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Study Plumbing at Unitec

Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying

There is an abundance of work for plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers in New Zealand, with great job opportunities and the potential to earn good money. Study in one or a combination of Unitec's plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying programmes to get the skills and knowledge you need for your career.

Explore your options

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. 

Plumbing, Gasfitting, and Drainlaying Apprenticeship

Unitec has decided to close applications for the New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing Level 4 apprenticeship programme. This programme will now be managed by the Industry Training Organisation (ITO). For more information please click here.

Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying 3 20 weeks full-time (3 days a week) Apprentice Plumber, Apprentice Gasfitter, Apprentice Drainlayer February, or July

Short courses

Start with a short course that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
Short courses   Description
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.

Industry connections

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.