The Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship) is a nationally recognised qualification that prepares you for a plumbing apprenticeship.
This is a pre-apprenticeship program.
It is designed to provide you with the basic skills and training in the plumbing field, and can be an important first step to your career as a plumber.
Studying full-time at RMIT, you’ll undertake practical workshops to give you hands-on experience, as well as important theory classes to give you a solid understanding of the industry. Students can also seek work experience opportunities to gain first-hand knowledge and experience of the plumbing industry which will better prepare you for a full-time apprenticeship.
When finished, you’ll have the skills and knowledge that an employer looks for when hiring an apprentice.
This qualification is highly regarded by employers for entry into an apprenticeship.
We'll help you, through industry associations and RMIT Skills and Jobs Centre, in securing a full-time apprenticeship.
Learn a combination of theory and practice, with a focus on hand skills in workshops.
You will be taught in a combination of workshop and theory classes, with an emphasis on hand skills.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects and practical assignments.
The types of classes you have will depend on the course you’re studying. Classes are offered in various formats designed to provide meaningful engagement with staff, industry and peers and provide for access and use of spaces where learning can be applied and active, including an array of specialised equipment.
Most RMIT courses do not include passive large-scale classes such as lectures, instead the content traditionally provided in lectures is made available online. This may be in the form of readings, videos or other on-demand learning materials. This content will also support the basis of interactive learning that takes place in on-campus classes.
Guest speakers from industry will enhance your learning experiences.
An industry engagement day is organised near the end of your program to provide you with relevant information on regulations, key employers and employment opportunities.
Students are also connected through industry associations and the RMIT Skills and Jobs Centre to assist with securing a full-time apprenticeship.
Through this certificate, you'll gain insight into the plumbing industry, understand its expectations and how you can progress.
You'll gain basic knowledge and skills through workshop classes, which will develop your understanding of welding, sheet metal, roofing, drainage, sanitary, water and gas principles. These skills will be practised at work placements.
Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.
Plumbers continue to be in high demand in Australia, and the current job outlook is very strong. Plumbers may be self-employed, employed in small firms, or employed in large construction firms.
Many students of this certificate find apprenticeships while still studying. A high percentage of students who successfully complete this certificate find an apprenticeship within six months.
There are no specific entrance requirements for this training package program but applicants who have literacy and numeracy skills that are equivalent to Level 2 of the Australian Core Skill Framework (ACSF) are best equipped to achieve the outcomes of this program.
As part of the RMIT enrolment process you will be required to sit a literacy and numeracy assessment to help structure a learning program suitable for your specific needs.
There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.
A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.
Undertaking a certificate, diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree can help you meet the entry requirements for your preferred degree. These qualifications often provide credit, reducing the duration of your bachelor degree.
Even though there are no formal pathways into this course, there are often other ways you can gain entry.
Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience.
Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.
When you successfully complete this certificate, you may be eligible to apply for further studies at RMIT such as a diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree. Contact Study@RMIT to discuss your options or browse our courses.
The Victorian Government is currently waiving tuition fees for this program for students who meet eligibility requirements for government subsidised places.
The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place. To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at How to check if you are eligible.
*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
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The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
**The Victorian Government is currently waiving three (3) eligibility criteria around prior qualifications. This means that more people who want to study a vocational education program at RMIT, and who have studied previously, will be able to access a government subsidised place in a program. Find out how to check your eligibility
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2024 is $351.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
If your application for a fee concession is approved, you will be charged 20% of the standard government subsidised tuition fee for your program. You will also be charged a lower rate on your student services and amenities fee (SSAF).
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Acknowledgement of Country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.