing

To be eligible for an endorsed contractor licence or supervisor certificate, applicants must complete one of the qualifications listed above, and in addition possess the following units of competency and at least 2 years combined industry experience in the work covered by the units:

Either BCPWT4001A/CPCPWT4001A Plan, size and layout hot and cold water services and systems OR CPCPWT4011A or B Design and size heated and cold water services and systems

BCGBC4012A/CPCCBC4012A or B Read and interpret plans and specifications.

 

Water plumbing – fire protection systems: Water plumbing involved in a fire service as defined in AS/NZS 3500.0:2003, Plumbing and drainage, including a fire sprinkler system and connection of the system to a water main.

Qualifications required for Water Plumbing – fire protection systems

CPC32413 – Certificate III in Plumbing including fire protection stream

To be eligible for an endorsed contractor licence or supervisor certificate, applicants must complete one of the qualification listed above, and in addition must have the following two units of competence:

  • Either BCPWT4001A/CPCPWT4001A Plan, size and layout hot and cold water services and systems, OR CPCPWT4011A or B Design and size heated and cold water services and systems
  • BCGBC4012A/CPCCBC4012A or B Read and interpret plans and specifications.

 

Water plumbing – fire sprinkler systems: Water plumbing involved in the fire sprinkler system installed beyond the sprinkler valve assembly

Qualifications required for Water Plumbing – fire protection systems

CPC32413 – Certificate III in Plumbing including fire protection stream

 

Draining Work involves work of sanitary drainage being the construction, alteration, extension, disconnection, removal, maintenance, repair, renewal, ventilation, flushing or cleansing of any sanitary drain connecting, or intended to connect, directly or indirectly with a sewer. This includes work on a house drain connected to an onsite wastewater management system

Qualifications required for Draining work:

CPC32413 – Certificate III in Plumbing including the draining stream

To be eligible for an endorsed contractor licence or supervisor certificate, applicants must complete one of the qualification listed above, and in addition possess the following units of competency and at least 2 years combined industry experience in the work covered by the units:

  • BCGBC4012A/CPCCBC4012A or B Read and interpret plans and specifications
  • Either BCPDR4001A/CPCPDR4001A Plan, size and layout sanitary drainage systems OR CPCPDR4011A or B Design and size sanitary drainage systems
  • Either BCPDR4002A/CPCPDR4002A Plan, size and layout stormwater drainage systems OR CPCPDR4012A or B Design and size stormwater drainage systems
  • Either BCPDR4003A/CPCPDR4003A Plan, size and layout domestic treatment plant disposal systems OR CPCPDR4013A or B Design and size domestic treatment plant disposal systems.

 

Gasfitting Work involves the installation, alteration, extension or repair of a gas installation, the installation, alteration, extension, removal or repair of any flue, the connection of a gas installation to, or the disconnection of a gas installation from, a gas supply point, the connection of a gas appliance to, or the disconnection of a gas appliance from, a gas installation (otherwise than where the point of connection is a gas outlet socket), the connection of a gas container, gas regulator or gas appliance to, or the disconnection of a gas container, gas regulator or gas appliance from, a gas installation (otherwise than where it is readily designed to be detachable from the installation, either with the use of a tool, mechanical force, or otherwise).

Qualifications required for Gasfitting Work:

CPC32413 Certificate III in Plumbing including the gasfitting services stream

To be eligible for an endorsed contractor licence or supervisor certificate, applicants must complete one of the qualification listed above, and in addition possess both the following units of competency and at least 2 years combined industry experience in the work covered by the units:

  • Either BCPGS4001A/CPCPGS4001A Plan, size and layout consumer gas installations OR CPCPGS4011A or B or C Design and size consumer gas installations
  • BCGBC4012A/CPCCBC4012A or B Read and interpret plans and specifications.

 

LP gasfitting work (for restricted LP gasfitting work) is gasfitting work as defined by the Gas Supply Act 1996 but restricted to a gas installation designed to carry liquefied petroleum gas in vapour phase only at pressures not exceeding 150 kilopascals.

Liquefied petroleum gas means a liquid or gaseous substance that is a mixture of hydrocarbons, basically consisting of butane or butene or propane or propene, or any mixture of them

Qualifications required for LP gasfitting work:

Completion of an apprenticeship that includes CPC32413 Certificate III in Plumbing including the gas services stream

In addition to completion of one of the qualifications listed above, applicants must possess both the following units of competency and at least 2 years combined industry experience in the work covered by the units:

  • Either BCPGS4001A/CPCPGS4001A Plan, size and layout consumer gas installations OR CPCPGS4011A or B or C Design and size consumer gas installations
  • BCGBC4012A/CPCCBC4012A or B Read and interpret plans and specifications.

 

Submission and Relevant information

Once you have received the required qualifications, if you are using an ABN you can attend your local Service NSW office and apply for hand in your individual licence application form. For company licensing you will need to hand in a company licence application form and a Nominated Supervisor Form. Fair Trading require contractors to show your experience on a referee statement proving that you have more than 2 years industry experience in all streams of plumbing that you are applying for. Fair Trading will generally require to have worked as a bona fide employee under a qualified licensed supervisor for the duration of your experience.

