TAFE (NSW) Diploma of Hydraulic Services Design

Individuals considering a career in Hydraulic Consulting are encouraged to undertake a Diploma of Hydraulic Services Design conducted by an accredited training institution. TAFE (NSW) will be running the Diploma course from Term 1, 2022. As of August 2021, it is the understanding of the HCAA that TAFE (NSW) is the only RTO that will be offering the course in the country in 2022. 

Click here to view course duration and fee structure information on the Australian Government MySkills website.

Click here to view the qualification details for the Diploma on the Australian Government Training website.

Contact Rodney Ware (via the HCAA) directly for specific information relating to course availability, start dates, locations and enrolment.

Education Update - 25th September 2021

We do apologise that it has been so long in providing and update on this HCAA website. As we have assured before, the HCAA and TAFE NSW (TAFE) have been working hard to get the Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services (Cert IV) and the Diploma of Hydraulic Services Design (the Diploma) up and running again. We know you, the prospective students, are keen to get started and we are very close to getting enrolments issued to students who are completing their Cert IV.

We had intended on getting the first cohort (group of students) of Cert IV (Operations Stream) to complete their studies in Term 3 of 2021. This was to allow that cohort to commence the Diploma in Term 4 of 2021. The delivery of the Cert IV has been approved by Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). TAFE is now working getting the enrolment information ready for students.

Further to these approvals, COVID has not been helpful. TAFE have had to redistribute many staff to help continue delivery of existing courses while we have entered this second lockdown in Sydney. Students that were meant to be studying face-to-face for a variety of courses in the Construction sphere have all required that teachers scramble to revert to online delivery. As you can imagine, this takes considerable resources and adjustment to delivery schedules to make this happen. This is even more difficult where the training involves physical, hands-on, training. As you can imagine, assessing physical activities is difficult, to say the least, in an online environment.

Therefore, we continue to ask for your patience. We are close. That said, the current plan is for the following:

  • 1st cohort of Cert IV (Operations Stream) to complete the Cert IV studies in Term 4 of 2021. This will likely include around 30 students (double the normal capacity).
  • 1st cohort to commence Diploma studies in February 2022.
  • 2nd cohort to commence Cert IV (Hydraulic Design Stream) studies in February 2022.

I note that there is quite a backlog of students who wish to complete the Diploma qualification given it has not been run for a few years. We now have around 160 names of interested students for the Diploma course. I can assure you that TAFE (NSW) intend to get all students through the qualifications as soon as possible. However, we note that we are restricted by the number of students we can get through in each cohort, and therefore, some students may need to wait for their chance to get enrolled.

It is noted that while the intention had been to deliver these Courses via Blended Delivery (some in face-to-face classes and some online), due to COVID, all classes are intended to be delivered through Microsoft Teams for the foreseeable future. All students will be advised if this changes back to face-to-face classes once lockdown considerations are lifted.

If anyone has particular issues, can you please call Rodney Ware on 0418 645 932 or email Rod on education@hcaa.org.au.

Completion of the Certificate IV

It is noted that the 4 Units that are required to be completed by those Operations Stream students were previously displayed incorrectly on this website. We confirm that the 4 Units that are typically to be completed by students that hold their Plumbing License, but have not completed the Cert IV (Operations Stream) are outlined below:

•             CPCPCM4015 - Access and interpret regulatory requirements for the plumbing and services industry.

•             CPCPCM4013 - Produce 2-D architectural drawings using CAD software.

•             CPCCBC4024 - Resolve Business Disputes

•             CPCCBC4019 - Apply sustainable building design principles to water management systems

These 4 Units need to be completed prior to enrolling into the Diploma.

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL)

TAFE and the HCAA recognise that there will be a substantial number of students that wish to complete the Cert IV and Diploma qualification in order to obtain the qualification in order to satisfy certain requirements outlined by the NSW Department of Fair Trading to be registered as a Design Practitioner or Accredited Certifier. It is highly recommended by the HCAA that if any student wishes to attempt to gain RPL for a Unit of study, they should start preparing documentation now so that they are ready to submit this information to TAFE when the time comes after enrolment.

Any student that wishes to obtain RPL for a Unit will need to provide evidence to TAFE (NSW) that they are competent in ALL of the skills and knowledge requirements outlined for the Unit. Therefore, please consider your application for RPL carefully. It is noted that any RPL will need to be confirmed and reviewed by TAFE once the student is enrolled.

