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New Zealand Certificate in Drainlaying

Te Pukenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology trading as Unitec

Subject area

Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying


Check out Fees Free to see whether you are eligible for a year of fees-free study or two years industry training. Contact your provider to confirm your study options meet the criteria.

Entry requirements

Regulatory Requirements

Candidates must meet the competencies, registration, and licensing requirements specified by the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board (Drainlaying Registration and Licensing) Notice 2016, or any subsequent amendments or replacements, referred to as "PGD Board Competencies".

All trainees in New Zealand undertaking drainlaying as defined in the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Act 2006 must hold a Trainee Limited Certificate from the PGD Board.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the drainlaying sector with people who are skilled as drainlaying tradespersons and ready to apply for registration as a licensed drainlayer under the Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Act 2006.

This qualification is designed to provide an entry into the drainlaying industry and is intended for candidates who have an apprenticeship agreement, are training in the workplace, and can fulfil the requirements of the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board Trainee Limited Certificate (TLC).

Graduates will be highly skilled and, once registered and licensed, authorised to legally carry out all drainlaying work. A licensed drainlayer can lay, alter, reconstruct, extend, repair, and open up drains and associated traps and connect drains up to and away from wastewater treatment stations.

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Building at this level can earn:


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Data as at November 2021

Scholarship information

Examples of related scholarships

Unitec Study Grants

Provided by:

Unitec Institute of Technology



Up to $500

Read more Annual Student Scholarship

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$1,500 USD Worldwide Student Scholarship

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This information comes from Generosity New Zealand. For more scholarships, search their givME database (formerly called BreakOut) via your college, university or local library website.

Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 10 95 10
Phone: (09) 815 2945
Fax: (09) 815 2905

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