Poly Butt and Electrofusion Welding

PMBWELD301E – Butt weld polyethylene plastic pipelines

PMBWELD302E – Electrofusion weld polyethylene pipelines

This course teaches learners how to weld polyethylene (PE) plastic pipes and pipeline components safely and effectively to quality assurance requirements whilst maintaining personal and site safety.

Butt welding is a basic welding technique that joins two pieces of material together along a single edge. Poly butt refers to the technique being used for PE.

Electrofusion welding is commonly used to join PE pipes or PE and polypropylene (PP) pipes. Electrofusion welding is known for its consistency and ability to create strong joints; therefore, it is commonly used for the construction and repair of gas-carrying pipelines.

This is a nationally accredited qualification that is recognised in all states and territories of Australia.

Learning outcomes

Students who complete this qualification will gain the skills and knowledge to:

  • Identify materials as compatible for welding
  • Calculate appropriate welding parameters to be used
  • Maintain and calibrate welding equipment
  • Perform welding to the required standard
  • Assess the quality of welded joints

Participants are required to:

  • Read the learner guide and complete the review prior to attending the course. The learner guide will be provided following enrolment
  • Bring photo ID on the day of training
  • Wear appropriate PPE: Safety boots, hi-vis shirt/vest, safety glasses.

Prerequisites and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

There are no prerequisites for this course. No RPL can be applied to this course.

Course structure

This course contains both theory and practical components. The location is either at a PICAC campus or at a specified work location which will be confirmed by email.

Course duration

One day (8 hours)

$760 – full fee

$570 – Industry Association Member (NFIA, Master Plumbers, AMCA)

$0 – PPTEU Member

Welding ID Stamp (optional) – $70*

*Included for fee-paying learners. PPTEU Members may choose to purchase a stamp on the course day. Further information at bottom of page.

Cancellation fees may apply, please see Learner Information page for terms and conditions.

A range of assessment methods will be used to assess that the learner can:

  • Plan the welding process and sequence tasks
  • Identify hazards and assess risk associated with using welding equipment and performing welding
  • Set up equipment, materials, and components to meet specifications
  • Complete PE welding tasks to specification using both butt weld and electrofusion techniques
  • Make adjustments to remedy faults and nonconformity
  • Verify problems and equipment faults and demonstrate appropriate response procedures

National units of competency covered

PMBWELD301E – Butt weld polyethylene plastic pipelines

PMBWELD302E – Electrofusion weld polyethylene pipelines


Students who satisfactorily complete all course requirements will be eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment issued by CEPUTEC (RTO 4612), which is recognised nationally under the Australian Qualifications Framework.

Welding ID Stamp

The stamp is an ID tool. Each stamp has a unique ID number. When a join is made on a pipe, the welder (you) should stamp the join. If the join fails, the stamp ID can be traced to identify the person who carried out the work.  In this case, your ID will be linked back to CEPUTEC and we can alert you to the issue. The stamp ID number is recorded on your Statement of Attainment and on your CEPUTEC card and kept in a register by CEPUTEC.

Not everyone chooses to have a stamp, it is optional however it is considered best practice within industry to stamp your work.


Email enquiries@ceputec.edu.au or call 1300 222 727 to register your interest in this course.

Read this before you enrol.

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What is a Unique Student Identifier (USI)?

If you study any Nationally Recognised Training in Australia, you are required to have a USI. Your USI links to an online account that contains all your training records and results (transcripts) that you have completed since 2015.

When applying for a job or enrolling in further study, you will often need to provide your training records and results (transcript). The benefit of the USI is the ability to provide learners with easy access to their training records at any time.

You can access your USI account online from your computer, tablet or smart phone.

If you do not already have a USI, go to www.usi.gov.au/students/create-your-usi/ on a computer or mobile device.

Note: A USI must be supplied to CEPUTEC during enrolment so that a Nationally Recognised Qualification or Statement of Attainment can be issued to you.

For further information, please see the video under Learner Resources.