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

Designed to prepare you for an apprenticeship. Train in our workshops and drainlaying pit. Learn how to use and maintain plumbing tools and equipment. Develop skills in brazing and soldering. You’ll identify basic methods for safely performing entry-level plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying tasks under professional supervision.

Please note that this offering is now fully enrolled but if you wish to be placed on a waitlist please contact
What you will learn

  • Learn how to use and maintain plumbing tools and equipment
  • Develop skills in brazing and soldering
  • Install drains, working out levels using lasers
  • Cover the installation of plumbing fixtures, water pipes and water cylinders
  • Understand how to safely install gas pipes
  • Install basis roof cladding and flashings
  • Follow industry health and safety protocols
  • Get trained and certified in first aid

Career options

  • Plumber
  • Drainlayer
  • Gasfitter
  • Roofer
  • Heating and ventilation installer
  • Heat pump installer

Entry criteria

Applicants must be able to carry out the physical requirements of the programme.

Under 20 years

10 credits NCEA level 1 numeracy and 10 credits NCEA level 1 literacy, or evidence of equivalent skills and knowledge. 

Over 20 years

Open entry

Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF)

These programmes are FREE under TTAF, covering; compulsory tuition fees, compulsory course costs and compulsory student services fees. Visit for more information about TTAF.

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