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Train to be a plumber, gasfitter or drainlayer at Unitec and it’s like working on real-life plumbing and gasfitting jobs. You won’t be let loose straightaway – you’ll be supervised by our experienced tutors who have lots of years in the industry and lots of patience.
You’ll carry out tasks using the proper equipment in our Plumbing and Gasfitting Training and Assessment Centre, and in the specialist gas labs with commercial and domestic appliances. Then there’s the hydraulics lab with a glass piping system to demonstrate the flow of wastewater systems - the only one of its kind in Australasia.
And if you’re already working in the industry and need to get qualified, Unitec offers a range of short courses to prepare you for the New Zealand Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board certifying exams.
Programmes and study path
|Certificate in Applied Technology (Plumbing and Gasfitting)||4||Full-time for one year||Apprentice plumber and gasfitter|
|National Certificate in Drainlaying||4||Part-time evening classes for 48 weeks||Certifying drainlayer, Licensed drainlayer|
|National Certificates in Plumbing and Gasfitting||4||Three block courses of two weeks per year for 3 years
Two block courses of two weeks per year for 1 year
|Certifying plumber and gasfitter, Licensed plumber and gasfitter|
|Associated Tradesperson (Plumber, Gasfitter and Plumber/Gasfitter)||This short course covers the theory and practical requirements, including practical assessment, as set out by the Electricity Regulations and is designed for registered plumbers and gasfitters who...|
|Licensing Refresher (Drainlaying)||5 months, 29 days||This two day refresher course is designed for people intending to sit their Registered Exams held by the New Zealand Plumbers, Gasfitters & Drainlayers Board.|
|Licensing Refresher (Gasfitting)||5 months, 29 days||This two day refresher course is designed for people intending to sit their Registered Exams held by the New Zealand Plumbers, Gasfitters & Drainlayers Board.|
|Licensing Refresher (Plumbing)||5 months, 29 days||This two day refresher course is designed for people intending to sit their Registered Exams held by the New Zealand Plumbers, Gasfitters & Drainlayers Board.|
Unitec has strong ties with the plumbing and gasfitting industries. There are lots of industry experts on our advisory committee who make sure that what you learn is exactly what you’ll need for your career. Unitec is the only tertiary provider in Auckland that offers both theory and practical courses in drainlaying that lead you to become a registered drainlayer. The National Certificate in Drainlaying follows the syllabus required by the NZ Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board.
How do I get into an apprenticeship?
To become a qualified plumber or gasfitter you need to complete four years of theory and practical work experience while you work as an apprentice. If you’re just starting out in the industry, you could take the Certificate in Applied Technology (Plumbing and Gasfitting) to learn the theory before you start your apprenticeship. Most employers in the plumbing and gasfitting industries prefer apprentices to have studied before they start work.
Can I get cross-credits towards my apprenticeship?
Yes, you can cross-credit what you've learnt in the Certificate in Applied Technology (Plumbing and Gasfitting) towards a selection of National Certificate in Plumbing and Gasfitting unit standards. You'll earn one year's credit towards your apprenticeship. After two more years of part-time study and work experience, you can apply to the NZQA for registration.
What if I'm already working in the industry?
If you're already in an apprenticeship, you can keep earning while you study the National Certificate in Plumbing and Gasfitting. You'll need to come to three two-week training courses a year at Unitec, and do the practical components in your workplace. Once you've completed all unit standards and registration examinations, you can apply to the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board for registration.
Māori and Pacific scholarships
If you are Māori or Pacific, aged 18 to 34, and you want to train as a plumber, gasfitter or drainlayer, Unitec has a scholarship for you. We have 70 Māori and Pacific Trades Scholarships up for grabs which cover your tuition fees for selected Certificate in Applied Technology programmes. You will need to cover any additional course costs.