Unit of competency details

CPCPWT3015A - Install water pump sets (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes CPCPWT3005A - Install water pump setsPrerequisite CPCPCM2023A recoded to reflect changed unit Sustainability content added Unit outcome altered Not equivalent to CPCPWT3005A 20/May/2011
Is superseded by CPCPWT3025A - Install water pumpsetsPrerequisite unit changed. Minor changes throughout the unit and to unit title. Not equivalent to CPCPWT3015A 06/Feb/2013

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 19/May/2011


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 040327 Plumbing  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 040327 Plumbing  04/Nov/2011 
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Modification History

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Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to install and test water pumps.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

Site location for work application may be either domestic or commercial, and may be a new work site or an existing structure being renovated, extended, restored or maintained.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not Applicable


Prerequisite units 


Carry out OHS requirements

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare for work.

1.1. Drawings and specifications are obtained.

1.2. Safety  (OHS ) requirements associated with installing water pump sets, and workplace environmental requirements , are adhered to throughout the work.

1.3. Quality assurance  requirements are identified and adhered to in accordance with workplace requirements.

1.4. Tasks are planned and sequenced in conjunction with others involved in or affected by the work and statutory and regulatory authority  requirements.

1.5. Tools and equipment  for installing water pump sets, including personal protective equipment, are selected and checked for serviceability.

1.6. Work area is prepared to support efficient installation of water pump sets .

2. Identify installation requirements.

2.1. Location of pump is determined following site inspection.

2.2. Pump base requirements are identified from drawings and specifications using relevant information .

2.3. Required materials  and equipment are identified, ordered and collected in accordance with 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 applied to work preparation and application.

3. Install water pump sets.

3.1. Pump base is set out to comply with drawings and specifications.

3.2. Pump base is constructed in accordance with drawings and specifications.

3.3. Pump and pump controls  are installed in accordance with relevant Australian standards, drawings, specifications and manufacturer instructions.

3.4. Fuel tank fitting, alignment of shafts and couplings, and the use of mechanical joints comply with relevant specifications and manufacturer instructions.

3.5. Pressure testing of piping system is conducted in accordance with specifications.

3.6. Pump set is tested in accordance with specifications and test data is recorded in required format.

4. Clean up.

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 in accordance with manufacturer recommendations and workplace procedures.

4.3. Documentation is completed in accordance with workplace requirements.

Required Skills and Knowledge


This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

Required skills for this unit are:

  • communication skills to:
  • access information
  • complete workplace documentation
  • enable clear and direct communication, using questioning to identify and confirm requirements, share information, listen and understand
  • follow instructions
  • identify requirements
  • plan and sequence tasks with others
  • read and interpret:
  • documentation from a variety of sources
  • drawings and specifications
  • use language and concepts appropriate to cultural differences
  • use and interpret non-verbal communication, such as hand signals
  • identifying and accurately reporting to appropriate personnel any faults in tools, equipment or materials
  • installing and testing water pumps and a centrifugal pump set
  • numeracy skills to apply measurements and calculations
  • organisational skills, including the ability to plan and set out work
  • teamwork skills to work with others to action tasks and relate to people from a range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with varying physical and mental abilities
  • technological skills to:
  • access and understand site-specific instructions in a variety of media
  • use mobile communication technology.

Required knowledge 

Required knowledge for this unit is:

  • atmospheric pressure
  • fixing techniques
  • job safety analysis (JSA) and safe work method statements (SWMS)
  • levelling and alignment processes
  • performance measures for various water pump sets
  • process of installing water pump sets
  • properties of water, including pressure and flow rates
  • relevant statutory and authority requirements related to installing water pump sets
  • SI system of measurements
  • Australian standards applicable to the installation
  • use of test equipment and procedures
  • workplace and equipment safety requirements.

Evidence Guide


The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

This unit of competency could be assessed in the workplace or a close simulation of the workplace environment providing that simulated or project-based assessment techniques fully replicate plumbing and services workplace conditions, materials, activities, responsibilities and procedures.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence of:

  • locating, interpreting and applying relevant information, Australian standards and specifications to install water pump sets
  • applying safety requirements throughout the work sequence, including electrical requirements and the use of personal protective clothing and equipment
  • as a minimum the ability to, given the plans and specifications, plan the layout, and then install and test a centrifugal pump, ensuring:
  • correct identification of location, design and details of proposed installations
  • correct selection and use of appropriate processes, tools and equipment
  • completing all work to specification
  • compliance with regulations, relevant Australian standards and organisational quality procedures and processes
  • application of sustainability principles and concepts
  • communicating and working effectively and safely with others.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

This competency is to be assessed using standard and authorised work practices, safety requirements and environmental constraints.

Assessment of essential underpinning knowledge will usually be conducted in an off-site context.

Assessment is to comply with relevant regulatory or Australian standards' requirements.

Resource implications for assessment include:

  • an induction procedure and requirement
  • realistic tasks or simulated tasks covering the minimum task requirements
  • relevant specifications and work instructions
  • tools and equipment appropriate to applying safe work practices
  • support materials appropriate to activity
  • workplace instructions relating to safe working practices and addressing hazards and emergencies
  • material safety data sheets
  • research resources, including industry related systems information.

Reasonable adjustments for people with disabilities must be made to assessment processes where required. This could include access to modified equipment and other physical resources, and the provision of appropriate assessment support.

Method of assessment 

Assessment methods must:

  • satisfy the endorsed Assessment Guidelines of the Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package
  • include direct observation of tasks in real or simulated work conditions, with questioning to confirm the ability to consistently identify and correctly interpret the essential underpinning knowledge required for practical application
  • reinforce the integration of employability skills with workplace tasks and job roles
  • confirm that competency is verified and able to be transferred to other circumstances and environments.

Validity and sufficiency of evidence requires that:

  • competency will need to be demonstrated over a period of time reflecting the scope of the role and the practical requirements of the workplace
  • where the assessment is part of a structured learning experience the evidence collected must relate to a number of performances assessed at different points in time and separated by further learning and practice, with a decision on competency only taken at the point when the assessor has complete confidence in the person's demonstrated ability and applied knowledge
  • all assessment that is part of a structured learning experience must include a combination of direct, indirect and supplementary evidence.

Assessment processes and techniques should as far as is practical take into account the language, literacy and numeracy capacity of the candidate in relation to the competency being assessed.

Supplementary evidence of competency may be obtained from relevant authenticated documentation from third parties, such as existing supervisors, team leaders or specialist training staff.

Range Statement


The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Safety  (OHS ) is to be in accordance with commonwealth, state and territory legislation and regulations and may include:

  • handling of materials
  • hazard control
  • personal protective clothing and equipment prescribed under legislation, regulations and workplace policies and practices
  • safe operating procedures, including recognising and preventing hazards associated with:
  • electricity
  • hazardous materials and substances
  • other machines
  • surrounding structure and facilities
  • trip hazards
  • underground services
  • use of tools and equipment
  • work site visitors and the public
  • working at heights
  • working in confined spaces
  • working in proximity to others
  • use of firefighting equipment
  • use of first aid equipment
  • workplace environment and safety.

Environmental requirements  cover water quality management and may include:

  • clean-up protection
  • stormwater protection
  • waste management.

Quality assurance  requirements may include:

  • Environment Protection Authority (EPA)
  • environment policy
  • internal company quality assurance policy and risk management strategy
  • International Standards Organisation
  • site safety plan
  • workplace operations and procedures.

Statutory and regulatory authorities  include:

  • commonwealth, state and local authorities administering applicable Acts, regulations and codes of practice..

Tools and equipment  may include:

  • chain blocks
  • concreting tools
  • forklifts
  • hand and power tools
  • hand trolleys
  • hoists and jacks
  • lifting and load shifting equipment
  • measuring and alignment tools
  • rollers.

Water pump sets :

  • may include:
  • multi-stage turbine
  • positive displacement
  • submersible and electric and compression ignition driven pumps
  • may be:
  • belt driven by an electric or petrol and diesel motor
  • close coupled
  • long coupled with mechanical joints.

Information  may include:

  • charts and hand drawings
  • diagrams or sketches
  • instructions issued by authorised organisational or external personnel
  • job drawings
  • manufacturer specifications and instructions
  • material safety data sheets (MSDS)
  • memos
  • organisation work specifications and requirements
  • regulatory and legislative requirements, particularly those pertaining to:
  • building codes
  • OHS and environmental requirements
  • plumbing regulations
  • relevant Australian standards
  • safe work procedures relating to installing water pump sets
  • signage
  • verbal, written and graphical instructions
  • work bulletins
  • work schedules, plans and specifications.

Materials  may include:

  • circulating
  • hydropneumatic pumping systems and fittings
  • spa baths
  • water pump sets.

Sustainability principles and concepts :

  • cover the current and future social, economic and environmental use of resources
  • may include:
  • appropriate material selection that has minimal environmental impact
  • efficient use and recycling of material
  • efficient energy and water use
  • disposal of waste material to ensure minimal environmental impact.

Pump controls  may be:

  • automatic controls, which may be float, level or flow switches
  • manual.

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

Plumbing and services

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units 


Functional area

Functional area