If you’re after a rewarding and in-demand trade, then the Certificate II in Plumbing could be for you. This comprehensive course gives you hands-on experience involving theory and practical skills, including plan interpretation, and knowledge of OHS/WHS requirements. You’ll develop a basic insight into working within a licensed trade area and the associated responsibilities. Graduate equipped with the skills and knowledge employers look for.

This is a nationally approved vocational course that is recognised throughout Australia.

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    Nationally recognised training
  • TAFE Victoria
    TAFE Victoria
Midyear applications are now open.

Ready to apply for a midyear start? Go to the application portal. Still exploring your options at Swinburne? Meet us at Open Day.

Skills you’ll learn

  • Communication
  • Problem-solving
  • Critical-thinking

Your career opportunities

  • Plumber
  • Self-employed

Location options


There are no entry requirements for the 22569 VIC Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship). Learners enrolling in the 22569VIC are best equipped to successfully undertake the course if they have as a minimum, language, literacy and numeracy skills that align to Level 2 of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF).

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

Credit transfer

Credit transfer is the recognition of academic credits gained through formal study (i.e. units of competency) completed either at another institute or in another qualification. The total amount of credit will vary from individual to individual, based on the unit/s that have been successfully completed. 

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process of transferring the skills and knowledge that you have acquired over your lifetime (irrespective of how they were obtained) against the requirements of the unit.  

RPL is an assessment process that requires you to provide evidence that demonstrates how you meet the requirements of the unit/s. The amount and types of evidence you will need to provide will depend on the unit requirements.

Finding your fit

At Swinburne, we recognise that not one size fits all. If this course doesn’t meet all your study criteria, check out these alternatives.

Course structure

The Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship) could be a vital step to working as a plumber, either in industry or perhaps running your own business. This is a comprehensive course based on hands-on experiences involving both theory and practical skills. It aims to help you to develop a basic insight into working within a licensed trade area and the associated responsibilities, equipping students with the skill and knowledge an employer looks for when hiring an apprentice.

Core units
Certificate II
Course hours are estimated and may change based on study mode, unit choice, credits, or enrolment adjustments, total indicative nominal hours: 492

Your units

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
Core unit, 6.0 credit points
Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
Core unit, 20.0 credit points
Carry out measurements and calculations
Core unit, 20.0 credit points
Carry out interactive workplace communication
Core unit, 10.0 credit points
Read and interpret plans and specifications
Core unit, 36.0 credit points
Write simple documents
Core unit
Produce technical drawings
Core unit, 50.0 credit points
Provide basic emergency life support
Core unit, 12.0 credit points
Apply basic sheet metal practices
Core unit, 50.0 credit points
Cut and penetrate building materials and structures
Core unit, 30.0 credit points
Fabricate simple plumbing pipe systems
Core unit, 30.0 credit points
Identify career pathways in the plumbing industry
Core unit, 30.0 credit points
Perform basic oxy-acetylene welding and cutting
Core unit, 20.0 credit points
Prepare to work in the plumbing industry
Core unit, 20.0 credit points
Use and apply basic levelling equipment for plumbing
Core unit, 8.0 credit points
Use basic electric welding equipment and techniques
Core unit, 20.0 credit points
Use basic plumbing hand tools
Core unit, 50.0 credit points
Use basic power tools
Core unit, 20.0 credit points
Use plumbing pipes, fittings and fixtures to simulate plumbing installations
Core unit, 30.0 credit points

2024 fees

Full fee* ($AUD)


Skills first government-subsidised place* ($AUD)


Yearly fee* ($AUD)


2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)


Fees are estimates only

Fees published on this page are estimates only and are subject to change depending on individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. The above fees apply for units studied in 2024 only and may change for units studied in future years. There may be additional costs related to learning material and equipment.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

Skills first government-subsidised place

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. To qualify for a government-subsidised place, you must meet various eligibility criteria. The course you’ve applied for must also be offering government-subsidised places. Swinburne will determine your eligibility by conducting a full assessment of your eligibility during the course application process.

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your Swinburne fees in person, via credit card, BPAY, or at Australia Post. Check to see if loans and employer sponsored training are also available.

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Financials
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.

Concessions rates for vocational students

If you’re enrolling in a Certificate IV-level program or below, are eligible for a government-subsidised training place and hold a valid concession card, you may be eligible for a concession of 80 per cent off the published fee of your unit(s) tuition – which means you’ll only be charged 20 per cent of the published fee.

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    Study this course for free in 2024

    You could have your tuition fees covered in 2024 thanks to the Victorian Government's Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative. 

    Free TAFE for Priority Courses is available to any Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen.

    There are other factors, too. The best way to find out if you’re eligible is to apply!


Scholarship applications for 2024 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 30 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

Apply through an agent

Most international students use an education agent to help them through the application process. Swinburne has agents all over the world that can help you with your application to study. Search for a Swinburne representative in your country. If your country is not listed, please contact us.

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Ready to take on a new challenge and reach your academic goals? If you already know which course you want to study and understand the entry requirements, what are you waiting for? Apply online! Remember, you cannot apply direct if you have an active VTAC application.

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  • Amy outside in the country side with a women smiling at the camera on a sunny and windy day

    “I’m still trying to figure out why me!” says Amy Kosterman, Swinburne plumbing graduate.

    She’s talking about the moment she was offered a once-in-a-lifetime trip to New Mexico with the Navajo Water Project by one of her Swinburne teachers. Amy excitedly accepted and soon joined a team in the US bringing water and sanitation to families in need.

    Amy Kosterman , Swinburne Plumbing and Services student