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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

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

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 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

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.


Click here for information about plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying apprenticeships.

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.