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Study Plumbing at Unitec

New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying

Looking to start a career in Plumbing, Gasfitting, or Drainlaying? Learn the skills required to qualify for an apprenticeship and be able to choose which specialisation is right for you.

Level
3
Credits
70 (0.6 EFTS)
Campus
Mt Albert
Start dates
February, or July
Duration
20 weeks full-time (3 days a week)

Programme overview

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 until 30 June 2023*. Click here for terms and conditions and a list of the programmes that are covered by this scheme.

If you want to make a start in plumbing, gasfitting, and/or drainlaying and don’t have an apprenticeship agreement, this certificate will set you on your way. Gain a broad knowledge of plumbing, gasfitting, and drainlaying in this pre-trade qualification before choosing the area in which you'd like to specialise.

This programme will cover such areas as water supply systems, building envelopes, drainlaying, plumbing maintenance, and safe working procedures. Upon successful completion, you will be capable of assisting with installation, repair, and maintenance of plumbing, gasfitting, and drainlaying work under supervision, and you'll be ready to enter into an apprenticeship that will lead to a New Zealand Level 4 trade qualification in one or more of these areas.

Highlights

  • Ideal start in the plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying industries and ideal if you do not have an apprenticeship agreement
  • Gives you a solid understanding of all areas to better inform your choice of specialisation
  • Unit standard credits achieved in this programme may be cross-credited into Unitec's apprenticeship programmes - refer to the Qualification pathway section below
  • Be able to assist licenced Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers safely and effectively
  • Work in Unitec's brand new trade skills building, Mataaho - a fantastic new purpose built facility for all trades

Qualification pathway

This programme does not enable graduates to practice as qualified plumbers, gasfitters, or drainlayers, but is the ideal foundation to prepare for an apprenticeship and to become fully qualified with further study in the apprenticeship programmes below. Unit standard credits gained in this qualification may contribute towards these apprenticeship qualifications.

  • New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing
  • New Zealand Certificate in Gasfitting
  • New Zealand Certificate in Drainlaying

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need:

1. To be 16 years old by the time the programme starts

2. Completed NCEA Level 1 with 10 credits in English and 10 credits in Mathematics.

3. If English is not your first language, you will 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 these requirements? We also accept:

  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or 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
Essential Safety Skills for PGD (CIBC3190) 18.0 credits (0.15 EFTS) To provide learners with working knowledge of essential safety responses, and how to apply them in given situations.
Patterns, Tools, and Regulatory and Ethical Considerations (CIBC3200) 14.0 credits (0.117 EFTS) To provide learners with working knowledge of the regulatory and personal ethical framework; and the ability to work capably when interacting with tools, drawings, and sheet metal.
Introduction to Drainlaying (CIBC3210) 11.0 credits (0.092 EFTS) To provide learners with working knowledge of the regulatory and personal ethical framework; and the ability to work capably when interacting with tools, drawings, and sheet metal.
Introduction to Plumbing (CIBC3220) 23.0 credits (0.192 EFTS) To provide learners with an overview of plumbing as a career and the knowledge and skills related to water basics, water supply pipework and basic sanitary plumbing systems
Introduction to Gasfitting (CIBC3230) 4.0 credits (0.033 EFTS) To provide learners with an overview of gasfitting as a career and an overview of the trade science in gasfitting including knowledge of gasfitting safety requirements.
Courses Credits Aim
Essential Safety Skills for PGD (CIBC3190) 18.0 credits (0.15 EFTS) To provide learners with working knowledge of essential safety responses, and how to apply them in given situations.
Patterns, Tools, and Regulatory and Ethical Considerations (CIBC3200) 14.0 credits (0.117 EFTS) To provide learners with working knowledge of the regulatory and personal ethical framework; and the ability to work capably when interacting with tools, drawings, and sheet metal.
Introduction to Drainlaying (CIBC3210) 11.0 credits (0.092 EFTS) To provide learners with working knowledge of the regulatory and personal ethical framework; and the ability to work capably when interacting with tools, drawings, and sheet metal.
Introduction to Plumbing (CIBC3220) 23.0 credits (0.192 EFTS) To provide learners with an overview of plumbing as a career and the knowledge and skills related to water basics, water supply pipework and basic sanitary plumbing systems
Introduction to Gasfitting (CIBC3230) 4.0 credits (0.033 EFTS) To provide learners with an overview of gasfitting as a career and an overview of the trade science in gasfitting including knowledge of gasfitting safety requirements.

Moving to Te Pūkenga

Vocational education in Aotearoa (New Zealand) is changing to better meet the needs of learners like you.

As part of this transformational change, in 2023 Unitec will become fully part of Te Pūkenga, a national network delivering skills training in a wide range of locations throughout Aotearoa.

This means that while you are enrolling with Unitec now, from Semester 1, 2023 you will become a Te Pūkenga learner.

Te Pūkenga has the success and wellbeing of learners at its heart, and a review of all programmes is currently underway to help support this, including this programme. The aim is to make qualifications more portable, consistent and closely aligned with the needs of industry, and more in tune with where the world is headed.

The information contained here is correct at the time of publishing, but as the programme review is ongoing, the courses outlined may be liable to change over time.

Rest assured that we will notify you of any material changes to delivery that might impact what you study, where you study or the ways you learn.