This is an apprenticeship program.
This program provides training for plumbing apprentices and covers the practical and theoretical aspects of the industry.
You will specialise in gas-fitting, water, sanitary, roofing and drainage during the first three stages of training. If your employer agrees, you can choose to complete a fourth stage - mechanical services.
After completing your apprenticeship and your Journeyman’s exam you can apply to the Victorian Building Authority to become a registered plumber.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work.
You'll have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, and practical assignments.
This apprenticeship runs over the course of three years with the bulk of time spent working with your employer and block releases to study on-campus at RMIT.
You'll study five streams of plumbing: drainage, gas, roofing, sanitary and water. If you choose to study the mechanical stream, you'll complete an additional stage.
You'll complete 35 courses in each of the first two stages, 13 courses in stage three, and if you choose the mechanical stream (stage four), an additional 14 courses.
Examples of some of the courses studied as part of this program include:
- fusion pipe welding
- gas principles
- installation of sanitary systems
- measurement and calculation
- mechanical principles
- plumbing standards
- regulation, roof safety and installation
Choose a program structure
Choose a program structure
Program code: C3312
National curriculum code: CPC32413
Trained plumbers install and repair equipment such as boilers, pumps, heating and cooling systems, natural gas appliances, water tanks, solar heating systems, sinks, basins and showers.
Plumbers may be self-employed, employed in small firms, or employed in large construction firms.
The demand for skilled professionals in the plumbing trade is strong. With new construction continuing to show growth, the need for maintenance of infrastructure is increasing.
This program is recognised by plumbing associations and organisations such as The Master Plumbers and Mechanical Services Association of Australia and the Communications Electrical Plumbing Union.
Apprentices can apply to the Victorian Building Authority to become a registered plumber once they have completed the Certificate III in Plumbing qualification and successfully completed the VBA registration exam.
Your first step is to get a job in the industry. From there you can start your apprenticeship.
If you're interested in this program, contact the School of Vocational Engineering, Health and Sciences for more information.
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$6,500* 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.