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Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying Level 3

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


Course details


This programme provides students with a good foundation of hands-on skills and theoretical knowledge of the plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying industry.

Upon completion of this programme, students will be work ready and equipped with the confidence and knowledge valued by employers when selecting new apprentices.

View programme modules

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
BILD313Water Supply Systems

BILD314Building Envelope


BILD316Plumbing Maintenance and Foul Water

BILD317Introduction to Gasfitting

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Career/further opportunities

Graduates of the Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying Level 3 programme will be able to work in areas such as plumbing, gasfitting or drainlaying wholesaling, or retailing as a counter salesperson.

Graduates may also be able to enter employment in trades within the plumbing, gasfitting or drainlaying industries as an apprentice. The programme does not enable graduates to practice as a plumber, gasfitter or drainlayer; graduates will not be eligible to seek licensing.

The programme provides one of two entry pathways into the plumbing, gasfitting or drainlaying industries and is intended for candidates who do not have an apprenticeship agreement in any of those trades. It provides trainees with an opportunity to progress to a fully credentialed tradesperson level with further study.

The second entry pathway is through an apprenticeship agreement where candidates will be signed directly into a Level 4 plumbing, gasfitting or drainlaying New Zealand Certificate. The Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying Level 3 programme is not a pre-requisite for the Level 4 New Zealand Certificates, however some credits gained in the Level 3 programme will contribute towards the higher-level qualifications.

Entry criteria

There is open entry to this programme although students must demonstrate a reasonable likelihood of success.

Selection criteria

To meet legal and health requirements, candidates must be physically able to carry out the practical components of the programme.

Where there are more candidates than places available in the programme, selection will be made on the basis of the following criteria:

a) Whether candidates have completed three years of secondary education;

b) Candidates’ academic achievement in NCEA Level 1 and/or NCEA Level 2, or Year 11 and/or
Year 12 English and Mathematics; and

c) Candidates’ demonstrated commitment to the industry.

English language requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5, with no individual band score lower than 5; or equivalent.

As some of the practical components within this programme are considered high risk, students will be required to submit to an initial drug screen, and may be required to submit to further drug screening if there is reasonable cause to suspect a student is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, as per Wintec’s Drug & Alcohol Policy (OP-16/04).

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Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our Welcome page.

Year one students starting Semester 2
Date:  1st July
Time:  9am - Approx. 1pm (TBC)
Venue: G Block, RkG1.23. Rotokauri Campus

What you will need

Students will need to purchase safety boots before starting the course.

Timetable information

All timetables are available via Timetable Net on our website.

How to find your way around

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - permits are required. Learn more about parking. Find out about discounted bus services here.

Wintec pōwhiri/nau mai, haere mai

Wintec extends a warm invitation to all new students to attend a Pōwhiri to welcome the semester ahead. After formalities, light refreshments will be served in the marae dining room, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa, Wintec City Campus.

Click here to find out where and when the next Pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course related costs

Additional information


Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

Hamilton-based supplier

  • Bennetts (Bennetts has a store operating on campus at the University of Waikato, Hamilton)

New Zealand-based suppliers

General book suppliers

First aid certificate

Health status



Clinical placement

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