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Plumbing Contracting Licensing (Business) skill set

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Books that are supplied to you as part of the course fee:

• ISBN: (9781921734045) BSBSMB401A Textbook Establish Business Legal Requirements
• ISBN: (2770000021524) BCPCM4002A Estimate & Cost Plumbing Theory Notes
• IBSN: (2770000021517) BCPCM4001A Carry Out Risk Control Processes Theory Notes

Students must supply the following regulations/standards at their own cost:

• Health Regulations Standards Act ISBN: (RKH028) Treatment of Sewerage, Disposal of Effluent & Liquid Wastes
• Water Regulations Standards ISBN: (RKP 097) Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards Regulations 2000
• AS/NZS 3500 Plumbing Code ISBN: 2770000019835 2015 Edition

Gain these skills

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

Next dates

You can enrol anytime for this course to start studying online.


This skill set is part of the Skills Ready program. Other skill sets can be found on our courses page, using the Refine course results>Study mode filters.

Students must have completed a plumbing trade qualification.

Online and on campus study

This course is equivalent to 12 weeks study in total, made up of a mixture of on campus study, followed by online study, followed by on campus study.

The first week required attendance at campus for one week from Monday to Friday, 7.45am - 4.15pm. The next dates available for on campus attendance will be confirmed by your lecturer after you enrol.

The business units in this plumbing contracting skill set are studied online for 11 weeks after the first week's attendance at campus, before a final three days attendance at campus to complete the course.

To study online and on campus, you should be prepared to commit to independent study and to attend our campuses. To help you understand what it takes to study online and on campus at SM TAFE, download our info pack below.

Online and on campus study info pack (337 KB) (PDF document - opens in a new tab)

Work placement

Work placement is not a requirement of this course.

What you need for your first day of class

On your first day you should bring your SM TAFE confirmation enrolment receipt, your student ID, stationery (a pen and notepad and wear enclosed footwear and equipment from orientation booklet lists). A Trade Person Licence is required.

Uniforms and workwear requirements

  • Steel cap boots

You must have completed a plumbing trade qualification.

On the first day you will need to bring your:

  • Completed PCL workbooks for the lecturer to review.
  • A copy of your trades licence card
  • Other trade related evidence such as certificates, academic records, and any other forms of documentation related to industry

Upon successful completion of both plumbers contractors skill sets, the participant will be able to work as a plumbing contractor in the areas of sanitary, drainage, backflow and water supply. The participant will also be able to supervise works carried out by tradespersons and apprentices.

Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.

Work placement is mandatory for completion of this course. SM TAFE will arrange a suitable work placement within industry for you which will involve your attendance at a workplace.

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