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

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

CertificateFull-time, 6 months

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$2,500 -$3,100


January, June




Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Not recommended for International Students


Christchurch - Ensors Road


Gain all the fundamental skills needed to begin a career in plumbing, gasfitting or drainlaying.

You will learn the process of assembling, installing and repairing pipes; how to use plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying drawings and fabricate basic components. With relevant work experience you will also apply health and safety requirements to plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying contexts and experience using appropriate safety equipment.

In order to undertake this programme you must be physically able to work safely in an industry-related work environment.

Career opportunities

Completion of this module will put you in a strong position when applying for an apprenticeship in a plumbing, gasfitting or drainlaying company and for working towards a New Zealand Certificate qualification and registration.

Employment opportunities are strong in the Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying industries in Christchurch with the rebuild and it is hoped that a student completing this course will take up the opportunity to gain an apprenticeship.

Study pathways

This programme is a study pathway towards the New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing Level 4 and New Zealand Certificate in Gasfitting Level 4.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Maths

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete 75 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
  • The programme has open entry but English Language requirements apply.

Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
  • In addition you need to:

    • Be physically able to undertake the practical components of the programme.
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

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.