Programme overview

Are you working in the drainlaying industry, and want to gain industry registration? The National Certificate in Drainlaying gives you a thorough grounding in stormwater intake and outfall structures, sub-soil drainage, retention tanks, surface water collection systems, septic tanks, drains, access chambers, drainage systems maintenance, and trade equipment and power tools.

As all applicants must be employed in the industry it's essential that you complete an Acknowledgement of Training and Education Responsibility form and have it signed by your employer.

Highlights

  • Unitec is the only tertiary provider in Auckland offering both theory and practical courses in drainlaying to enable you to become a registered drainlayer.
  • Follows the syllabus required by the NZ Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board.
  • A mix of theory classes and practical assessment.
  • Highly qualified staff, many of whom have owned and operated their own businesses.
  • Strong ties with the plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying industries.

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.

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. 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.

English language entry requirements for international students for whom English is not their first language:

Applicants must have at least ONE of the following:

a) Gained NCEA level 3 and met New Zealand university entrance requirements;

b) Clear evidence that they satisfy one of the following criteria for existing English proficiency:

  1. Previous primary and secondary study in English as evidenced by completion of one of the following at schools with English as the language of instruction in countries with a student visa approval rate of at least 80 per cent:
    • Completion of all primary education and at least three years of secondary education (that is, the equivalent of New Zealand Forms 3 to 7 or years 9 to 13), or
    • Completion of at least five years of secondary education (that is, the equivalent of New Zealand Forms 3 to 7 or years 9 to 13)
  2. Previous tertiary study in English: clear evidence of completion of a tertiary qualification of at least three years’ duration with English as the language of instruction in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States.
  3. Achievement of the Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA)

c) Achieved, within the preceding two years, at least one of the English proficiency outcomes listed below:

  1. NZ Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) (General / Workplace / Academic) (Level 3)
  2. An overall IELTS band score (Academic Format) of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5. The IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form.
  3. An overall TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) score of 530 (essay 4.5 TWE) OR an overall TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) Score of 46 (writing 20)
  4. University of Cambridge English Examinations: FCE or FCE for schools with a score of 162.No less than 154 in each skill 5. Pearson Test of English PToE (Academic) with a score of 42.

Programme Specific Admission Requirements

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

  1. Candidates must be employed in the industry and hold a current Limited licence for Drainlaying issued by the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board.
  2. However, a candidate not employed directly within the Drainlaying industry and not meeting the Specific Admission criteria as set out in 2.1 of the Programme-Specific Regulations may, on application and by approval of the Programme Committee, enrol in the theoretical courses.
  3. Candidates as defined in 2.2 will not be eligible to enrol for the Practical Assessment course but may be awarded a Certificate of Proficiency.

Courses and timetables

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

Courses Credits Aim
Health & Safety (BUIT2102) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with the knowledge and skills to work safely and to comply with Health and Safety requirements for the drainlaying industry.
Customer Service, Ethics and Consumer Law (BUIT2103) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with the knowledge and skills to work ethically and legally in the provision of customer service.
Courses Credits Aim
Legislation, Codes and Standards 1 (BUIT3161) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with basic knowledge of legislation, codes of practice and standards relevant to the drainlaying industry.
Courses Credits Aim
Practical Training (BUIT4102) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with the practical skills needed to work as drainlayers.
Practical Assessment (BUIT4103) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To assess student’s practical skills to ensure they are fit to work as drainlayers.
Legislation, Codes and Standards 2 (BUIT4162) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with specialised knowledge of legislation, codes of practice and relevant standards relevant to the drainlaying industry.
Trade Science and Practice 1 (BUIT4171) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with foundation knowledge regarding drainlaying science and practice.
Trade Science and Practice 2 (BUIT4172) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS) To provide students with specialised knowledge regarding drainlaying science and practice.
Plan Reading and Pricing (BUIT4181) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with plan, drawing and pricing knowledge and skills enabling them to work effectively as drainlayers.