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Programme overview

Want a career as a plumber or gasfitter? In the Certificate in Applied Technology (Plumbing and Gasfitting) you find out how to integrate plumbing and gasfitting services into a building structure, and identify different sources of water, and types of pipes, fittings and pumps. Become knowledgeable about sanitary appliances, fixtures, hot and cold water supply systems, and basic gas theory. You also further your knowledge of the Building Act regulations, and plumbing and gasfitting codes and standards.

Highlights

  • A sound foundation for employment in the plumbing and gasfitting industries.
  • A mix of theory and practice.
  • Lecturers who have worked in the plumbing and gasfitting industries themselves, and keep up-to-date with changes in technology, materials and regulations.
  • Access to Unitec's online e-learning programme.
  • Under the guidance of experienced tutors, plumbing and gasfitting and carpentry students work together building relocatable houses on the Unitec campus.
  • Cross-credits towards your apprenticeship.

Prepare for success

Well-prepared students have the best chance of success in their studies, so we've put together a free online guide so you can refresh and sharpen some of the skills you'll use on this programme.

What next?

Once you've completed this programme you can apply for cross-credits towards unit standards from the National Certificates in Plumbing and Gasfitting, and become an apprentice plumber or gasfitter.

    Admission requirements

    To be eligible for admission, applicants must meet the general, or the discretionary, or the special admission requirements and they must also meet any programme-specific admission requirements. Applicants must also meet the English language requirements and may be interviewed.

    Generic Admission Requirements

    General Admission

    All applicants must be at least 16 years of age on the date of the programme's commencement for the semester in which they wish to enrol (or provide a completed Early Release Exemption form).

    For Level 4 Certificate programmes applicants must have a minimum of 4 years secondary education, and a minimum of 12 NCEA credits at Level 1 in each of at least two subjects, OR a pass in two subjects in New Zealand School Certificate, OR Unitec Certificate in Foundation Studies: Whitinga (Level 2) in a relevant pathway, OR equivalent.

    Special Admission

    Applicants must have:

    1. Attained the age of 20 years on or before the first day of the semester in which study for the Certificate is to commence; AND
    2. Have provided sufficient evidence of aptitude or appropriate work or other life experience that would indicate a successful outcome in the qualification.

    Discretionary Admission

    In exceptional cases an applicant who does not meet the general admission requirements and who has not reached the age of 20 on or before the first day of the semester in which study for the Certificate is to commence may apply for discretionary admission.

    In assessing whether to grant discretionary admission in exceptional cases, the primary focus will be on the applicant's level of preparedness for study at the required level.

    English Language Admission Requirements

    General English Language requirements
    Applicants must have achieved a minimum standard of English as demonstrated by a minimum of 12 credits at NCEA Level 1 in English.

    International Students for whom English is not their First Language
    Applicants must have achieved one of the following:

    1. Completion of NZ Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) Level 3 with endorsement of either General or Workplace or Academic;
    2. An overall IELTS band score (Academic Format) of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5;
    3. An overall TOEFL pBT (Paper-based Test) score of 530 (plus essay TWE of 4.5) OR an overall TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test ) score of 46 (plus writing score of 20);
    4. Level B1 under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR);
    5. First Certificate in English (FCE) with a pass at Grade C OR Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) with a score of 47 or higher under the Cambridge International standard tests of English as a foreign language;
    6. Pearson Test of English (PToE) (Academic) with a score of 42;
    7. City & Guilds Internal English for Speakers of Other Languages (IESOL) B2 Communicator with a score of 42.

    Existing English Language Proficiency
    Applicants may also provide evidence of satisfying one of the criteria for existing English proficiency as specified by the NZQA. For more information please visit the NZQA website.

    Programme Specific Admission Requirements

    To be admitted to this programme, applicants must also meet the requirements set out in this schedule.

    To be admitted to this programme, all applicants must meet the following requirements in addition to the requirements set out in the Certificate Generic Regulations:

    • have 12 credits at NCEA Level 1 in Mathematics.

