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At Unitec, we prepare plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers for work in our pre-apprenticeship and in-apprenticeship training programmes.
In pre-apprenticeship training, you’ll carry out tasks using the proper industry standard equipment in our new trades training building, Mataaho, that has dedicated space for plumbing, drainlaying, and gasfitting training including the specialist gas labs with commercial and domestic appliances.
In our apprenticeship programmes, we assist you to work towards you plumbing, gasfitting and/or drainlaying registration in our apprenticeship programmes. At apprenticeship level (Level 4) in plumbing, drainlaying and gasfitting, you can enrol in one or multiple programmes and increase your skills and employability. Click here to find out more about apprenticeship training at Unitec.
Programmes and study path
|PROGRAMME||LEVEL||DURATION||CAREER OPTIONS||START DATES|
|New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying||3||20 weeks full-time (3 days a week)||Apprentice Plumber, Apprentice Gasfitter, Apprentice Drainlayer||January, or July|
|New Zealand Certificate in Drainlaying||4||Part-time for up to 2 years||Tradesman Drainlayer||February, April, July or October|
|New Zealand Certificate in Gasfitting||4||Part-time for up to 4 years||Tradesman Gasfitter||February, April, July, or October|
|New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing||4||4 years part-time||Tradesman Plumber||February, April, July, or October|
|Backflow Prevention: Backflow Basics||This short course will provide you with a basic understanding of Backflow Prevention within New Zealand. The course focuses on New Zealand legislative and installation requirements. It also covers...|
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 New Zealand Certificate in Drainlaying follows the syllabus required by the New Zealand Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board.
Māori and Pacific scholarships
If you are Māori or Pacific, aged 16 to 40, and you're interested in pre-trades training in plumbing, gasfitting and/or drainlaying, you could get your fees free with the Māori and Pacific Trades Training scholarships. This covers your full tuition fees for selected trades programmes including the New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing Gasfitting and Drainlaying.