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As part of the government’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) to help upskill workers in roles critical to the economy, this programme has no fees*. Click here for a list of the programmes that are covered by this scheme.
At Unitec, we prepare plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers for work in our pre-apprenticeship and 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 lab 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, gasfitting, and drainlaying 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||22 weeks full-time (4 days a week)||Apprentice Plumber, Apprentice Gasfitter, Apprentice Drainlayer||February, or July|
|New Zealand Certificate in Drainlaying||4||Part-time for up to 2 years||Tradesman Drainlayer||March, April, May, July, September or October|
|New Zealand Certificate in Gasfitting||4||Part-time for up to 4 years||Tradesman Gasfitter||March, April, July, October|
|New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing||4||4 years part-time||Tradesman Plumber||March, April, July or October|
|Installing and Commissioning Commercial Water Heaters||This short course will enable students to install, commission, identify and rectify faults in commercial and industrial gas appliances and equipment.|
Unitec has strong ties with the plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying 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.
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.