Course Description

The St Patrick’s Technical College Plumbing program provides you with the practical skills and knowledge to work effectively in the plumbing and services sector and will prepare you for a pathway to an apprenticeship.

You will learn about safe work practices, how to use plumbing pipes, fittings and fixtures to simulate plumbing installations, basic sheet metal practices and basic oxy-acetylene welding and cutting.

This course will prepare graduates with the skills and knowledge for entry into an apprenticeship (Certificate III in Plumbing) in one of the various sectors of the plumbing industry, including a Plumbing apprentice in the domestic or commercial/industrial sectors.

Combined with relevant theory subjects, your training focuses on required hand skills, reading plans, and calculating plumbing quantities.

Course Structure

StPatsTech-Machine-PlumbingAll students at StPatsTech study a nationally-accredited technical / vocational qualification while completing the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).

Industry Focused SACE
> Essential English
> Essential Mathematics
> Scientific Studies
> Research Project

Work Ready Skills
> First Aid Training
> Industry Connections
> Integrated Learning
> Work Experience
> Workplace Practices

Vocational Training
> Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship) (22569VIC)

Our fully integrated courses mean you don’t sacrifice your high school education while undertaking vocational training, either through one of our certificate courses or through our School-based Apprenticeship program.

All subjects at St Patrick’s Technical College are specifically written with reference to your technical training while the vocational qualification is industry relevant and provides pathways into apprenticeships and traineeships.


St Patrick’s Technical College – Plumbing outdoor classroom

Curriculum Information

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Certificate II in Plumbing (22569VIC)

Course content includes: Measuring and calculating, reading plans and specifications, using plumbing tools, equipment and materials, performing basic oxy-acetylene welding and cutting, and using plumbing pipes, fittings and fixtures to simulate plumbing installations.

PEER (RTO Code 45744) is responsible for the quality of accredited training and assessment provided and for the issuing of all qualifications and statements of attainment for this course.

See below for full list of competencies associated with this AQF qualification.

Integrated Learning

Students apply their knowledge and skills to a real-world task, event, learning opportunity, or context, which leads to a specific purpose, product, or outcome. The subject draws links between aspects of students’ lives and their learning. Students develop and demonstrate their collaboration, teamwork, and self-awareness, and evaluate their learning.

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Essential English

Our literacy program prepares students to communicate effectively within the workplace. This subject provides students with skills required to enhance their oral and written skills. Students learn techniques to improve their employment opportunities, their ability to work in a team and their effectiveness to communicate with customers and clients. Areas such as the planning and writing of job applications, procedures when writing curriculum vitae and the appropriate use of email and other electronic communications are also studied in this course.

Essential Mathematics

Our numeracy program enables students to develop the mathematical skills necessary to ensure their success and is both practical and theoretical in nature. Students study units of measurement, measuring devices, length, perimeter, area and volume. These units also include components in costing, quoting and scale drawing. These units are fundamental to the success of all students completing a trade and give students a clear understanding of the relevance between mathematics and their chosen career pathway.

Research Project

In the Research Project, students have the opportunity to study an area of interest in depth. They use their creativity and initiative, while developing the research and presentation skills they will need in further study or work.

Scientific Studies (Construction)

This subject prepares students in gaining a scientific understanding of why selected materials are used within the building industry. Students gain knowledge of the insulative properties of selected materials, understand the techniques used to strengthen building materials and investigate the properties of both natural and processed building materials. Students are introduced to the tools used in industry and the science behind their operation. This is a practical course where many aspects of the students learning are obtained through hands on experience.

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Industry Connections

Industry Connections develops students’ skills, knowledge and understandings of interested trade areas while developing their capabilities and employability skills through an industry-related project.

Industry Connections is flexibly designed to enable opportunities for students to collate a work skills portfolio that may support future career and transitions opportunities.

Work Experience

Work Experience (WEX) is a compulsory part of the St Patrick’s Technical College Work Ready Skills program. It provides the opportunity for students to explore and experience an area of interest or their trade choice. Students learn, grow and develop skills for the workplace, gain valuable feedback from an employer about their general employability skills such as attitude, work ethic, initiative, WHS, punctuality, problem solving abilities, communication and teamwork skills.

Workplace Practices

Students develop knowledge, skills, and understanding of the nature, type and structure of the workplace. They learn about the value of unpaid work to society, future trends in the world of work, workers’ rights and responsibilities and career planning.

Pre-Vocational Competencies

22569VIC Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship)
Code Unit Title
BSBWRT311 Write simple documents
CPCCCM1015 Carry out measurements and calculations
CPCCCM2001 Read and interpret plans and specifications
CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
CPCCWHS2001 Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
CPCPCM2039A Carry out interactive workplace communication
CUAACD303 Produce technical drawings
HLTAID002 Provide basic emergency life support
VU23046 Apply basic sheet metal practices
VU23047 Cut and penetrate building materials and structures
VU23048 Fabricate simple plumbing pipe systems
VU23049 Identify career pathways in the plumbing industry
VU23050 Perform basic oxy-acetylene welding and cutting
VU23051 Prepare to work in the plumbing industry
VU23052 Use and apply basic levelling equipment for plumbing
VU23053 Use basic electric welding equipment and techniques
VU23054 Use basic plumbing hand tools
VU23055 Use basic power tools
VU23056 Use plumbing pipes, fittings and fixtures to simulate plumbing installations

Work Experience

St Patrick’s Technical College is focused on helping you move into the workforce. Our Work Ready Skills program gives you the edge when it comes to applying for a job.

Embedded in all the subjects that make up the Work Ready Skills program you’ll discover the key skills that employers are looking for and how you can develop them:

  • People skills
  • Reliability
  • Literacy and numeracy
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Positive attitude and work ethic
  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity
  • Digital literacy
  • Problem solving

To help you develop these skills and introduce you to potential employers, the College conducts an extensive Work Experience program. Year 10 & Year 11 students have seven compulsory WEX blocks scheduled during term time, and Year 12 students have six compulsory WEX blocks scheduled during term time.


As part of your program at St Patrick’s Technical College, we’ll support you to move into an apprenticeship as soon as you’re ready.

Building-&-Construction-Course-CaricatureSt Patrick’s Technical College is the School-based Apprenticeship and Traineeship (SBAT) specialist.

A SBAT is a mix of academic, vocational education, training and employment.

Through your SBAT at StPatsTech, employment skills and real-world experience are an integral part of your school program.

Our apprenticeship program is the only one of its kind in South Australia. We allow you and your employer maximum flexibility so you both get the most out of your SBAT.

Career Pathways

Career pathways for plumbing are extraordinarily diverse – from domestic plumbers working in housing through to the gas and solar industries and major commercial developments.

Career opportunities include:

  • Plumber
  • Drainer
  • Gasfitter
  • Heating & Ventilation Plumber
  • Irrigation Installer
  • Roof Plumber
  • Sprinkler Fitter