VCE VET Plumbing

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.

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  • 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 industries 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.

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Credit in the VCE or VCAL

  • 22304VIC Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship): recognition of up to three units at Units 1 and 2 level and a Units 3 and 4 sequence.

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% of the average of the primary four scaled studies).

Note: from 2019, increments for unscored VCE VET programs will be calculated using 10% of the lowest study score of the primary four. The policy change is outlined in the VTAC Gazette Nov-Dec 2017

The increment is awarded by the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC). Further information can be found on the VTAC website:

The VCE VET Plumbing program does not offer scored assessment.

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Program information

Program updates and further information

Continuous improvement: During the life of qualification/s there may be occasions when changes are made to reflect feedback from users or to include the latest industry practices. This process is called continuous improvement. When continuous improvement impacts on the VCE VET Plumbing program, advice will be published in the VCAA Bulletin and notification provided on the VCAA website Please visit the VCAA Bulletin subscription webpage

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Construction Induction Card

The Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship) includes the unit CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry with an allocation of 6 hours. This unit is recognised by Work Safe Victoria for the registration of construction workers for occupational health and safety induction.

Any person on a construction site needs a construction induction card. This includes all work experience or structured workplace learning students. Construction induction 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.

Students wishing to undertake the construction induction card in preparation for work experience or in conjunction with another qualification should be enrolled on the VASS in the 'Construction Induction Card' course (course code: CICARD).