    A pre-entry diagnostic analysis may be requested to identify any extra support an applicant may require to enter the programme.

    Courses and timetables

    The following courses are valid for 2014. The courses may be offered as part of the programme. Click on the course links below to see the course details and timetables.

    CoursesCredits Restrictions
    General Customer Service, Ethics and Pricing (Sem A) (BUIT2331-SA) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to develop fundamental knowledge and skills to work ethically and legally in the provision of customer service in the context of the plumbing and gasfitting industry.
    General Customer Service, Ethics and Pricing (Sem B) (BUIT2331-SB) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to develop fundamental knowledge and skills to work ethically and legally in the provision of customer service in the context of the plumbing and gasfitting industry.
    Generic Skills (Sem A) (BUIT2332-SA) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to develop fundamental knowledge and skills to work safely and to comply with Health and Safety requirements for the plumbing and gasfitting industry.
    Generic Skills (Sem B) (BUIT2332-SB) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to develop fundamental knowledge and skills to work safely and to comply with Health and Safety requirements for the plumbing and gasfitting industry.
    CoursesCredits Restrictions
    Cold Water (Sem A) (BUIT3333-SA) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to develop fundamental knowledge and skills related to cold water plumbing in domestic situations of no more than one level.
    Cold Water (Sem B) (BUIT3333-SB) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to develop fundamental knowledge and skills related to cold water plumbing in domestic situations of no more than one level.
    Heating and Ventilation (BUIT3334) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to develop fundamental knowledge and skills to weld metal for plumbing and gasfitting purposes in domestic situations.
    Heating and Ventilation (Sem A) (BUIT3334-SA) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to develop fundamental knowledge and skills to weld metal for plumbing and gasfitting purposes in domestic situations.
    Heating and Ventilation (Sem B) (BUIT3334-SB) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to develop fundamental knowledge and skills to weld metal for plumbing and gasfitting purposes in domestic situations.
    CoursesCredits Restrictions
    Foul Water 1 (Sem A) (BUIT4335-SA) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to develop fundamental knowledge and skills of foul water systems related in the context of plumbing and gasfitting and limited to domestic use in dwellings of no more than one level.
    Foul Water 1 (Sem B) (BUIT4335-SB) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to develop fundamental knowledge and skills of foul water systems related in the context of plumbing and gasfitting and limited to domestic use in dwellings of no more than one level.
    Gas (BUIT4336) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to develop fundamental gasfitting knowledge and skills appropriate to plumbing and gasfitting in a domestic context of no more than 1 level.
    Gas (Sem A) (BUIT4336-SA) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to develop fundamental gasfitting knowledge and skills appropriate to plumbing and gasfitting in a domestic context of no more than 1 level.
    Gas (Sem B) (BUIT4336-SB) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to develop fundamental gasfitting knowledge and skills appropriate to plumbing and gasfitting in a domestic context of no more than 1 level.
    Hot Water (Sem A) (BUIT4337-SA) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to further develop knowledge and skills related to hot water plumbing systems in domestic dwellings of no more than one level.
    Hot Water (Sem B) (BUIT4337-SB) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to further develop knowledge and skills related to hot water plumbing systems in domestic dwellings of no more than one level.
    Roofing and Sheetmetal (BUIT4338) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to further develop knowledge, skills and capabilities related to roofing and sheetmetal in the context of the plumbing and gasfitting industries on domestic dwellings of no more than one level.
    Roofing and Sheetmetal (Sem A) (BUIT4338-SA) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to further develop knowledge, skills and capabilities related to roofing and sheetmetal in the context of the plumbing and gasfitting industries on domestic dwellings of no more than one level.
    Roofing and Sheetmetal (Sem B) (BUIT4338-SB) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to further develop knowledge, skills and capabilities related to roofing and sheetmetal in the context of the plumbing and gasfitting industries on domestic dwellings of no more than one level.