New Zealand Certificate in Gasfitting (Level 4).xml New Zealand Certificate in Gasfitting (Level 4)

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NZ2662 - Gasfitting L4

CertificatePart-time, 3 years

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code




All year




Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

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Christchurch - Ensors Road


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.

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 and chemistry

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete 235 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
  • 10 NCEA Level 1 literacy credits and 10 NCEA Level 1 numeracy credits.
    NZ2660 New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying (Pre-Apprenticeship) (Level 3).

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

Alternative requirements
  • 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. Contact Ara for advice.

Additional requirements
  • In addition you need to:

    • Be employed in the Gasfitting industry at time of study.
    • Enter into, and maintain, a 3-way training agreement between the candidate, employer and Ara.
English requirements
  • 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, Pearson 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.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • Complete an Admission and Enrolment form
  • Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on thejob experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning

People currently working towards the replaced national qualifications may either complete the requirements by 31 December 2022 or transfer their results to the replacement qualification.

Application documents

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.