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VCE VET Plumbing

The VCE VET Plumbing program is drawn from Victorian accredited curriculum and offers a portable qualification which is recognised throughout Australia. This qualification provides students with a broad range of skills and knowledge to pursue a career or further training in the plumbing industry. The VCE VET Plumbing program is a pre-employment course designed to meet the needs of students wishing to pursue a career in the plumbing industry.

The VCE VET Plumbing program does not offer scored assessment.


22304VIC Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship): aims to provide learners with basic industry specific skills and knowledge to enable transition into an apprenticeship or traineeship within the plumbing industry at the Certificate III level. This pre-apprenticeship course consists of 19 compulsory units of competency that provide skills and knowledge in workplace safety practices onsite, workplace communication, carrying out measurements and calculations, reading and producing technical drawings, applying basic sheet metal practices, using various welding equipment, and using plumbing tools and resources.

Credit in the VCE or VCAL: recognition of up to three VCE VET units at Units 1 and 2 level, and a Units 3 and 4 sequence.

Note: This qualification is not available as a School-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship. For more information, see Apprenticeships and Traineeships.

Program material

The VCE VET Plumbing program booklet contains information relating to the qualification approved by the VCAA for delivery to VCE or VCAL students.

It includes advice on the units of competency making up the program and the credit available for VCE and VCAL students.

It also provides advice on Structured Workplace Learning, the ATAR contribution and Pathways to further learning.

VCE VET Plumbing Program Booklet (published January 2020)
Full descriptions of the units of competency drawn from state-accredited curriculum that are included in the VCE VET Plumbing program can be found on the Victorian Department of Education and Training website.

Structured workplace learning recognition

The VCAA provides recognition for Structured Workplace Learning for students undertaking VCE VET programs.

A Workplace Learning Record booklet for VCE VET Plumbing is available.

22304VIC Certificate II in Plumbing WLR

ATAR contribution

Students who receive a Units 3 and 4 sequence for VCE VET Plumbing will be eligible for an increment towards their ATAR (10 percent of the lowest study score of the primary four studies).

The increment is awarded by the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC). For more information, visit VTAC.

Construction Induction Card

The unit CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry is recognised by WorkSafe Victoria for the registration of construction workers for occupational health and safety induction, and is a WorkSafe requirement for students entering a construction site. Completing this unit will meet the requirements for being issued the Construction Induction Card (CI Card).

The Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship) includes the unit CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry with an allocation of 6 hours. Training providers are encouraged to provide the training enabling the CI Card to be issued prior to any Structured Workplace Learning.

Any person on a construction site needs a Construction Induction Card (CI Card). This includes all work experience or Structured Workplace Learning students. CI Cards issued in other states and territories are recognised in Victoria. The major requirement is that at the time of the training the student would normally have resided in the state or territory of issue.

For more information, visit WorkSafe Victoria.