Course Description

The St Patrick’s Technical College Plumbing program prepares students for an apprenticeship as a licensed plumber.

You will prepare for work involving:

  • Use plumbing hand and power tools
  • Cut and penetrate building materials and structures
  • Fabricate plumbing pipe systems
  • Use electric welding equipment and techniques
  • Perform oxy-acetylene welding and cutting
  • Simulate plumbing installations
  • Apply basic sheet metal practices

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

This program is part of the StPatsTech School of Building & Construction. To see the other pathways available in this sub-school, visit the Programs page.

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 Mathematics
> Scientific Studies
> Design Technology (Material Products)

Work Ready Skills
> Essential English
> Skills for Life
> Workplace practices
> Cross-disciplinary Studies
> Community Studies (focus on physical health, fitness, well-being and nutrition to prepare students for the workplace)

Vocational Training
> Certificate II in Plumbing (22304VIC)

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 StPatsTech are specifically written with reference to your technical training while the vocational qualification is an industry relevant and highly practical TAFE SA course


St Patrick’s Technical College – Plumbing outdoor classroom

Curriculum Information

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Certificate II in Plumbing (22304VIC)


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.

See below for full list of competencies associated with this AQF qualification delivered in partnership with TAFE SA.

Design Technology (Construction)

Design Technology (Construction) is an internally assessed course embracing a series of industry unit standard qualifications, as well as related assignments and skills. The project themes are designed to encourage students to make plans and decisions, analyse solutions and critique their work. The course suits those students intending to pursue a career in the building and construction trades. This subject is part of the Year 12 pre-apprenticeship program.

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. This subject is part of the Year 12 pre-apprenticeship program.

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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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Skills for Life

The Skills for Life program provides students with meaningful and positive experiences as part of the College’s Catholic community. It aims to develop students knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the dignity of the human person, living in relationship and the nature of freedom and responsibility. It helps students to recognise how they can impact and make a difference in their community and to develop skills and values in relation to what is meaningful and significant to their lives.

Workplace Practices

In 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. Our extensive Work Experience program is a key component of this subject allowing students to develop and reflect on their capabilities, interests, and aspirations.

Pre-Vocational Competencies

22304VIC Certificate II in Plumbing
Code Unit Title
VU21789 Apply basic sheet metal practices
CPCCOHS2001A Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
CPCPCM2039A Carry out interactive workplace communication
CPCCCM1015A Carry out measurements and calculations
VU21790 Cut and penetrate building materials and structures
VU21791 Fabricate simple plumbing pipe systems
VU21792 Identify career pathways in the plumbing industry
VU21793 Perform basic oxy-acetylene welding and cutting
VU21794 Prepare to work in the plumbing industry
CUVACD303A Produce technical drawings
HLTAID002 Provide basic emergency life support
CPCCCM2001A Read and interpret plans and specifications
VU21795 Use and apply basic levelling equipment for plumbing
VU21796 Use basic electric welding equipment and techniques
VU21797 Use basic plumbing hand tools
VU21798 Use basic power tools
VU21799 Use plumbing pipes, fittings and fixtures to simulate plumbing installations
CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry
BSBWRT301 Write simple documents

Work Experience

StPatsTech 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. All students are expected to undertake a minimum of six weeks of placement in the world of work per year.


As part of your program at StPatsTech, 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.

In Year 12 you can spend more than 40 weeks full-time with your employer in paid work. This means completing up to the first year of your apprenticeship at the same time as finishing your
SACE with support from the College.

StPatsTech School-based Apprentices automatically upgrade to full-time apprenticeships after graduation.

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.