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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 purpose built trades training building, Mataaho, that has a 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 and Drainlaying Level 4 apprenticeship programme. This programme will now be managed by Earn Learn by Te Pūkenga.

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.

Visit Unitec Virtually

Curious about what our facilities look like. In that case, you can take a virtual tour of our campuses, and Mataaho  (one of New Zealand's largest open-plan trades training facilities). Visit Unitec Virtually

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 19 weeks full-time 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.

Funding your study

Find out how to fund your study, including which loans and allowances are available, the fees-free tertiary study policy, and grants and hardship.


Fees Free Tertiary Study

If you’re planning to start tertiary study or training at Unitec for the first time, you may be eligible for fees-free click here to find out more.

Māori and Pacific Trades Training

If you are Māori or Pacific, aged 16 to 40, and interested in pre-trades training to become a mechanic, you could get your fees free with the Māori and Pacific Trades Training scholarships. This covers your full tuition fees for selected trades programmes. Find out more about MPTT Scholarships

Grants and hardship

Find out what support is available to students who have been impacted by financial difficulty and need help to meet additional costs for course-related costs and materials click here to find out more.

Loans and allowances (STUDY LINK)

Student loans and allowances are provided by StudyLink to eligible students and can help pay for your course fees and living costs while you study. click here to find out more.