Course Title: Read plans and calculate plumbing quantities

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C3312 Certificate III in Plumbing

Course Title: Read plans and calculate plumbing quantities

Portfolio: Vocational Education

Nominal Hours: 8

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.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


130T Vocational Engineering


Term1 2015

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

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Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to use and interpret plans and specifications associated with construction work, and accurately complete measurements and calculations to establish quantities of materials for the plumbing and services industry.

The unit requires the interpretation of plans, drawings and specifications to interpret requirements, and making measurements and calculations to determine quantities of plumbing materials.

In some jurisdictions, this unit of competency may form part of accreditation, licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CPCPCM2040A Read plans and calculate plumbing quantities


1. Prepare for work.

2. Identify types of plans and drawings and their functions.

3. Identify commonly used scales, symbols and abbreviations.

4. Locate and identify key features on a services plan.

5. Read and interpret job specifications.

6. Obtain measurements and perform calculations

7. Calculate material quantities

8. Clean up.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

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.