Certificate in Plumbing and Gasfitting (Level 3)

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Study Plumbing and Gasfitting at NZMA

Secure your future in the construction sector by becoming a plumber, gasfitter or drainlayer. You’ll be in hot demand, the money is great, and our pre-apprenticeship programme is your perfect way in Our practical, hands-on training will give you the knowledge and the skills you need to start your career in this lucrative, booming sector. You’ll graduate with hard skills equivalent to a first year apprentice, plus we’ll give your numeracy and literacy skills a big boost. 

This course is now also available at our new Trades West Campus from February 2021.  

Free study options available. Conditions apply. Please contact us and talk to the team for more info.

Course content includes:

  • Health and safety in the workplace, including first aid and emergency procedures
  • Working on plans and specifications; meeting regulations and codes of practice
  • Practical skills and theory application for water systems, sheet metal and roofing materials, sanitation, cold and hot water supply, soldering, welding and brazing
  • Installation of pipes and fittings for water supply, gas and other heating
  • Theory and principles of gas combustion to domestic installations
  • Integrating plumbing and gasfitting services into a building structure to meet customer requirements

Parts of this programme (unit standards 23229; 15757; 17599; 18426) are delivered under subcontracted agreement.

What qualifications will I gain?

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


Course Costs

New Zealand Students

Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF)

As part of the government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF), our Trades Courses are now now free because they are focused on areas that are important for the New Zealand economy. Find out more here.

Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT)

This course is also part of the Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT) programme. If you’re Māori or Pasifika and aged 16-40, you might be able to get a scholarship to pay your course fees. You’ll also get one-on-one career coaching, help finding work, and other learner support.  You can enroll in the MPTT programme once you’ve gotten into your course, so ask NZMA about how to apply. 

Student Loans

Student loans and allowances are available if you meet the criteria.
Find out if you're eligible by calling StudyLink on Freephone 0800 88 99 00 or visit www.studylink.govt.nz.

Entry Requirements

  • Hold NCEA Level 1 in Maths, English, or equivalent, or have completed the Vocational Pathway in Construction and Infrastructure (Level 2) or equivalent.
  • Meet the minimum requirements of the NZMA Entry Assessment
  • Have sufficient competence in the English language to undertake this programme which is taught and assessed in English.
  • Must be physically able to complete the practical aspects of the programme by being able to work effectively, efficiently and safely in a simulated work environment which may involve working safely at heights and in confined spaces.

All our Plumbing and Gasfitting courses

Plumbing and Gasfitting
  • Certificate in Plumbing and Gasfitting (Level 3)

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