New Zealand Certificate in Drainlaying (Level 4).xml New Zealand Certificate in Drainlaying (Level 4)

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New Zealand Certificate in Drainlaying Level 4

CertificatePart time - 3 years

Annual Fees(indicative 2018)

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Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Not recommended for International Students


Christchurch - Ensors Road


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

This highly practical qualification is delivered concurrently with the NZ2663 New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing (Level 4) and forms part of the requirements for a registered drainlayer.

Following best practice standards you'll learn how to install, repair and maintain drainage systems and you'll gain an understanding of a range of systems including foul water, trade waste, on-site effluent disposal, on-site wastewater treatment, excavations and reinstatement.

You'll also learn how to interpret/produce drainage 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 drainlayer.

Please note: This programme includes an apprenticeship.

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 141 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic 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)

    Alternative entry
    Skills for tertiary study (including literacy and numeracy) may be acquired through study, work and/or life experience. Students who can demonstrate these skills may be approved for alternative entry. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

Alternative requirements
  • To successfully complete this programme of study, candidates must be employed in the Drainlaying industry at time of study.

    Candidates must enter into a 3-way training agreement between the candidate, employer and Ara.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English is not the applicant's first language, they are also required to provide evidence of English language. If they have no evidence of English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, the applicant should contact Ara for an assessment.

    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.

    Applicants who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements are not required to provide evidence of English language skills.










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Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • Complete an Admission and Enrolment form
  • Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on thejob experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning

People currently working towards the replaced national qualifications may either complete the requirements by 31 December 2022 or transfer their results to the replacement qualification.

Application documents

Career opportunities

When you graduate with this qualification you can apply for registration as a drainlayer with the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board. Your registration will be dependent on you meeting PGDB's requirements. Once you've completed registration and other licensing requirements, you can embark on a career in the drainlaying industry.

Study pathways

This qualification enables you to apply to sit examinations set by the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board to become a registered drainlayer and/or study towards the Level 5 Craftsman Common qualification.

Recommended school subjects

  • Maths
  • English