National Certificate in Gasfitting National Certificate in Gasfitting

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CertificatePart time - 3 years

Annual Fees(indicative 2018)

Programme code



$1,008 - $2,800


Throughout the year


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


Acquire the professional skills and knowledge needed to apply for registration as a gasfitter with the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board.

During this programme, you will gain professional skills and knowledge in how to use and maintain gasfitting hand tools and trade equipment as well as how to install, secure and maintain domestic and commercial gas systems, appliances, fittings and structures.

Trained in best practice standards, you will learn essential gasfitting skills such as how to excavate and trench, remove asbestos products, solder metal joints and apply sealants to joints, weld steel sheet and tube and design and construct sheet metal plumbing requirements.

This qualification is delivered concurrently with the National Certificate in Plumbing and forms part of the requirements for a registered gasfitter.

Please note: This programme includes an apprenticeship.

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 Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 171 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
  • 36 NCEA credits at Level 1 including 12 credits in English. Or the Certificate in Pre Trade Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying Level 2.
Alternative requirements
  • Evidence of literacy, numeracy and an ability to study at the appropriate level. This can be through study, work and/or life experience. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

Additional requirements
  • A current training agreement and employment in the industry.

English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills as listed below. 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.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment Form

If you don't meet the criteria for entry into this programme, we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes.

Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Due to Immigration New Zealand visa requirements international students are ineligible to enrol in this national certificate.

Application documents

Career opportunities

When you graduate with this qualification you can apply for registration as a gasfitter with the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board. With registration dependent on you meeting Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board (PGDB) requirements. Career options include working for a private gasfitting organisation or you may like to consider becoming an independent contractor.

Study pathways

With this qualification you are eligible to apply to sit examinations set by the Board of Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers to become a registered gasfitter.

If you are interested in sitting these exams our short awards may be of interest to you - Craftsman Common (G11016), Craftsman Plumbing (G11017), Craftsman Gas (G11018) and Solar Hot Water Installation (SHWI101).

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics