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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. Forms are available on www.plumbing.unitec.ac.nz

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. 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.

    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 Item 1 may, on application and by approval of the Programme Committee, enrol in the theoretical courses.
    3. Candidates as defined in Item 2 will not be eligible to enrol for the Practical Assessment course but may be awarded a Certificate of Proficiency.

    Courses and timetables

    The following courses are valid for 2015. 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
    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.
    CoursesCredits Restrictions
    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.
    CoursesCredits Restrictions
    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.