Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-Apprenticeship)

Course code: 22304VIC

The pre-apprenticeship program is designed for students who are considering a career in the plumbing industry. It will prepare them for employment as an apprentice in the plumbing trade. The course equips students with the skills and knowledge to enhance their employment prospects, with a strong emphasis on sustainability and safe plumbing principles. It helps to develop social and personal skills relevant to the workplace, as well as provide an understanding of the nature of the work and conditions.

Consider this course if you:

  • Like working outdoors and do not mind digging
  • Are practical, patient, methodical and persistent
  • Enjoy using logical processes to solve problems
  • Are interested in a career in the plumbing industry
  • Like working with metal
  • Are comfortable to lift and move heavy items

For  more information about this course, download the Information Booklet.

  • Sample competencies covered in the first year include:
    • Use basic plumbing hand tools
    • Perform basic oxy-acetylene welding and cutting
    • Apply basic sheet metal practices
  • Sample competencies covered in the second year include:
    • Use plumbing pipes, fittings and fixtures to simulate plumbing installations
    • Fabricate simple plumbing pipe systems
    • Cut and penetrate building materials and structures

Box Hill Institute (Elgar Campus)
Northern College of the Arts and Technology

Box Hill Institute
RTO Number: 4687

Northern College of the Arts and Technology
RTO Number: 6736

Box Hill Institute
Year 1 | Wednesdays or Fridays AM Class | 8.00am – 12.30pm
Year 1 | Wednesdays PM Class | 1.30pm – 6.00pm
Year 2 | Wednesdays AM Class | 8.00am – 12.30pm
Year 2 | Wednesdays PM Class | 1.30pm – 6.00pm

Northern College of the Arts and Technology
Year 1 | Wednesdays | 1.30pm – 5.30pm or 8.30am – 12.30pm
Year 2 | Thursdays | 1.30pm – 5.30pm

Part Time / Face to Face

This is a two year course.

Assessment may be a combination of written and online assignments, tests, examinations and practical application projects.

It is recommended participants have a minimum achievement of Year 10 Maths and English or equivalent and an aptitude for practical work.

80 hours of work placement (over two years) is strongly recommended

Contact the VET Coordinator at your Secondary College for specific information regarding your College’s application process. Your VET Coordinator and/or staff from your Secondary College will assist you with planning for your VCE or VCAL certificate and will advise you where a VET Course fits within this plan. They will also give you information about travel arrangements and any costs associated with VET Courses.

For information on the IMVC Application Process please go to About VET Delivered in Schools.

Contact your school to discuss fees for VET courses.

VCAL: This program contributes to the Industry Specific Skills Strand and may also contribute to the Work Related Skills Strand.

VCE: Students may be eligible to receive recognition of up to three units at Units 1 and 2 level and a Units 3 and 4 sequence.

ATAR: This subject does not have a study score and therefore cannot contribute towards the student’s primary four. Students who receive a Units 3 & 4 sequence may be eligible for a 10% increment towards their ATAR (10% of the lowest result of your primary four scaled studies).
Please note the student must already have English and three other fully scored VCE/VET subjects to create the primary four.

Once you have successfully completed your Certificate II in Plumbing, you may decide to pursue further study as an apprentice or trainee. Some of the opportunities available in the plumbing industry include:

  • Sanitary and gas fitter plumbing
  • Heating and Ventilating (sustainable plumbing)
  • Domestic, Commercial and industrial plumbing
  • Refrigeration

NCAT, at the end of the year, will send a letter to the home address of all students in regards to additional requirements: e.g. uniform (protective clothing must be worn) and work books. All students must provide their own safety glasses, hearing protectors and tape measures. In addition, plumbing students will need to purchase their own welding googles and welding gloves.

Box Hill Institute students must possess the following: leather upper work boots, blue overalls, pair of clear safety glasses (AS/NZS 1337:1992), pair of oxy welding glasses (AS/NZS 1338.1), and a pair of ear muffs/ear protection.