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Plumbing Contracting Licensing (Specialist) skill set

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The following theory components of the course require you to complete a workbook for each. You will be required to present these completed workbooks on the commencement of each theory class.

  • Drainage
  • Sanitary
  • Backflow
  • Water Supply

Gain these skills

  • Design and size sanitary drainage systems, treatment plant disposal systems, sanitary plumbing systems and heated and cold water services and systems
  • Commission and maintain backflow prevention devices and hot and heated water temperature control devices

Next dates 

Semester 2 2022

  • Backflow 5 to 7 September
  • Drainage 3 to 14 October
  • Sanitary 18 to 25 July, 24 to 31 October
  • Water 8 to 19 September

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.

Attendance in class

This course is equivalent to 5 days a week across 7 weeks from 7.45am - 4.15pm. 

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.

  • Scientific calculator
  • Scale rule
  • Pens: red, blue, black and green
  • Lead pencils
  • Note pad

Uniforms and workwear requirements

  • Steel cap boots

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

Drainage Units:
• ISBN: (9781742058115) CPCPDR4013A BC1909 Domestic Treatment plant Disposal Systems
• ISBN: (9781742058139) CPCPDR4011A BC1911 Sanitary Drainage systems.

Backflow Units:
• ISBN: (9781742058108) CPCPWT4012A BC1908

Commission & Maintain Backflow Prevention Devices Sanitary Units:
• ISBN: (9781742058054) CPCPSN4011A BC1901

Design and size sanitary plumbing system Water Units:
• ISBN: (9781742056951) CPCPWT4011A BC1907 Design and size Heated and cold water Services and system
• ISBN: (9781742058122) CPCPWT4003A BC1910 Commission and maintain Heated Water Temperature

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

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 the full course, 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.

To access free career planning and job search assistance, visit the Jobs and Skills Centres page.

Study options and next steps

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Semester 2

Rockingham - On Campus

When Semester 2
Where Rockingham
How On Campus
Course fee
Tuition fee* Resource fee Total fee
General $460.08 $520.50 $980.58
Concession $136.32 $520.50 $656.82

Indicative fees and charges 

Visit our Fees page for all you need to know about fees at SM TAFE including rules around refunds and withdrawals. 

Call 1800 001 001 to get a more accurate fee indication based on your eligibility and study plan before applying. 

More information about fees – at a glance 

Fees and charges published on our website are indicative. The fee for this course is displayed in the table above, showing tuition fees, resource fees and total fees for general and concession fee types for qualifications and skill sets, and one total fee for short courses. 

Your fees will depend on your eligibility for government funding or a concession rate, and the units you choose to study or seek to be recognised under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Our Indicative fees lists show fees that are: 

  • Based on the full possible study plan of units, including the recommended electives 

  • Based on full time study in 2022

  • Charged at the government funded rate for over 18 years of age students 

  • Based on unit electives designed to meet localised industry demand for skills 

  • * Made up of course fees and resource fees, or RPL fees. Course fees are the cost of your tuition, while resource fees pay for consumables provided to you to aid your study (such as printing and paper). You may also be required to purchase text books or equipment that are not part of our tuition or resource fees. Short course fees include both tuition and resource fees as one total fee. 

Fees may vary between students and between educational providers. Other charges may apply. 

Lower Fees, Local Skills fee caps 

The annual fees cap on Lower fees, local skills qualifications means that regardless of how much course fees are, you will not pay more than a set total amount per qualification or course in any one calendar year. The annual fees cap is set at $400 for eligible concession students, and $1,200 for non-concession students, plus resource fees. If you begin study in Semester 2 and your course runs longer than one semester, you should expect a new calendar year cap to begin in the next semester of your study, as your further study will be considered in a new calendar year. 

Skills Ready skill sets 

Skills Ready skill sets are free for eligible students. For those who are not eligible, tuition, resource and other fees are payable.  Find out more about the initiative

VET Student Loans 

Selected Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses are VET Student Loan eligible courses. A VET Student Loan creates a debt that must be repaid to the Commonwealth and is only available to students who are eligible. Student Loan fee caps apply. To find out if you are eligible, to see the list of eligible courses or view the loan caps visit our Student Loans page.  

International students 

Selected courses are available to International students for full time study only. Fees, charges, available locations, applications and enrolment procedures for International students are different to those for students who have Australian permanent residency. For more information or to find a course visit the TAFE International WA website. 

Recognition of Prior Learning 

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) enrolments are charged at $3.25 per nominal hour of study. 

No concession fees apply to RPL enrolments. Refer to the institutional or apprenticeship/traineeship fee list above for an indicative RPL course fee. 

To get started with RPL, visit the Recognition of Prior Learning page. 

College Discretionary Fee (CDF) 

For all on campus and online and on campus students an annual $20 discretionary fee is payable to cover items like security and other onsite facilities. Fully online students are not expected to pay a CDF as they do not attract on campus costs.

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