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

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New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing Level 4

CertificatePart-time, 3 years

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

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Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Not recommended for International Students


Christchurch - Ensors Road


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.

Please note: This programme includes an apprenticeship.

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.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete 249 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 Plumbing industry at time of study.
    • Enter into 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 the job 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.