(RCPG20)Plumbing Pretrade.xml (RCPG20)Plumbing Pretrade

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Plumbing Pretrade

CoursePlumbing Pretrade

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme Code


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February, July

Ara Credits





Christchurch - Ensors Road

Vocational Pathways

Construction & Infrastructure

For more information

Email liaison@ara.ac.nz

Course Content

Learn essential basic plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying skills and prepare for further study or an apprenticeship.

The Plumbing Pre Trade module has been designed to give you 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.

Course Structure

To complete this Youth course you are required to do the NZQF unit standards outlined in the table below. The credits above are Ara credits which you will receive upon completion of this course. Please note the number of credits may be different.

Unit / Achievement Standard Number Unit Standard Title Version No NZQF Credits Level 1 Credits Level 2 Credits Level 3 Credits
2137 Identify and describe trade equipment and power tools used for plumbing 4 1 1
2136 Identify and describe hand tools and testing equipment for plumbing 4 2 2
2115 Identify and describe trade equipment and power tools for gasfitting 4 1 1
2114 Identify and describe hand tools and testing equipment for gasfitting 4 2 2
25420 Demonstrate knowledge of cold water supply systems in buildings 1 2 2
2142 Apply sealants to joints 4 3 3
25419 Demonstrate knowledge of sanitary plumbing systems and components 1 3 3
25414 Cut and join sheet metal for plumbing and gasfitting components 1 2 2
2139 Soft solder metal joints 4 3 3
2678 Join metals using the oxyacetylene welding process 7 6 6
23845 Demonstrate metal welding for plumbing or gasfitting 1 9 9
1099 Excavate and trench for plumbing, gasfitting, or drainlaying 5 9 9
1122 Establish line, level, and gradient for plumbing or drainlaying 5 4 4
21883 Demonstrate knowledge of hazards and precautions for working with gas in plumbing, gasfitting, or drainlaying 2 3 3
15757 Use, install and disestablish temporary proprietary height safety systems when working at height 3 4 4
21209 Demonstrate knowledge of and carry out health and safety procedures for a building construction site 2 4 4
2138 Demonstrate knowledge of asbestos and safety procedures 5 1 1
18426 Demonstrate knowledge of hazards associated with confined spaces 7 4 4
497 Demonstrate knowledge of workplace health and safety requirements 8 3 3
6402 Provide basic life support 8 1 1
6401 Provide first aid 6 1 1
6400 Manage first aid in an emergency situation 5 2 2


Academic requirements

To enrol you must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, or hold a visa which allows you to be enrolled in a New Zealand secondary school.

English requirements

If English is not your first language you are also required to provide evidence of your English language skills as listed below or credits in English rich subjects from New Zealand educational institutions. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

IELTS 5.5 Academic (with no band score lower than 5.0).  For acceptable alternatives refer to the English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.

Next steps

To apply for this course please complete:

  • An application form

Application documents

Study pathways

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


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 national certificate qualification and registration.