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Certificate in Gasfitting

International Close Date: Please enquire

Acquire the professional skills and knowledge needed to apply for industry certification as a gasfitter.

Gasfitting involves the installation, alteration or repair of gas appliances (including fixing or unfixing gas pipes, ventilation or flues), commissioning gas appliances and ensuring their safe operation. Gasfitting also includes work on appliances fitted in ships, boats, caravans, motorhomes and other vehicles, and work on gas appliances fixed within buildings supplied by gas bottles of any size and reticulated gas supplies.

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

Following best practice standards, you'll also learn essential gasfitting skills such as: gas safety and safety of environments where gas is used; Installation, testing, commissioning and maintaining gasfitting systems for residential, commercial, boat and caravan applications; identification, removal and handling of asbestos products; flashing and cladding manufacture and repair to meet building code requirements; construction of sheet metal components and welding processes; material science, trade physics, and environmentally sustainable practices; and legislative responsibilities of a licensed gasfitter. Part-time, 3 years.

Please note: this programme is FEES-FREE for domestic students until 31 December 2022. Find out more >

10 NCEA Level 1 literacy credits and 10 NCEA Level 1 numeracy credits

OR New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying (Pre-Apprenticeship) (Level 3)

If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

In addition you need to be employed in the Gasfitting industry at time of study; and enter into, and maintain, a 3-way training agreement between the candidate, employer and Ara.

Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace.

What if English is not my first Language?

If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?
  • You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

Overall IELTS 5.5 Academic

  • 5.0 Listening
  • 5.0 Reading
  • 5.0 Writing
  • 5.0 Speaking

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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Career opportunities

When you graduate with this qualification you can apply for registration as a gasfitter with the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board (registration is dependent on you meeting PGDB's requirements). Career options include working (under supervision) as a tradesperson for a private gasfitting organisation or completing the certification exam and becoming an independent contractor.

Study pathways

This qualification provides one of two entry pathways into the gasfitting industry and is intended for candidates who have an apprenticeship agreement in gasfitting. It provides trainees with an opportunity to progress to being a fully credentialed tradesperson. You will need to sit relevant registration examinations to become a registered gasfitter. Further experience and study will be required to become a certifying gasfitter.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Maths

New Zealand Certificate in Gasfitting (Level 4)

PART-TIME - 3 Years

Acquire the professional skills and knowledge needed to apply for industry certification as a gasfitter.

Type Certificate
Code NZ2662
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
International application close date Please enquire
Credits 235
Level 4
Additional Equipment/Fees Advised on enrolment
Available Part time Yes
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference NZ2662-STRU
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Additional Entry Requirements

In addition you need to be employed in the Gasfitting industry at time of study; and enter into, and maintain, a 3-way training agreement between the candidate, employer and Ara.

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Credit Recognition

If you have prior relevant experience or previous related study credits, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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