If you wish to look into RPL further, please refer to the TAFE website here:


Fast-Track Unit Completion

It is noted that if a student has extensive experience in the Hydraulic Consulting industry, but can't satisfy the RPL requirements, there is an option available to them where the teacher of the Unit can provide all of the assessments for that Unit to the student at the commencement of the Unit studies. The student may take these away and complete the assessments without attending a single class. The assessments can be submitted and will be marked as all other students would be. If the student passes, they can complete the Unit without attending a single class session. However, if the student does not achieve a "competent" assessment (they will be given 2 chances to submit), they will be in the position where they will not complete the Unit. In this case, the student will have to re-enrol in the same Unit the next time it is run (assuming they have missed too many classes to formally complete) and pay the fees for the re-enrolment. Therefore, the student is risking the additional cost of doing the Unit twice, plus the delay in completing the Course. Therefore, we highly recommend that student is comfortable that they are well aware of what is included in each Unit before they choose to opt for a quick completion.

If you wish to review any Unit of study in the Diploma of Hydraulic Services Design, you can find it here on the www.training.gov.au website:

Diploma of Hydraulic Services Design

This site lists every Unit in the Diploma and if you click on the Unit, you can access the "Elements and Performance Criteria" and "Assessment Requirements" in Word or PDF format. It is noted that you do not have to complete every Unit listed on this Course page. You will need to complete all of the Core Units and a number of Electives as required.

If anyone has particular questions about RPL or fast-track completion, please call Rodney Ware on 0418 645 932 or email Rod on education@hcaa.org.au.

NZ Students

We can now confirm that New Zealand citizens are able to enrol in the Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services and the Diploma of Hydraulic Services design at TAFE (NSW). Some details on eleigibility can be found here:


If you are a NZ citizen and wish to get involed in these courses, please contact Rodney Ware on education@hcaa.org.au.


We have confirmed that TAFE (NSW) have enough teachers to commence the first cohort, and likely the second. However, we understand that we may need more teachers in the future and encourage anyone interested in teaching to commence a Certificate in Training and Assessment in Education (TAE). The course code is TAE40116 if you wish to search for it on the web. It can typically be completed online in a 12-month period or intensive, short courses are available to pursue this full time over approximately 5 weeks (varies between colleges).

If you are interested in teaching, details of the course are located here:


If anyone is thinking about teaching, please call Rodney Ware on 0418 645 932 or email Rod on education@hcaa.org.au.

Previous Key Education Update Information

Course Delivery

Both of the courses mentioned above will continue to be delivered by “Blended Delivery”. This means there will be face-to-face classes held in North Sydney and all regional/interstate students will study using Microsoft Teams.

Cadetship Program

We note that this has been delayed due to the delivery of the courses. Our three Cadets will commence as soon as they are enrolled. Once these Cadets are under way, a new Cadetship program will be launched.

The HCAA Cadetship program has officially been launched. We have selected the 3 x Cadets for 2020. Their names are:

·       Jacob Begg

·       Peta Collis

·       Ty Huggins

We would like to congratulate the Cadets on their success in being selected.

We would also like to extend a massive thank you to Rheem and Viega for their contributions to the program.

Specialist TAFE (NSW) Presenters

TAFE (NSW) have outlined that once the Diploma is running, they encourage specialist manufacturers, authorities and suppliers to come and talk to classes about their field of expertise. This can be beneficial to help supplement the Teachers knowledge with expert advice and provide feedback from industry. The attendance for Specialist Presenters will need to be arranged with TAFE (NSW) and the Teacher so that topics can be discussed to match what the students are learning in the class. The visit would typically include a presentation to the class followed by some Q&A sessions to help the students understand the product/system. This should take around 60 minutes of the lesson, but can be negotiated with the Teacher.

We have already had confirmation of interest from:

  • Studor
  • SWC Trade Waste officers
  • Fire and Rescue NSW
  • Enware
  • Aquacell
  • H2X
  • Viega

I am keeping a register of interested parties that will be provided to TAFE (NSW). If you are an Affiliate and are interested in presenting to a class in the future, please let me know and I will add you to the list.

Please note that this is not to be about Brands. The presentation should be purely technical in its content and focus on design principles.

Hydraulic Industry Promotion

The HCAA have taken out a second double page advert for 2021 in a careers magazine called Step in the Right Direction. This is being produced by News Corp Australia and is an annual magazine that will be distributed to all schools in NSW. A digital copy of the 2021 magazine is available here (please forward to any interested party):

Step in the Right Direction

Further Interest

If you are interested in being involved in any of the areas outlined above and have not yet talked to me, please contact me to discuss.


Rod Ware

Education Manager

Additional Education Resources

Continuing Education

There are many industry-related courses that can help you become a hydraulic engineer, or further develop your consulting skills. By continuing your education you will be adding to your skills set, thereby increasing your value as a consultant and your ability to increase your income.

Many of the educational programs you undertake will be eligible to have CPD points awarded upon successful completion. Please check with our CPD Officer prior to undertaking any continual education program.

Below are links to some relevant educational programs. The list is by no means exhaustive, and we welcome any suggestions for listing additional programs:

DRAINS Software Courses


HYENA Software Courses