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Certificate in Plumbing

Gain the professional skills and knowledge needed to apply for industry certification as a plumber.

This highly practical qualification is delivered concurrently with the NZ2661 New Zealand Certificate in Drainlaying (Level 4) and forms part of the requirements for a registered plumber.

Following best practice standards you'll learn how to install, maintain and repair plumbing systems such as water supply (including backflow), domestic fire sprinklers, solar water heating, rainwater handling, ventilation, solid fuel heating, ducting, pumps and sanitary plumbing of appliances and fixtures. You'll also learn how to use and maintain plumbing hand tools and trade equipment, interpret plumbing drawings and specifications, work with consideration of other construction trades and how to practice safely and ethically while meeting the legislative responsibilities of a licensed plumber.

This programme is designed for individuals who are working in the industry and is typically achieved in a workplace environment while completing an apprenticeship. Please contact us for further information about Ara Managed Apprenticeships.

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 Plumbing industry at time of study; and enter into 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 plumber with the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board. Your registration will be dependent on you meeting the PGDB's requirements. Career options include working as a plumber for a private company or completing the certification examination and becoming an independent contractor.

Study pathways

With this qualification you're eligible to apply to sit examinations set by the Board of Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers to become a registered gasfitter. You can also take your studies further at Ara and complete Certifying Plumber Registration.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Maths

New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing (Level 4)

PART-TIME - 3 Years

Gain the professional skills and knowledge needed to apply for industry certification as a plumber.

Type Certificate
Code NZ2663
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
International application close date NULL
Credits 249
Level 4
Additional Equipment/Fees NULL
May be eligible for Studylink? Yes
Available Part time Yes
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference NZ2663-STRU
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Additional Entry Requirements

In addition you need to be employed in the Plumbing industry at time of study; and enter into 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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