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Study Plumbing at Unitec

New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing

If you want to become a registered Plumber, this certificate is for you. In this programme you’ll study part time while working as an apprentice towards your industry registration, with Unitec and your employer.

Level
4
Credits
249 (2.075 EFTS)
Campus
Mt Albert
Start dates
February, April, July, or October
Duration
4 years part-time

Programme overview

Undertake this certificate and through classroom learning and practical sessions you’ll gain the knowledge, skills and experience required to gain registration as a Plumber. 

The Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlyers Board advise that you should take this programme in conjunction with the New Zealand Certificate in Drainlaying. As plumbing apprentices are now required to also complete both the plumbing and drainlaying apprenticeship qualifications - this is the new New Zealand industry standard. When you apply for this programme, we'll contact you about working towards both qualifications.

Highlights

  • Take this programme in conjunction with other apprenticeship programmes including the New Zealand Certificate in Drainlaying (recommended) and the New Zealand Certificate in Gasfitting
  • Successful completion of this programme will help you gain your full registration to be a Tradesman Plumber
  • On-campus training is set up in block courses to minimise work disruption
  • This programme is a managed apprenticeship, this means we'll assist in your success and visit you on-site
  • This programme is a managed apprenticeship, this means we'll assist in your success with on-site visits
  • Much of our teaching material utilises familiar industry product with leading manufacturers and merchants
  • Workshop learning takes place in our new trades building, purpose built for trades training 
  • Learn from our experienced qualified academic trades staff 

Qualification pathway

To become registered and gain your qualification you will need to:

  1. Successfully complete this New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing programme of study - Note: the Plumbing Gasfitting and Drainlaying Board (PGDB) also recommend you complete the New Zealand Certificate in Drainlaying for your drainlayers registration (the new industry standard is for apprentices to study drainlaying in conjuction with plumbing)
  2. And pass the PGDB exam
  3. Then apply for your tradesman license and registration. See the PGDB site for more details about the exam, licensing, and registration. 
  4. Once you have your registration, you may then graduate and receive your New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing qualification.

Completion of the New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying (Level 3) is an advantage as it will help you prepare for study in this field but it is not a requirement. Additionally, some credits gained from the Level 3 programme will contribute to this Level 4 programme.

Combined Apprenticeship Training

Combine your training in plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying at Unitec for the best possible career in this industry. Gain you three L4 certificate training and qualifications to gain registration in all 3 areas: plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying. Not only does this training lower your fees (in comparison to taking all 3 Level 4 programmes separately) but it can also shorten your study duration.
 
How to enrol: enrol in any L4 programme and ask our team about combined training.
Campus: Mt Albert
Level: 4
Credits: 475
Start dates: February, April, July, or October
Duration: Part-time for 4 - 4.5 years
Fees: The total fees for this multi-programme is $14,650 + student services fees. This will be charged to you per course enrolment on an annual or semester basis.
(Approximate fee only. View options for funding your study and fees-free eligibility.)
 
At Unitec, there are several plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying options for you:

Apprenticeships

Find out about plumbing, drainlaying and/or gasfitting apprenticeships at Unitec.

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1.    Be employed in the workplace as an apprentice/trainee Plumber and complete the Trainee Acknowledgement Form; AND

2.    Be able to hold a current plumbing limited trainee certificate or licence as issued under the Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Act (2006); AND

3.    If English is not your first language, you need one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University Entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Don't meet the requirements? We also accept:

  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for discretionary admission

For more information, download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

Courses Credits Aim
Back-flow (CIBC4139) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to install, commission and maintain backflow prevention devices and domestic fire sprinkler systems.
Main Water Supply (CIBC4141) 10.0 credits (0.083 EFTS) To enable students to select, install, commission and maintain pumps, and water mains.
Weather Tightness (CIBC4142) 20.0 credits (0.167 EFTS) To enable students to ensure structural integrity and weather tightness requirements are maintained when working in plumbing and gasfitting industries.
Ducting Heating Systems (CIBC4143) 10.0 credits (0.083 EFTS) To enable students to select, install, commission and maintain ducting and heating systems.
Solid Fuel Space Heaters (CIBC4145) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to install flues for solid fuel space heaters and associated flashings.
Preliminary Work in Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying (CIBC4146) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to get a general understanding of plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying industry.
PGD Industry I (CIBC4147) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to understand and implement safe working practices when working in a confined space; knowledge of tools and job documentation used in PGD projects, and working with consideration of other construction and related trades as a plumber, gasfitter or a drainlayer.
PGD Industry 2 (CIBC4148) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to interpret plans and drawings, prepare site including excavate trenches and manage variations and amendments as needed.
Water Supply Systems (CIBC4149) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to select, install, commission and maintain water supply systems.