Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying (Pre-apprenticeship) (Level 3)

East Auckland - 22 July 2024


Fees Free!
NZQA Level: 3
NZQA Credits: 72
Learning Style: In-Person Learning
20 weeks
Start Date:
End Date:
13 December 2024

This qualification is designed for learners who want to acquire skills as a plumber, gasfitter, or drainlayer, including everything from health and safety procedures to practical installation of pipes and fittings. This practical 20 week programme provides learners with the equivalent training to a first year apprenticeship.

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.

807 Great South Road, Mount Wellington, Auckland 1060

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New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying (Pre-apprenticeship) (Level 3)
  • 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 Trades courses and some Health courses are now free because they are focused on areas that are important for the New Zealand economy, and are part of the Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF). Find out more here.

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

The first year of this course's fees are free when this is your first year of study. Ask NZMA to help or find out more here.

If you meet certain conditions you can get a student loan and allowances. Find out if you meet the conditions by calling StudyLink on Freephone 0800 88 99 00 or visit

The cost can be different depending on the subject and duration of the course. View the course cost for New Zealand students here.


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