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Certificate in Plumbing and Gasfitting (Level 3)

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Study Plumbing and Gasfitting at NZMA

The construction industry is desperate for skilled plumbers and gasfitters, and this pre-apprenticeship programme is your ticket 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. 

Free study options now 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
  • Study skills, computing and communication skills
  • Cultural awareness
  • 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

What qualifications will I gain?

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


Course Costs

New Zealand Students

This course is part of the government led Youth Guarantee Programme. If you are aged 16-19, and meet the course entry requirements, you can attend this course for FREE.

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 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

Entry Requirements

  • No set age requirement
  • Students must demonstrate a level of literacy and numeracy ability required to complete the programme
  • Students 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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