Craftsman Common Craftsman Common

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Short AwardPart-time, 1 year

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

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This programme is not available to international students



Course related costs

Advised before enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

This programme is not available to international students


Christchurch - Ensors Road


Prepare to sit the Craftsman Common examination conducted by the Plumbers, Gasfitters & Drainlayers Registration Board.

Within this qualification, you will study compliance, standards and finance.

On completion of Craftsman Common you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of building construction and how it is affected by installation of service lines and appliances.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of natural and mechanical installations for heating and ventilation.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of design processes, planning and drawing interpretation for the purpose of directing staff in plumbing and gasfitting work, and an understanding of the work of the building services engineer.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of applied science as it affects design of installations of plumbing and gasfitting.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of safety and safety procedures for carrying out plumbing and gasfitting.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of plumbing and gasfitting techniques of workmanship and technology, including testing installations and materials.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the efficient running of a business.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of legislation relating to running a business and employing staff, and relating to government and local bodies.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of principles of industrial relations.

You must be able to work in a busy trades-related environment.

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

Programme structure

To complete this Short Award you are required to complete a minimum total of 30 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • Completion of the necessary time requirements as set by the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board.

  • Successful completion of Registration examinations for either or both of the subjects

  • Successful completion of the National Certificate in Plumbing or Gasfitting Level 4

Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    Note: If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements you are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.










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Selection criteria

All students who meet the entry criteria will be allowed entry into Craftsman Common.

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an application form

Due to Immigration New Zealand visa requirements international students are ineligible to enrol in this short award.

Application documents

Career opportunities

On completion of this short award you will be prepared for successfully complete the 9194 Craftsman Common examination conducted by the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Registration Board .

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics