This certificate provides training for plumbing apprentices and covers the practical and theoretical aspects of the industry.
This is an apprenticeship program.
Through your studies in this certificate, you will specialise in gas-fitting, water, sanitary, drainage and roofing during the first three stages of training. If your employer agrees, you can choose to complete a fourth stage in mechanical services.
After completing your apprenticeship and your Journeyman’s exam, you can apply to the Victorian Building Authority to become a registered plumber.
This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work.
Ongoing assessment throughout this certificate may include examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, and practical assignments.
As an apprentice, you will learn while on the job. Feedback from work supervisors and others maybe used as evidence of competency.
This certificate is based on general plumbing roofing and mechanical streams.
There are 83 subjects comprising 43 core units and 40 electives. The electives have been chosen to reflect the discipline of plumbing required for registration and licensing, as prescribed by the VBA.
This apprenticeship runs over three years with the bulk of time spent working with your employer and block releases to study on-campus at RMIT.
You'll study five streams of plumbing, comprising three stages of study: drainage, gas, roofing, sanitary and water. You may also choose to study the mechanical stream, which requires an additional stage of study.
As part of your certificate, you will learn to:
Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.
Trained plumbers install and repair equipment such as boilers, pumps, heating and cooling systems, natural gas appliances, water tanks, solar heating systems, sinks, basins and showers.
Plumbers may be self-employed, employed in small firms, or employed in large construction firms.
The demand for skilled professionals in the plumbing trade is strong. With new construction continuing to show growth, the need for maintenance of infrastructure is increasing.
You need to satisfy all of the following academic (entry) requirements to be considered for entry into this course.
This program is delivered as an apprenticeship. To enrol in this program as an apprentice you should:
You will be contacted by RMIT after we are notified by the Apprenticeship Network to organise your enrolment.
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.
You must meet the entry requirements to gain access to this course. Please contact Study@RMIT to discuss your options.
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 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.
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The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2024 is $351.
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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.