This is a pre-apprenticeship program.
The Certificate II in Plumbing pre-apprenticeship is a nationally recognised qualification that prepares you for a plumbing apprenticeship.
The Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship) provides you with the basic skills and training in the plumbing field. It can be an important first step to your career as a plumber.
Studying full-time at RMIT, you’ll undertake practical workshops to give you hands-on experience, as well as important theory classes to give you a solid understanding of the industry. Students can also seek work experience opportunities to gain first-hand knowledge and experience of the plumbing industry which will better prepare you for a full-time apprenticeship.
When finished, you’ll have the skills and knowledge that an employer looks for when hiring an apprentice.
You will be taught in a combination of workshop and theory classes, with an emphasis on hand skills.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, and practical assignments.
Guest speakers from industry will enhance your learning experiences.
An industry engagement day is organised near the end of your program to provide you with relevant information on regulations, key employers and employment opportunities.
Students are also connected through industry associations and the RMIT Skills and Jobs Centre to assist with securing a full-time apprenticeship.
Through this program you'll gain insight into the plumbing industry, understand its expectations and how you can progress.
You'll gain basic knowledge and skills through workshop classes, which will develop your understanding of welding, sheet metal, roofing, drainage, sanitary, water and gas principles. These skills will be practised at work placements.
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Program code: C2222
National curriculum code: 22304VIC
Plumbers continue to be in high demand in Australia, and the current job outlook is very strong. Plumbers may be self-employed, employed in small firms, or employed in large construction firms.
Many students find apprenticeships while still studying this program. A high percentage of students who successfully complete this program find an apprenticeship within six months.
Unlike an apprenticeship or traineeship, you're not required to be employed to do this program.
Free TAFE for priority courses
From January 1 2019, the Victorian Government is waiving tuition fees for this program, as well as other priority government-subsidised non-apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs.
Visit Free TAFE for priority courses for further information on what this means and whether it may affect you.
If you have any questions you can contact our Info Corner team.
The tuition fees below will apply if you are not receiving a Free TAFE fee waiver.
The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place. To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at How to check if you are eligible.
- 2020 government subsidised place (with concession): AU$400* per annum
- 2020 government subsidised place: AU$2,000* per annum
- 2020 full-fee place: AU$8,500* per annum
*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$308 maximum fee for 2020.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Eligibility criteria waver
**The Victorian Government is currently waiving two (2) eligibility criteria around prior qualifications. This means that more people who want to study a vocational education program at RMIT, and already have a qualification, will be able to access a government subsidised place in a program. Find out how to check your eligibility.
If your application for a fee concession is approved, you will be charged 20% of the standard government subsidised tuition fee for your program. You will also be charged a lower rate on your student services and amenities fee (SSAF).
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2020 is $308.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.