NZ Certificate in Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying (Pre-apprenticeship) [Level 3]

Study Options



23 weeks


Level 3

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Be an in-demand professional trades person

Skilled plumbers are in demand as construction continues to boom nationwide. Gain the skills and knowledge needed to ensure the right water, gas and waste systems are in place on your worksite. Plumbing is a rewarding, hands-on, long-term career.

You are required to have the physical mobility needed to meet the demands of construction site work.


There is one entry date per year:

  • February

Career Opportunities and Outcomes

After graduating, apprenticeships may be available to complete your trade qualification in the following areas – plumbing, gasfitting, drainlaying and roofing. The Level 4 pathways require someone to gain an apprenticeship. At present, we do not offer a managed apprenticeship.



During this programme you will learn how to use plumbing hand tools and equipment in our purpose-built plumbing workshop as you develop installation and maintenance skills and learn about appliances, fixtures and fittings. The theoretical knowledge and practical skills you’ll acquire will reflect a diverse range of skills such as:

  • Introduction to health and safety
  • Sanitary (foul water) systems
  • Hot and cold water supply systems
  • Sanitary appliance, fixture and valve installation and maintenance
  • Sheet metal work
  • Roof plumbing
  • Welding and brazing
  • Gas and combustion theory and practice including heating and ventilating
  • Gas pipes, appliances and devices
  • Building, construction and service integration

You are welcome to make an appointment to talk about this programme and to have a tour of the Trades workshops.

Entry Requirements

Standard Entry Criteria

  • Meet the NCEA Level 1 Literacy and Numeracy requirements, or provide evidence of achievement at an equivalent level.

Non-Standard Entry Criteria  

  • Successful completion of the NZ Certificate in Foundation Studies (Allied Trades) [Level 2] and successful completion of the alternative academic entry test; or
  • Successful interview with a member of the academic staff and successful completion of the alternative academic entry test.

The alternative academic entry test will measure applicants’ literacy and numeracy ability to ensure that is of a level to cope with the demands of the programme.

The interview will allow both parties to exchange information about what the programme both provides to, and requires of, its students. Included in the interview will be discussion of possible career paths for the student, motivation, and physical and emotional requirements, and applicant’s abilities, background, experiences and interests. Attendance of whānau members and/or supporting associates is encouraged at all interviews.

All applicants are required to have the physical mobility needed to meet the demands of construction site work. If it is determined that an applicant does not have the required physical mobility they will be referred to a more appropriate programme.

English Language Entry Requirement

If English is not your first language you are required to have attained an acceptable level of English language fluency. This may be demonstrated in a variety of ways, including successful study in English, completion of a New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 3), approved scores on IELTS tests (5.5 Academic with no band score lower than 5.5), completion of accepted international equivalents, or completion of an EIT | Te Pūkenga assessment. 

Academic Learning Services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

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Hawke’s Bay Campus
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EIT offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact or call in for a chat.