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Certificate in Plumbing (Level 4)
Certificate in Plumbing (Level 4)

Certificate in Plumbing (Level 4)

  • ID:CPIT640187
  • Level:1-Year Post-Secondary Certificate
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

  • 10 NCEA Level 1 literacy credits and 10 NCEA Level 1 numeracy credits.


  • NZ2660 New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying (Pre-Apprenticeship) (Level 3)

Note: If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

English requirements

  • If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.
  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.


  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the AraExamination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • Overall IELTS requirements 5.5 academic: speaking 5.0, reading 5.0, writing 5.0, listening 5.0.

Course Information

Gain the professional skills and knowledge needed to apply for industry certification as a plumber.

This highly practical qualification is delivered concurrently with the NZ2661 New Zealand Certificate in Drainlaying (Level 4) and forms part of the requirements for a registered plumber.

Following best practice standards you'll learn how to install, maintain and repair plumbing systems such as water supply (including backflow), domestic fire sprinklers, solar water heating, rainwater handling, ventilation, solid fuel heating, ducting, pumps and sanitary plumbing of appliances and fixtures. You'll also learn how to use and maintain plumbing hand tools and trade equipment, interpret plumbing drawings and specifications, work with consideration of other construction trades and how to practice safely and ethically while meeting the legislative responsibilities of a licensed plumber.

Please note: This programme includes an apprenticeship.

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Pre Courses

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Pathway Courses

With this qualification you're eligible to apply to sit examinations set by the Board of Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers to become a registered gasfitter. You can also take your studies further at Ara and complete Certifying Plumber Registration.

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

When you graduate with this qualification you can apply for registration as a plumber with the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board. Your registration will be dependent on you meeting the PGDB's requirements. Career options include working as a plumber for a private company or completing the certification examination and becoming an independent contractor.

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance/year: 700 NZD/ per year

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