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

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The Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF; also known as free trades training) supports learners to undertake vocational education and training without fees. The TTAF covers fees until 31 December 2022.

Note: Fees may apply for training continuing after 1 January 2023 on this programme.

Get the skills needed to enter the plumbing, gasfitting, and drainlaying industries.

Learn the up-to-date technology, trends and skills required to enter an apprenticeship, and gain real-world skills, experience, and knowledge, along with health and safety and first aid training.

With dedicated indoor and outdoor training facilities, you will be able to experience working under flooring, at heights, and in enclosed spaces as well as a range of other environments such as drain laying pits.

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Apply good conduct, ethical, and legal practices to work in a plumbing, gasfitting, and drainlaying environment.

  • Apply safe working procedures and practices, and identify hazards in a plumbing, gasfitting, and drainlaying working environment.

  • Assist with the installation of basic plumbing, gasfitting, and drainlaying systems and components including the following: hot and cold water supply; sanitary plumbing of appliances and fixtures; foul water; drainlaying including associated components; basic sheet metal.

Graduates of this qualification may work as a plumbing apprentice, gasfitting apprentice, or drainlaying apprentice, or in a related area in the construction industry.

Entry Requirements

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences

  • be able to read, write, and communicate in English at a basic level

  • be physically able to complete the programme specific-outcomes.

Applicants for whom English is not a first language must have an IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5; or an accepted international equivalence.


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

Graduates of this programme are not qualified to practice as a plumber, gasfitter or drainlayer, but may work as a plumbing apprentice, gasfitting apprentice, or drainlaying apprentice.

Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. Fees are an indication, include GST and apply to domestic students only. View terms and conditions

From 1 January 2023, all NorthTec learners will be part of Te Pūkenga. Please note that these programmes of study are currently under review as part of the reform of vocational education training and may be subject to change.

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Full time


22 Weeks

Start Dates

Whangarei: 25 Jul 2022

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: Fees Free

International: Programme not open to international students

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Phone 0800 162 100
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