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Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying Level 3

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


Course details


Learn the hands-on skills and theory required to enter the plumbing, gasfitting, and drainlaying industries with this year-long introductory course.

You can check out the programme modules below to learn more about the details of what the course will cover.

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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

The course is designed to give you foundational knowledge, skills, and confidence. The next step if you are looking to become a fully-qualified tradesperson, is to complete an apprenticeship.

Qualified plumbers, gasfitters, and drainlayers work with the installation and maintenance of drains, pipes, and gas.  Once fully qualified, some go on to work across all of these fields as generalists. Others will choose to specialise in one or just some of these areas. 

Whether it’s commercial projects like office building or subdivisions, or private residential work, they are concerned mainly with ensuring there is a safe supply of water and gas to properties and the effective removal of waste. 

For those who do not pursue apprenticeships, on completion of the initial course, this qualification does provide useful technical understanding to work in jobs relating to these industries, such as a salesperson for a retailer, or for a company selling these products within the industry to licensed practitioners. 

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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Wintec Trades pathway

Please check the entry criteria for each programme to see which course is the best level for you to begin with. The entry criteria information can be found on each of the programme pages here online. You can also contact us directly to discuss the appropriate level for you at

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 1 students starting January 2020

Date: Monday 20 January 2020
Time: 9am-4pm (approx)
Venue: RkGg.16, G Block, Rotokauri Campus

Year 1 students starting July 2020

Date: Monday 13 July 2020
Time: 9am-4pm (approx)
Venue: RkGg.16, G Block, Rotokauri Campus

What you will need

Students will need to purchase their own safety boots​ and NZ approved safety glasses before starting the course. 

Timetable information

All timetables are available via Timetable Net on our website.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - permits are required. Learn more about parking and 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

Prospectus (course guide)

The Wintec Prospectus (otherwise known as a course guide) outlines everything you need to know about Wintec. It contains information about the Wintec campuses, student life, and the programmes that are on offer.

Access your copy of the Wintec Prospectus

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