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Qualification Title New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying (Level 3)
Qualification Type Certificate
Level 3
Credits 70
Subject Area
  • Architecture and Building » Building » Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying
Strategic Purpose Statement
The purpose of this qualification is to provide the plumbing, gasfitting, and drainlaying industries with people who:
- have basic skills and knowledge in plumbing, gasfitting, and drainlaying
- have an awareness of the requirements of the regulatory environment, and
- are ready to enter an apprenticeship.

The New Zealand community will benefit from having graduates who are able to assist in ensuring public safety in the provision of gas, water services, and drainage.

Graduates will be capable of assisting with plumbing, gasfitting, and drainlaying work under supervision.
Graduate profile
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.
Education pathways
This qualification may build on the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (Level 2) [Ref: 0973].

This qualification may lead to the following:
New Zealand Certificate in Drainlaying (Level 4) [Ref: 2661];
New Zealand Certificate in Gasfitting (Level 4) [Ref: 2662];
New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing (Level 4) [Ref: 2663].
Employment pathways
Graduates are not qualified to practice as a plumber, gasfitter or drainlayer.

Graduates of this qualification may work as a plumbing apprentice, gasfitting apprentice, or drainlaying apprentice.

Graduates may also be able to work in a related area in the construction industry.To find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
Programmes must provide good working knowledge in health and safety across all activities - and all practical activities must demonstrate these skills - in accordance with relevant contents of:
- Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, available at https://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2015/0070/latest/DLM5976660.html?src=qs.
Programmes must provide knowledge of limitations of persons who do or assist in doing Plumbing, Gasfitting, and Drainlaying work of Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers - in accordance with relevant contents of:
- Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Act 2006, available at https://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2006/0074/latest/DLM396778.html?src=qs;
- Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Board (Plumbing Registration and Licensing) Notice 2016, available at https://www.pgdb.co.nz/media/1202/20180402-amended-plumbing-notice.pdf;
- Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Board (Gasfitting Registration and Licensing) Notice 2016, available at https://www.pgdb.co.nz/media/1201/20180402-amended-gasfitting-notice.pdf;
- Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Board (Drainlaying Registration and Licensing) Notice 2016, available at https://www.pgdb.co.nz/media/1200/20180402-amended-drainlaying-notice-02.pdf.
Education Organisation 11 Organisations can assist in gaining this qualification
Developed By Waihanga Ara Rau Construction and Infrastructure Workforce Development Council
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 2660
Status Current
Created July 2015
Next Review August 2026
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