Course Title: Install and commission water heating systems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: BUIL6266C

Course Title: Install and commission water heating systems

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3307 - Certificate III in Plumbing

Course Contact: Program manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Program Manager - Warren James

Tel: +61 3 9925 4468


Nominal Hours: 25

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

CPCPCM2043A Carry out WHS requirements

Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to install and commission water heaters for domestic and commercial applications.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPCPWT3023A Install and commission water heating systems


1 Prepare for work.

2 Identify installation requirements.

3 Install, commission and maintain system.

4 Clean up.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Drawings, plans and specifications are obtained.
1.2 Work health and safety (WHS) and environmental requirements associated with installing water heaters, and workplace are adhered to throughout the work.
1.3 Quality assurance requirements are identified and adhered to according to workplace requirements.
1.4 Tasks are planned and sequenced in conjunction with others involved in or affected by the work and statutory and regulatory authorities’ requirements.
1.5 Tools and equipment for installing water heaters, including personal protective equipment, are selected and checked for serviceability.
1.6 Work area is prepared to support efficient installation of water heaters.
 2.1 Installation position is assessed for compliance with authorities’ requirements, manufacturer recommendations, relevant Australian standards, job specifications and location of other services using relevant information.
2.2 Quantity and type of materials required are calculated from job specifications and site inspection, and comply with relevant Australian standards.
2.3 Materials and equipment are identified, ordered and collected according to workplace procedures. 
2.4 Materials and equipment are checked for compliance with relevant Australian standards, docket and order form, and for acceptable condition.
2.5 Sustainability principles and concepts are observed when preparing for and undertaking work process.
 3.1 Water heating system is installed according to relevant Australian standards, job specifications and manufacturer recommendations, and complies with authorities’ requirements.
3.2 Pipe joints are fitted correctly and according to relevant Australian standards.
3.3 Installation is tested according to relevant Australian standards, manufacturer specifications and authorities’ requirements.
3.4 Water heating system is commissioned according to relevant Australian standards, manufacturer specifications and authorities’ requirements.
3.5 Water heating system is maintained according to manufacturer instructions.
 4.1 Work area is cleared and materials disposed of, reused or recycled according to legislation, regulations, codes of practice and job specification.
4.2 Tools and equipment are cleaned, checked, maintained and stored according to manufacturer recommendations and workplace procedures.
4.3 Documentation is completed according to workplace requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities include in class workbook activities and researching industry practices and standards. This may include online learning activities. Students are expected to undertake design, size and documentation to relevant industry standards to include sustainability and WHS principles.

Teaching Schedule

 This unit is delivered over 2 sessions

Session Number         Topic                                             Learning Activities/Resources                  Elements/ Performance Criteria                Assessments                  
1Theory of  install and commission Gas, Electric And Solar water heating systems  Pearson’s Chapt. 5 Powerpoint presentation by trainer.

Students read - Pearsons, Basic Water Supply 2nd Edition.
Chapt. 5  Pgs 131-155

AS/NZS 3500
Parts 3 and 4 Hot and Cold Water Supply

Students complete Worksheets 1 - 2 -3 Chapt 5




1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6


1 Cont….OH&S in heated water systems

Students complete Swmns, underpinning questions in student recording book.

1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5Assessment 1 – Submit workbook underpinning questions and completed SWMS
2Practical Tasks- install and commission Gas, Electric And Solar water heating systemsStudents install water heating units using tools and equipment in workshop. Student recording book required for self assessment.3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5
4.1, 4.2, 4.3
Assessment 2 –install & commission water heating systems in the following prac tasks: B03, B04, B05, B06


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Basic Plumbing Services Skills Water Supply 2nd edition
will be provided to all students enrolled in this unit.



Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course.

Assessment Tasks

Students are required to complete 2 different types of assessment tasks
Assessment 1 – Submit workbook underpinning questions and completed SWMS. (Weighting 30%)

Assessment 2 –install & commission water heating systems in the following prac tasks: B03, B04, B05, B06.  (weighting 70%)

To successfully complete this unit, a student needs to be deemed competent (CA grade) in both assessment tasks.
Grading Criteria:
NYC - Not yet competent
CA - Competence Achieved
DNS - Did not submit assessment

Assessment Matrix

Assessment Task Element/ PC Percentage Weighting
Assessment 1 – Written tasks - Workbook Element 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5    30%
Assessment 2 - Practical installation of heated water systems                  Element 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3   70%

Other Information

Academic Misconduct

Students are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism in oral or written presentations is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person, without appropriate referencing, as though it is one’s own. Plagiarism is not acceptable.
The use of another person’s work or ideas must be acknowledged. Failure to do so may result in charges of academic misconduct which carry a range of penalties including cancellation of results and exclusion from your course.
Students are responsible for ensuring that their work is kept in a secure place. It is also a disciplinary offence for students to allow their work to be plagiarized by another student.
Students should be aware of their rights and responsibilities regarding the use of copyright material. It is strongly recommended that students refer to the Guidelines for Students at the RMIT University Homepage.

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