Overview

The Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services (Operations) is designed for registered plumbers who want to advance in the industry and for those who want to become hydraulic consultants. You’ll learn to design and size gas piping, sanitary and cooling systems, as well as develop business skills for further career progression.

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

  • Nationally recognised training
    Nationally recognised training
Intake at capacity

We've reached capacity in this course for the July 2024 intakes across multiple campuses. The next available intake is October for Croydon or Wantirna. If you'd like to know more get in touch with us today.

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Professional recognition

This course and licensing are approved and recognised by the Victorian Building Authority.

Admissions

For the operations stream, a candidate must hold a Certificate III in Plumbing or be authorised to undertake plumbing work by an Australian regulator/licensing body.

Successful completion of Australian Year 12, or equivalent overseas qualification.

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

For the award of the CPC40920 Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services (Operations) electives are to be completed as follows:

10
Core units
+
5
Elective units
=
Certificate IV
Course hours are estimated and may change based on study mode, unit choice, credits, or enrolment adjustments, total indicative nominal hours: 982

Your units

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Establish legal and risk management requirements of new business ventures
Core unit
BSBESB402
Read and interpret plans and specifications
Core unit, 30.0 credit points
CPCCBC4012
Carry out work-based risk control processes
Core unit, 24.0 credit points
CPCPCM4011
Estimate and cost work
Core unit, 40.0 credit points
CPCPCM4012
Access and interpret regulatory requirements for the plumbing and services industry
Core unit, 15.0 credit points
CPCPCM4015
Design and size sanitary drainage systems
Core unit, 40.0 credit points
CPCPDR4011
Design and size stormwater drainage systems
Core unit, 45.0 credit points
CPCPDR4012
Design and size consumer gas installations
Core unit, 60.0 credit points
CPCPGS4011
Design and size sanitary plumbing systems
Core unit, 50.0 credit points
CPCPSN4011
Design and size heated and cold-water services and systems
Core unit, 80.0 credit points
CPCPWT4011
Elective units
Produce 2-D architectural drawings using design software
Elective unit, 40.0 credit points
CPCPCM4013
Design and size domestic treatment plant disposal systems
Elective unit, 35.0 credit points
CPCPDR4013
Design, size and lay out heating and cooling systems
Elective unit, 160.0 credit points
CPCPMS4011
Design and size roof drainage systems
Elective unit, 60.0 credit points
CPCPRF4011
Commission and maintain backflow prevention devices
Elective unit
CPCPWT4022
Commission and maintain hot and heated water temperature control devices
Elective unit
CPCPWT4023
Service Type A gas appliances
Elective unit, 180.0 credit points
CPCPGS4022

2024 fees

Full fee* ($AUD)

$13,150

Skills first government-subsidised place* ($AUD)

$4,680

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$0.00

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$0.00

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!

Scholarships

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.

Intake at capacity

We've reached capacity in this course for the July 2024 intakes across multiple campuses. The next available intake is October for Croydon or Wantirna. If you'd like to know more get in touch with us today.

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Last date to apply
Start dates
July intake
Location
Croydon
Last date to apply
10-July-2024
Start dates
15-July-2024
July intake
Location
Hawthorn
Last date to apply
10-July-2024
Start dates
15-July-2024
July intake
Location
Wantirna
Last date to apply
10-July-2024
Start dates
15-July-2024
October intake
Location
Croydon
Last date to apply
02-October-2024
Start dates
07-October-2024
October intake
Location
Hawthorn
Last date to apply
02-October-2024
Start dates
07-October-2024
October intake
Location
Wantirna
Last date to apply
02-October-2024
Start dates
07-October-2024
February intake
Location
Croydon
Last date to apply
29-January-2025
Start dates
03-February-2025
February intake
Location
Hawthorn
Last date to apply
29-January-2025
Start dates
03-February-2025
February intake
Location
Wantirna
Last date to apply
29-January-2025
Start dates
03-February-2025
Start dates
Location
Start dates
July intake
Location
Croydon
Start dates
15-July-2024
July intake
Location
Hawthorn
Start dates
15-July-2024
July intake
Location
Wantirna
Start dates
15-July-2024
October intake
Location
Croydon
Start dates
07-October-2024
October intake
Location
Hawthorn
Start dates
07-October-2024
October intake
Location
Wantirna
Start dates
07-October-2024
February intake
Location
Croydon
Start dates
03-February-2025
February intake
Location
Hawthorn
Start dates
03-February-2025
February intake
Location
Wantirna
Start dates
03-February-2025
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