Course Description

Our Plumbing program has been structured to give you a strong foundation in principles that will help you succeed in your plumbing career.

You will develop a sound understanding of the industry, as well as a high skill level in a broad range of disciplines from general plumbing and gas fitting to roof plumbing.

Pre-vocational training in this program is delivered at St Patrick’s in our outdoor classroom by College staff with Plumbing industry experience. Some specialised competencies may be undertaken at TAFE SA campuses.

Prior to moving into an apprenticeship and upon successful completion of the primary qualification, you may commence a second qualification in general construction to boost your skill set.

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

Course Structure

All theory subjects at St Pat’s Tech are tailored specifically for your program.

Pre-vocational training is TAFE accredited, industry relevant and highly practical.

> Trade theory subjects
> Numeracy for Work & Community
> English Pathways
> Scientific Studies

> Pre-vocational training
> Certificate II in Metal Roofing & Cladding (CPC20812)


St Patrick’s Technical College – Plumbing outdoor classroom

Curriculum Information

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Certificate II in Metal Roofing & Cladding (CPC20812)


Course content includes: Work safely at heights, interpret plans and specifications, use hand and power tools, cut and join steel, handle and store plumbing materials.

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

Code Unit Title
VBQU171 Participate in a practical placement
CPCCCM3001C Operate elevated work platforms
CPCPCM2039A Carry out interactive workplace communication
CPCPCM2040A Read plans and calculate plumbing quantities
CPCPCM2041A Work effectively in the plumbing and services sector
CPCPCM2043A Carry out WHS requirements
CPCPCM2045A Handle and store plumbing materials
CPCPCM2046A Use plumbing hand and power tools
CPCPCM2047A Carry out levelling
CPCPCM2048A Cut and join sheet metal
CPCPCM2050A Mark out materials
CPCPCM2055A Work safely on roofs
CPCPRF2022A Select and install roof sheeting and wall cladding
CPCPCM3021A Flash penetrations through roofs and walls
HLTFA211A Provide basic emergency life support
CPCPCM2049A Cut using oxy-LPG-acetylene equipment
CPCPCM2052A Weld using oxy-acetylene equipment
CPCPCM2053A Weld using manual metal arc welding equipment
CPCPCM3022A Weld polyethylene and polypropylene pipes using fusion method
CPCPRF2023A Collect and store roof water
CPCPRF3021A Receive roofing materials
CPCPRF3022A Fabricate and install roof drainage components
CPCPDR2024A Install stormwater and sub soil drainage systems

Work Experience

St Pat’s Tech supports you as you move into the workplace.

You’ll take on Workplace Practices, which gives you the skills to work effectively in a team and allows you to gain a detailed understanding of your chosen trade.

You’ll study career planning, research, employability, interview and resume skills, self-evaluation and goal setting in a program that includes:

> Skills for Life
> Work Experience – to develop your skills in the workplace and experience your trade first-hand. Campus-based students undertake a minimum of six weeks’ Work Experience per year.


As part of your program at St Patrick’s Technical College, we’ll support you to move into a School-based Apprenticeship as soon as you’re ready.

Plumbing-Course-CaricatureSt Patrick’s Technical College is the School-based Apprenticeship specialist.

A School-based Apprenticeship (SbA) is a mix of academic, vocational education, training and employment.

Through your SbA at St Pat’s Tech, employment skills and real-world experience are an integral part of your school program.

As the SbA specialist, your program will be unlike that in any other school in South Australia. We provide you and your employer with unique FLEXIBILITY.

You can spend up to 40 weeks of your final school year full-time with an employer in paid work. This means you can finish the first year of your apprenticeship at the same time as completing your SACE.

You will be mentored by a member of the St Pat’s Tech team and when you graduate, you will automatically be upgraded to a full-time position.

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

For more information about this industry in South Australia, visit the Building & Construction area at Skills for All.