Accessed 21/11/16 from: NSW Fair Trading Plumbing licence

QLD

Scope of work

Installing, commissioning, maintaining and testing plumbing and drainage services in all classes of buildings and premises, including but not limited to, the following:

  • compressed air, heating, steam, vacuum or ventilation systems
  • irrigation
  • metal fascias and gutters
  • on-site domestic waste water management systems
  • roof and wall cladding
  • skylights
  • fire hydrants, with or without pumps
  • fire hose reels, with or without pumps
  • Prepare plans and specifications for plumbing and drainage work if the plans and specifications are:
    • for the licensee’s personal use, or
    • for use in plumbing and drainage work to be performed by the licensee personally

Qualifications required

CPC40912 Certificate IV in Plumbing

Plus Approved Managerial Course

Accessed on 13/7/16 from: QBCC Plumbing licence

VIC

Scope of work

  • Drainage work
  • Fire Protection work
  • Gasfitting work
  • Irrigation (Non-agricultural) work
  • Mechanical Services work
  • Roofing (Stormwater) work
  • Sanitary work
  • Water Supply work

Specialised classes of plumbing work

Qualifications required

  • Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business
  • Carry out work based risk control processes
  • Estimate and cost work

Drainage work:

  • Design and size sanitary drainage systems
  • Design and size stormwater drainage systems
  • Design and size domestic treatment plant disposal systems

Fire Protection work:

  • Design residential and domestic fire sprinkler systems
  • Commission and maintain special hazard and fire suppression systems

Gasfitting work:

  • Design and size consumer gas installations

Mechanical Services work:

  • Design, size and lay out heating and cooling systems

Roofing (Stormwater) work:

  • Design and size roof drainage systems

Sanitary work:

  • Design and size sanitary plumbing systems

Water Supply work:

  • Design and size heated and cold water services and systems

Backflow Prevention work:

  • Commission and maintain backflow prevention devices

Accessed on 21/11/2016 from: VBA plumbing licence application

ACT

Not available at this time.

WA

Scope of work

Plumbing contractor’s licence is for applicants who already hold a tradesperson’s licence and who intend to direct and control plumbing tradespersons, and issue notices and certificates of compliance for plumbing work.  A plumbing contractor’s licence authorises a plumber to work on water supply plumbing, sanitary plumbing and drainage plumbing, unless the licence has limiting conditions placed by the Board.

Relevant qualification

You will generally need to show applicable units on your Statement of Attainment for the plumbing stream you are applying for in addition to your Tradesperson Certificate. The following is a list of variations applicable to plumbing contractor licences and a list of their respective recommended competencies.

 

Plumbers contractor’s licence

Water supply and sanitary plumbing

  • CPCPWT4011B Design and size heated and cold water services and systems
  • CPCCBC4012B Read and interpret plans and specifications
  • CPCPDR4011B Design and size sanitary drainage systems
  • CPCPDR4012B Design and size stormwater drainage systems
  • CPCPDR4013B Design and size domestic treatment plant disposal systems
  • CPCPSN4011B Design and size sanitary plumbing systems.

Variations Plumbers contractor’s licence

Water supply and sanitary plumbing

  • CPCCBC4012B Read and interpret plans and specifications
  • CPCPDR4013B Design and size domestic treatment plant disposal systems
  • CPCPDR4011B Design and size sanitary drainage systems

Water supply and drainage plumbing

  • CPCPWT4011B Design and size heated and cold water services and systems
  • CPCPDR4012B Design and size stormwater drainage systems
  • CPCCBC4012B Read and interpret plans and specifications

Water supply plumbing

  • CPCPWT4011B Design and size heated and cold water services and systems
  • CPCCBC4012B Read and interpret plans and specifications

Drainage plumbing

  • CPCCBC4012B Read and interpret plans and specifications
  • CPCPDR4012B Design and size stormwater drainage systems

Sanitary and drainage plumbing

  • CPCCBC4012B Read and interpret plans and specifications
  • CPCPDR4013B Design and size domestic treatment plant disposal systems
  • CPCPDR4011B Design and size sanitary drainage systems

 

Accessed 4/8/16 from: WA Plumbing licence

SA

Not available at this time.

TAS

Not available at this time.

NT

Not available at this time.

Can I apply?

This RPL and trade skills recognition program is available to tradesmen with local experience or local students that have completed partial studies in Australia. We also have programs to help migrants fast-track their qualifications providing they have relevant experience, qualifications and well aware of the Australian standards and requirements.

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5 Comments
  • Ethan Westland
    Posted at 09:46h, 30 March Reply

    I’m looking at getting my cert lV in plumbing.
    I’m 4.5 years out of my trade and looking into RPL

    • Qualify Me!
      Posted at 18:57h, 30 March Reply

      Hi Ethan,

      4.5years is border line for our rpl program. We’ll touch base to ensure we prequalify you.

    • Qualify Me!
      Posted at 18:57h, 30 March Reply

      Hi Ethan,

      4.5years is border line for our rpl program. We’ll touch base to prequalify you and make sure you will be able to get through our program successfully.

  • Yinka Adegbola
    Posted at 13:56h, 12 May Reply

    I am just wondering if international students without any skills or knowledge can enrolled for Cert III or IV in plumbering?
    Thanks.

    • Qualify Me!
      Posted at 22:44h, 12 May Reply

      You must have skills and solid Australian experience to be eligible for this program.
      International students can undertake RPL and skills recognition programs. This would be in conjunction to your CRICOS course.

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